How to install a Micro SIM card or iPhone 5 Nano SIM card into the BlackBerry Z10

By Kevin Michaluk on 4 Feb 2013 07:15 pm EST

BlackBerry did a good job of keeping things neat and tidy under the battery door of the BlackBerry Z10. The Micro SD card is easy to insert and remove from its slot, as is the battery.

When it comes to the SIM card, BlackBerry has downsized things from previous BlackBerry Smartphones. The Z10 features the smaller Micro SIM card, that is now pretty much standard on all smartphones. The exception to this rule is the iPhone 5, which uses an even smaller Nano SIM card. The good news for iPhone 5 owners switching over to the Z10 is that they can actually use their Nano SIM card in the Z10, so long as they have an adapter for it. 

BlackBerry Z10 SIM Card Slot

Inserting a Micro SIM card into the BlackBerry Z10 is relatively straight forward. You need to remove the battery, then insert the Micro SIM card into the slot per the diagram that's painted into the device housing (underneath where the battery would normally sit - see photo above). If you have big fingers it may prove a little bit tricky. You need to be careful not to try and jam the Micro SIM in at angle, but rather make sure you are holding it flat and inline with the slot before inserting it. Don't force it. It should go in smoothly.

When it comes to removing the Micro SIM, begin by first pushing back on it from the tip that's furthest inserted. It will move out about 1/16th of an inch. From there, go back to the big end of the Micro SIM that's now accessible, grab it from each side with your fingers, and pull it out. Again, don't angle the Micro SIM - pull it straight out. If you run into issues because you have big fingers - enlist someone with smaller hands to help.

Inserting an iPhone 5 Nano SIM into the BlackBerry Z10 

If you have an iPhone 5 and want to switch to the BlackBerry Z10, you can do that without any need to change your data plan. However, you will first need to purchase a Nano SIM adapter. Placing the Nano SIM into the adapter effectively makes it a Micro SIM, which will then fit into the Z10.

Once you have the adapter, WHATEVER YOU DO NEVER INSERT THE ADAPTER INTO THE PHONE WITHOUT THE NANO SIM CARD IN IT. I once broke a new BlackBerry in under a minute doing this (see video). Basically the pins within the phone that put pressure on the SIM card will get caught on the housing of the adapter. Trust me, you don't want this to happen.

Once you have your Nano SIM card inserted into the Nano SIM adapter, then the fun begins. The way the Nano SIM will naturally sit right sight up in the adapter is unfortunately not the way you need to insert it into the Z10.

You will have to flip the Nano SIM + Adapter combo over in order to insert it in the right direction. And when this happens, the Nano SIM will want to fall out of the adapter. Gravity is not your friend here. You'll be trying a million times to get it inserted with no luck, unless you follow this CrackBerry tip... work from below the phone.

IMPORTANT: Instead of having the display facing down and trying to insert the Nano SIM / Adapter combo into the phone with the Nano SIM facing down towards the phone, you need to flip things around. Hold the Z10 with the display facing up. Hold it above your head. Then with gravity now on your side and Nano SIM sitting facing up within the adapter instead of down, now work on getting into into the Micro SIM slot.

Note: It's still not a super easy install process. You need to be very gentle. Don't force anything. Make sure you're lining everything up straight. But working from this vantage point, you'll be able to succeed. Be sure to watch the video at the top of this post to walk through the process.

And if you are an iPhone 5 owner following this tutorial, let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of BlackBerry!  

Reader comments

How to install a Micro SIM card or iPhone 5 Nano SIM card into the BlackBerry Z10


First....That's what she said! LOL!

“Think highly of yourself, because the world will take you at your own estimate.”

Oh, so in case you're wondering... here's my SETUP.

With my Mobile Nations World Tour the last six months, I was trying out all the smartphones on the market. So my solution was this....

I have a longstanding BlackBerry BIS plan (it was the original 6GB 3G plan from when the Bold 9000 came out). I had that plan put on an iPhone 5 Nano SIM. Added LTE. And from there I can now use that card in everything with adapters. Can turn the Nano SIM into a full size SIM for use in my Bold 9900, can use just the Nano SIM in an iPhone 5, or like in the video above, run the Nano via an adapter in my Z10.

Complete SIM card flexibility.

Interesting, I have an iPhone 5 with the smaller sim, I got hold of a z10, which is great, so decided to buy an adapter to convert the iPhone 5 sim to a z10 sim. First time I did this was difficult, and sim would not register. I got hold of a normal size sim and that did not register either. So assumed that the sim slot was faulty so got a new z10. Tried the correct size sim and it worked, so the issue was now how to get the nano sim in with the adapter. When I got it on, again the sim would not register. So went back to the normal size sim, which now will also not register. So I would say, having now broken two z10 using the adapter, don't use one, get a new sim. Or dont bother with a blackberry if you have an iPhone.

Not sure if this is a bad design by blackberry, or a deliberate ploy by Apple, either way I would not suggest using the same SIM in different phones, just get another SIM.

$1000 down, don't swap sims.....

Unless of course you know how to solve issue with sim not registering:-)

"Even I can't mess this up"

Kevin didn't you break the sim terminals on a white 9900 a while back? LOL

Why does APPLE have to do things differently and make it difficult for customers to switch over from one phone to another?

They said that with microsim when apple did it,now everyone uss it,they said it with html5 which bb brags about now. Things like that and lightning port are annoying,but i dont think its done to annoy people.

Dont you need a new Sim with LTE ? I have a old one from my iPhone 4 and switched to the 9900 with a adapter still good or upgrade time?

I just cut down my original FIDO SIM -- BOOM

it was already LTE might I add. Im going cellular-less until tomorrow. BBM and all works through WiFi anyway :)

I was too lazy to make a up converter out of a old credit card.

a piece of double sided tape will prob work for a nano to micro sim if you are havign trouble puttign it in, or a glue stick just to hold it until you want to use the nano sim

Ok so I have a lot of experience cutting sim cards and using those adapters. Fist never never never for all that is good about cell phones just put your sim in an adapter and slid it in the sim slot. your asking for the sim to wiggle its way out when your trying to remove the adapter and sim and the adapter will catch on the sim contacts and snap them off. lay the sim on the table and place the adapter over the sim use a small piece of scotch tape and a razor blade to trim it up. it will be a bit of a tighter fit but there is really no chance of the sim and adapter coming apart during install or removal. most adapters will come with stickers for this purpose.

For those wanting to change to a Z/Q10 and have a full size sim, most carriers will swap out the old sim for a small charge. At least t-mobile UK will!

Thanks for the tips! I have chosen to cut my SIM down to Nano and use the adapters for which ever phone I need to use.

This sounds so much better than getting multiple SIM cards.. no?

Hey Guys!
Used the Adapter in the Q10 and the sim contacts got damaged. Now it won't detct the sim card. Soooo frustrating. Are good phone repair Shops able to fix this? Can't bring it back to the carrier and let them send it to Blackberry because of some complications...

Whose micro sim adaptor did you choose to use?. Lots of rumors as to some being better than others. I want to move my sim from a Samsung Note 2 to my new BB Passport. However , that takes a nano. I can exchange my micro for a nano at the phone store to get up and running with that. However If I want to go back to my Samsung note , I will need the adaptor or that phone will die in the drawer. Who knew the passport needed a nano card. All the reading I did, that information blew right by me.