Your Smartphone SIM Type: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM?

February 24th, 2017

Find out which size of SIM card is required by your new smartphone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

SIM cardIf you’re getting a new smartphone, you’ll need to make sure you have a SIM card of the right size to fit in your phone. If you’re changing mobile networks (e.g. to a SIM-only deal or Pay As You Go SIM), you’ll also need to make sure you order a SIM card of the right size.

Depending on the model of smartphone you buy, there are three sizes of SIM card that can potentially be used in your phone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM.

In this article, we’ll look at the differences between the three types of SIM card. We’ll list the required SIM card size for different handsets and we’ll discuss how you can order a SIM card of the right size. Finally, we’ll look at how to change the size of your SIM card (e.g. into Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

SIM Card Finder

Who is the manufacturer of your handset?

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To find out exactly what size of SIM card is required in your phone, please select your handset using the interactive tool above. Alternatively, you can read on for more in-depth information about the required SIM card size in different handsets.

Introduction to SIM Card Sizes

SIM cards come in three different sizes: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. The right size of SIM card to fit in your handset will depend on the manufacturer and model of your smartphone.

Today, most new smartphones typically require either a Micro SIM or Nano SIM:

  • If you buy a mid-range or entry-level handset, the chances are it’ll require a Micro SIM. Handsets requiring a Micro SIM include the Moto G4 and handsets from the Samsung Galaxy J family.
  • Meanwhile, newer high-end flagship smartphones typically require a nano-sized SIM card. Smartphones using Nano SIM including the iPhone 7, Google Pixel, Huawei P9, Moto Z and Galaxy S7.

The three types of SIM card differ in size, as per the image and table below:

SIM Card Sizes: Standard, Micro and Nano SIM
From left to right: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. Picture adapted from Wikipedia (CC-licensed).

SIM Type Alternative Name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm)
Standard SIM 2FF or “Mini SIM” 25.00 15.00 0.76
Micro SIM 3FF 15.00 12.00 0.76
Nano SIM 4FF 12.30 8.80 0.67

Comparison of SIM card dimensions. Please note: Nano SIMs are 0.09mm thinner than Standard SIM and Micro SIM.

The three SIM card types work in exactly the same way from a technical perspective. They just differ in the amount of plastic housing that surrounds the metallic chip. Nevertheless, you’ll need to make sure you have a SIM card of the right size to fit in your handset. The tables below should help you to find a SIM card of the right size.

If the SIM card you currently have is of the wrong size, see our guide to changing the size of your SIM card.

List of Handsets & Required SIM Card Size

Please select your handset manufacturer:

To find out which type of SIM card your phone requires, find it in the following tables:

Apple

HandsetSIM Card Size
Apple iPhone 3GSStandard SIM
Apple iPhone 4Micro SIM
Apple iPhone 4SMicro SIM
Apple iPhone 5Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 5cNano SIM
Apple iPhone 5sNano SIM
Apple iPhone 6Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 6 PlusNano SIM
Apple iPhone 6sNano SIM
Apple iPhone 6s PlusNano SIM
Apple iPhone 7Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 7 PlusNano SIM
Apple iPhone SENano SIM

BlackBerry

HandsetSIM Card Size
BlackBerry 9720Standard SIM
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9320Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9360Standard SIM
BlackBerry DTEK50Nano SIM
BlackBerry DTEK60Nano SIM
BlackBerry KeyoneNano SIM
BlackBerry LeapMicro SIM
BlackBerry PassportNano SIM
BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983Micro SIM
BlackBerry PrivNano SIM
BlackBerry Q10Micro SIM
BlackBerry Q5Micro SIM
BlackBerry Torch 9800Standard SIM
BlackBerry Z10Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z3Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z30Micro SIM

Google

HandsetSIM Card Size
Google PixelNano SIM
Google Pixel XLNano SIM

HTC

HandsetSIM Card Size
HTC 10Nano SIM
HTC DesireStandard SIM
HTC Desire 10 ProNano SIM
HTC Desire 300Micro SIM
HTC Desire 310Standard SIM
HTC Desire 320Micro SIM
HTC Desire 500Micro SIM
HTC Desire 510Micro SIM
HTC Desire 520Nano SIM
HTC Desire 601Micro SIM
HTC Desire 610Nano SIM
HTC Desire 620Micro SIM
HTC Desire 626Nano SIM
HTC Desire 630Nano SIM
HTC Desire 650Nano SIM
HTC Desire 816Nano SIM
HTC Desire 820Nano SIM
HTC Desire 825Nano SIM
HTC Desire 830Nano SIM
HTC Desire CStandard SIM
HTC Desire EyeNano SIM
HTC Desire HDStandard SIM
HTC Desire XStandard SIM
HTC One A9Nano SIM
HTC One M7Micro SIM
HTC One M8Nano SIM
HTC One M8sNano SIM
HTC One M9Nano SIM
HTC One MaxMicro SIM
HTC One miniMicro SIM
HTC One mini 2Nano SIM
HTC One SMicro SIM
HTC One S9Nano SIM
HTC One VStandard SIM
HTC One XMicro SIM
HTC One X+Micro SIM
HTC One X9Nano SIM
HTC One XLMicro SIM
HTC U PlayNano SIM
HTC U UltraNano SIM
HTC Wildfire SStandard SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8SMicro SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8XMicro SIM

Huawei

HandsetSIM Card Size
Huawei Ascend G300Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G330Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G510Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G6Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend G7Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend MateMicro SIM
Huawei Ascend Mate7Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P1Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend P6Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P7Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W1Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W2Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Y530Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Y550Micro SIM
Huawei G8Nano SIM
Huawei G9 PlusNano SIM
Huawei Honor 4XMicro SIM
Huawei Honor 5cNano SIM
Huawei Honor 6Micro SIM
Huawei Honor 6+Micro SIM
Huawei Honor 6XNano SIM
Huawei Honor 7Nano SIM
Huawei Honor 8Nano SIM
Huawei Honor HollyMicro SIM
Huawei Honor V8Nano SIM
Huawei Mate 8Nano SIM
Huawei Mate 9Nano SIM
Huawei Mate 9 ProNano SIM
Huawei Mate SNano SIM
Huawei Nexus 6PNano SIM
Huawei NovaNano SIM
Huawei Nova PlusNano SIM
Huawei P10Nano SIM
Huawei P10 PlusNano SIM
Huawei P8Nano SIM
Huawei P8 LiteMicro SIM
Huawei P8 MaxNano SIM
Huawei P9Nano SIM
Huawei P9 liteNano SIM
Huawei P9 PlusNano SIM
Huawei Y3Standard SIM
Huawei Y3IIMicro SIM
Huawei Y635Micro SIM

LG

HandsetSIM Card Size
LG G FlexMicro SIM
LG G Flex2Micro SIM
LG G2Micro SIM
LG G2 miniMicro SIM
LG G3Micro SIM
LG G3 SMicro SIM
LG G4Micro SIM
LG G4cMicro SIM
LG G5Nano SIM
LG G5 SENano SIM
LG G6Nano SIM
LG JoyMicro SIM
LG K10Nano SIM
LG K3Micro SIM
LG K5Micro SIM
LG K8Micro SIM
LG L70Standard SIM
LG LeonMicro SIM
LG Nexus 4Micro SIM
LG Nexus 5Micro SIM
LG Nexus 5XNano SIM
LG Optimus GMicro SIM
LG Optimus L5 IIStandard SIM
LG SpiritMicro SIM
LG Stylus 2Micro SIM
LG V10Nano SIM
LG V20Nano SIM
LG X camNano SIM
LG X machNano SIM
LG X powerMicro SIM
LG X screenNano SIM
LG X SkinMicro SIM
LG X styleMicro SIM

Microsoft

HandsetSIM Card Size
Microsoft Lumia 435Micro SIM
Microsoft Lumia 535Micro SIM
Microsoft Lumia 540Micro SIM
Microsoft Lumia 550Nano SIM
Microsoft Lumia 640Micro SIM
Microsoft Lumia 640 XLMicro SIM
Microsoft Lumia 650Nano SIM
Microsoft Lumia 950Nano SIM
Microsoft Lumia 950 XLNano SIM

Motorola

HandsetSIM Card Size
Motorola Moto E (1st Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto E3Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G (1st Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G 4G (1st Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G 4G (2nd Gen)Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G4Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G4 PlayMicro SIM
Motorola Moto G4 PlusMicro SIM
Motorola Moto G5Nano SIM
Motorola Moto G5 PlusNano SIM
Motorola Moto MNano SIM
Motorola Moto X (2013)Nano SIM
Motorola Moto X (2014)Nano SIM
Motorola Moto X Force (2015)Nano SIM
Motorola Moto X Play (2015)Nano SIM
Motorola Moto X Style (2015)Nano SIM
Motorola Moto ZNano SIM
Motorola Moto Z ForceNano SIM
Motorola Moto Z PlayNano SIM
Motorola Nexus 6Nano SIM
Motorola RAZR HDMicro SIM

Nokia

HandsetSIM Card Size
Nokia 3Nano SIM
Nokia 5Nano SIM
Nokia 6Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 1020Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1320Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1520Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 520Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 525Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 530Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 610Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 620Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 625Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 630Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 635Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 710Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 720Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 735Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 800Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 820Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 830Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 920Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 925Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 930Nano SIM

Samsung

HandsetSIM Card Size
Samsung Ativ SMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy A3Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A5Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A7Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy AceStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy AlphaNano SIM
Samsung Galaxy C5Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy C7Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Core PrimeMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy FameStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy J1Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J2Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016)Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2016)Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J5Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J7Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy K zoomMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy MusicStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy NexusStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy NoteStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 3Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 4Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 5Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 7Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note EdgeMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note IIMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy SStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S IIStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S IIIMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III MiniStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III mini VEStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 ActiveMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 miniMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 ZoomMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 miniMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 NeoMicro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S6Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S6 edgeNano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S7Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeNano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S8Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy S8+Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy YStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy YoungStandard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Young 2Micro SIM
Samsung Nexus SStandard SIM
Samsung Z1Micro SIM
Samsung Z3Micro SIM

Sony

HandsetSIM Card Size
Sony Xperia C4Nano SIM
Sony Xperia EStandard SIM
Sony Xperia E1Standard SIM
Sony Xperia E3Micro SIM
Sony Xperia E4Micro SIM
Sony Xperia E4gMicro SIM
Sony Xperia E5Nano SIM
Sony Xperia JStandard SIM
Sony Xperia MMicro SIM
Sony Xperia M2Micro SIM
Sony Xperia M2 AquaMicro SIM
Sony Xperia M4 AquaNano SIM
Sony Xperia M5Nano SIM
Sony Xperia miroStandard SIM
Sony Xperia SMicro SIM
Sony Xperia SPMicro SIM
Sony Xperia TMicro SIM
Sony Xperia T3Micro SIM
Sony Xperia XNano SIM
Sony Xperia X PerformanceNano SIM
Sony Xperia XANano SIM
Sony Xperia XA UltraNano SIM
Sony Xperia XA1Nano SIM
Sony Xperia XA1 UltraNano SIM
Sony Xperia XZNano SIM
Sony Xperia XZ PremiumNano SIM
Sony Xperia XZsNano SIM
Sony Xperia ZMicro SIM
Sony Xperia Z UltraMicro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1 CompactMicro SIM
Sony Xperia Z2Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z3Nano SIM
Sony Xperia Z3 CompactNano SIM
Sony Xperia Z3+Nano SIM
Sony Xperia Z5Nano SIM
Sony Xperia Z5 CompactNano SIM
Sony Xperia Z5 PremiumNano SIM

If your phone doesn’t appear on this list, please drop us a comment below and we’ll endeavour to add it as soon as we can.

Alternatively, you can refer to your manufacturer’s handset manual for more information. The dimensions of each SIM card type are provided earlier in this article.

Ordering the Right SIM Card

Once you’ve determined which size of SIM card is required by your phone, you’ll be in the position to now order a new SIM card of the right size. In the following section, we’ll explain how you can order a new Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

Standard Sized SIM

Standard Size SIM Card

All of the UK’s major mobile networks offer a standard-size SIM card.

You can order a standard-sized SIM card via the following links:

Select network to order a Standard SIM…
BT Pay Monthly
BT Standard SIM
EE Pay Monthly
EE Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
EE Standard SIM
giffgaff Pay Monthly
giffgaff Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
giffgaff Standard SIM
iD Mobile Pay Monthly
iD Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
iD Standard SIM
O2 Pay Monthly
O2 Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
O2 Standard SIM
Plusnet Pay Monthly
Plusnet Standard SIM
Tesco Pay Monthly
Tesco Standard SIM
Three Pay Monthly
Three Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
Three Standard SIM
Virgin Mobile Pay Monthly
Virgin Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
Virgin Standard SIM
Vodafone Pay Monthly
Vodafone Standard SIM
Pay As You Go
Vodafone Standard SIM

If you’re prompted during the checkout process to specify the size of SIM card you require, you can choose either “Standard SIM”, “Combi SIM” or “Trio SIM” (the latter two SIM card types incorporate a Standard SIM as the outermost SIM card).

Micro SIM

Micro SIM Card

All UK mobile networks also offer a micro-sized SIM card. This is often provided in the form of a Combi SIM or Trio SIM where your Micro SIM will pop out from the centre of a Standard SIM.

You can order a Micro SIM from the following mobile networks:

Select network to order a Micro SIM…
BT Pay Monthly
BT Micro SIM
EE Pay Monthly
EE Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
EE Micro SIM
giffgaff Pay Monthly
giffgaff Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
giffgaff Micro SIM
iD Mobile Pay Monthly
iD Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
iD Micro SIM
O2 Pay Monthly
O2 Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
O2 Micro SIM
Plusnet Pay Monthly
Plusnet Micro SIM
Tesco Pay Monthly
Tesco Micro SIM
Three Pay Monthly
Three Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
Three Micro SIM
Virgin Mobile Pay Monthly
Virgin Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
Virgin Micro SIM
Vodafone Pay Monthly
Vodafone Micro SIM
Pay As You Go
Vodafone Micro SIM

If you’re prompted during checkout to select your size of SIM card, you can choose either “Micro SIM”, “Combi SIM” or “Trio SIM”. If you choose the Trio SIM option, extra care should be taken to remove the Micro SIM correctly (it’s very easy to accidentally remove the Nano SIM).

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

The following mobile networks currently offer a nano-sized SIM card:

Select network to order a Nano SIM…
BT Pay Monthly
BT Nano SIM
EE Pay Monthly
EE Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
EE Nano SIM
giffgaff Pay Monthly
giffgaff Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
giffgaff Nano SIM
iD Mobile Pay Monthly
iD Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
iD Nano SIM
O2 Pay Monthly
O2 Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
O2 Nano SIM
Plusnet Pay Monthly
Plusnet Nano SIM
Tesco Pay Monthly
Tesco Nano SIM
Three Pay Monthly
Three Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
Three Nano SIM
Virgin Mobile Pay Monthly
Virgin Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
Virgin Nano SIM
Vodafone Pay Monthly
Vodafone Nano SIM
Pay As You Go
Vodafone Nano SIM

If prompted to select a SIM card type during checkout, you can choose either “Nano SIM” or “Trio SIM”. With a Trio SIM, the Nano SIM will pop out from the innermost portion. It’s not possible to use a “Combi SIM” in your handset as this will only support Standard SIM and Micro SIM handsets.

SIM Card Adapters: One way of changing your SIM card's size

Changing SIM Card Size

If you currently have a SIM card but it’s of the wrong size, you’ll need to replace it before you can use it in your new smartphone.

Generally, the best way to do this is to ask your mobile network for a replacement. If you’re outside the minimum term of your contract, there could be a suitable SIM-only deal for your usage. Meanwhile, if you’re inside the minimum term of your contract, it’s sometimes free to get a replacement SIM card but some mobile networks can charge you up to £10.21.

If you’re changing from Standard SIM to Micro SIM, you can also use a Micro SIM cutter tool (available for around £5 on Amazon). Due to differences in thickness, this isn’t possible if you’re changing to Nano SIM (a Nano SIM you’ve cut down yourself will be slightly too thick, and has the potential to get jammed in your Nano SIM slot).

If after changing the size of your SIM card you still want to use the SIM card in an older handset, this might be possible through the use of a SIM card adapter.

More Information

If you’re looking to order a new SIM card of the right size to fit in your smartphone, please see our guide to the best Pay Monthly SIM cards and best Pay As You Go SIM cards. You may also find it useful to read our guide on changing the size of your SIM card.

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Your Comments

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 293 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  1. Gloria Snead said:

    Can I use myprevious Galaxy Core Prime SIM card in my LG Fiesta LTE 4G?

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Gloria,
      Many thanks for your comment. I believe the LG Fiesta LTE uses nano-sized SIM cards whereas the Galaxy Core Prime uses micro-sized SIM cards. For this reason, it’s probably unlikely you’ll be able to use the SIM card as-is – I recommend contacting your carrier to enquire about getting a replacement nano-SIM.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  2. Christian said:

    There are actially 4 sizes of sim cards

    full-size SIM, mini-SIM, micro-SIM, and nano-SIM

    The full-size has the size of a credit card and was used in old phones. You might notice that providers still ship this size with a break-out cut.

    What you call standard SIM is actually called mini-SIM. You might want to correct that.

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Christian,
      Many thanks for this – very useful feedback! I agree: “Standard SIM” is a bit of a misnomer, as “standard” really depends on the norms of the time! Arguably, nano-SIMs are now fairly “standard” in 2017 (with most new handsets now using nano-SIM rather than mini-SIM or micro-SIM). There are two main reasons I decided to refer to mini-SIM as “Standard SIM”:
      1) Most UK mobile networks use “Standard SIM” as a name for Mini-SIM (2FF). Therefore, this is the terminology our readers are looking for when trying to work out what size of SIM card they require in their handset.
      2) In general, there always seems to be a fair bit of confusion between “mini” and “micro” (probably just because they both begin with M). For many people, “mini” implies the SIM card should be smaller than normal (hence, lots of people actually refer to micro-SIM as mini-SIM). I believe the use of “standard SIM” therefore reduces confusion, despite it technically being an ambiguous/meaningless term.
      Ken

  3. Derwin said:

    I have a ATT Netgear Unite model 770s hotspot and can’t find any info on the size sim. Nano is to small for sure. Do you have any info on that model

    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Derwin,
      Many thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information specific to this device. From a quick look at the Netgear website, I see there’s supposed to a SIM card included with the hotspot. If so, you can compare the included SIM card against this diagram to work out which size of SIM card it supports. Alternatively, you can read through the product documentation to see if they have any details there about the SIM cards supported.
      Ken

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