SIM cards for your iPhone, using your iPhone abroad and what you can connect to the iPhone.

iPhoneA guide for using the the iPhone smartphone abroad, various SIM card options and how to connect to a growing collection of Bluetooth speakers. Nano, Micro and Mini SIM cards can all be used in the iPhone, this page highlights how to adapt each SIM card to use in the iPhone.A comprehesive list of the bluetooth devices which are compatible with the iPhone and links to articles on how to connect them together.

Charging the iPhone

Which charger does the iPhone use?

If you intend on using your iPhone in America then you only need to use a USB power adapter such as Type A USB charger. If you are travelling abroad this is dependent on which region you wish to charge your iPhone, as different shaped power outlets are used in different countries. Read our section on using an iPhone abroad and select which country you will be visiting for full details on a suitable power adapter for your iPhone.

What type of cable should I use for an iPhone?

You will need to use a USB to Apple 30 pin cable to charge an iPhone, this connects a USB power adapter to the dock connector found on the bottom of the phone. Your Apple iPhone should come with a 30 Pin cable, if not you can purchase a replacement or spare (for use in the car, at work or travelling) online by looking for a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [3].

Can you use an iPhone during charging?

The iPhone can be used while charging. The charging time may take longer than 2 hours.

Is it possible to use an iPhone USB charger to power another mobile phone?

It is possible to recharge your other phones providing that they allow charging from USB.

Where can I find the charger port on the iPhone?

You will find the charger port on the base of the Apple iPhone.

iPhone SIM cards

What size is the Apple iPhone SIM card?

A Mini SIM card [4] is used in the Apple iPhone, this is 25mm long by 15mm wide.

How can I replace the SIM card in an iPhone?

  1. First turn off the iPhone.
  2. Locate the SIM card slot located on the top of the phone in the power button and the headphone jack.
  3. Next push a paperclip, pin or the SIM ejection tool which was supplied with the iPhone in the hole in the SIM card tray.
  4. Pop open the SIM card tray.
  5. You can now insert or replace the SIM card.
  6. Slide the SIM tray slowly back into the iPhone.
  7. Finally switch on the power on your iPhone.

Where is the SIM card on the Apple iPhone?

The SIM card slot is located on the top of the phone in the power button and the headphone jack.

Will a Nano SIM card work in an iPhone?

Yes, you can use a Nano-SIM card with the iPhone using a Nano to Mini SIM card adapter [6].

However we recommend a SIM card adapter kit [7] for your iPhone for about the same cost, these include an assortment of different sized adapters which adapt all SIM card sizes for all types of phones making them the most versatile, cost effective and future proof option.

Will a Micro SIM card work in an iPhone?

We recommend using a Micro to Mini SIM card adapter [8] that allows you to use a Micro SIM card in an iPhone. Again, if you need to use different types of SIM cards in different phones it costs around the same to purchase a SIM card adapter kit [7] as these come with three different shaped adapters to allow all types of phones to accept all SIM card sizes.

Can you use a regular sized Mini SIM in the iPhone?

The Apple iPhone is designed to work with a regular Mini SIM without requiring a SIM converter.

How does a SIM card adapter work?

A SIM adapter or SIM converter allows you to insert a smaller card into the adapter, the adapter can then be inserted into a slot in any device designed for a larger SIM card. Inserting a smaller SIM into the adapter will increase the size so it can accurately fit to align the contacts on the card to touch the phone pins.

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to the iPhone

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Beats Pill XL
Beats Pill XL

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with the iPhone

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Max
Jabra Solemate Max

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Using your iPhone abroad

Choose from one of the following list of countries below to discover how you can use the iPhone in that location:
Using the iPhone abroad

Using the iPhone in Africa

Using the iPhone in Asia

Using the iPhone in Europe

Using the iPhone in North America

Using the iPhone in Oceania

Using the iPhone in South America

  1. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA616/en_US/iPhone_iOS3.1_User_Guide.pdf - The original iPhone product manual.
  2. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet.
  3. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_identity_module - SIM card
  5. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201337 - Apple iPhone SIM card support
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Sadapter-SADAPTER4FFTO2FFBLK-Nano-Full-Adapter/dp/B009H6WJ8O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&dpID=41wFr7XnK2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0DFRPS9H5S9PBHA9ZSKV&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=732b6b8c83fb68e5c690ab8c34497429 - Nano to Mini SIM card adapter
  7. Nano Micro Standard Sim Card Adapter Converter Kit - Plug and play SIM card adapter kit contains SIM card adapters to convert a Nano SIM card to Micro SIM, a Nano SIM card to a standard Mini SIM card, a Micro SIM card into Standard Mini SIM card size, sandpaper bar to reduce SIM card depth and SIM tray pin.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Sadapter-999507-SMCA-Micro-Full-Adapter/dp/B009H6WIBW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1462119501&sr=1-37&keywords=Micro+to+Mini+SIM+card+adapter&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=a6df7b0ff61977981dae7d12dda710e2 - Micro to Mini SIM card adapter