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Help me. How do I make phone stop asking for SIM card?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Brian Foster, May 25, 2020.

  1. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    Hello everyone. I like to use old android phones as media players. In this case I have a Sony Xperia E1 that I bought used for super cheap. I play music files on it and use the FM radio.

    When I start it up, it always asks for a SIM network unlock pin. I click "dismiss" and then it asks me to select
    "language" Can someone tell me how I could possibly deactivate this and just go straight to using the phone?

    Thanks for your time.

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  2. Jfalls63

    Jfalls63 Android Expert

    Have you tried enabling Airplane mode?
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  3. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    I believe that pop-up/ toast message is part of the programming of the "System UI" app and a privileged app. If your device was rooted with countom recovery, Xposed framwork, Xposed installer and running an Xposed model called "Hide Missing Sim" , them maybe. I wouldn't try this route just for eliminating a pop-up. It's to risky with and offers a slim chance of success.


    If you'r willing to risk a few bucks, maybe buying a new sim card for your Sony Xperia E1 will solve the issue. The key word is "MAYBE".

  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Put it in Airplane mode.

    You will probably need to turn Wi-Fi and/or bluetooth back on, but the indication and notification will go away.

    Just leave it in airplane mode all the time.

    I do this with 4 out of 5 of my Android devices.
  5. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    Yes. That did not help.
  6. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    Hello. That didn't work. The notification only happens on start up. But I have to go through this every time I turn the phone on again. I don't want to always leave it one due to being such an old phone with a 6 or 7 year old battery.
  7. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    I tested with a non-rooted Samsung Note 4
    Turning on airplane mode. I took these pics with with my rooted N4 and an app/apk I downloaded from Google PS called "lower" (low resolution camera).


    Turning on Airplane mode didn't stop No sim notification. :(
    #7 MrJavi, May 25, 2020
    Last edited: May 25, 2020
  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    That sucks.
    It always did the trick for all 3 of my ZTE phones, and one ancient Samsung Prevail.

    Come to think of it, the Prevail probably doesn't even have that notification at all, hahaha.

    One thing you could do, that I did long ago, is go to your carrior and ask if they have any old SIM cards and tell them why you want it.

    Back in the day, an old device was only capable of emergency calls without a SIM, and I wanted to still be able to use the camera.

    AT&T handed me one for free immediately.

    It's work a shot.

    Heck, I bet I have 2-3 SIM cards laying around here somewhere.
    I pull them out as soon as I get a unit that I am going to use as a media device.
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  9. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    Yes it does. I've had Samsung's so long that I didn't even know the "Airplane Mode" stopped the "no sim" notification. Not only do I meet cool people but I'm always learning new things. Thank you @puppykickr :)
  10. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    Yes, nothing at all is working.
  11. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    UPDATE. I even bought a 99 cent Ebay SIM card and put it in and I still get this problem. I thought for sure a SIM would help.
    Does it have to be a SIM from the phone's carrier? I think the Carrier was US Cellular. I'm not sure what my SIM is.
  12. Brian Foster

    Brian Foster Lurker
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    New UPDATE - Removing the SIM actually worked and I no longer have the issue, but now the phone asks me to select a language on every start up. Sigh... :(

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The Sony Xperia E1 release date was March 2014. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 3MP camera, 512GB RAM, Snapdragon 200 processor, and 1750mAh battery.

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