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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rgarner, Jun 24, 2021.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    How do I get one? I know it was included but who knows where it is now. No, a paper clip is not narrow enough to fit in the hole. I want to get the "tray" out and put in a 256 gb SD card. Maybe some day the Stylus will magically repair itself and I won't have to use the Play.

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  2. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Will a needle fit?
  3. The_Chief

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    If nothing else, hit up a local cell phone store. They probably have hundreds in the back and will give you a couple.
  4. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    If you have coloured paper clips you can peel back the sticking - in end :p

    That's what I resort to.

    My last sim removal tool bent like toothpaste a few days ago. (3 of 4 phones I have need one)*


    *This is an authorised free extract from my latest autobiography. Pre - order now! :cool:
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  5. Use a smaller paper clip. They do work.
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  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    i second a paperclip. are you sure you are putting it in the right hole?
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  7. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    There are different sizes? How do I get the smaller kind? What magical store carries those (not amazin)?
  8. LisaMcLean

    LisaMcLean Lurker

    It's good that I didn't face such a problem.
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  9. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

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  10. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    Yeh also make sure you're not inserting it in to a microphone hole for ambient noise.

    I have a motorised front camera rising from a slot on the top of my Poco F2 that looks exactly like the sim tray on the bottom; plus there's a mic hole next to it.

    I shall reveal no more .....
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  11. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I got a pack of needles, the skinniest I could find. It was hard not to get stabbed but it fit just fine. The only problem is the "tray" or whatever it's called did not emerge. Of course I tried more than once, and it was the little hole right next to the thing.
  12. A needle isn't what you want as it has a pointed end. A paper clip (or the official tool) has a flat end which is what presses on the release tab inside to eject the tray. A needle will probably just poke through it.
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  13. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Where do I get the small enough paper clips? Remember that I buy local. Would the other end of the needle work, or how about a nail?
  14. olbriar


    A nail, if one that might fit can be found, will be pointed as well as a needle. I suggest that you confirm that you are accessing the correct opening to release the tray. Once confirmed, the sage advice of seeking the correct tool from a local phone retailer left above would be a great avenue. Or paper clips can be found at any store that sells school supplies. Even my local grocer carries an assortment of paper clips.
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  15. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    Was this the sim card tray that was bent when you got it out before, or was that in a movie I saw?

    Do you think it's stuck or misshapen?

    Did you only open it once before when it was new?

    Otherwise (as said ^) maybe it needs to be a wider pin, although I did recently open one with the sharp end of a safety pin from the dry cleaners, but it probably varies by device.

    What kind of paper clips are in the US? I know we have larger size paper clips as well, maybe you are using those? Smaller one inch type ones are more common.
    #15 Madd61, Jun 30, 2021
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  16. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    are you sure you are putting it in the right spot? there are a few holes that most phones have. there are holes for speakers & mic's as well as for sd cards and sim cards.
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  17. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I finally borrowed a paper clip and barely got the bleeping thing open. Then I had to get someone else to put the cards in it. Miraculously, it worked. @#$ these crappy nearly unusable phones! @#$ their evil manufacturers! @#$ us, too, I guess, for being stupid enough to waste time and money on them!
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  18. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Is there a way to get a volume key unstuck? WD-40 seems overkill, but maybe there"s a way to use a very slim needle or other such object. I keep checking the Stylus, which is still stuck on the operation screen, with power "ok". I guess it must have a huge standby time.
  19. Don't spray anything in there, especially not WD40 which is not for this purpose and could damage the phone (plus you'll never get rid of the smell from it).
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