Installing SIM, Memory Card of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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How to Insert SIM, Memory Card in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Jason Hidalgo

​Good news, Samsung loyalists.

After the head-scratching decision to remove expandable memory cards from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung has seen the consumer-friendly light and decided to bring back the feature for its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.

All is forgiven, Samsung!

Well, maybe not quite all as we still don’t have swappable batteries. Nevertheless, the return of memory card capability is better than nothing. On that note, some of you may be wondering where the memory card now resides. See, given the water-resistant capabilities of the S7 and S7 Edge, the memory card as well as the SIM card slot requires a nice seal to prevent any unwanted damage.

Fortunately, getting to both is quite easy. In fact, they’re located in the same spot. That would be on the top edge of both phones, which is marked by a thin rectangular slot with a tiny pin hole. For folks who need more guidance, I’ve put together a step-by-step list with images to guide you all the way. By the way, for a list of nifty things you can do with Samsung’s latest entry in the Android smartphone space, make sure to check out our tutorial listing 15 Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Anyway, back to our SIM and memory card tutorial. First, let’s start with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Ejection Pin

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge key
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ejection pin. It also can be replaced with a small paper clip. Jason Hidalgo

If you bought your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge brand new, you will find a small metal key tucked into a piece of cardstock included in the box. That little ejection pin is the key to your S7 Edge kingdom, at least as it relates to getting access to the SIM and memory card tray. For folks who don’t have a key or perhaps lost it, no worries. All you need is a small metal paper clip, which you can unwind and MacGyver into an impromptu key.

Before going any further, check to make sure that your smartphone is powered down, just to be on the safe side. Once you have your key mechanism ready, line up its tip with that small circle I mentioned earlier. If you’re still confused which of the two tiny circles to insert the key into, just look for the telltale rectangular impression for the tray. That’s the tiny circular hole you’ll want to press into.

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Opening SIM, Memory Card Tray of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Opening Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge tray
To open the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge SIM and MicroSD card tray, push the release pin against this tiny hole. Jason Hidalgo

Once you’ve confidently located the tiny circular slot, insert your key then press against the opening. You will feel a small click or pop and the tray will slightly pop out. So far, so good. Just gently pull it out lest you send any SIM or memory card in there flying away like an out-of-control Iron Man. For devices that do not have a SIM or memory card installed yet, you’ll basically notice two rectangular openings. The larger one is for the memory card, which is the first slot you see as you’re pulling out the tray. The smaller inner recess is for the SIM card.  

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Placing SIM and MicroSD on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Tray

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge card tray
Here's how you'll want to position the SIM and MicroSD memory card on the Galaxy S7 Edge tray. Jason Hidalgo

To insert a memory card, just match the shape of the recess area with your microSD card. The naming and branding on the memory card should be facing up. You get the same deal with the SIM card as well. Just match the shape with the indentation once again. Basically, the gold part of the SIM card should be facing down.

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Inserting Back the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Tray

Inserting back Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge tray
Re-insert the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge tray with the SIM and MicroSD card facing up. Jason Hidalgo

Once you’ve placed the memory card, SIM card or both on the tray, gently insert the tray back into the phone and carefully push it back into the tray slot. You want to do this carefully because it’s a bit finicky and it’s easy to for your SIM or memory card to fall out from quick, jerky movements. Push it all the way in until you have a secure seal again and voila, you are now good to go.

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Opening SIM, Memory Card Tray of Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM, MicroSD tray
Opening the Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM and MicroSD tray is similar to the S7 Edge. Jason Hidalgo

For folks who own the regular Samsung Galaxy S7, the procedure is basically the same. I’m going to go ahead and include just a couple of step-by-step photos, however, for folks who still feel like they need them. First, use the ejection pin or a small unwound paperclip to press into the release hole for the SIM and memory card tray.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM, MicroSD Tutorial Wrap Up

Re-inserting Samsung Galaxy S7 tray
Just plop back the Samsung Galaxy S7 tray and you're done. Jason Hidalgo

The tray should pop out after using the requisite amount of force. Pull the tray out, gently if it has a SIM card in there, until it’s free like Willy. Align your SIM or memory card into the tray then slowly place the tray back into the slot opening. Press it in until you’ve got a good seal again. Just like that, you’re back in business.

Jason Hidalgo is About.com’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too. For related articles, make sure to check out the Tablets and Smartphones hub.

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