If you or your child had a smart watch, you know that the SIM card is an essential part of the device. Without it, your watch would not be able to connect to cellular networks, making it pretty useless. If your SIM card ever becomes damaged or gets lost, you’ll need to replace it, which is why we’ll go over what you need to know about replacing a smart watch SIM card here.
What Do SIM Cards Do?
A SIM card is a small, removable chip that stores data for your phone or watch. It holds information such as your contacts and text messages. When you put the SIM card in your device, it connects to the carrier’s network and allows you to make calls and send texts. Most smart devices also require SIM cards to connect to the internet and use features such as GPS tracking. A smart watch, in particular, will be limited to only a few functions, such as telling time, without a SIM card.
How Do You Know If You Need a New One?
Not all smart watches require SIM cards. If your watch connects directly to a phone, it probably doesn’t need one. If you’re still unsure, though, you can check your watch’s user manual or contact the manufacturer to see if yours requires a SIM card. However, if your smart watch works on its own, as our kids’ texting watch does, then it’ll definitely need one.
Typically, you’ll only need to get a new SIM card if your smart watch suddenly stops connecting to the internet or if it’s not tracking activity data correctly. Go into the Settings and select About to check if there’s a problem with your current SIM card. If the number listed under the network is different from your phone’s, you’ll need to replace the SIM card.
What Are the Steps for Replacing One?
Regardless of the reason for your SIM card issues, chances are that you’ll have to replace it. Here are the steps for doing so:
- Remove the back cover of your smart watch. There should be a few screws holding it in place, which you’ll need to unscrew with a small Phillips-head screwdriver.
- Once you’ve removed the screws, you can gently pull on the back cover, and it will come off.
- Locate the SIM card tray. It will be on the side of the watch, and it will be spring-loaded.
- To remove the SIM card, you’ll need to use a small object such as a paperclip or a pen tip to push on one end of the tray. Then you can pull out the tray.
- Once the tray is out, you can remove the old SIM card and replace it with a new one. Ensure that the gold contacts on the SIM card are facing down, and then insert the tray back into the watch.
- Replace the screws on the back cover of your smart watch.
- Power on your smart watch and wait for it to connect to the network. You should now be able to use your watch with its new SIM card.
Now that we’ve gone over what you need to know about replacing a smart watch SIM card, you can easily replace your watch’s SIM card by yourself and continue to use it with no problems.