SIM card is needed when you want to use Moto G phone capabilities (making calls, receiving calls, sending SMS, receiving SMS) or when you want to use mobile data to access internet.
Please note, Moto G (including Moto G 2nd Gen, aka Moto G 2014; Moto G 2015, aka, Moto G 3rd Gen) and Moto E (including Moto E 2nd Gen, aka Moto E 2015) can function normally without a SIM card. Just imagine a lot of WiFi only tablets.
What is the correct SIM card size for Moto G, Moto E and Moto X?
Currently, there are 4 SIM card sizes (reference here):
- Full size SIM card. Actually no smartphones in the market are using it now. It has the size of a credit card (85.60 mm *53.98 mm*0.76 mm).
- Mini SIM card. This is usually refer to as normal SIM card. Some old smartphones are still using Mini SIM card. Its size is 25mm*15mm*0.76mm.
- Micro SIM card. This has been the mainstream in last one or two years. It is smaller than Mini SIM card (15mm*12mm*0.76mm).
- Nano SIM card. This is currently the smallest SIM card for smartphones. It is not only smaller than Micro SIM card, but also thinner (12.3mm*8.8mm*0.67mm). The Nano SIM card is used in a few high-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S6, Moto X, Moto X 2nd Gen, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5, Nexus 6,
Moto G, Moto G 2nd Gen (Moto G 2014), Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen), Moto E and Moto E 2nd Gen (Moto E 2015) all use Micro SIM card.
However, Moto X and Moto X 2nd Gen (Moto X 2014) use Nano SIM card.
Can I cut the SIM card with Mini SIM card or use Nano SIM card with adapter?
Although there are many online guides on how to cut Micro SIM card with Mini SIM card, it is NOT recommended to use such cards on Moto G or Moto E. Moto G and Moto E may have problems with the rough cutting/trimming edge.
In addition, some old Mini SIM card has larger metal part. If you trim such a card to Micro SIM, the metal part may touch the edge. This will cause unpredictable problems on Moto G and Moto E.
If you have the smaller Nano SIM card, some vendors may suggest you to use an adapter to be used in Moto G or Moto E.
This is also not recommended. Most of such adapters in the market do not have good quality. The dimension, mainly the thickness, is not accurate. This again can cause problems in Moto G and Moto E.
So, you’d better get Micro SIM card for your Moto G and Moto E from your carrier. Some carriers actually now offer 3-in-1 SIM card, which can be used as Mini, Micro and Nano SIM card.
How to insert SIM card into Moto G and Moto E?
To inset SIM card into Moto G and Moto E, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Power off phone.
You should power off Moto G or Moto E before inserting SIM card into the phone.
You can press and hold the power button, then follow the on-screen instructions to power off the phone.
Step 2. Remove the Moto G (or E) back cover.
SIM card slots for Moto E, Moto E 2nd Gen and Moto G are under the back cover (please read this page for Moto G layout). So, you must take off the back cover to access the SIM card slot.
To remove Moto G back cover (or remove Moto E back cover), please follow this guide.
Step 3: Insert SIM card
For Moto G:
With the gold contacts facing down, push in your SIM card as shown below.
The SIM card should click in.
If your phone is a dual SIM model, you can insert the second SIM card similarly as shown below.
For dual SIM Moto G or Moto E, it is not necessary to insert SIM card to slot 2 if you want to use one SIM card on the phone. For the usage of dual SIM cards, please check this guide.
For Moto E 2nd Gen (Moto E 2015):
As shown below, with the gold contacts facing up, push in a card.
The SIM card should click in.
Step 4: Put back the back cover (for Moto G and Moto E)
After the SIM card is clicked in, you can put back the cover.
Step 5: Power on the phone.
Power on the phone to enjoy it.
How to remove SIM card from Moto G and Moto E?
To remove SIM card from Moto G or Moto E or replace SIM card for the phone, you can follow the similar procedures mentioned above.
Step 1: Power off the phone.
Step 2: Remove the back cover.
Step 3: Remove the SIM card
To remove a SIM card, push it in to release it. Then you can slide it out.
Please do NOT pull it without releasing it. It may damage the SIM card slot.
Step 4: Put back the back cover.
Step 5: power on the phone.
Can you insert or remove SIM card for Moto G and Moto E?
If you have problems or questions to insert SIM card into Moot G or Moto E, or remove it from Moto G or Moto E, please let us know them in the comment box below.
The community will try to hep you.
For more Moto G online manual pages, please check this page.
For detailed step-by-step guides, please check Moto G How-to guides page.