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How to destroy a sim card without breaking it (Best tips)

Last Updated on December 24, 2021 by Kennedy

Looking for the best tips on how to destroy a sim card without breaking it, I’ve got you covered here in this article as I will provide a means of destroying a sim card without causing a physical damage to the sim card.

But I guess you are the owner of the sim card and looking for the best way to dispose your sim cause I don’t see the reason why one will be looking for tips on how to destroy a sim card without breaking it.

Well if that’s what you want and I presume that’s your sim card, let’s proceed to the tips I have for you.

How to destroy a sim card without breaking it

To destroy a sim card without breaking it, simply add salt to water and submerge the sim card into the water. Another way is to use a magnet and run it over the sim card and it will completely destroy the sim card chip.

how to destroy a sim card without breaking it

This method takes a lot of time before the sim card is destroyed but this is the way I use to destroy my sim card especially if I’m no longer in need of the sim card.

I will simply leave the sim card offline without recharging it or subscribing to a data plan. If the sim card is offline for few months without being active, the network provider will disconnect the sim card.


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More ways which you can destroy a sim card without breaking it include the followings;

1. By contacting the network provider

If you are no longer in need of the sim card or it’s mobile number linked to, kindly contact your network service provider and request they disconnect the line for you.

They will adhere to your request and the sim card will be disconnected. Once the line is disconnected the sim card becomes invalid and destroyed without breaking it or causing a physical damage to it.

2. Use water and salt

Salt and water is another common method used to destroy a sim card without breaking it, you simply have to add to a water and submerge the sim card into the water and leave it for about four good hours or more.

The water along with the salt added will destroy the sim chip or make the sim card itself. The sim card will be a lot soft and the sim chip will find it difficult connecting to the network service.

Afterwards if you insert the sim card into the phone what you will be seeing is invalid sim card, no service or no sim card inserted.


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3. Use razor on the sim card

Using razor doesn’t mean to break the sim card with the razor but instead you will use the razor on the surface of the sim chip.

Kindly note that once the sim chip is destroyed you have automatically destroyed the sim card without breaking it. 

So the main purpose here is to destroy or damage the sim chip and the sim card will be rendered useless.

All you have to do is to use a sharp razor blade and scratch on the surface of the sim chip multiple times. Doing this will definitely destroy a sim card without breaking it though you will see the scratches on the surface of the sim card chip.

4. Use a magnet to destroy a sim card without breaking it

Anotee sure way of to destroy a sim card without breaking it is by using a magnet on the sim card chip. All you have to do is to run a very strong magnet across the magnetic stripe, you’ll scramble the sim chip and this will automatically invalid the sim card.

Afterwards if you insert the sim card into a phone it will be invalid or shows no sim card because the sim chip has been damaged or destroyed.


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These are the ways to destroy a sim card without breaking it.

Can a SIM card be destroyed by water?

A sim card can be destroyed by water though it will take a lot of time for the sim to be completely destroyed but if added with a substance like salt or a strong detergent, the sim card will be destroyed a lot faster.

Will a magnet erase a SIM card?

Yes of course,a magnet will erase a SIM card and it is one of the object used to destroy a sim card chip or any other chip like the credit and debit card chip, etc. 

A magnet is one of the best ways to erase a SIM card without breaking it and it works perfectly fine as it will destroy or damage the sim card chip. All you need to do is to run the magnet on the surface of the sim chip multiple times and it will surely destroy a sim card without breaking it.

Can you throw out old SIM cards?

Yes you can throw out old sim card but please kindly make sure that the sim card is no longer active or working, or probably completely destroy the sim card before throwing it away.

There’s no harm in throwing away old sim card but I recommend you to shred the sim card completely before disposing the it.

What do I do if my SIM card is broken?

If your sim card is broken then you have to request for a sim replacement and perform a sim swap. This will transfer all data including the sim number to the new sim card.

Remember that if a sim card is broken it won’t work in any mobile phone as you will be getting invalid sim or no sim inserted.

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Conclusion

These are the ways which you can destroy a sim card without breaking it especially by using a magnet or adding salt to water and submerging the sim card into the water.