Insert & activate a SIM card for Nexus 7 (2013)

Applies only to Nexus 7 (2013) LTE.

To use your Nexus 7, you must first insert and activate a micro SIM card. If no card is installed, the message “No SIM card” appears on the tablet’s lock screen.

Only Nexus 7 (2013) LTE can accept a SIM card. Wi-Fi versions of the tablet can't.

Warning: The SIM card ejection tool and the SIM card tray included with Nexus 7 are very small objects that represent a choking hazard. Please keep them out of reach of small children.

Insert SIM card

  1. Turn your tablet off and place it on a flat surface with the screen facing up, with the camera at the top and the Power button on the right.
  2. Tilt the right side slightly and locate the SIM card tray near the bottom and the small hole in the tray door.
  3. Insert the SIM ejection tool that comes with the tablet (or a paperclip) into the hole in the tray door, and push firmly but gently until the tray pops out.

  4. Remove the tray and place the micro SIM card inside it, with the angle corner fitting snugly into the angled corner of the tray.

  5. Reposition the tray in the slot and push it gently back into the tablet.

Activate SIM card

  1. Open the Settings app (Devices running Android 4.3 or lower have a different Settings icon) and turn off Wi-Fi after completing the set-up instructions. Once Wi-Fi is off, you'll see a notification at the top of your screen.
  2. Swipe down the notification shade and touch the notification.
  3. Follow the activation instructions provided by your carrier.
Important: Some carriers may take a minute or more to activate your SIM card. If you find it's taking a long time to activate, you may want to try restarting your tablet. Some mobile service providers may require you to enter and then exit airplane mode, or to use an SMS app from the Google Play store to manage your data. Contact your mobile service provider for additional details.

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