Galaxy Note 5 SIM Management Guide: Change, Enable, Disable SIM PIN, Delete Messages, View Free Space

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 requires a nano SIM card for you to place calls, access the Internet, download applications, and share photos over your network service provider/carrier.


In our previous posts, we’ve demonstrated the very basic operations that are typically done by every Samsung Galaxy Note 5 owners after unboxing their fresh handset, including SIM card installation and we would like to follow it up with this content highlighting the use of SIM PIN like how to change the PIN, lock/unlock SIM PIN, delete SIM messages, and view free SIM space on the Galaxy Note 5 device.

If you bumped in to this site while searching for pertinent contents over the Internet, then you’ve come in to the right place. Just refer to this article whenever you’re ready.

But before we go any further, if you were looking for a solution to your problem, then you will have to visit our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 troubleshooting page instead as it contains a list of issues we already addressed. Try to find problems related to yours and use the existing solutions. If they won’t work, then feel free to contact us using this form.

How to change SIM PIN on your Galaxy Note 5

For security purposes, changing SIM PINs is imperative especially if you think you’re SIM PIN has been accidentally disclosed to others. This way you can guarantee all confidential information stored in your device is still secured whenever and wherever you are.

If you are new to Android phones and have no idea how to get this done, follow these steps.

  1. Tap the Apps icon from the Home screen.
  2. Next, tap Settings.
  3. On the next screen, scroll down to Personal, and then tap the option to Lock screen and security.
  4. Continue by tapping Other security settings.
  5. Now scroll to SIM card lock.
  6. Tap Set up SIM card lock.
  7. Tap Lock SIM card, if necessary. Doing so will move the slider to ON and enable it.
  8. Enter your current SIM PIN.
  9. Tap OK to proceed.
  10. Next, tap Change SIM card PIN.
  11. Type in your current SIM PIN.

Hint: If you haven’t yet setup the SIM PIN on your device, try to enter 1234. It’s the default SIM PIN.

  1. Tap OK to continue.
  2. Now enter the new SIM PIN. Be sure to take note of it so you can easily remember whenever you need it.
  3. Enter the new SIM PIN again to confirm.
  4. Tap OK to complete the process. The SIM PIN is now changed successfully.

Follow the same procedure the next time you want to change the SIM PIN on your Note 5 device.

How to enable/disable SIM PIN on your Galaxy Note 5

To protect your SIM from being utilized in other devices, using a SIM PIN code is recommended. The device will prompt you to enter the code after turning it on, when the SIM PIN lock is enabled or turned on.

Here’s how to lock and unlock the SIM card on your Galaxy Note 5 handset:

  1. Tap the Apps icon from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings to continue.
  3. Scroll down to Personal.
  4. Tap Lock screen and security.
  5. Tap to select Other security settings.
  6. Scroll to SIM card lock.
  7. Tap Set up SIM card lock.
  8. Toggle the slider next to Lock SIM card, to turn it on or off (enable/disable).

How to delete SIM messages on your Galaxy Note 5

One way to manage and save some space, deleting unimportant SIM messages as well as messages that are no longer needed is recommended. If you don’t know how to do it yet on your new Note 5 device, you follow these steps:

  1. Tap Messages from any Home screen to get started.
  2. Tap the MORE icon to view more options.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap More settings.
  5. Tap to select Text messages from the given items.
  6. Tap Manage SIM card messages.
  7. Tap the MORE icon again.
  8. Tap Delete to proceed with deletion of selected messages.
  9. Tap to select each message you want to delete.

Hint: To delete all messages simultaneously, tap Select all instead.

  1. Tap Delete to continue.
  2. Tap OK complete the deletion process.

All selected messages are now deleted from the SIM.

How to view free SIM space on your Galaxy Note 5

In case you will encounter error prompts that are likely tied to insufficient SIM storage or similar issues, try to view the remaining free space on the SIM to make sure it still can allocate more messages. By then you may delete old messages or messages that are no longer needed, if necessary.

In case you need further assistance, here’s how to view free SIM space on the Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Tap the Apps icon from any Home screen to begin with.
  2. Next, tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to System.
  4. Tap Storage to continue.
  5. Go to Device Memory This is where you can view more details on your phone’s memory space including total space, available space, system memory, used space, cached data, and miscellaneous files. Viewing of this information will help you properly manage SIM memory allocation so as to ensure your phone is always at its best performance.

More Tips on Galaxy Note 5 SIM card Management

The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a sealed-body design, thus unlike the previous Galaxy Note generations, the SIM card slot is not located under the back cove but on the top of the phone. This new handset is schemed like the Galaxy S6 edge and its update version, the Galaxy S6 edge plus.

The SIM card size for the Galaxy Note 5 is different from the other previously released Note devices including Note 4.

The Galaxy Note 5 uses the smallest SIM card for smartphones to date, called the Nano SIM card. It’s both smaller and thinner than the micro SIM card.

To avoid any SIM card-related issues like no SIM card errors, activation errors, browser connection issues, and frozen/blank screen, it is highly recommended to get and use only the official nano SIM card from your carrier. Or if you have any of the latest high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Moto X, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, you can also use the same nano SIM card on them. Please note that inserting a wrong SIM card may damage the SIM card slot of your Galaxy Note 5.

Lastly, do not try to insert the SIM card while your device is turned on as it may harm the SIM card and/or the device itself.

See our previous guide on how to properly install nano SIM card on the Galaxy Note 5.

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