Fix: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra No SIM Card Detected Error

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a huge, powerful Android phone with some big upgrades over the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The device comes with a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, Contour Cut Camera, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 (Global).

Having mid-range or higher-end phones like Samsung does not guarantee that the devices will not fall victim to any issues. The devices have faced issues in the past, and one of the most common problems is the no sim card detected error. Whether the device is not detecting a sim card or throwing errors like No Service or No signal detected, we’ve listed some fixes to eliminate those issues.

In most cases, the sim card-related errors like No Sim Card Detected, No Service, etc., can be easily fixed. But, sometimes, the problem occurs when the sim card is damaged, or there’s some network issue in your area. In any case, applying the fixes, we have listed below is worth applying.

Fix: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra No SIM Card Detected Error

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Device Overview

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The brightness is also quite high, with maximum peak brightness reaching up to 1500 nits, making outdoor visibility no issue at all. As for the protection, we have the industry best Gorilla Glass Victus protection in the S21+, and we also have the HDR10+ certification for HDR video playback.

For processing power, we get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 for the Chinese and American market, while the rest of the world gets the Exynos 2100 chipset. Both these processors are built on a 5nm manufacturing process. The Snapdragon 888 is an octa-core processor consisting of one Kryo 680 core clocked at 2.84 GHz, 3 Kryo 680 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz, and four Kryo 680 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Exynos 2100 is also an octa-core processor with one Cortex-X1 core clocked at 2.9 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz.

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In terms of optics, we have a quad-camera setup at the rear and a single high-megapixel camera at the front. The quad-camera setup consists of a 108MP primary sensor paired with an f/1.8 lens, a 10MP periscopic telephoto lens paired with an f/4.9 lens, a 10MP telephoto sensor paired with an f/2.4 lens, and a 12MP ultrawide sensor paired with an f/2.2 lens. The rear setup is capable of capturing 8K videos at 24 fps. We also have stereo sound recording and HDR10+ video recording. Coming to the front, we have a 40MP lens paired with an f/2.2 lens. This is capable of capturing 4K videos at 60 fps.

The smartphone is available in three storage options: 12GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage, 12GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage, and 16GB of RAM with 512GB of internal storage. The top option is definitely overkilled for a smartphone. The phone comes with Android 11 out of the box, with OneUI 3.1 running on top. In terms of connectivity, we have Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.2.

For sensors, we get the under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. Again, we get the Samsung exclusive Samsung DeX, Samsung Wireless DeX, Bixby natural language command and dictation, and Samsung Pay with the S21 Ultra, too, just like the S21+. The smartphone is available in five color options: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown.

Here’s what to do if your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is not detecting SIM card

Fix 1: Turn Airplane Mode on and off

Whenever you face any sim card or network-related issues, you should first turn on the Airplane Mode and then turn it off. This method does the trick most of the time. This method disconnects your device from the wireless system until the option is not turned on.

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To turn on the Airplane Mode, Navigate to Settings > Connections > Airplane Mode and then tap on the toggle next to the Airplane Mode. Alternatively, you can turn on the feature from the Quick Settings.

Fix 2: Perform a soft reset

Soft reset (also called Force restart) is more effective than performing a normal reboot. The No Sim Card Detection Error on your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could result from a system glitch. Performing a soft reset ends all the running processes, including those responsible for system glitches, which can fix all the sim card or network problems.

To perform a soft reset on your Samsung Galaxy phone, press and hold the power button and volume down (-) button for a few seconds. Release your fingers from the buttons once the Samsung logo appears on the screen. Let the device reboot itself, and check if the sim card issue persists.

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Fix 3: Remove and re-insert the sim card

Your phone can throw errors such as No Sim Card Detected when the sim card is damaged or misplaced in the sim tray. To rule out this possibility, open the sim tray and check if the sim card is placed as it should be. Also, check for any damage on the card. If you found any damage on the sim card, replace it by going to the respective carrier’s store. Otherwise, move on to the following method.

Fix 4: Reset network settings

Some changes in the network settings might have caused the device not to be able to detect a sim card. Thankfully, Samsung offers an easy way to reset all the changes. By resettings network settings, you will lose access to Wi-Fi passwords, paired devices, etc.

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To reset network settings on your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, go to Settings > General management > Reset > Reset network settings > Tap on Reset settings.

Fix 5: Factory reset

If none of the methods has worked for you, we are left with the factory reset option. This method often works with software-related issues, including the No Sim Card Detected issue on your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

By performing a factory reset on your phone, you will lose access to all your data. Therefore, take a complete backup of your phone before using this method. To factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, navigate to Settings > General Management > Reset > Factory Data Reset. After that, the device will take a couple of minutes to complete the process. Ensure that the device has at least 50% battery, as the process can sometimes take longer than usual.

We believe that one of the methods would have helped you fix the issue on your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. In the comments below, let us know which method did the trick for you.

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