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This guide takes you through installing the SIM card reader on the PlayStation Vita.

  1. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement, Case Separation: step 1, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement, Case Separation: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Power off and remove the memory card.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four 6.4mm screws on the back casing.

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    • Using your fingernail or a spudger, pry open the accessory port cover on the top of the device.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two 5.4mm screws hidden beneath the accessory port cover.

  3. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 5.4mm Phillips #00 screws on the bottom of the device near the charging port.

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    • Beginning at the sides of the device, use a plastic opening tool to separate the front and rear cases.

    • Continue working your way around the device gently prying it open.

    • There are still wires holding the front and rear cases together. You may damage the connections if you yank the cases completely apart.

  5. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Gently separate the two cases, minding the battery and the touch screen controller connectors holding the two cases together.

  6. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Using a spudger, free the touch screen controller flex cable by gently prying up the connection.

  7. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Free the battery cable by gently prying up on the connection with a spudger.

  8. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Separate the front and rear cases.

  9. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement, SIM Card Reader: step 9, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement, SIM Card Reader: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pry open the tab of the flex cable socket on top of the SIM card reader.

    • Free the flex cable by sliding the spudger underneath it and pulling it out of the socket. Rest the flex cable out of the way.

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    • Use a spudger to release the plastic tab along the inside of the case and gently pry up the SIM card reader.

  11. PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 PlayStation Vita SIM Card Reader Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the SIM card reader out of the casing.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the blue, 5.0mm screw from the SIM car reader.

    • Separate the SIM card reader from the SIM card reader retainer.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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