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Do you need a SIM card for the battery to charge?


iMore Question

I got a iPhone 5 it does not have a SIM card in it. It won't charge, do I need to put a SIM card in it to have it charge?


New member
Jul 2, 2013
An iPhone does not need a sim card for the battery to charge. Try turning the phone off and then back on again. If it still doesn't charge, it's possible there is something wrong with the battery.


Oct 2, 2013
The battery in my old iPhone 5 is about gone. I don't use it much any more, but some. I can charge it to 100% in the morning, then not use it at all and it's to 1% by late evening. You probably need a new battery.