Dual SIM card Android-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

Has anyone had experience with programming the selection of the SIM card, when the phone uses a dual SIM adapter?


Added later:
I have found the MultiSim application on the Android Market, which has in its description written that “…Analog dual-sim-adapter users can switch their sim cards…“, so is there some API in the Android SDK, which allows the SIM card switch/selection?

How to solve:

The current Android platform does not have support for multiple SIMs. A device with such support has been customized for this, so you will need to get information from that device’s manufacturer for any facilities they have to interact with it.


Since nobody mentioned it yet, Android finally has added official multisim support on Android 5.1.

But unless your app is only targeting that API (which is currently less than 0.5% of the market) you are on your own with the more obscure solutions mentioned in the other answers.


Please refer to this Dual Sim Android article. If you follow this direction, I think you can make it, even if current android api doesn’t support dual sim card mobile devices.


For SMS:

Assuming that you are developing the app for your own phone, and you are willing to go through the trouble of finding out the IDs (sim_id) assigned to each of your SIM cards (probably via checking the phone’s log outputs, searching for sim_id, which was what I did), you can use the following code to set the default SIM for SMS sending:

int simId = <place desired SIM ID here>;
Intent simIntent = new Intent("android.intent.action.SMS_DEFAULT_SIM");
simIntent.putExtra("simid", simId);

Combined with some other UI prompt stuff (for actually ‘picking’ the preferred SIM), this should do the trick.

I’m not at all sure if this approach would work for you (although the code appears manufacturer-independent); I figured it out with trial and error on my Mlais MX28 (with a customized ROM). But it’s still worth a shot, I suppose. 🙂

Strangely, the solution stopped working unexpectedly after a few updates to the app I was working on. But I came across another way (which seems to be more promising). (I believe this can be extended for other SIM selection scenarios as well, as the settings cache contains entries with names gprs_connection_sim_setting, voice_call_sim_setting, video_call_sim_setting and the like.)

ContentValues val = new ContentValues();
val.put("value", "here goes the preferred SIM ID");
getContentResolver().update(Uri.parse("content://settings/system"), val, "name='sms_sim_setting'", null);

(Unfortunately, this requires the android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS permission.)

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