How to Turn Off ‘Your SIM Played a Tone’ Message on iPhone 6s

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Going crazy with the ‘Your SIM played a tone’ message on your iPhone 6s (or iPhone 6s Plus, SE or 5S)? Well, our condolences are with you because even we have been on the receiving end of these messages. For people unaware, these are flash messages most probably from your network, that takeover your iPhone’s screen and when you accept the message, you either get a spam message or something promotional. Moreover, these messages tend to pop-up every few minutes or every few hours, if luck is on your side.

Your SIM played a tone message iPhone 6s

Along with being annoying, these messages also interfere with a device’s performance. Ever since these messages started arriving on our iPhone 6s, we witnessed quite a few hang-ups. So, keep your cool, as here’s how to turn off ‘Your SIM played a tone” message on your iPhone 6s:

1. Go to iPhone’s “Settings” and scroll down below to find “Phone

iPhone Settings Phone

2. In the Phone Settings, tap on “SIM Applications” and select “FLASH!“.

iPhone 6s SIM Applications Settings

Note: Not all mobile operators feature this option with the same “FLASH!” name, so check out other similar options in the SIM Applications page. 

3. Here, tap on “Activation” and in the following menu, hit “Deactivate“.

Deactivate flash messages iPhone

4. You’ll then getting a flash message asking you confirm “FLASH! OFF“. Select “Accept” and take a sigh of relief.

turn off your SIM played a tone message iPhone

Once you are done, you should not be receiving any flash messages. However, if you are still receiving flash messages, you are jinxed. Jokes apart, you will then have to call your operator’s customer service number and ask them to turn off SIM flash messages.

SEE ALSO: How to Block Chrome Notifications on Windows, Mac and Android

Get rid of flash messages before they get on the nerve!

If you ever feel like testing your cool, you should activate flash messages on your phone and let the drama ensue. We don’t recommend it though. The method to disable flash messages on the iPhone is pretty simple, so follow the aforementioned steps and get rid of these messages before you go nuts. If you come across any problems on your device, do let us know in the comments section below.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!


  1. Thanks a lot guys. It was such a headache. Everytime i had 2 restart my phone. By following the above given steps my big issue is over now.

  2. Thanks a lot.. problem has been resolved .
    I was latterly irritated with this flash sms “Your Sim played a tone” which has been flashing up in every 5 second on iphone screen.


  3. thanks alot dear, problem has been resolved by the way your explanations was so good
    i can see my irritation in your words…

  4. How simple it is? Problem resolved might be for ever!!
    I have followed the same instructions for my I-Phone 7.
    Thanks a LOT!!…

  5. I have a message few times a day with text “Your SIM played a tone” and two options (Cancel, Accept). Nothing happens for any option I choose.

    Could you please clarify me what is it about? and how I can switch it off?