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4 Ways You Can Check If Your iPhone is Locked and How to Unlock It

How to Check if Your iPhone is Locked and How to Unlock it

So you bought a new iPhone and want to know if it's locked or not. Well, if you purchased it from the official Apple store, you can be sure you're brand new iPhone is unlocked and ready to use with any carrier. If you bought it from a third party like your network provider, you might want to check if it's unlocked.

If you bought the device by paying the total amount on the spot, there's a smaller chance your device is locked. But, if you purchased it on a contract, most likely, it will be locked. In many cases, the carrier will lock your device to prevent you from going to another network provider for their services. And until the iPhone is paid off, you'll be forced to use that network.

4 Ways You Can Check If Your iPhone is Locked and How to Unlock It

If you're not sure your iPhone is locked, there are few ways you can check that. The first option is to check your device settings. If your iPhone runs on a newer operating system, you'll be able to see the restriction status. If it runs on an older operating system version, the status won't be visible, but you'll get a hint. You can also check using another carrier SIM card by checking your device IMEI number or calling the carrier and asking directly.

If your iPhone is locked and you have a contract, there's not much you can do until you pay off the device. If you're not on the lease, you can unlock it by contacting the network provider.

If you're having problems checking your carrier restrictions, below, you'll find four different step-by-step methods on how to do that and how to unlock it if the device is locked.

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Check if Your iPhone is Locked in Settings

You can try and check if your iPhone is locked in the device settings. Keep in mind that you won't see a clear indication with words saying your iPhone is locked or not.

To check if your iPhone is locked in iOS 14 and later, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Go to "General" settings.

Go to General settings

3. Tap on "About".

Go to About

4. Then, scroll down to the bottom and locate "Network Provider Lock" or "Carrier Lock".
5. If you see "No SIM restrictions" next to it, your iPhone is unlocked.

Locate Network Provider Lock or Carrier Lock

To check if your iPhone is locked in older iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Then, tap on "Mobile Data".

Go to Mobile Data

3. Tap in "Mobile Data Options".

Tap on Mobile Data Options

4. If your iPhone is unlocked, you should see the "Mobile Data Network" option.

When an iPhone is locked, usually Mobile Data Network is not shown. This might not be true for all cases.

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Check if Your iPhone is Locked Using a SIM Card

Another way to check if your device is locked is by trying different sim cards to check if your iPhone recognizes and accepts them.

To check if your iPhone is locked using a SIM card, follow the steps below:

1. Turn off your device by pressing the power button until it turns off.
2. Open the SIM card tray and replace the SIM card with a different one from another carrier.
3. Insert the SIM card tray.
4. Turn on your iPhone by pressing the power button until you see the Apple logo.
5. When your iPhone is turned on, try to make a call.

If the call gets connected without any trouble, your phone is unlocked. If your iPhone is unable to connect the call, that means it's locked.

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Check if Your iPhone is Locked Using the iPhone IMEI Number

Every iPhone has an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. It's a unique number that each iPhone has. With it, you can check if your iPhone is locked or unlocked. To do that, you need to visit a website that has the possibility to access such information.

To check if your iPhone is locked using an IMEI number for free, follow the steps below:

1. On your iPhone, open the Phone app.
2. Then, type: *#06#

Look up IMEI

You will see your device IMEI number. Copy it.
3. Open your browser and go to a website that can check if your device is locked using an IMEI. In other words, an IMEI checker.
4. In the search bar, enter your IMEI number.
6. You will see information about your iPhone and if it's locked or not.

If you're not satisfied with the results on one website, there are many more that you can try. Some are free, some are paid. Choose depending on your preferences.

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Check if Your iPhone is Locked by Contacting Your Network Provider

If you don't want to look for yourself, you can always call Apple support and ask them to check for you. It might take up to a few days until they'd get back to you, but at least you'll know for sure.

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How to Unlock Your iPhone

If you want to unlock your iPhone, first, you should check if your carrier can unlock it. Not all carriers offer such services. You can do that by looking up your network provider in Apple's official list.

Pick your region, find your country and carrier. If you see the "Unlocking" option next to it, all you need to do is contact them and ask for device unlock. Keep in mind that the service might cost an additional fee. The process might also take up to few days.

Check carrier unlocking possibility

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