For people that are using iPhones and Apple devices, you have to activate the device before using them, but one of the crucial part of activating an iPhone is that you have to insert the SIM card first to activate it. But today things are about to change, we'll share with you some tips that you can use to activate your iPhone without a SIM card .
Can you use an iPhone without a SIM card? Yes, you can. But the tricky part is activating and setting up the phone in the first place.
If you'd like your child to be able to use a spare phone without a SIM card - just accessing data via Wi-Fi, turning it effectively into an iPod touch - or you simply haven't got a spare card available, you'll be glad to know there are various ways to activate and use an iPhone without a SIM. In this article we walk you through the best approaches.
On a related note, you may also be looking for a way to activate the iPhone without needing to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. We have a method that will allow you to do this too.
Expect this process to be more challenging if your iPhone is locked to a certain carrier. For the purposes of this tutorial we will assume you've got an unlocked iPhone or have access to a carrier-specific SIM that you can use temporarily. If not, find out how to unlock an iPhone so you can use any SIM and How to fix the 'Could not activate iPhone' error.
This guide covers all iPhone generations from the 3GS through to the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max.
We'll start with the easiest workaround. This is aimed at those who don't have a SIM of their own but are able to borrow a SIM from someone else, just for the duration of the activation process. (That might sound like a cop-out, but most people should be able to find someone willing to lend a SIM card - and don't worry, our next method doesn't require a SIM at all.)
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What you'll need:
Here's how to activate your iPhone:
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This method's effectiveness appears to depend on whether the phone is locked to a particular network. If your phone is locked and you have a SIM from that network handy you are best off activating the phone using the method described above.
The principle reason to use the iTunes method is if you have no Wi-Fi access.
What you'll need:
And here's how to activate your iPhone using this method:
You may have seen reports suggesting that you can activate an iPhone without a SIM card by calling the emergency services.
Not only do we want to dissuade you from calling the emergency services unnecessarily, we would also warn you that when we tried this method out it didn't work at all. We believe that the software flaw this method exploited has been patched.
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If all else fails you can always attempt to jailbreak your iPhone. This does void your warranty, but if you've got an old iPhone that's carrier-locked, it might be the best way to get it working again.
We've got a full guide on how to jailbreak an iPhone, which goes through the best methods (and warns about the risks). This will hopefully allow you to activate and unlock your handset.
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