Fri. May 24th, 2019

How to Activate Your iPhone without a SIM Card?

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Do you have little ones at home? I am sure anyone sharing quarters with little spawns knows how difficult it is to keep our iPhone  away from sticky hands and prying eyes. After-all, we can’t just hand them a working device. At least, not one which comes with a SIM card. It makes me cringe thinking of all the dangers lurking in the depths of technology!

Do you know there is a way you can use an iPhone without the SIM card?

In fact, you don’t even need a stable Wifi connection to run it.

To explain to you the complete process of activating your iPhone without a SIM card, we will assume that you already have access to an unlocked iPhone which is not carrier specific. 

If you want to unlock an iPhone which is carrier specific, watch this amazing video instead: 

Method # 1: Unlock Your iPhone Using Someone Else’s SIM Card

One of the easiest and quickest ways of unlocking your iPhone is to use someone else’s SIM card. For that, you will need a friend who already owns a smartphone and is interested in sharing the SIM with you. Once you have unlocked the phone, you can use it on a WiFi network just like you can use an iPod/iPad. Here are a few things that you require to remove the SIM card from your iPhone.

  • Get access to a SIM removal tool
  • Find a nice friend who is willing to share his SIM card with you
  • A steady access to a powerful Wifi Network.

Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s how you can unlock your iPhone using someone else’s SIM card.

  • Remove the SIM card from your friend’s phone and insert it into the iPhone device you wish to unlock.
  • Upon starting the device, go through the usual configuration steps and log-in.
  • Now patiently wait for the iPhone to activate, once its done, remove the SIM and hand it back.
  • Now, you can access all the features of the iPhone apart from sending a text messages or making a call.
  • Don’t worry, the SIM will work just fine on your friends phone while you can communicate using different social platforms such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. 

Method # 2: Activate Your iPhone Using the iTunes Option

This particular method is specific for iPhones that are carrier specific and locked on a particular network. So, if you have such a phone in your possession, you can unlock this phone using the iTunes option. Even if you don’t have access to a stable Wifi, iTunes will work for you.

Here are the two prerequisites you will need:

  • An unlocked iPhone device
  • An accessible iTunes on computer

Here’s how you can unlock your iPhone using the iTunes method.

  • Download iTunes for free and then check if your iTune account is up to date.
  • Now connect your phone to your Computer & connect it to iTunes.
  • You will see an on-screen prompt, saying, “There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate.” It will indicate that the phone is locked on a specific carrier. Now, you have to find that specific carrier, but just for a moment to unlock your iPhone.
  • Once the prompt is resolved, your iTunes will guide you through a step by step process on how to activate your iPhone. Fill in all the important details and activate your phone.
  • Now, you can use your iPhone just like an iPod or an iPad.

Method # 3: JailBreak Your Phone

If every other method fails, you can make use of the jailbreak feature to unlock your iPhone. Once your device is jailbroken, the warranty of your phone becomes void. Jailbreaking an iPhone or an iPad requires you to go through an extremely long process to activate and unlock it.

We usually don’t recommend this method as it is unethical in practice. It can seriously damage the warranty and price of your phone and hence, this method is considered an unreliable one.

If you are interested to jailbreak your iPhone, here is an interesting video to guide you:

So here are all the methods you can employ to activate your iPhone if you don’t have a SIM card.

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