How to unlock your iPhone to use any SIM

How to unlock your iPhone to use any SIM

How to unlock your iPhone to use any SIM

Unlock your iPhone means that you'll use it by any SIM.

Your iPhone may be locked to your carrier. Unlocking your iPhone means you'll be able to use it with completely different carriers.

Contact your provider


  1. See if your provider offers unlocking. only your provider will unlock your iPhone.
  2. Contact your provider and request an unlock. Your account might need to meet requirements for unlocking. once you submit the request, it'd take a couple of days to finish. to get your request's status, contact your provider.
  3. After your provider confirms that they unlocked your iPhone, follow the steps below.

If you have got a SIM card from provider other than your current provider

Use these steps to complete unlocking your iPhone:

  1. Remove your SIM card and insert the new one. 
  2. Set up your iPhone once more.

If you do not have another SIM card to use

Use these steps to complete unlocking your iPhone:

  1. Back up your iPhone.
  2. After you create a backup, erase your iPhone.
  3. Restore your iPhone from the backup you just created.

Get help


You might see this message in iTunes or on your device: "The SIM card inserted in this iPhone doesn't appear to be supported. only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone. Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit a supported provider store."

If you see this message, use these steps:

  1. Restore your iPhone to factory settings.
  2. Contact your provider to make sure that they applied the unlock in their system.
  3. Restore your iPhone from a backup.