Apple iPhones are great but expensive, and they rarely offer discounts. If you don’t want to buy an iPhone in its full price, purchasing a second-hand iPhone is a good choice. Now there are many places to buy an used or refurbished iPhone, both online and offline. This really saves money, but also causes some troubles. One of the problems that many users have experienced is: iPhone is locked and unusable.
So, if you are considering purchasing an used iPhone, it’s important to check whether the iPhone is unlocked or not. Normally, you won’t be able to use an iPhone if it is locked to a specific carrier. In this article, we’re going to address this topic very precisely and share with you three different ways you can check if an iPhone is unlocked.
An unlocked iPhone is a device that not associated with any specific carrier and then can connect to any network. This means that you will be able to switch to any carrier whenever you want to. An iPhone that is purchased directly from Apple is usually unlocked. But if you buy a second hand iPhone from someone who has a contract with a carrier, the device may be locked until the duration of the contract is complete or the contract is paid in full. It is very important to confirm if an iPhone is locked or not and here’s how you can check.
The easiest method to check if an iPhone is unlocked is in the device’s Settings. You’ll need to power up the iPhone and enter the 4-digit or 6-digit passcode if needed. Here’s how to do that:
Please note this method is not 100% accurate. If you have two SIM cards from different networks, proceed to the next method.
You may also be able to check if an iPhone is unlocked by inserting another SIM card into the device. If you don’t have another carrier’s SIM card, try borrowing one from a friend. Here’s how to check the iPhone unlock status:
Every iPhone has an IMEI number that can provide a lot of information about the device. And there are many online services can help you check if your iPhone is unlocked using the IMEI number. Follow these steps to check if an iPhone is unlocked:
Most of these online services would charge a fee for doing this. If you don’t want to pay, you can try to contact your carrier and ask them to check the iPhone’s unlock status by providing the IMEI number.
If you have an iPhone whose screen is locked and you don’t know the password, there are several ways to get around this problem and unlock the device. But none of them are as effective or as easy to use as FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker. This third-party program is developed to make it easy for you to unlock an iPhone regardless of the type of screen lock you are using.
To unlock an iPhone screen without the password, download and install FoneGeek iPhone Passcode Unlocker on your computer and then follow these simple steps below:
Step 1: Run the program after successful installation and in the main window, select "Unlock Screen Passcode" to begin, then click on "Start > Next".
Step 2: Connect the locked iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and then wait for the program to recognize the device.
If the program fails to detect the device for any reason, you may have to put it into Recovery mode or DFU mode. The program will show you how to do that, just follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 3: Once the device is detected, the program will provide the latest firmware for your device’s model. Simply click on "Download" to download the necessary firmware.
Step 4: When the download is complete, click on "Start Unlock" to begin the process of removing the device’s passcode.
The whole process will take just a few minutes and it is necessary to keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete. Once the process is complete, set it up as new and set up new security features including a new passcode to continue using the device.
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.