How to check if iPhone is unlocked

You might be wondering how to check if your iPhone is unlocked. We are going to show you the ways to do so.

Before we move to the steps, a quick word about the difference between locked and unlocked iPhones. Unlocked phones are the ones that can be used on any network, no matter if it is At&t, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or any other. Locked phones are the ones people buy through a carrier. For the time until the phone is paid off and the contract is over, the phone stays locked. If you are planning to sell your phone, or buy a used one, you should be informed if the device in question is locked or unlocked.

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Checking the unlock status via settings

To check the unlock status follow the steps mentioned below:

  • First of all, open your phone’s settings
  • Then from the subsection select Cellular
  • In the next window, click on Cellular data options.

  • Now if your phone takes you to another screen upon clicking the Cellular data options which say “Enable LTE” etc., it means that your iPhone is unlocked and you are good to go. But if this option does not work then it is a hint that your iPhone is locked.

This is not the perfect method to check whether your iPhone is unlocked or not because sometimes, it does not work with some used or even newer phones as well. So, you can opt for another option.

Checking whether the iPhone is unlocked via SIM Card

To check the unlock status of your iPhone with this method you need to have at least two SIM cards, each from a different phone carrier (if you do not have two different SIM cards then you can borrow one from your friend or family member). Now let us proceed to the steps with which you can check the status:

  • First of all, you need to turn off your iPhone.
  • Then you need to open the SIM card tray of the iPhone (you can use a paperclip for this purpose) and take out the current SIM card from the phone.
  • Now put the SIM card from a different carrier in the SIM card tray (remember that the new SIM card should be of the same size as well) and push the SIM card tray back into the place.
  • Once you have done that, it is the time to turn on the phone.
  • Now check whether the SIM card is working properly or not by calling someone or by sending a message to any working number.
  • In the end, you will see the result of the unlock status. If you see a message saying that the “call could not be completed” then it is a clear indication that your phone is locked.

Checking the unlock status with an online tool

You can find a couple of online tools and websites which let you check whether your iPhone is unlocked or not with the help of your iPhone’s IMEI number. However, most of the websites that offer such services provide the service for a certain fee. It is usually a few dollars, so if you are willing to pay, you may go for this option.