When iPhone says no service it means you can’t use it for the basic things, such as texting, calling, and using mobile data. The only way to access the Internet is by connecting to a Wi-Fi network. You won’t be able to use the mobile internet until you get rid of the error. The same thing goes for messages and calls. The issue will appear in the areas with no network coverage, or in the areas where network coverage is poor when you can also see a message “searching for service”. Some other reasons for no service on iPhone are damaged SIM card, the fact the card is not properly placed in the tray, or a software bug. The problem may also appear after iOS upgrade.

Before you start solving the problem by trying out the solutions we have listed below, make sure you are in the area that has network coverage. Also, contact your carrier to make sure your account is active.

See also: How to Fix iPhone That is Stuck in Recovery Mode

How To Fix No Service On iPhone

 

Solutions For No Service On iPhone

 

Toggle Airplane mode

The easiest way to resolve no service on iPhone issue is by turning on/off the Airplane mode. You can access the Settings >> General >> Airplane Mode. Turn it on. Wait for one minute and turn it off again. The other way is by accessing the control center.

  • Swipe up the bottom of any screen and the control center will appear.
  • Tap the Airplane sign on the top-left corner or control center screen to turn it on.
  • Wait for one minute, then turn it off.

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Check the Cellular Data

If toggling Airplane mode didn’t fix it, try this method. First of all, make sure your Cellular Data is On.

  • Go to Settings >> Cellular >> Cellular Data

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If you traveling abroad, make sure that you have turned on the Data Roaming.

  • Open Settings >> Cellular >> Data Roaming

 

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Date and Time

Make sure your date and time that is set on iPhone in accordance with your current time zone. The best option is to enable “Set automatically”.

  • Connect iPhone to WiFi
  • Go to Settings >> General > Date and Time
  • Turn On “Set Automatically”

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Restart iPhone

Many common issues are resolved with a restart.

  • Press and hold the sleep/wake button
  • Once you see the slider  (the one says “slide to power of”), drag it from the left to the right.
  • After the iPhone is completely Off, wait for at least one minute.
  • Turn it On again by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button until you see the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

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Change “Voice & Data”

Changing Voice and Data can fix no service on iPhone issue. This is how many users fixed the problem. Here is what you need to do:

  • Head to Settings >> Cellular >> Cellular Data Option >> Voice & Data.
  • If you use 4G switch it to 3G or vice versa.
  • Then, click the home button one time to go back to home screen and see if your cellular network is back.

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iPhone Carrier settings update

iPhone carrier settings update includes the updates from your carrier related to the settings. For example, network, calling, cellular data, messaging, hotspot, and voicemail settings. Here is how to update your carrier settings:

  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Internet connection.
  • Tap Settings >> General >> About.
  • You will get a notification about the update if it’s available.

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Reinsert your SIM card

If none of those methods above are working, reinsert your SIM card.

  • Open the tray using a paper clip or the SIM-eject tool.
  • Take out the SIM card and put it back properly
  • Close the tray and see the issue appears or not.

Note: Once you take out your SIM card, make sure the card is not scratched or damaged in any way. In case you notice the damage, contact your carrier and ask for a SIM card replacement. If you do not see any damages, insert your SIM card into another smartphone to see if the No service issue occurs. If it does, contact your carrier for a replacement.

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 Update the iOS

The update always comes with bug fixes and it also improves the security and the performance of iOS devices. That is why it is advisable to update the software when a new version becomes available. Here is how to do just that:

  • Make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Open Settings >> General >> Software Update.
  • Wait for your iPhone to check the availability of the update.
  • Tap Download and Install.

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Reset Network settings

This useful method can fix no service on iPhone, but it is very effective for many other problems, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi issues. You will have to re-enter your Wi-Fi passwords and pair your iPhone with Bluetooth devices all over again. Here is how to reset network settings:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Reset
  • Select Reset Network Settings
  • Enter your passcode
  • Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm your action.

 

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Reset All Settings

This method is safe because you will not lose any data or media on your iPhone. Here is what you have to do to:

  • Head to Settings
  • Hit General
  • Tap Reset
  • Select Reset All Settings.
  • Enter a passcode if required
  • Confirm the action by tapping Reset All Settings.

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Restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes

No service on iPhone can also be fixed by restoring the iPhone using iTunes. You need to keep that this will erase everything you have on your device, so backup your data first. To restore your iPhone to factory settings, follow these steps:

  • Make sure you have a stable Internet connection and the latest version of iTunes software.
  • Connect your iPhone to Mac/PC using a lightning cable.
  • Click Restore on the Summary tab.
  • Before the process starts, iTunes will download the firmware first.
  • Wait until the restoring process is completed.
  • Once it’s done, setup your iPhone as a new device.

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How To Fix No Service On iPhone After iOS Update

Sometimes, no service on iPhone may appear after iOS update. Some users complained about the issue after they upgraded their devices to iOS 9.3.

In most cases, all you need to do is wait for a while and give your device some time to settle after the update. Of course, waiting does not sound too exciting if you can’t send messages and even place calls. There are a couple of things to try:

  • Turn off Celular data by going to Settings > Cellular. After that, enable the Airplane mode and leave it on for 15-20 seconds. Turn off the Airplane mode, and enable Cellular data.
  • Restart your iPhone
  • Reinsert your SIM Card
  • Reset network settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset network settings. Tap Reset network settings to confirm your action.

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 No Service After Jailbreak ?

The most common cause why you are facing iPhone no service  after jailbreak is incorrect Baseband.

No Service error can only be resolved by downgrading your current iPad baseband. Most people jailbreak their iPhone with Redsn0w and upgrade to iPad baseband. And then they use UltraSn0w to activate their service, but fails.

The  iPad baseband causes conflict with network service and interferes with radio Frequency of the device. To successfully get service on your iPhone ,follow the procedure explained below.

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 iPhone No Service After Jailbreak

  • First Download the latest version of RedSn0w
  • Download your Firmware here (6.0.1)
  • After you have downloaded RedSn0w, Extract and Open it as administrator
  • When Redsn0w is opened, navigate to extra and ‘select ISPW’ and browse for the firmware you just downloaded

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  • After the process is completed, kernels and Ram had been added. A screen with options will appear.

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Check to see if you have the iPad BaseBand downgraded:

  •  Navigate to Settings>general> about
  • Check Install Cydia and downgrade From IPad Baseband.

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  • After that, your iPhone will reboot
  • Launch Cydia on your iPhone

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  • Click on Manage tab at the bottom right

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  • Select Launch Source

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  • To fix iPhone No Service After Jailbreakclick add at the top left and type http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com/ as the source URL and press the Add Source button.

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  • Select Return to Cydia
  • Select Done at the top right
  • Click http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com/ from the source list
  • Install and confirm to fix iPhone No Service After Jailbreak
  • The final step is to restart Spring board and now you can place your SIM card within your iPhone 4/3Gs/4s/5/3 and you shall get Service.

If this method did not solve the service error after you have jailbroken your phone and downgraded your iPad baseband,then try this one. Be sure to back up all data by iCloud or computer.

Insert your SIM card that is receiving no service error and head over to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

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All the solutions above are found effective to fix no service on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.

If you tried the solutions above, and nothing worked, contact your carrier. You can also contact Genius Bar or  the nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider.

 

46 COMMENTS

  1. Its for sure bent phone. Iphone 6 especially; even the small one will bend and once its bent the antenna or sim will not carry a signal. I squeezed mine really hard after I turned it off and that helps. You lose service once the connection is lost from whatever is connecting it. Basically this iphone is an 800 piece of garbage.

  2. My phone has had no service for over 4 days. I’m with straight talk. iPhone 7. The turn off cellular data, turn on airplane mode….remove SIM card thing actually got me back service. Then cut off 😔

  3. I had same issue, nothing worked. I was convinced it was antenna or bad radio. I took it to my cellphone repair shop and the guy messed with it for two minutes and it worked because he had messed with another for four hours.

    The answer: Turn off voice roaming. Verizon had some programming thing on their new tower her that only allowed the phone to work on roaming, not normally.

  4. Sam’s fix worked… I tried it all to no avail.
    Turns out my iPhone was bent and by a slight tweak to the body & sim card tray it straightened up and now flys right!!
    Thanks!!

  5. If all of above methods didn’t work, suspect one of your sim card reader socket holder’s contact wear off and didn’t update your carrier’s very small software update. For some ios update your carrier’s update should be installed along with ios update – if not, the phone continuously searching signal, or show no service warning.
    Check your sim card reader socket first.

  6. Apple told me to do a new install from itunes… Now I can’t get through the first step, because it needs my simcard to install ios!!! I had a full working iphone, without service, now I have shit.

  7. No Service is on the phone. iPhone SE are sim card are new. Is it possible that it may take a few hours for the service to start ???

    • John — Who did you use to fix yours? How long ago? What happened prior to getting “No service” on your phone? Was there water damage?

  8. I’ve got the same issue Fadil. On random occasions it’ll work after going through a few of these steps… reboot, sim in/out, reset network settings…. but by the end of the day it’s back to “searching” or “no service” status…

  9. I have Iphone 6 version, 10.1.1 But I have a problem with the network, no service from time to time searching, Please any other methods to help? Thank you very much

    • It may be simply because you are currently in the area with poor signal coverage. If you are sure that is not the case, one of these solutions should work. You can also contact your carrier.

  10. Went through two phones with this problem, and a bunch of money. Thank you, because your fix to turn off cellular data , then turn on airplane for 20 seconds, turn off airplane, turn on data , REMOVE SIM CARD, restart phone, replace SIM card, this actually worked so YAY! Remove SIM card is in capital letters because in the instructions you did not say when to remove SIM card, just at the end you say to replace it. So, we tried a couple times guessing at which point to remove it. Please adjust your instructions on what step to remove SIM card so others will have an easier time. And why don’t the people at Apple (or T-Mobile, but Apple should def know) know how to do this???? Love you guys and thx again for saving me a ton for o $$$$

  11. I had same issue. I fixed mine by removing the screen, next i removed the battery cover, after that i popped up the small antenna connected by the battery connector and then i reconnected it and waaalllllaaahhhh….i got a signal!!!! Hope this helps

  12. I updated my iOS on my iPhone and got no service. I tried many things, even removed and replaced SIM card. Your step for Change “Voice and Data” worked!!! Thank you!!

  13. I tried all the steps 2 times and I had no luck.. I think I might change it to a new one. Would the 6S have the same problem, do you know? Thanks

  14. iPhone 6 no service, sim works with other phone, bunch of BS, phone has been kept protected, no drops, past year of warranty and this happens. Need fix or this is a $800 brick

  15. I had the same issues tried all solutions but found out that your phone back might be bent which makes the board the sim card slide in lift up you will have to open your phone and press down on the sim card tray then turn your phone off and back on again and it should work I had a couple of phone like this and each time I did this it worked. Hope that helped

  16. I had the same issues tried all solutions but found out that your phone back might be bent which makes the board the sim card slide in lift up you will have to open your phone and press down the the sim card tray then turn your phone off and back on again and it should work I had a couple of phone like this and each time I did this it worked. Hope that helped

  17. My IPhone 6s has no service and I tried to fixes as guide line step by step but still doesn’t work.

    Please kindly feed back to my email. How to solve this problem

    • I had the same issues tried all solutions but found out that your phone back might be bent which makes the board the sim card slide in lift up you will have to open your phone and press down on the sim card tray then turn your phone off and back on again and it should work I had a couple of phone like this and each time I did this it worked. Hope that helped

  18. thank you soo much for all the information but all i wanted to know was: I tun my iphone 4s airplane mood on and off all the time and i wanted to know does this loose the service bcz im trying to call and i cant call

  19. 10.1.1 is the problem on iPhone 5/S. Updated everything, tried all the steps, phone has “No Service” and under Settings>General>About>Network says “Phone not Allowed”. No carrier update as of yet to correct and iOS 10.2 Mid-December, let’s hope…

  20. I have tried all these steps but still have the no service problem, network comes for a few seconds to minutes then goes back to no service. Please any other methods to help?

  21. Same here, everything works fine just “no service” so cant phone or be phoned. sytem update helped for an hour, then no service again. Ill call my phone insurance.

  22. Last night I updated to 10.1.1 and today I cannot make or receive calls on my iPhone 5, but I can text anyone on any network/phone and gets texts from them. I don’t get a no service error…just no service signal. I’m at my house where I’ve used this Phn daily for years. Tech support & a new SIM both failed to fix it. Store rep has seen this twice this week. **Help**
    Haven’t done a factory reset until I get it backed up.

    • I’ve been having the same issue for 3 days. Removed and reinserted Sim card, reset network settings, restored to factory – sill having the same issue.

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