[Multiple Ways] How to Check if Your iPhone Is Unlocked
Summary: If you're buying or selling a used iPhone, it's suggested to know if your iPhone is unlocked. This article will show you 3 easy ways to check your iPhone unlock status.
Before selling or buying a used iPhone, it's good to understand if your iPhone is locked to one single cellular network or by iCloud Activation Lock. Not only the price would vary based on the lockup sort, but it would also be quite different for your iPhone user experience.
As this is not an appearance label put on your iPhone, it may take a while to know if an iPhone is locked. This article will show you how to check if an iPhone is unlocked or not.
How to Check if My iPhone Is Unlocked in Settings
The easiest way to check an iPhone's unlock status is to check in Settings. Although someone from Reddit or Apple Community reports this method isn't always accurate, we still recommend you to start from this point due to its easiness. Follow the steps below to learn how to check if your iPhone is unlocked in the Settings app.
Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > General.
Check if you see either one of the "Cellular Data Network" or "Mobile Data Network" option in Carrier Lock. If you don't see these options, your phone is most likely unlocked. The No SIM restrictions means your iPhone is free from any carrier contract.
How to Check if My iPhone Is Unlocked with the SIM Card
Someone from Reddit and Apple Support Community reported that there is another way to check if an iPhone is unlocked by trying a secondary SIM card. To do so:
Here's what you need to do:
Power off your iPhone using either the Side button or the Shut Down option in Settings.
Remove the SIM card from your phone.
Insert a working SIM card from another phone, turn on your iPhone, and attempt to place a call. If it works, your phone is unlocked.
How to Check if My iPhone Is Unlocked Using IMEI Lookup Online
One additional way to check if your iPhone is unlocked is by using the IMEI Lookup Online tools, which are usually available for free. For sure you need to find the IMEI number of your iPhone. Here are the detailed steps on how to check if your iPhone is unlocked using the IMEI Lookup Online tools.
Here's what you need to do:
Open the Settings app on your iPhone > General > Tap About and scroll down to locate the IMEI number of this device.
Write down the IMEI number.
In a web browser, go to IMEI Info (or other IMEI Lookup Online tool you’re good at using).
Follow the instruction per the online IMEI Lookup service you choose to check if your iPhone is unlocked.
Do you know how to check if your iPhone is unlocked? Wish our suggestions above may help you solve your issue soon. At last, don't forget to download the latest version of BuhoUnlocker to get you out of any iPhone lock down problems.
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