How to check if an iPhone is locked or unlocked?

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Are you planning to buy a new iPhone, but you don't know if it's unlocked or locked? Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to find out, and in this article, we'll show you how. However, make sure not to buy a used iPhone before checking that it's unlocked. If your iPhone turns out to be locked then you might get stuck with the phone service provider you don't want. The best option will be to check the IMEI number and serial number. So how do you find the IMEI and a serial number of an iPhone and then check if the iPhone is unlocked?


Buying an iPhone from unknown sources can cause many doubts, especially when it comes to its condition and functionality. The problem is that some iPhones may be locked and others may, in turn, be unlocked. The difference is crucial here as an unlocked iPhone can be used on any network while a locked phone is only associated with one. iPhones you buy from the Apple Store are unlocked by default. In contrast, iPhones bought online, usually, as part of an ongoing network plan, are locked. This is because it's typically for a fixed period of time typically 24 months, and the monthly fee covers part of the cost of the device - so you can't just stop paying halfway.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell at first glance whether it is locked or unlocked by looking at an iPhone. Apple does not allow other phone companies to brand iPhones. To make things even more difficult, some phones are locked at the time of sale but are unlocked at a later date when the owner finishes paying off the contract.
 Below are some tricks to check if your iPhone is unlocked or locked.


1. How to check if your iPhone is unlocked on the SIM card?

In the case of this method, the option will work best if you have two SIM cards available from different networks.

1. First, make a phone call using the current SIM card. Make sure you can make calls normally.
2. Now you need to turn off your iPhone, to do this hold down the Sleep / Wake button and use the Slide to turn off the option to turn off the iPhone.

Power off iPhone

3. Take the SIM card out of the iPhone, a paperclip or something similar will work best here, which will allow you to pull it out.
4. If you were successful, insert a new SIM card now.
5. Press the Sleep / Wake button to wake iPhone.
6. Check if you can now make calls with a new SIM card inserted.
7. If the phone call does not connect to the new SIM card, the iPhone is locked.

2. Contact your network operator

While this is a good solution and quite effective, it usually takes some time for the operator to come back to you. If you want to know for sure and have the time, it's worth contacting the network operator you signed up with to see if they can help. Multiple carriers can check for you to provide the phone's IMEI number.

Related: How to Check the IMEI Number?

There are also IMEI checking services, but these services always charge you for them. If you want to get all the information like in the example, you can use this service, click the button below.


Results samples:

Locked iPhone

3. Use the IMEI checker

Since you already know how to find your IMEI, and if you still have a problem with it, below we attach a short video on how to find it. 

There are many IMEI checks available on Google, but most of them are not trusted and may give you untrustworthy information. If you want to learn as much as possible about your phone, including the length of the warranty, please visit our service by clicking the button below.


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