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How to unlock your iPhone for use with another carrier [UPDATED]

How to unlock your iPhone for use with another carrier [UPDATED]

You can unlock your iPhone for use with different carriers. Unlocking means that you can use your phone with a different carrier. This is also sometimes referred to as a SIM-Free or contract-free phone.

Unlock your iPhone

First, your carrier will need to process your unlock request. Then you'll back up, erase, and restore your iPhone to unlock it.

Start the process:

  • See if your carrier offers unlocking:

  • See if your carrier offers unlocking.
  • Only your carrier can unlock your iPhone.
  • Contact your carrier and request an unlock. You might need to meet requirements to qualify for unlocking. After you submit the request to your carrier, it might take a few days to complete. Contact your carrier for the status of your unlock request.
  • After your carrier confirms that your iPhone unlock has been processed, go to the next section.

If you have a SIM card from a carrier other than your current carrier, follow these steps:

  • Remove your SIM card and insert the new SIM card.
  • Complete the setup process.

If you don't have another SIM card you can use, follow these steps to complete the process:

  • Back up your iPhone.
  • When you have a backup, erase your iPhone.
  • Restore your iPhone from the backup you just made.

Follow these steps if you have any issues or if you see this message in iTunes or on your device:
"The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported. Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone. Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit a supported carrier store."

  • Restore your iPhone to factory settings.
  • Contact your carrier to verify that the unlock was applied in your carrier's system.
  • Restore your iPhone from a backup.

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