iPhone X – How to Unlock for Any Carrier
Do you want to use your iPhone X with a different carrier? Perhaps you travel often and want to use your iPhone with a foreign SIM card? To use your phone with different carriers, you need to unlock it. There are a few options to unlock your iPhone X for any carrier.
Is Your iPhone X Locked?
One of the first things you need to do is check if your iPhone X is really locked. Does the iPhone X even come unlocked? Absolutely.
If you bought your iPhone directly from an official Apple Store, not a carrier, your phone is unlocked. This means that you can use it with any carrier worldwide.
Additionally, you can also try swapping out your existing SIM card with one from a different carrier. If you don’t have service, your phone is locked.
Using Your IMEI with a Third-Party Specialist
You may have heard about this method the most because there are a lot of specialists on the market that unlock your phone using the IMEI number. The problem? Not all of them work and this method will cost you money.
Like a VIN number for vehicles, IMEI is a unique number that tracks your device over its lifetime. If you do use an IMEI unlock method, it essentially changes your device’s status from locked to unlocked in the Apple database. In case you are worried, this method is safe and doesn’t invalidate your warranty.
To use your IMEI, follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Find a Reliable IMEI Specialist
First you need to find a supplier for the unlock code. There are many to choose from, but make sure to search reviews for someone relatively quick and reputable. Also, prices may vary so do look around first.
Step 2 – Have Relevant Info On-Hand
Next, you will need your IMEI code. To find it, dial *#06# into your iPhone and you will receive your IMEI code. Alternatively, you can also find it on the back of your device or by tapping on the “I” information icon on the activation screen of a non-activated iPhone.
Step 3 – Order the Unlock for Your iPhone X
Using your IMEI code, order the unlock code from the specialist of your choosing. Pay the fee and wait for the unlock code. Please note that this is usually not an immediate service. Most specialists will give you an estimated time of delivery which can be a few hours to a few days.
Step 4 – Unlock Your Phone
When you finally receive the unlock confirmation, you may also receive further unlocking instructions. To unlock your phone, simply insert the new SIM card. Keep in mind that his needs to be a different carrier than your original SIM card.
The iPhone X is unlocked remotely, so you shouldn’t have to enter an unlocking pin number. If your phone does not download a small update after connecting to WiFi, try the next step.
Step 5 – Connect Your Phone to iTunes
If your phone iPhone didn’t update over WiFi, you can also use iTunes. Simply connect your device to your computer and open iTunes.
After you open your iTunes app, your phone should download a small update. When it is done, your phone is network-free.
Unlock Via Your Carrier
In addition, you may also qualify for an iPhone X unlock through your carrier. Many major carriers will unlock your iPhone X device for free if you meet some of their requirements.
Some carriers have time restrictions like waiting 14 days after initial purchase, while others request that your device is paid in full before unlocking.
Although there are a few ways to unlock your iPhone X, one of the easiest ways to have an unlocked device is to buy it that way. Purchasing a SIM-free or unlocked device may be expensive, but it may save you the hassle of having to unlock it later.