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How to Activate iPhone Without SIM Card – Complete Guide

This tutorial shows how to activate iPhone without SIM Card or Wi-Fi / How to use iPhone without SIM Card – Guide

Apple iPhone doesn’t allow you to use the device without inserting the SIM Card, you will not be able to run apps and do other stuff on your iPhone and this is the major problem faced by most of the iPhone owner. While the other devices allow their owners to use their device without SIM Card but iPhone won’t. So if you are facing problem activating iPhone without SIM Card or Wi-Fi? i.e., are you not able to use iPhone without inserting SIM Card then this guide might help you, as in this tutorial we will show some methods to activate iPhone without SIM Card or Wi-Fi!

How to Activate iPhone Without SIM Card - Complete Guide

Supported iPhone models:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 1st Gen

how to activate iPhone without SIM Card / How to use iPhone without SIM Card

Below are two easy methods to activate iPhone without SIM Card.

Method 1: Activate iPhone Without Wi-Fi Using Emergency Call Service

Without activating iPhone you will only be able to access the Emergency call feature and we can take advantage of this feature to activate iPhone. Below are the steps on how to activate iPhone without SIM Card using Emergency call feature.

Note: Follow this method at your own risk, as some people ended up calling cops. We are not responsible for any inconvenience caused.

  1. Make sure your iPhone is turned on.
  2. Click on Home button.
  3. Tap on Emergency call and make a call to 112.
  4. Now instantly press the power button of your iPhone.
  5. Now you will get some pop-ups just click cancel and end the call.

Task completed, now you will get your iPhone home screen.

Method 2: Activate iPhone without SIM or Wi-Fi using iTunes

Another method to activate iPhone is using iTunes application and below are the steps just follow them and activate iPhone without SIM Card.

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes from Apple on PC.
  2. Using iPhone compatible USB data cable connect your non-activated iPhone to PC.
  3. Run the iTunes program on PC and follow the instructions which show up on the screen to activate iPhone.

That’s all now you can use iPhone without SIM card.

Method 3: How to Activate iPhone without SIM Card using R-SIM / X-SIM

If the above two methods don’t work for you then this method might help you. In this method, we use R-SIM or X-SIM to activate iPhone without original SIM card.

Step 1: Insert your R-SIM or X-SIM on your iPhone.

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Step 2: Select the carrier from the list or enter the IMSI code of the carrier.

Step 3: Confirm and restart iPhone.

Step 4: After reboot, iPhone should start looking for service and once it is found an activation message should pop-up on the screen.

Do any of the above methods helped you to activate iPhone without SIM Card or Wi-Fi, then consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social networking sites.

Alternate Title: How to use iPhone without SIM Card.

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  1. The iTunes procedure you described to set up an iPhone with no SIM does not work.
    You get this Message from iTunes:
    There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate.
    Please disconnect and insert a SIM card in the iPhone.
    Brand new iPhone 6 and current iTunes SW on Windows 8.1 PC.
    Regards, Roger

    • I also tried this method and it didn’t work. Here’s what did work for me. I went to the Walmart website and bought a Straight Talk “Bring Your Own Phone” activation kit — cost: $1.00. When the kit arrived I inserted the inactive SIM card in my 5S and was able to activate with no trouble using iTunes.

  2. Dear sir,
    I am not able to do this I am trying this from past one hour but it’s not opening.
    Please send me video to open.
    Thank you.

  3. The method mentioned above doesn’t work with my iPhone, is there any other emergency no. for India. If you have any alternative for that – please let me know.

  4. Hi all,
    Has anyone sucessfully used the call method 1 listed above? I’m trying to activate my 6 without a SIM but I REALLY don’t want to mess it up at all. Has anyone used that and run into problems? Please let me know ASAP, and thank you.

  5. Actually its the Feds. Their wifi was on my network stuff when you dial the 112 it alerts them of possible illegal activity.

  6. hi all. this method only works on lower ios versions. down 8-7 nothing like this works on ios 8 or 9 or new devices up i5-6
    sorry. only with an xsim, rsim. gevey sim only if u do not have an original carrier sim.

  7. One of my wife’s family gave my son an old iphone which he would like to use for playing games and listening to music. No problem doing this with an old android phone. This is the reason not to use Iphone.

  8. i know rite …lol why is apple not fixing it . i had three cops in my house they didnt even knock …i only tried 112 like 20 times lmfao

  9. I have a problem in that my sim reader broke and it cant be fixed. Now my 5s is useless as none of the above methods work for me. I need figure out how to jailbreak without the device even being activated. Help!

  10. Hey I bought an phone 5s from a friend who travelled far from me weeks back n he removed hisiCloud bbut the it still requires the activation cod n I don know wea to get this guy againn,,wat shud I do to activate ma fone guys????

  11. It’s not working!!! Its saying “There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are trying to activate. Please disconnect and insert a SIM card in the iPhone.”

  12. WARNING: using EMERGENCY CALL at any time, no matter what is dialed, no matter if you hit cancel or power off immediately after it automagically dials 911 – DO NOT use this method unless you want cops at your door.

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