How to Check If Your iPhone/iPad Is Locked or Unlocked

Last Updated on September 8, 2020 by Jack Robertson

A carrier lock is something that the network provider will add on your iPhone with which they restrict your iPhone from using the network connection of another carrier.

If you want to switch to another carrier, but you’re not sure if there is a carrier lock on your iPhone, you can follow this tutorial to find out if your iPhone is lock or unlocked.

Also, if your iPhone is locked, there’re methods for you to unlock it.

Check iPhone IS locked Or Unlocked

Part 1. How to check if your iPhone is locked or unlocked

In this section, several possible ways will be listed for you to check if your device is locked or unlocked.

Method 1 Recall where and how you purchased the iPhone

Generally, if you match one of the following situations, your iPhone is locked.

  • Your iPhone is purchased from a certain carrier with a discount and you have signed a contract.
  • You haven’t paid off the iPhone and with an installment.

Purchase iPhone

And any of the following situations suggests that your iPhone is unlocked.

  • You have completely paid off while purchasing your iPhone
  • Your iPhone was purchased in an Apple Store or from the Apple official website.

But, if you receive the iPhone from someone else, you may have no idea how this iPhone was purchased. You can check out the following methods to find out if your iPhone is locked or not.

Method 2 Call your network carrier

The most reliable way to find out the truth is to call your carrier and ask them. After you have made a verification to prove that you are actually the customer of theirs, you’ll be told later.

The contacts of major carriers are listed as follows.
Verizon: 1 (800) 922-0204
AT&T: 1 (800) 331-0500
Sprint: 1 (888) 211-4727
T-Mobile: 1 (877) 453-1304

Notes: You NEED to provide the password of your carrier account as well as the IMEI number of your iPhone/iPad. And after you make a request, you will be notified of the result in a few days.

Method 3 Use a SIM card from another carrier

There is one easy way to tell when you don’t want to call your carrier – insert a SIM card from another carrier into your device. Follow these steps:

Switch Sim Card

Step 1: You need to power off your iPhone/iPad, which is necessary.

Step 2: Open the SIM card tray and remove the original SIM card.

Step 3: Insert a SIM card from another carrier, and push the tray back.

Step 4: Power on your iPhone/iPad and try to call your family or friends.

If you make your phone call successfully, your iPhone is unlocked. But if you receive an error saying that you cannot complete the call, your iPhone is locked.

Method 4 Check the Settings

If you don’t have an extra SIM card to do the test, you can also check if your iPhone/iPad is locked or unlocked through your device in hands.

Take out your device, and hit Settings, find Cellular or Mobile Data, tap it. If you can find Cellular Data Option or Mobile Data Option, your iPhone/iPad is unlocked. Or you cannot find such an option, it’s locked for sure.

The Cellular/Mobile Data Option indicates that your device can detect the network from other carriers and these network connections are optional on your iPhone.

Cellular Mobile Data Option


Through these methods, you can now tell if your iPhone/iPad is locked or unlocked. If it’s unlocked, congratulations, you can switch to another carrier.

But, if your iPhone is locked, you might need solutions to unlock your iPhone. Please continue your reading to find out the solutions to set your iPhone free.

Part 2. To unlock your iPhone from one carrier

To unlock your iPhone, you can simply ask your carrier to unlock it for you or you may turn to some online services.

Method 1 Call your carrier and ask for an unlocking

You can ask the carrier to unlock your device. You may dial one of the carriers’ numbers mentioned above or visit the official website of the carrier. You are available to make a demand for unlocking your iPhone. But before you make the request, please check the following information.

Your carrier will unlock your device without any extra fee in the following situations.

  • You’ve paid off the iPhone.
  • The contract you signed with the carrier is expired.

Your carrier will probably charge for the unlock or even refuse to unlock in the following situations.

  • If you purchased with a discount, and the contract is still effective, you have to terminate your contract by paying the discount or even a higher fine.
  • When the contract is still active, there’s a chance that your carrier will deny the request.
  • If you purchased with an installment and haven’t paid off, you might need to pay a commission charge which can be dozens of dollars.

So, here is everything you need to know before you unlock your device through your carrier.

Method 2 Unlock your device through online unlocking tools

There’re multiple online unlocking tools for us to get rid of the carrier lock. And here is one that we’ve tested positive.

#Use Apple iPhone Unlock to unlock your iPhone

Apple iPhone Unlock is an online platform that provides SIM unlock services on iOS devices. You can visit the website and order an unlock for your device.

All you need is to provide some information about your device, including the IMEI number and the model of your device.

Of course, the unlock is legal and safe, don’t worry.

Sim Unlock Apple iPhone Unlock

It charges from $16 to higher, the price depends on the model of your device and your carrier. It’ll be the better choice when the carrier refuses to unlock your device or charges a lot. If you’re interested, take a look at this.

These are the information about how to tell your iPhone is locked or not and the methods to unlock a locked one. Hopefully, this paper can help you identify your question and solve it.


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