Last Updated on October 8, 2021 by Jack Robertson
We can take great advantage of an old or a secondhand iPhone when we purchase the latest iPhone or switch to another brand of smartphone. Instead of selling it or putting it aside, we can turn the iPhone into an iPod and enjoy music or movies with it. You can also give your child an iPod-like iPhone and let him/her use it.
After the transition, you don’t need to pay for network plans on this iPhone and can it under the WiFi connection. However, turning an iPhone into a WiFi-only device can lead to some serious problems, like carrier lock, data loss, and Activation Lock.
In this tutorial, you can learn how to turn your iPhone to iPod without activating it. Also, you can get to know how to deal with those serious problems.
Here are some warm tips for you to know before you start your action.
A carrier lock is something that you will encounter when you try to transform your iPhone into an iPod. The carrier lock is a kind of limit that your network provider adds on your iPhone when you purchase this iPhone. If you have no idea about that, you can check if your iPhone is locked or unlocked.
Depending on whether there’s a carrier lock on your iPhone:
Note: If you plan to give your child this iPhone, you can check this out to keep your child from iPhone addiction.
Turning into an iPod may lead to data loss, in order to keep your data safe, you can choose to transfer the data from this iPhone to another iPhone or Android phone, or you can choose to back up the data to a computer.
Here, you can use FoneTrans to transfer your data.
FoneTrans is programmed as a professional data transfer tool. With FoneTrans, you can easily transfer all your iPhone data to a computer or another smartphone. You can take FoneTrans as the bridge connecting your iPhone and your computer or smartphone, and transfer photos, videos, audios, contacts, messages from one to another.
When you receive or purchase a secondhand iPhone from somebody else, you may encounter the Activation Lock.
Activation Lock is an iOS security layer designed to protect an iOS device from stealing and missing. Once the Activation Lock is triggered on an iPhone, only the registered Apple ID and password can unlock it.
If you have this lock on your iPhone, it’s can be pretty difficult to turn your iPhone to an iPod, but still, there are some possible methods.
To turn your iPhone to an iPod without Activation Lock, you can learn how to remove or bypass the Activation Lock on iPhone.
If your iPhone isn’t locked to a particular carrier network, the transition can be very easy.
All you need to do is to remove the Sim card from your unlocked iPhone.
After that, you can use the iPhone as an iPod since all the Sim card services are no longer available on this iPhone, like phone calls, text messages, and cellular data.
You can still connect to a WiFi network. You can enjoy all the iOS services as long as you have logged in an Apple ID on it.
When your iPhone is locked to a carrier, you can still transform it into an iPod.
First, take out the Sim card from your iPhone.
Then, on your iPhone, a notification will pop out every few minutes, saying “iPhone is not Activated”.
That’s because the server of your carrier has detected the Sim absence on your iPhone. It keeps sending messages and prompts you to insert a Sim card.
To resolve such an annoying problem, you can insert an expired or disabled Sim card from the same carrier to your iPhone.
In this way, the server will not send any messages since your iPhone is inserted with a Sim card of their own. And you can use this iPhone as an iPod without a Sim card.
Have not idea how to find an expired or disabled Sim card? Go to eBay or Amazon, you can find everything there.
There’s little doubt that spending too much time on an iPhone will affect one’s habits, especially to a kid or teenager. To make sure they use the phone properly, you may need to install mSpy on this old iPhone before you give it away.
mSpy is a tracking program for iOS and Android devices. Once installed, you can check up all messages, chatting history from Facebook, Whatsapp, or Snapchat on your kid’s iPhone. Also, you can also track the real-time GPS location of this iPhone with mSpy too.
Though it’s not good to monitor your child in this way, it helps protect your child from the cruel world.
All in all, turning your iPhone to the iPod without activating it is not a tough work, you can now start the transition on your own. Hopefully, this tutorial can be helpful and you will have a good time with your “iPod”.