Checking the unlock status of your iPhone is vital especially when you buy a pre-owned iPhone, or you purchase a new one from craigslist eBay or any other online or local reseller. Ask for the seller to turn off Find My iPhone from the device, and if the dealer is unwilling to do this, it’s better to move on and look for the seller who would.
How to Check if iPhone Is Unlocked with SIM Card
Using a SIM card is a reliable way to check if iPhone is unlocked, and it works well with iPhones because it only requires you to make a phone call. However, it is important to note that you will need two SIM cards from different carriers for this test. Therefore, you will need to temporarily borrow the SIM card of your friend or family member.
Step 1: Use the Sleep/Wake button to switch off your device.
Step 2: Eject the current SIM and insert the second SIM card.
Step 3: Power on your device to see if the second carrier SIM card is compatible with your iPhone. The name of the carrier will be displayed at the top left corner.
Step 4: Make a call to test if the SIM works, it’s the core of how to check iPhone unlock status.
Step 5: If the call goes through, then your device is unlocked. If not, then it is locked to the first SIM card carrier.
How to Check if iPhone Is Unlocked without SIM Card
Apart from the use of SIM card, you can check the lock status of your iPhone using your IMEI number, which is the serial number of your iPhone. It can be used to communicate with Apple servers and provide every data about your iPhone.
Using IMEI to Check for Unlock Status
Step 1: After getting your IMEI, visit any CTIA, accredited IMEI checker which can search Apple’s GSX database. You can do this using your favourite search engine. Note, not all Accredited IMEI checkers are free as some charge a regular fee.
Step 2: You can also go to some marketplace site such as Swappa and Orchard and add an IMEI Checker which runs both whitelist check and GSMA blacklist check.
Step 3: Your lock status will be revealed by the IMEI checkers.
Here is the video tutorial:
It is also a reliable and secure approach to check iPhone unlock status. If you don’t know how to find your IMEI number, use any of the following:
1.Go to Settings> General > About > IMEI.
2.Connect your iPhone with PC and look for it at iTunes.
3.Check the barcode of the IMEI provided you still have the original packaging of your iPhone.
4.Check the SIM card tray for the IMEI number. However, this is applicable for some special iPhone.
The above two are the common methods when people ask how to check if my iphone is unlocked, just follow them step by step, and you’ll get your answer.
Bonus Tip: How to Protect iPhone Data Privacy
iMyFone Umate Pro is a fast and safe iPhone data eraser which allows you to preview and delete all kind of iOS data selectively. It protects your privacy by ensuring there is no possibility of recovery. Thus you can sell or recycle your iOS device securely without being worried over the exposure of your personal data.
- Deletes all data on your iDevice permanently, all data won't be recovered, much safer than a common "factory resetting".
- Erase all private fragments from third-party apps, protects you from privacy leaks.
- Wipe all deleted files from your iDevice, leaving no chance of recovery.
- Free up space on your iDevice with just one-click to let your device run smoothly.
How to Erase Private Data Permanently
If you are worried that your private information such as private photos, massages, browsing history, account information and other personal data may be revealed to others, then you need not fear. With iMyFone Umate Pro, you can wipe all remaining information permanently and completely. Just follow the step below.
Step 1: Plug your device to PC.
Step 2: Click on the Erase Private Data tab and press Scan. This will enable iMyFone Umate Pro to scan your device; you will need to wait for some minutes for the process to finish.
Step 3: The list of all private data such as photos, contacts, messages and so on will be displayed. You can preview them if you want.
Step 4: Select the private data you want to delete and press the Erase Now button. You will see a box which serves as a warning.
Step 5: Enter Delete into the box to confirm your request. You can change the security level if you want, just press the link to change security level.
Step 6: After typing Delete, into the box, tap on the Erase Now tab to wipe all personal data.