UPDATED: 04 December 2017
There is a massive explosion of posts and forums with guides and tutorials that claim to unlock stolen iPhone. It is possible, but first it is important to check and find some specific information about your iPhone.
Some of them are valid, some of them try to “exploit” illegal methods and other that are just speculations or lies.
Find iPhone’s Blacklist Status (Lost/Stolen/Fraud/Unpaid Bills), identify Blacklist Network & find all Legal Unblacklisting Solutions
But here, we will analyse and provide you only the legal and guaranteed methods for Unlocking (And Unblacklisted) LOST/STOLEN iPhones.
First of all, I want to be 100% clear that the current article will only inform you about the legal methods for Unlocking and/or Unblacklisting a Blacklisted iPhone.
This article will “educate” you on:
- How an iPhone can be Blacklisted
- How you can find out if it is blacklisted
- What information are necessary to know for a Blacklisted iPhone
- How you can proceed with an Unlock or Unblacklist of that device.
I also want to mention the LOST/STOLEN status of an iCloud Locked iPhone. Although it is a different case from the one that I am writing here, it also plays a role of the success rate for removing the iCloud Lock from a LOST/STOLEN device.
There are only a few services that can remove the Network Lock (Not the blacklist status) from a Blacklist iPhone.Currently, those are the available services that you can use. Companies that offer Premium Unlock or Unblacklist services for other Mobile Networks are fake, so avoid them at all costs.
Short version of How to Legally Unlock and/or Unblacklist your iPhone
All Mobile Networks allow their subscribers to request for either a Network Unlock or an Unblacklist (And sometimes an iCloud Removal).
This is the best approach, because it is FREE and 100% Legal and Official!
- You need to contact the Mobile Network that Blacklisted your iPhone (Find the Network that Blacklisted your iPhone) and apply for a Network Unlock formal request.
- You need to locate their Unlocking department (Not their customer support), create an Unlock/Unblacklist form Request e-mail (Sometimes they require a letter) and send it to them.
- You can find in the “How to Legally Unblacklist an iPhone” eBook all available information for proceeding with a formal iPhone Unblacklisting Request.
Unlock Stolen iPhone – What’s the current law?
I am obligated to inform you what you should do when you find a stolen iPhone or you purchase a stolen iPhone.
When an iPhone is added to the Blacklist (reported as lost, stolen or has pending contract payments) from a Mobile Network, it immediately informs all the other Mobile Networks in the same country. This means that your iPhone will be blacklisted throughout that country and you will not be able to use any of those carriers, unless you manage to Unblacklist it! (More below).
The first thing you should do, is to check in which network your iPhone is locked to, from which mobile network it is blacklisted and to whom this iPhone belongs to. If the owner has the Find My iPhone feature ON, he will be able to send a message to that iPhone, and inform the person who found it how to contact him. In very rare cases people have contacted the original owner and the story had a happy ending. In most cases, people just try to sell them on eBay or other online stores.
If the owner hasn’t placed a message to the iCloud Activation screen, then the only way to find the original owner is through an iCloud Contact Information Service.
Is there a way to Unlock Stolen iPhone?
Yes there is!
When it comes to older iPhones, like iPhone 2G/3G/3Gs/4 (Up to 01.59.00 baseband version), the Software Method works like a charm. You just need to jailbreak it and then unlock it with Ultrasn0w. Ultrasn0w can Unlock Stolen iPhone, but I cannot be 100% sure that you will be able to use it inside the country that it was blacklisted. Since Blacklists contain IMEI numbers, I am pretty sure that even with a Software unlock, your iPhone will not be allowed to operate within that country’s carriers.
For the newer iPhones, the Software method does not work. Not only for Blacklisted iPhones, but for both CLEAN and BLACKLISTED IMEI numbers.
The only way to unlock newer iPhone models (From iPhone 4 to iPhone 7+ and even 8) is to use the Official and Legal approach (Or Worldwide iPhone Unlock method).
This method supports all the newer iPhone models with any iOS/baseband version, but you need to know in which network your iPhone is locked to and the Blacklist reason.
Unlock Stolen iPhone with a Premium iPhone Unlock Service
You can Unlock Stolen iPhone with a Premium iPhone Unlock Service, but what this method is exactly?
It is not 100% clear of how this method works and if it is 100% legal.
What we know until now, is that this service is able to change the status of your iPhone inside Apple’s GSX databases, from LOCKED to UNLOCKED.
It cannot change the blacklist status though, which means that your iPhone will not be allowed to operate inside specific countries.
The only requirement from your end, is to know the iPhone model and the Mobile Network that blacklisted your device.
- Know the IMEI Number of your iPhone (Guide: How to find your IMEI number)
- Know your iPhone model
- Know which Mobile Network (Carrier) is blocking your iPhone
- Know the Blacklist Status of your iPhone (Lost, Stolen or Pending payments and from which Country/Network)
As I informed you from the start, only specific Mobile Networks are supported by those Premium Network Unlock services, so proceed very carefully.
How to remove the Blacklist Status from LOST/STOLEN iPhone?
If your iPhone’s Network is not supported by the Unblacklist services that I listed you to the top, then the only way to remove the LOST/STOLEN status from your iPhone (FRAUD status cannot be removed!) is either through a formal Unblacklist request to the Mobile Network OR through the original/previous owner (The one who reported it as Lost or Stolen).
Remove Blacklist status through Original Owner:
The only way to be able to remove the blacklist status of a device, is to have the purchase receipt of this iPhone (Only the original owner can provide it to you) and prove to the Mobile Network that you are now the owner of that device.
This may sound a bit difficult, but it turns out that original owners are willing to provide the original receipt or even remove the blacklist of that device, to people that got scammed and bought their lost/stolen device, so it is highly recommended!
Is there another way to Unlock Stolen iPhone? – NO!
UPDATE: The Worldwide iPhone Unlock service is OFFLINE (DO NOT ORDER).
There is one last way to Unlock Stolen iPhone, which is similar with the above. Instead of ordering an Official iPhone Unlock, you can find a service, which does not take into consideration the Network of your device.
This service should only be ordered when you do not know the network of your iPhone (Although you can find it with an iPhone IMEI Check service) or if there is not an official service for blacklisted device for your Mobile Network.
We suggest this service to be your last resort, even though it is working without any problems. It is always better to use only the Legal and Official Network Unlock and/or Unblacklist methods.
Remove the SIM-Lock of a lost or stolen iPhone remotely!
The only reason I am writing this post is not to encourage people to unlock stolen iPhones, but to inform you that unlocking a blacklisted iPhone is possible and people that got scammed buying a stolen iPhone still have a chance to start using it normally!
Go to UnlockSpector.com to find which Network Blacklisted your iPhone and learn how to unlock it
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