Tips to reveal if your iPhone has an IMEI lock and how to unlock it

Hello there! I’ve got many questions about how to find out if an iPhone has an IMEI lock and if it is possible to unlock it in all cases. The truth is that unlocking an iPhone will depend on the case. Most iPhones can be easily unlocked. I have helped people with this issue and I have received positive feedback about it. But, there are people who still don’t know anything about IMEI check and unlock so this post is dedicated to all of you who are searching info to make a better decision.

 

Before we talk about unlocks, let’s review the types of iPhone locks:

  1. Carrier Lock

  2. iCloud Lock

  3. IMEI Lock

 

Carrier Lock

 

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When you buy an iPhone from a Carrier, it will be locked by them so you can only use your iPhone with that specific Carrier. For example, if you buy an iPhone with AT&T, you can only use that Carrier’s SIM card.

 

 

 

 

 

iCloud Lock

 

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This is the most difficult lock to revert. This is done with the Apple ID password of the first owner of the iPhone. You can activate iCloud lock in “Find my iPhone” in the settings. If you activate this option, the only way to unlock the iPhone will be with the password set from the beginning.

If you got an iCloud lock, you cannot use the SIM card to make calls, update the software or restore it (erase all data).

 

 

 

 

 

IMEI Lock

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An IMEI lock indicates that the iPhone was reported as lost or stolen. When the IMEI number is locked, you won’t be able to make calls or send messages. The IMEI is a number that identifies each device around the world. IMEI lock can be done through the Carrier by calling them to report the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the causes of an IMEI lock?

  • It can be performed by the Carrier for debts or non-payments.

  • It can be locked if it is reported as lost or stolen.

 

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These are the 3 ways you can get your iPhone locked. If you are not sure about how your iPhone could be locked, my advice is to get an IMEI check so you can identify what type of lock your device has, and then you will get suitable advice to unlock it. It worked great on my iPhone 5S by the way, and I still have it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, now I’m going to concentrate on talking about the last of 3 cases, IMEI lock. It happens when Carriers lock the IMEI of your iPhone upon being reported as stolen. When it happens, the iPhone’s IMEI number enters a Blacklist which locks the Network functions so it wouldn’t be possible to make calls or send messages. The Blacklist depend on the country where the theft was reported. Each country has its own list of locked devices.

 

 

 

 

imei lock, iphone lock, iphone imei, imei unlock, blacklisted iphoneIt is very important to know if your iPhone is Blacklisted. For this task, you can get a Blacklist report where you will discover if your device was stolen, which country the IMEI was locked and also will help you to unlock it. You can check the user comments and the rating. The cost for the check and unlock is good and reliable. I already tried this with my iPhone 5S and it was a good experience.

 

 

If you have more questions about how to verify if your iPhone is locked, you can check my recent post: FAQs you want to know about iPhone IMEI check and unlock

 

Have a nice day!

 

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3 comments

    1. Adriana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Hi Ian!

      The easiest way would be if you had the password from the iCloud account.
      If you don´t have it, you can check this ebook which specializes about iCloud unlock and it will give you guidance so you can solve your problem. I know it can be bothering but this tool will help you find out the answer. If you have another question, please you can reply anytime.
      I am glad to help 😉
      Best regards!

    2. Adriana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Hi, Ian!
      Well, for iCloud locks, the best option is to count with the iCloud password which is provided by the owner or the previous owner of the iPhone. If you are not sure about what type of lock your iPhone has, I have tried UnlockSpector which solved my lock problem. I repeat, it is better to check the lock type and you will have experts advice about how to unlock your iPhone safely (and legally)
      Have a nice day!

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