AT&T is one of the very few US networks (perhaps the only one), which lets you check your iPhone’s status and then unlock it online, completely free of charge.
Like any other mobile network, AT&T has its own iPhone unlock policy with specific requirements.
So let’s see how someone can unlock an AT&T iPhone free and what you can do if your device does not really meet the unlocking requirements.
Updated on 03/27/2019
Unlock AT&T iPhone requirements
Although they are not the only ones, there are the most basic conditions of AT&T unlock policy
- Your device is locked by AT&T (obvious)
- Your iPhone isn’t lost, stolen, or involved with illegal activities (to put it simply, you can’t unlock a Blacklisted iPhone)
- No outstanding financial balances (unpaid bills or installment plan)
- Your iPhone can’t be active on another AT&T customer’s account.
- At least 60 days have passed with an activated contract
At this stage, however, you do not need to know any of the above, except that your device is actually locked by AT&T.
How to Unlock AT&T iPhone for free with an ATT Unlock Device portal
The process is very simple. Just follow the instructions below
- Go to ATT.com/deviceunlock
- Click on the “Unlock a device” option
- Choose if you are an AT&T customer or not
- If you are a customer, you will need to provide the AT&T Mobile Number of the device
- If you are not a customer, you will need to provide the IMEI of the device (Dial *#06# on your device to find the IMEI)
- Regardless of your option, the next steps are the same
- The URL will get updated and AT&T will identify the “Manufacturer” and the “Model” of your Smartphone
- Prove you are not a robot (reCAPTCH) and check the “Yes, I’ve read the legal stuff and agree to the device unlock eligibility requirements.” checkbox and finally, tap “Next”
- If your AT&T iPhone is eligible for unlock then the screen below will appear
- All you have to do is fill in all the fields
- First name & Last name
- Mobile Number (You can use any phone number)
- e-mail address
- Click on the “Submit” button
- Almost instantly, a message will be sent to your e-mail
- You need to click on the “Confirm” link in order to initiate the AT&T Unlock Request
- The only thing left is waiting for AT&T’s response. They usually respond within 2 business days
- If all went well then you will receive the email below
Congratulations. You have just unlocked your AT&T iPhone for free!
What happens if ATT Unlock request is rejected
As you understand, in most cases AT&T will reject your request.
This means that the iPhone cannot be unlocked for free but at the same time it’s not the end of the world.
There are solutions, other cheaper and other more expensive depending on the situation.
- When there is an outstanding balance
- When the iPhone is active on another AT&T account
- When the iPhone is blacklisted by AT&T
How to unlock AT&T iPhone when there is an outstanding balance
In the overwhelming majority, the free unlocking of an AT&T device will stop before you know it with this message
As I already mentioned unpaid bills or a pending installment plan makes an AT&T iPhone ineligible for SIM Unlocking.
But in this case, things are very simple.
There is a specific Hardware Unlock SIM card that we have repeatedly tested and has never disappointed us so far.
I am talking about UnlockMySIM Card by doctorSIM which will unlock this AT&T iPhone in just 2 minutes.
It has absolutely no relation to the other similar products for 4 extremely important reasons
- It is applicable to all models
- It is applicable to all iOS versions
- You will use it only once to unlock your iPhone and then you do not need to keep it in the SIM Tray
- You can upgrade to any future iOS version without your device losing the unlocked state
But keep in mind that in case of unpaid bills piled up or the installment plan is not paid off in time you will not be able to use AT&T SIM cards anymore.
How to unlock AT&T iPhone when it is active on another account
Although not so often, there are quite a few cases in which AT&T will not unlock your mobile because it is active on the account of another customer.
Again the solution is drawn from UnlockMySIM Card without any complication.
How to unlock AT&T iPhone when it is blacklisted
We all know that a blacklisted iPhone is very difficult to get unlocked.
In the case of AT&T, however, we have choices.
- If the iPhone is blacklisted in a different country from where you live (and you do not intend to visit it often) then UnlockMySIM Card is still here to solve your problem.
The AT&T iPhone will be unlocked, but you will not be able to use it in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
- On the other hand, if the use of a blacklisted AT&T iPhone in one of these countries can’t be avoided then you have to remove the blacklist status with an AT&T Unblacklist Service.
Unfortunately this will cost about $150 but there is no other way out. Of course, once your iPhone is cleaned up, you can try to unlock for free through AT&T as I showed you, and if this is not possible then you can very simply get your doctorSIM’s UnlockMySIM Card.
Unlock ATT iPhone: Conclusion
A locked iPhone is never good news, but at least AT&T gives us the opportunity to unlock it free under conditions.
Visit the ATT unlock device unlock portal and take your chances. It won’t cost you a thing.
Regardless of the outcome, however, there are external solutions to unlock an AT&T iPhone no matter what.
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