- 1 How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock – The Complete Guide
- 1.1 1. IMEI Checking the used iPhone 5
- 1.2 2. How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock based on the IMEI Check Results
- 2 How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock when the iDevice is blacklisted
- 3 How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock when iCloud Activation Lock is enabled
In this article, I won’t show you how to open iPhone 5 SIM tray but how to completely remove the irritating SIM Lock feature. There is nothing better than an unlocked iPhone 5 and I will show you all the ways to do so and what to be careful with.
How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock – The Complete Guide
iPhone 5 remains a solid option when you are looking for a 4 inch Apple smartphone (especially after iPhone SE flop). iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C are extremely popular in online markets and this proves why they are considered as one of Apple’s biggest successes.
If you are one of those who bought a second-hand iPhone 5 but you can’t use your SIM card then don’t despair. Follow this ”How to open iPhone 5” tutorial and nothing else can go wrong.
1. IMEI Checking the used iPhone 5
An iPhone IMEI Check Service will instantly show you all iPhone problems and if your iPhone is compatible with a Cellular Network’s SIM Deactivation services.
There are many issues that can prevent you from using the refurbished iPhone 5 you got.
- The SIM Lock Status
The SIM Not Valid message doesn’t always mean that the iPhone is simlocked. You need to be sure if the iPhone is locked or not
- Which Wireless Network is locking the iPhone?
Ok, you iPhone is locked but by which Carrier? Our first iPhone free Unlock solution will be mobile network’s SIM Unlocking services
- The Blacklist Status
If the iPhone is lost/stolen/replaced or there are pending contract bills by a previous owner, it will be blacklisted.
- Contract & Financial Status
An active contract gives original owner the opportunity to report it as lost or stolen and of course stop paying the monthly tariff and blacklist your iPhone 5 even after he sold it to you
- Warranty Status
Under warranty iPhones can be reported as stolen or lost by the original owner or he can even ask for Insurance Claims. Any of these moves will blacklist your iPhone
- IMEI/Serial number Replacement Status
Any unauthorized hardware replacement changes the IMEI number and when it is exposed (it may take days, weeks or even a couple of months), that iPhone is flagged as replaced and becomes blacklisted.
- iCloud Activation Lock Status
- iPhone Specifications
An IMEI Check Report will uncover all these issues and a good IMEI Check provider will suggest you the appropriate SIM/Blacklist/iCloud unlocking Services.
If it happened to see a Free IMEI Checker, I strongly advise you not to use it because the results are usually wrong. Only certified IMEI Check providers have authorized access to GSX and GSM databases and all iPhone info is stored in them.
PRO tip: The next time you will look for a refurbished iPhone, IMEI check it before the purchase
2. How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock based on the IMEI Check Results
The IMEI Checker gave us the data we wanted, so let’s see how to proceed in each case.
My iPhone 5 is SIM Locked and eligible for Network Unlocking
The is the best IMEI Check report best outcome. Just contact the telecoms network which is locking your iPhone 5 and ask them to remove the SIM Lock. Since 2017, most networks offer their Carrier Unlocking services for free and only a few charge you a few USD.
PRO tip: The only way to free unlock your iPhone is with Mobile Network’s Unlocking services
iPhone is SIM Locked but not compatible with the Carrier’s Unblocking services
Every Cellular Network has an iPhone Unlock policy. If they refused to unlock your iPhone 5 then there are other alternatives.
iPhone 5 Software Unlock
Unfortunately, all iPhone Unlock Software tools are SCAMS and when I say all, I mean ALL OF THEM. iPhone Software Unlock tools claim that you can open iPhone SIM lock by downloading a magic tool.
They still manage to deceive unsuspected iPhone users because many of them remember the Jailbreak Software Unlock method which was completely ok and free (but it is working up to iOS 6.1.6)
Usually, iPhone Software Unlock tools are offered for free but either you will pay at some point of the unlocking procedure or they are free because they want to steal your personal data via Malware and Spyware.
Take a look at this baloney YouTube Software iPhone Unlock demonstration and please, don’t use any of these rip-offs
iPhone Hardware Unlocking
A useless iPhone Unlocking method usable only up to iPhone 4s with firmware and baseband restrictions. You will need to buy a custom SIM card (like R-SIM, X-SIM, Gevey, etc.) and use it simultaneously with your own SIM card inside the SIM Tray. It used to have 30% success rate and the most probable outcome was damaging your SIM Tray.
Take a look at this Hardware Unlock Scam and please avoid any of them at all cost.
iPhone Factory Unlock
Many of you know it as iPhone IMEI Unlock. It used to be the best third-party iPhone Unlock solution and it was 100% functional with all iPhone models and to all Cellular Networks.
Since 2018, Factory unlocking is not working for all Mobile Networks so it is better to choose a trusted IMEI Unlock Provider in order to make sure that they will unlock your iPhone 5 or you will get your money back.
How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock when the iDevice is blacklisted
If the IMEI Check report shows that your iPhone 5 is blacklisted then read this:
and learn what is changing in barred iPhones.
How to open iPhone 5 SIM Lock when iCloud Activation Lock is enabled
iCloud Activation Lock (aka Find My iPhone or FMI) is a huge topic but let me tell you this. All the iCloud Lock Remover software and iCloud Activation Lock Screen Bypass tools you see are not working.
Only the original owner or Apple can deactivate Find My iPhone. Read this:
and find out what it takes to activate your iCloud locked your iPhone 5
I hope you found this article useful. Leave a comment below and until next time, take care!