- 1 About iPhone 5
- 2 How to IMEI check a refurbished iPhone 5
- 3 The guide on How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network
- 4 How you will fail to unlock an iPhone 5
iPhone 5 is quite outdated but still remains a solid option when you want a cheap used smartphone device. A refurbished iPhone 5 will be most probably SIM Locked or has other issues that may not let you use your Carrier’s SIM card. Read this post and learn How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network with success.
About iPhone 5
iPhone 5 was released on September 21, 2012, with new features like aluminum-based body, taller screen, the Apple A6 processor, LTE support and Lightning connector. Since then sold more than 70 million units until its discontinuation on September 10, 2013. Unfortunately, iPhone 5’s firmware can be updated up to iOS 10. (source)
Despite all that, iPhone 5, alongside iPhone SE, are Apple’s only 4 inch Screen display options and this is why iPhone 5 is still popular at online markets.
Buying a second-hand iPhone 5
- But can you trust this description just by looking at it?
- Are you ready to spend $ 101 or $ 146.7 for an iPhone 5 from a 2-star seller?
- Are you sure that these iPhones are not stolen?
- If they are they will be blacklisted or iCloud Locked or both
Even if you are buying a used iPhone 5 from a local retailer or through a personal transaction, placing your SIM card and making a call doesn’t necessarily mean that the iPhone 5 is Carrier Unlocked or it will remain unlocked. Let’s find out why!
How to IMEI check a refurbished iPhone 5
If you want to learn how to unlock an iPhone 5 to any network, the IMEI Check process is always the first and most important step.
Every iPhone has a unique 14 to 16 digits long number called IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). Apple and Wireless Networks use this IMEI number and identify all iPhones inside GSX databases.
So basically, every detail about any iPhone on any Carrier can be found inside Apple’s GSX Database. Only Apple’s official partners have access to GSX directories
How can I find my IMEI number?
It’s really simple!
- Just dial *#06#
- Go to iPhone 5 Settings > General > About
- Check out all the other ways to find an iPhone’s IMEI
Now listen to me carefully. When you buy a used iPhone 5 online, always ask the iPhone seller to send you a small video showing the IMEI number with at least the 2 ways I told you or even all of them. In this way, you will be 100% sure that the IMEI number in the description is the original.
Explaining Used iPhone 5 IMEI Check Report results
The IMEI Check report you will get will look something like this.
But what we are really looking at?
Where can I get an IMEI Check report for my iPhone 5?
The choice is yours.
The guide on How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network
There are many iPhone Unlocking paths to follow based on the IMEI Check Report results and I will tell you everything about them.
Of course, avoid buying iDevices under Contract or Warranty unless the iPhone seller can be trusted that won’t cause you problems.
1. How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network when it is eligible for unlocking
If SIM Lock is the only problem of the refurbished iPhone 5 you bought then you will have no problems in network unlocking it with the Locking Carrier’s SIM Lock Removal Services. Just contact the Wireless Network. Most of the times iPhone Unlock is free in this case.
If you have problems in dealing with the Carrier, there are trusted iPhone Unlock Providers like iPhoneUnlock.Zone which negotiates with the Mobile Network for you and finds other legal SIM Unlocking options if nothing else can be done through Carrier’s services.
2. How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network when it is blacklisted
This is a tough situation. There are only a few unbar/unblacklist iPhone services and they work only for a few Carriers. You can read more about Unblacklisting & Unlocking an iPhone here.
3. How to unlock iPhone 5 to any network when it is iCloud Locked
Don’t search for iCloud Lock Removal tools and Find My iPhone Deactivation Hacks because none of them works. There are ways to iCloud Unlock an iPhone 5 but all of them are through Apple Support Services.
Learn how to iCloud Unlock your iPhone successfully here.
How you will fail to unlock an iPhone 5
As I said in the beginning, iPhone 5 is an old iPhone model and this means that there are a few older SIM unlocking methods to use… NOT.
- Unlocking iPhone 5 with Software Unlock
One of the first iPhone Unlocking Methods that works up to iOS 6.1.6 with many restrictions. Just downgrade your iPhone 5 to iOS 6.1.6, jailbreak it, download Cydia, download Ultrasn0w (or similar unlocking software) and you are done. But seriously, it’s 2018. iOS 6.1.6 is unworkable
- Unlocking iPhone 5 to any network with Hardware Unlock
You can still use this method if you want to destroy the iPhone 5 you’ve just bought. Just buy a custom SIM card like Gevey, R-SIM or X-SIM, put it in your SIM Tray with the SIM Card you want to use and that’s it. Low-quality sound, sudden drops and much more is only the beginning because in the end your iDevice will be utterly damaged.
- YouTube Unlock Tutorials
Don’t waste your time on them. Almost all of them are used as click baits but some of them and the iPhone Unlocking software they suggest contain Malware and Spyware to gain access to your Credit/Debit Card Account or other personal data.
- iPhone Network Unlock Codes
This is a major scam. Some Android Smartphones can be unlocked in this way but iPhones have nothing to do with it. Beware!
I hope you find this article useful. Did you manage to unlock your iPhone 5? Which iPhone SIM Unlock method did you use?
Just leave a comment below and I will help as much as I can. Until next time, take care iPhone Unlockers!