iPhones are great gadgets to begin with, and there are no doubt about the security, integrity and the features offered on these devices. However, activation of an iPhone requires a valid SIM card and you can’t activate iPhone without sim card inside the phone, like it could be done in iPads and iPod Touches.

Activate iPhone Without SIM

iPhone is meant to be a phone and the rest two types of iOS devices aren’t, and that’s why having a SIM card is mandatory while activating an iPhone for the first time. However, if you have a non-activated iPhone and don’t have a spare SIM card, but you want to activate your iPhone – this is how you can do it without sim card.

#1: Activate iPhone Without SIM Card

When you turn on an iPhone for the first time, there has to be a SIM card present in the SIM slot. Without the SIM card, the iPhone will remain stuck in one specific screen, however there’s a silly trick which might bypass the iPhone to the home screen and would be usable as a media device and internet navigator. However, this method might not work on all iPhones out there, especially the latest ones would actually require a real SIM card and no tricks do usually work as a standard. Anyways, this process works out the following way.

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  1. Turn on the iPhone by holding down the power button until the display turns on. Once the iPhone boots up and gets stuck at the no SIM card installed screen, that’s where the second step begins.
  2. Tap on the Home button when the iPhone is on. It won’t redirect to Home since the iPhone isn’t activated, however an option to make an emergency call will be offered. Dial some number like 112, make a call and immediately hang up using the red button. If you could use the power button with appropriate tricks, the home screen will show up instead of a stuck up white screen.

#2: Use R-Sim / X-Sim to Activate iPhone without Original Sim

To activate your iPhone without the original sim card, you can use X-Sim or R-sim card. Follow the steps below on how to use it:

  1. Insert your sim card with the R-sim into your phone.
  2. Select the carrier from the list or enter your IMSI code.
  3. Confirm and restart your device.
  4. Your iPhone will start searching for service and the activation will be completed.

Bypass iPhone Activation

After this process, you can use your iPhone without the original sim card. If you don’t want to use a X-sim or R-sim, you can try the next method.

#3: Use iTunes to Activate iPhone Without SIM Card

iTunes offers an iPhone user the ability to activate their iPhones over this software interface, and no SIM card is required for this operation to take place.

  • Download iTunes from Apple’s official website. Using the latest version of iTunes is always recommended, because a backdated version might end up with conflicts between the computer’s OS and the phone’s OS. Apple’s website has the most updated version of iTunes at any given time, so it’s the wisest idea to get the executable installer from Apple Website.
  • Have your lightning cable or 40 pin dock connector ready. Since the iPhone needs to be connected with the PC physically, the cable is required. Connect your iPhone with the PC using the authorized cable.
  • After the phone is detected on iTunes, the software interface will show step by step instructions on computer. Follow them to get the iPhone set up and activated without having a SIM card inside the slot.

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Note: This method works only for few carriers. You may be asked to enter your last 4 digits from your SSN, your Phone number and Zip code to activate it.

#4: Use Universal SIM Card to Activate your iPhone

UASIM is a universal SIM and can be used to activate your iPhone without having the original sim card. UASIM can activate ANY iPhone from ANY carrier. The universal SIM card makes your iPhone think that you have inserted the original SIM card.

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Follow the steps below to activate your iPhone with UASIM:

  1. Insert the UASIM in the SIM tray and power on your device.
  2. Now enter the IMSI code of the original carrier.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the internet or iTunes.
  4. Complete the activation steps.

Now you can remove the SIM and use your activated iPhone without SIM or put a new SIM card.

#5: Unlock your iPhone Without SIM Card

Another issue that can block the activation process of your iPhone is the SIM Lock status. In the case your iPhone is Sim Locked then you can’t activate it with a non-original sim card. Locked iPhones can be activated with a SIM card from the original operator. UnlockBoot can resolve this issue for you – we can unlock your iPhone for ANY SIM card and after that, you can activate it with your current SIM card or any other new SIM. You can visit our unlock store and unlock your device today.

Conclusion: After you activate your iPhone without SIM card, you can easily use it for browsing the internet, gaming, using your favorite apps, making free calls and more. Setting up an iPhone is much easier and hassle free with a SIM card inside. If you can’t absolutely manage a SIM card, follow the procedures mentioned above.

  • Steve

    I don’t know the original carrier. Can you check this imei please 358764056396590

  • UnlockBoot

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  • salhi

    Hong Kong

  • Zosimo Bacud

    I don’t know the original carrier. Can you check this imei please 990002817040460

  • vijay

    IMEI:012429003598916 how unlock my phone kindly reply me vijaymkmvijay-at-gmail.com

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    It did not work for me

  • sachini

    how to unlock my iphone this is my IMEI number;353271076390491 plz reply me soon….sachinisewwandi92-at-gmail.com

  • Jazmine

    The original carrier is T-Mobile how do I do it


    Why is itunes different and have some weird activation screen?

    I purchased a brand new iphone sealed in the box off Craigslist, and then I sold to somebody else. They called me back complaining that the iphone did not work with AT&T. I was nice, and offered to buy the phone back. When I received the phone back, it had an AT&T SIM card and the gentleman I sold it to said it did not work with AT&T and the original SIM is now gone ( I am not sure where it is.) I now cannot activate my iPhone because the original SIM is gone and I do not know the original owner. What options do I have to activate? Why do iphone no longer work? I have had an iphone 3g and 4 that I bought used and now Apple has all kinds of scams to prevent 2nd hand sales. How can I seriously have an iphone that is brand new but will not work? Isn’t this customer abuse?

  • Courtney

    I dont know the currier can you check my imei please 013536006420820
    Please get in touch asap courtneyleach999-at-gmail.com

  • UnlockBoot

    Please use our IMEI checker.

  • Brackonfire

    Okay so straight talk sent my mom a sim card with the wrong zip code (twice because they are jackasses) and the manager said she can use it with the wrong zip for now until the third sim comes out. Anyway when she puts the sim card in the phone says “no sim” straight talk says both the phone and sim are activated together so it’s not their end. It’s hers. I showed her a video of howto put it in since I cannot be in California with her to do it for her. She says she did it correctly. So now the iPhone won’t let her past the start up “hello” screen with a sim. But she has a sim. It’s iPhone 5s any tips? Will this work? Thanks!


    Don’t let these carriers control you. Take your iphone to Apple and tell them you hate the carriers and will never use any of them, and they will get you passed the “Hello” screen! Make sure to boycott the carriers and never use any SIM! Also, make sure you never buy a smart device without a guarantee software update cycle of at least 5 years with speed increasing with every new software update! Remember these rules!

  • Brackonfire

    Thanks! I have passed this on to her. I paid the full price of the iPhone 5s and straight talk said they won’t unlock it per some rules about staying with them 12 months. What a load of crap and their Sims aren’t even working. Anyway thank you again.

  • Brandon

    I sent my old iPhone 6 to some family in Russia, before it was unlocked by ATT. Is there a way to unlock it from there, or do I need to have them send it back?

  • ganda

    when i tried to connect my iphone to pc it says ‘there is no simcard installed on the iphone you are attempting to activate’ how could i fix this? please help me

  • MAFT

    Don’t know the original carrier of iPhone 6s. I reset the iPhone and now it says activation required but the phone is open its only when I put the SIM card in,… Can anyone help me? It’s not my phone but it was me who had reset it and I feel really bad for doing this to my bff 😓😢


    Take it to the Apple store. They will fix it quickly and easily!

  • Trent Jones

    I have a new phone but when I want to set it up and restore from iCloud it insists on sending a code to my
    I am overseas and the SIM wont allow roaming.
    Is there another way to set up the new iPhone, restoring from my iCloud account, but without recieving a text from them?

  • Packer Backer

    There no reason whatsoever for Apple to require a SIM card to activate an iPhone.

    It’s a major negative customer experience, but Apple doesn’t care about customers, it is addicted to carrier derived revenue.

    End of story. No Apple Fanboi “buh buh buh!” can explain it away.

  • Packer Backer

    Apple DOES hate customers. It’s so clear to most people.

  • KlumCeeMatsu

    Can you check my 2 last carrier used by mu iphone 4s IMEI 013196009180242
    i cant open line my phone because i dont know the last carrier that my brother used

  • krayon

    OMG PREACH! Im sitting here at home stuck with a useless SE because i lost the sim tray and im stuck on the sim activation Bullsh*t cant do anything til the replacement i ordered gets to me smfh cant stand apple

  • Kracken

    experienced the same thing

  • Lazaro Aday

    IPhone came from very hell 😈

  • Shalisa

    Same just bought my se & i cant do shit with it 😐

  • parwanan

    how to cloud unlock my iphone this is my IMEI number;359245068133642 plz reply me


  • karen

    Hi, To use a R-Sim or X-Sim, my phone should be activate? Cause my iPhone doesn’t reconize my sim card

  • thomas H

    hello, i have had a really bad experience , need help badly. originally i had a iPhone 6 plus. my my was hacked like you wouldn’t believe and i don’t know how . the person completely controlled my phone lost all my pictures and my apple id face book and so on, they even changed all my credit card pins . took pictures of me getting out of the shower while i had music playing and sent them to all my contacts , and much more . i lost my apple id email every thing. so so i tried fixing it by changing the sim and a new number 🙁 still no luck so i bought a new iPhone 7 with new number and sim still the person controlled my phone , so i tried again with another iPhone 7 new number every thing passwords id email. no luck. so i then when from att&t to verizon and i got everything new even got the samsung s7 edge. guess what no luck didn’t realize this person hacked my home wifi and home smart tv 🙁 lam not rich and aim currently on disability trying to beat cancer. its been 7 months now and i still have my account cause my son is on it with me. sorry for the long story. so now this person changed my email i set up on my new samsung and password. so i tried to do a restore no i cant even use my samsung phone cause it wants the email and password to continue the sett up of the phone . I’ve now been without a smart phone for 7 months basically . but yet I’ve been paying my bill for it all this time. so now i have alll these phones and cant use them 🙁 i have all the boxes and receits to prove it . and nobody will help not at&t or verizon or apple .please help . i would like to unlock these phones now so i cam use one and give my daughter one and son. can some body help me , you don’t no how helpless i feel and very violated this person has even taken control of my mac. aim using a old phone on my sisters account that i cant even text on. what can i do. please help please

  • SuaveHouse Alloui

    I think you need you need to reset everything and change everything new security questions harder passwords disinfect your computer. If you are on disability, how can you afford going through so many phones?

  • Chris

    I tried with other sim, but I’m getting the SIM Not Supported error. How can I activate my iPhone without Sim card? Please help.


    i have iPhone 7 from verizon but it asking for zip code and last four of SSN and the number it not mine help it give apple # call him

  • leart

    is there any reason why you are here first lol?
    enjoying blaming apple lol

  • Sevak

    I have damaged Sim Card slot and my iphone was reset by apple authorised store, and now i am stuck with deactivated iPhone 6S Plus without being able to activate since the Sim Card cannot read. i am trying to connect with iTunes as recommended above, however iTunes also once recognises my iPhone, it says “There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate”, and it doesn’t give the option to set us as new iPhone. I just want to use the phone as browsing the internet, gaming, using apps. note that before taking the Phone to Apple Authorised repair store, i was able to use the phone as a device, however since they reset it now i am stuck with inactivated Phone/device. Please advise if there are any possible ways to at least activate it and use as device, listening to music etc….
    Sevak D.

  • stuck

    i bought a second hand iPhone 5c off a friend of a friend, who went off grid and now i’m stuck with the phone without a sim card, I know it’s locked to rogers fido flex and more info on it appears that it was deemed “lost” and find my iPhone is ON. I’ve reset the iPhone as instructions said to do but I still can’t get it to work past the “sim card required screen”. I’ve tried different sim card but got an “unauthorized carrier” screen