March 7th was the date when iOS 6.1.6 was released, as a major iOS update at the same time coupled with new iPad — iPad 3. Apple fixed a few major bugs and introduced a handful of new features that also included Japanese language support for Siri — along with a new lock display for iPhone.

Bypass iPhone Activation Screen

Apple also succeeded in fixing battery drainage issues in iOS 6.1.6 for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but as it happens not all bugs that have been reported in 6.1.6 as well as iOS 5.1.1 had been fixed in iOS 5.1. We tested and played around with this locked iPhone 4S as well as found an activation screen bug which enables you to bypass iPhone activation screen.

Every iPhone must be activated before it is possible to use it for the first time, and at the same time you need the official SIM card to be able to activate your iPhone and begin using it. Within our case, this iPhone 4S is actually locked to AT&T and naturally we require a SIM card to activate this iPhone, however, you can bypass this particular activation screen and go directly to your SpringBoard (home screen) without SIM card. Though you will find other ways in order to bypass your activation screen but that one is slightly different because it’s the glitch in iOS.

Bypass iPhone activation iOS 6.1.6 – iOS 5.1.1

In case an iPhone is stuck upon activation screen you’re going to get either SIM not valid or Activation Failed Error whilst activating your iPhone without the official SIM card. What you need to do then is press Home button once and you’ll get several choices, tap on “Emergency Call” as well as dial any emergency number like 911 or even 112.

Now quickly press and hold the power button, so when you see “slide to power off” tap “Cancel”. Your iPhone will return to Invalid SIM card or Activation Failed error screen, right now tap on “Touch to return to call” on top and End the call. That’s it! Your iPhone activation screen is going to be bypassed and you’ll get to iPhone’s House screen.

Now you should note here that the actions are limited on this screen. You can’t use Siri, you can’t get to application switcher / Multitasking try. However, you can perform a few usual tasks such as browsing App Store or internet. Should you already have jailbroken iPhone 4S as well as somehow it is stuck on Activation screen you can visit Cydia and repair it by installing SAM again.

This particular bug exists in iOS 5.0.1, iOS 5.1.1 as well as iOS 6.1.6 too. It is nevertheless unclear why Apple didn’t repair it. Have you tried it?

  • Tamoghna Tom Chakraborty

    What would be the emergency calling number in India? Would really appreciate your help! Thanks in advance!! 🙂

  • Dave

    Bug exists in 5.1.1 Iphone 4s too

  • annoorr

    I trying it on iphone 4 5.1.1 03.10.01 bb preserve.. But how to definitely active iphone 4???

  • UnlockBoot

    Tested and works on iPhone 4S iOS 5.1.1.

  • Vanna

    Has anyone done this and actually called 911? I’m worried that I’ll have the police, ambulance and fire ppl show up!

  • aurelia

    wow thank you so much for this great trick !! i had to reboot my phone and was so upset because i dont have the original sim… so thank you so much for this

  • UnlockBoot

    Hey guys, I can confirm that this bug also works on iOS 6 final version. Tested on iPhone 4S.

  • harriet

    Hey i have tried this plenty of times but the thing is that i dont get the message that says ” touch to return the call” eventhough i press the cancel button. And my phone isn’t even jailbroken. WHAT TO DO!? I NEED HELP. i cant make a video if you want to see what i mean.

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  • austine

    ‘i got to “Touch to return to call”, but this “Touch to return to call” command did not appear on the screen. what could be the reason?

  • Karin

    Is this bug fixed in iPhone 5? I cannot activate my iphone via this method :'(

  • chuck charles

    i have an iphone 4 that is stuck in activation mode and i cannot open any apps except for the phone app and also my phone is unable to call 112 or 911 and my phone cannot connect to a computer because i dropped it in a toilet, this problem happened all of a sudden and ive taken it apart multiple times to see whats wrong, but its almost always the same, it did one time get out of the activation mode for like 30 seconds but then all of a sudden it went back to the activation screen, any have some help for me, i do have warranty for it but i am going to get a new phone when my contract ends which is in may, but in the meantime i need this phone to be working and i am not willing to pay apple 50$ to fix this phone.

  • chuck charles

    I am also running ios 6.1 Beta 4, and the phone does not charge when powered on, i think the reason is when i took the phone apart the first time after i dropped it in the toilet i kinda ripped a little bit of the dock connector strip when trying to remove the speaker.

  • milly

    its working! but the then home is not functioning. i can even tap on setting. please help 🙁

  • Barmore

    Whats new bypass activation trick for ios 6.1.3 iphone 4

  • This Fixed my phone lol

    thank you thank you dear iphone jesus, totally works man thanks!

  • Cathy

    Help please. I installed SAM on my iPhone 4 ios 6.0.1 baseband 04.12.02 and respring it then I’m stuck in the activation screen. Please help!

  • ricktor

    this WILL call emergency response any deactivated phone must be able to place emergency calls by law! every time you do this you call 911 and you waste time that could be used for a real emergency 112 will call 911 if you are in Canada. THE best way to get past the activation screen is to get a pay as you go sim from the provider that the phone is locked to. pay as you go sim cards are free there is no need to set it up at all. just get the card pop it in the phone and it will recognize it no need to set up pay as you go account just put a new free pay as you go sim from the provider the phone is locked to into the phone and the phone will activate and say no service. and it will be permanently activated until the next time you decide to do a restore on the phone.

  • ricktor

    every time you do this you are actually calling 911

  • trayvon

    wow this work on my unjailbroken iphone4 running 6.1.3

  • nub

    that doesn’t work, if I activate it with a sim the phone is locked to, then enter another sim, it goes back to the activation screen