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How to Activate iPhone Without Sim Card Step by Step Guide

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Have you ever wanted to Activate iPhone Without Sim Card? If yes you are landed in the right place. This operation is possible because there are certain methods to do this. 

When you buy a new iPhone, activation is the most important process to perform before using the device. So, in this article, we will provide you some methods to activate the iPhone without a SIM card.

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Activating an iPhone is an easy task. Most of the time, the device is turned on smoothly. But sometimes you may encounter errors when trying to unlock your iPhone. What if you face such an error? Most people do not know the answer. 

So here’s the guide to activate your iPhone properly. iTunes indicates the following message: “Activation can not be done now.” If you also get the message, make sure your iPhone is up to date and up to date. Similarly, if the device is affected by a particular network, use the SIM card on the same network. 

This guide covers all generations of handsets, from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.


When you already thought you couldn’t use your old iPhone, we taught you how to activate it in several ways without using a SIM card to connect to Apple servers. We have several methods to get the most juice from the apple:

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Method 1: Activate your iPhone without a SIM card using iTunes

To activate any iPhone without a SIM card, it is necessary that this device be free, if it is attached to any operator, this method would not work for you and you will have to resort to the following ones mentioned below. For this we will consider the following steps:

  • Have the latest version of iTunes for Mac or Windows. We will download it from the Apple website directly from here.
  • Connect your iPhone to the PC using the lightning cable, or the cable with a 30-pin connector if it is an iPhone 4s or less.
  • If when you connect the iPhone to the computer you see a message that the iPhone that you are going to activate does not have a SIM card installed, you will not be able to activate it and you will have to resort to another of the methods we discussed. If your iPhone is free, the simple apple assistant will guide you through all the necessary steps to activate the iPhone without any problem.
  • Once it is activated, you can connect it to your WiFi network and without having mobile data you will use it as if it were an iPod Touch or an iPad.

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Method 2: Using an R-SIM or X-SIM card:

R-sim card is simply a card used to use the iPhone with any type of telephone company. To use this method we must do the following:

  • Search and buy an R-SIM or X-SIM compatible with your iPhone.
  • We must investigate for San Google sure you find the most suitable solution (in quality/price and country).
  • We place the R-SIM or X-SIM inside the terminal, turn on and select the desired network.
  • We confirm the choice and press and hold the power button to restart the device.
  • We wait for the device to turn on and restart. It will connect to the chosen network and we will have to wait for it to complete the activation process.
  • Finally, we connect to the WiFi network and configure our iPhone from scratch.

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Method 3: Activate your iPhone with someone else’s SIM card:

he fastest and easiest way to activate your iPhone is by using someone else’s SIM card. Obviously we will always have a charitable soul in the form of a friend, or family member who will leave us his SIM card to introduce it at a given time in our iPhone and thus, be able to activate it. EYE! Be very careful because when activating the iPhone, the company that you have hired or preggo, charges for the two activation SMS normally (0.10 cents) when automatically connecting with Apple servers and activating the Messages app and FaceTime. To do this we will do the following:

  • We open the SIM card tray slot with a clip, pin or something with a fine tip.
  • We will have to enter a SIM of the operator that is our iPhone, if not, we will have to use another method of those mentioned.
  • After entering the SIM, we select the necessary option to use only the WiFi network (indispensable without WiFi network does not work the method) and deactivate the mobile data option.
  • We wait for it to activate and we remove the card at the end of the process.
  • We turn off and on the iPhone and ready to enjoy it without any card inside.

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Method 4: Activate your iPhone using a 112 emergency call:

This option is not highly recommended and has not worked effectively for users who have tried it. On the other hand, emergency calls have their task and we should NOT bother for something like that, but it is at the discretion of each one. In order to activate the iPhone using emergency calls we will do the following:

  • We turn on the iPhone without a SIM card.
  • We tried to do the initial configuration and activate as if I had a SIM card.
  • We wait for you to show us the error on the screen that «the iPhone could not be activated because it could not connect properly to Apple servers».
  • At that time we press the Start button, select the Emergency Call option and dial 112.
  • After pressing the call key, we quickly press and hold the Power button and press «Cancel», on the next screen, we touch at the top of the screen to return to the emergency call window and press the End call key.
  • Finally, our phone will be activated and we can configure it with the WiFi network as if it were really an iPod without a SIM.

Note: This method is not very reliable, but there remains in case anyone wants to try it. As an advice, please try the other methods first.

Method 5: Use the Jailbreak to Activate any of your iPhone:

The last method is the most complex. If you have not been able to activate your iPhone with any of the above in the form of iPod Touch or iPad without SIM, Jailbreak is your last chance. The worst thing is that lately the Jailbreak scene has declined a lot and you will have to surf very well for Google to find a reliable method today. The Jailbreak may cause you to lose the warranty on your iPhone and also make it bricked and serve as a paperweight so do it, at your own risk. If you don’t have a SIM and you have nothing to lose, give it a shot. The worst thing that can happen to you is to return to the drawer.

Wrapping UP

Here’s how to quickly activate an iPhone without a SIM card with the easy guide. You can enable it with or without a SIM card using the shared methods above. You can also activate your iPhone without a SIM card using a computer. Your device will function as a simple iPod by connecting to a wireless network. If the activation still fails, use the above-shared patches or contact the phone center immediately.

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