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How to activate iPhone without SIM card

How to activate iPhone without SIM card

We all know that iPhones require a SIM card to be activated. This could be a problem for many people who want to use their old device for some reason, such as surfing the web or listening to music. In this article, we have brought you the solutions you were looking for. We will show you how to activate the iPhone without a SIM card and benefit from all the features of your device.

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Activate iPhone with iTunes:

For this method, you will need an unlocked iPhone, a computer (whether Windows or Mac) and the latest version of iTunes software (You can download it from here). It is considered to be the most useful method to bypass activation of the iPhone without a SIM card. One of the features offered by iTunes is to provide such a service.

The first step is to connect the iPhone to the PC via the USB or Lightning cable offered by Apple. Once the iPhone is connected, iTunes displays messages to guide you through the steps necessary to activate your device.

Once your iPhone is detected by iTunes, choose the Configure as new iPhone option and select Continue. A window will appear asking you to Synchronize with iTunes. You must click on Get Started, then on the Sync button. Wait until the end of the process and when synchronization is complete, take your iPhone out of the computer and complete the rest of the device. Your iPhone must be turned on before you can connect to Wi-Fi and use your iPhone.

If iTunes tells you that you need to install a SIM card to activate your iPhone, the reason may be that your iPhone is locked. If this is the case, this method will not work for you.

Activate iPhone with X-SIM or R-SIM:

Besides iTunes, there is another option. This other option is to use R-SIM or X-SIM. This type of SIM card will do what the ordinary SIM card does with iPhone. Let's see how this method works. Once this X or R-sim is installed on the iPhone, the phone offers a group of network operators. After that, you need to select your operator from the list to follow the activation process. If the desired network does not appear in the list, you must click on the input imsi option. The imsi code is made up of the digits 7 and refers to a particular cellular network through which you can search for any imsi code on the Internet. So try to provide the correct imsi on your phone.

When you have entered the correct imsi code, choose the category of your iPhone from the available models. Once this step is complete, select the appropriate unlocking process and follow the instructions to the end. When a confirmation message appears, simply click Accept. Your iPhone will reboot instantly to save the changes you have made. Your iPhone should then be activated.


If the methods we mentioned above do not suit you, you have the option to jailbreak your iPhone. Jailbreaking your iPhone means that you have destroyed all kinds of limitations and restrictions established by Apple. You can therefore activate your iPhone without a SIM card.