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Complete Guide on How to Activate iPhone without SIM

When we get a new iPhone, the first thing we should do is to activate the device so that we can use the features in it. And normally, we would enable the mobile phone with SIM card. However, what if you do not have a SIM card when you tend to activate the device? Does that mean you can do nothing at that moment? Absolutely not! Even if you have no any SIM card with you, you still can activate your iPhone easily.

If you want to get the way on how to activate iPhone without SIM, you can read on and go with the details below to have a try.

Part 1. Use iTunes to Activate Your iPhone

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and go to Help> Check for Updates. If it notices you that there is a new iTunes version available, just follow the instructions to download and install the latest one.

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Step 2. Connect your iPhone to computer and iTunes will detect the connected iPhone automatically.

Step 3. Once you establish a connection between iPhone and iTunes, you may receive a message saying that "There is no SIM card installed in the iPhone you are attempting to activate". If you get this information, you still need a SIM to unlock your phone since the device is locked to some network carrier. But if the message does not appear, you can continue to activate your phone.

Step 4. Then you need to select "Set up as a new iPhone" and tap on "Continue" on your device. After that, the iPhone activation will start in iTunes.

Step 5. When the process is done, you need to set up some options on your iPhone, including location, password, App & Data, Apple ID, etc.

Step 6. Once all the settings are accomplished, your iPhone is activated successfully. Finally, you just need to tap Get Start to manage your new device.

Part 2. Activate iPhone by Using R-sim/X-sim

The second method is to make use of R-sim or X-sim. If you do not have the original SIM card but take a R-sim or X-sim with you, you can follow the guide below to make an attempt.

Step 1. Insert your R-sim or X-sim into the card holder on your iPhone.

Step 2. Choose the carrier from the available list and then confirm your selection.

Step 3. Press and hold the Power button to restart your mobile phone.

Step 4. When you reboot your phone, it will start to search for the carrier and the activating process will be completed.

Part 3. Jailbreak to Enable Your Phone

Activating your new iPhone by jailbreak would also be an option. By using this method, you need to download and install a reliable jailbreak software to help you complete the process. If you do not have any idea about the useful jailbreak software, you can come here to get the recommendation. After getting the program, you can begin to jailbreak your iPhone. You can click here to learn the detailed process of iPhone jailbreak.

After finishing the jailbreak, you need to reboot your phone and you wil find that your device are activated.

Part 4. Enable Your Device via Emergency Call

If you do not have a computer or any R-sim/X-sim card at that moment, may be you need to make an emergency call to help you complete the activation. However, this means is not so suitable and effective. Only when you have no other methods are you suggested to use this final solution. The details are as below:

Step 1. Press and hold the Power button to turn on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click on Home button and you will get three options on the screen: Emergency call, Start over and Wi-fi settings.

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Step 3. Type "112" and make a call. Here, you must press the Power button immediately once you made the call. When the calling interface appears, you need to click on Cancel to end this call.

Step 4. After cancelling the call, you will get the home screen of iPhone. That means you have activated your phone successfully and are able to manage your phone now.

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