How to Activate iPhone without SIM Card

Posted by mistermobile on Sep 7, 2016
Filed under: Apple iOS Tips

How to 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.


Step 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.

Step 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.

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