Use simple methods to activate iPhone without SIM card

Use simple methods to activate iPhone without SIM card

iPhone is a great smartphone with the high security, stabilization and smart  features integrated in the device. However, the activation of an iPhone requires a valid SIM card and you cannot activate your iPhone without SIM card put inside the phone, unlike in iPad and iPod Touch.

Having a SIM card is compulsory to activate your iPhone for the first time. However, if you have a non-activated iPhone and your SIM card is not available, but you still want to activate your iPhone – we will show you the ways to activate your device without SIM card.

How to activate iPhone Without SIM Card

When you turn on your iPhone for the first time, it needs a SIM card inserted into the SIM slot. Without the SIM card, your iPhone will remain stuck in the active screen, however there is a small trick that helps you bypass the iPhone to the home screen and use normally. However, this method might not work on all iPhones, especially the latest models; they will require a real SIM card and this trick does not usually work as a standard. Anyways, you can follow the steps below to bypass the active screen


  • Hold down the Power button until the screen displays to turn on the iPhone. Until the step, iPhone gets stuck at the no SIM card installed screen, that time you can move to the second step.
  • Tap on the Home button when your iPhone is on. As your iPhone is not activated, so it will go back to the first set up step. That time, an option to make an emergency call will be offered. Dial quickly some numbers like 113, make a call, and immediately use the red button to hang up. Then the home screen will show continue setting up instead of a stuck up at white screen.


  1. Use R-SIM / X-SIM to activate iPhone

To activate your iPhone, you can use X-SIM/ R-SIM card. Follow the steps below to see how to use it:


  • Insert your SIM card with the R-SIM into your device.
  • Select the carrier you are using from the list or enter the IMSI code of R/X-SIM card.
  • Confirm and restart your device.
  • Your iPhone will start looking for service and the activation will be completed.


  • Bypass iPhone Activation


After this process, you can use your iPhone freely without the original SIM card. However, if you do not have a X-SIM or R-SIM, you can try the next method.

  1. Use iTunes to activate iPhone

iTunes offers for iOS users the ability to activate your iPhones over this software. It requires no SIM card to activate.


  • First, download iTunes from Apple’s official website, here. We recommend you to use the latest version of iTunes, as a backdated version can end up with conflicts between your iPhone and computer.
  • Next, you need to prepare a lightning cable and your iPhone battery is over 20%. Then connect your iPhone with the PC with the authorized cable.

After your phone is detected on iTunes, the software will show step by step instructions on your computer. Do the following steps to set up and activate the iPhone without having to drop a SIM card inside the slot.


Note: This method works only with a few carriers. You may be required to enter 4 last digits from your SSN, your Phone number as well as Zip code to activate.

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  1. iTcHyRiNg
    Reply September 11, 01:51 #1 iTcHyRiNg

    You can also just insert a non active SIM from any carrier and that’ll do do the job too. You can usually pickup a free non active SIM from a carrier retail store and use that… In Australia anyway.

  2. Yogesh Patel
    Reply October 22, 06:03 #2 Yogesh Patel

    That’s a very nice guide. I just turned ON my iPhone 6S Plus.

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