Here you will find our Apple iPhone Unlocking instructions, please select the below links for model specific instructions or for more general iPhone unlocking information please scroll down to our below guide.
- iPhone Network Check – Start here if you are not sure what network your iPhone is locked to.
- iPhone X Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 6S / 6S Plus Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone SE Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 5S Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 5C Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 5 Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 4S Unlocking Instructions
- iPhone 4 Unlocking Instructions
General Information on getting your iPhone unlocked
If you have purchased your iPhone directly from a network provider such as Vodafone, EE, O2, Three, Virgin or GiffGaff for example then there is a good change it has been locked to a specific network and you are not free to use your phone with another network provider without getting it unlocked first.
If you have purchased your iPhone directly from Apple then the phone will be factory unlocked from new and you will be able to use any SIM card with your phone.
Is getting your iPhone Unlocked Legal?
Yes, it is 100% legal to unlock your iPhone, however please be aware that if you are paying for your phone as part of a contract and do not own the device outright simply unlocking the phone so you can use it on another network does not release you from your contractual obligations and you sill need to honour your contact. If you simply stop paying your bills then the phone will get blacklisted and you will not be able to use it at all.
How to unlock your Apple iPhone
Firstly you need to be sure your iPhone is actually locked to a specific network, in order to do this the first step is to ensure the phone is able to make and receive calls on at least one network. If it does then insert the SIM card from your chosen network provider into the phone and power it on. If you get a message saying “Activation required” as “SIM Not Supported” as shown in the below images then the phone is network locked and will need unlocking in order to us on your network of choice.
Once you have established that the phone is locked then the first thing would be to contact your network provider to see if you are eligible for a free unlock.
How to unlock an iPhone Locked to EE
EE handsets need to be at least 6 months old before they can be unlocked and all bills must have been paid to date, if you meet this criteria then you can ask EE to unlock your iPhone. Currently EE charge £8.99 and it can take up to 7 working days for the unlock to complete.
You can find the EE iPhone unlocking form here: https://myaccount.ee.co.uk/device-unlock/
This service is for both EE pay as you go and contract customers. If you are using pay as you go EE will deduct the charge from your credit, if you are a pay monthly customer it will be added to your next bill.
If you are not an EE customer and you have an iPhone that is locked to the EE network, for example if you have bought the iPhone from a friend or eBay then it may not be so straight forward to get the handset unlocked from EE as you will need the original owners name and EE phone number.
If you are unable to get the phone unlocked directly from EE, fear not, we offer a EE iPhone unlocking service which is just £14.95 and takes 1-3 working days to complete, this works for all iPhone models such as the iPhone 5, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR etc.
If you would like to order your iPhone EE unlock from Simply Unlocked then please visit our website here: https://www.simplyunlocked.co.uk
How to Unlock an iPhone Locked to Vodafone
Getting your iPhone unlocked from Vodafone is much the same as EE, you are required to have a Vodafone account or know the details of the original owner of the iPhone.
You can place your Vodafone iPhone unlocking request directly on their website here: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/vodafone-uk/forms/unlock-code-request/
Unfortunately if you are not a Vodafone customer then they will not unlock your iPhone, you re required to sign up as a Vodafone customer for 30 days and then they will unlock your iPhone. This is not ideal, because the reason you would want your iPhone unlocking is so you would not be tied in as a Vodafone customer.
How to Unlock an iPhone Locked to Three
How to Unlock a iPhone Locked to O2
For O2 locked iPhones just like with other network providers you are required to fill out an online form on the O2 website here: https://www.o2.co.uk/help/phones-sims-and-devices/unlocking-an-o2-mobile-to-use-on-a-different-network
The good news is that O2 will unlock your iPhone for free, if you are a contract pay monthly customer O2 will unlock your iPhone any time so you will be free to move network providers but you must finish paying your contract or the phone will get blacklisted. Pay as you go customers need to wait 1 year before O2 will unlock your phone, however once this time period is up they will complete the unlock free of charge.
If you can not wait a year or O2 will not unlock your iPhone then Simply Unlocked have a O2 iPhone unlocking service and we can unlock any O2 locked iPhone, such as the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR etc.
For more information including pricing and unlocking times for O2 please visit our website https://www.simplyunlocked.co.uk for more information.
How much should I be paying for a iPhone Unlock?
If you are getting your iPhone unlocked directly from a network provider such as O2, Vodafone, EE or Three then the price will vary from free up to around £15.00. This always depends on several factors, the main one being how long you have been with the company.
If you have purchased your iPhone second hand then the chances are you will struggle to get the network providers to unlock the phone, in which case you will be looking at 3rd party unlocking providers.
Typically you would be expecting to pay from £15-£30 depending on your iPhone model and the network its currently locked to, be very wary of unlocking companies offering iPhone unlocking very cheaply and always read company reviews as there are many scam sites around.