How do I activate my iPhone without a SIM or Wi-Fi?

There are various ways of activating an iPhone without a SIM or Wi-Fi, but no all methods are guaranteed to work. In this article we go through the various ways of activating your iPhone.

Do remember, that your iPhone might be locked to a certain carrier. This guide will assume you've got an unlocked iPhone or have a way of using the phone with a carrier-specific SIM once it's activated.

Note: Not all methods will work for you. This guide covers all generation of iPhones, from the iPhone 3GS to the latest iPhone.

You can see our other iPhone guides here: How to unlock an iPhone so you can use any SIM | Is my iPhone locked or unlocked.

How to activate iPhone without SIM or Wi-Fi: Use iTunes

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If you've got access to a computer, our first point of call to activate an iPhone would be through iTunes. It's by far the easiest, most straight forward method of activating an iPhone.

If you haven't already got iTunes, go ahead and download it for free through Apple's website.

Once you've installed it, connect your iPhone to your computer.

You will now see an on-screen prompt on your iTunes instructing you what you need to do and the details you need to fill out to activate your iPhone.

Once activated, you'll be able to use your iPhone. If for any reason you get the 'No SIM card error', you will need to check if you SIM is damaged or locked. You can follow the steps on Apple's website.

Also see: How to set up a new iPhone.

How to activate iPhone without SIM or Wi-Fi: Emergency call feature

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This method is reported to be patched by some users, but some might find it still a viable option in activating your iPhone. Note: We don't condone calling an emergency number for the purpose of activation!

To activate your iPhone follow these steps:

  • Turn on your iPhone
  • Tap on Emergency call to make a 112 or 999 call
  • Press the power button on your iPhone straight away
  • Tap on cancel on the pop-up  window to stop the call
  • Your iPhone should now be activated

This little trick doesn't actually call an emergency number, but for an unknown reason activates your iPhone without a SIM or Wi-Fi.

Also see: How to remove passcode on iPhone.

How to activate iPhone without SIM or Wi-Fi: Jailbreak your iPhone

If all else fails you can always attempt to jailbreak your iPhone. This does void your warranty, but if you've got an old iPhone that's carrier locked, it might even be the best way to get it working again.

We've got a full guide on 'How to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad', which will go through the ways to jailbreak your iPhone and hopefully allow you to activate and also unlock it!

Let us know in the comments below what worked for you or if you've got any new methods you've discovered.

Also see: How to unlock a disabled Apple ID.