Top 4 Methods to Activate iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C/6/6S without SIM

The iPhone iOS 14 release has come up with some interesting new features while some of the older ones are retained too. One of the retained features is the same process for iPhone activation that has been kept the same since the release of iPhone 3Gs and has carried forward to the latest models.

Do you want to buy another iPhone but not decide to use it for making calls? And obviously you won't get a new phone card for it. At this time, you may feel confused about how to activate iPhone 5 without a SIM card. If so, you're in the right place. In this article, we've summed up 4 useful methods and hopefully they can help you out of the trouble!

Method 1. Activate iPhone without SIM Card Using iTunes

This method is an easy and effective answer to "how to activate iPhone without sim card". This method is incredibly efficient in helping you activate your iPhone without SIM card regardless of your mobile model. All you would need is a computer that has the latest variant of iTunes installed in it. Below are the step by step guide:

  1. Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to it with a USB cable.
  2. Step 2. An on-screen prompt shall appear in the iTunes, asking you to fill in some information.
  3. Step 3. Fill in the required details and follow the proceeding steps.
  4. Step 4. Once done, your phone shall be activated.

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Although the method would help you activate iPhone without SIM card, it has some limitations. The process would only work if your device isn't locked to a particular carrier. And if the iPhone is locked to a carrier, the method won't bore ripen fruits. So does that mean there is no way out? Absolutely not, we have got some other amazing methods revealed below, explaining how to activate iPhone without SIM card, Wi-Fi and iTunes.

Method 2. Activate iPhone without SIM Card Using Emergency Call(Less Likely)

This method has no such restrains as Method 1 and can be carried out easily without the need of a computer or an Internet connection. All you would need to do is carry out the steps as described.

  1. Step 1. After the "No Sim Card" prompt is displayed, press the home button.
  2. Step 2. On the following screen, tap "emergency call".

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  3. Step 3. Dial any legit emergency number and click on the green button.
  4. Step 4. Now, press the power button to cancel the call.
  5. Step 5. A pop-up shall appear with the command to cancel the call, press it.

Following the steps above shall activate your iPhone without SIM, however, what must be considered is the fact that the method isn't very reliable or recommended. It is merely a popular trick that once worked. There is nothing wrong in giving it a try, but if you fail, we still have got some other ways to help you out.

Method 3. Activate iPhone without SIM Card Using Someone Else's SIM Card

Another helpful method to quickly activate your iPhone is by using someone else's SIM card. The process is quite simple, and it is aimed to help those who can borrow a SIM card from their friend for just the activation process only. Once the iPhone is activated, you can remove the SIM freely. Make sure you have the following things to get started:

  • A SIM Ejector tool
  • A Sim card that you can borrow from your friend.
  • Access to the internet via Wi-Fi.

Now, follow the steps to activate your iPhone:

  1. Step 1. Remove the SIM card from another device.
  2. Step 2. Insert the SIM card into your iPhone.
  3. Step 3. Turn on your iPhone and begin the setup process by following the on-screen instructions.
  4. Step 4. Wait until the device gets activated.

Method 4. Activate iPhone without SIM Card by Jailbreak (Last Choice)

The last technique to activate the iPhone without SIM card is by jailbreaking. Jailbreaking is the process by which Apple users remove software restrictions imposed on iOS. With a jailbroken device, you can install applications that are restricted by Apple, like the tweaked or pirated apps. Additionally, Jailbreaking will also allows to activate the iPhone without SIM card. However, there are numerous disadvantages of jailbreaking the device, which include:

  • Ends up the iPhone warranty.
  • Causes security problems.
  • Unable to receive software updates from Apple.

While for those who bought a second-hand iPhone 4/5/6, there's a great possibility that after jailbreaking, their devices will get stuck on the activation lock screen (mainly because the previous owner forgot to unlink the device from his or her Apple ID). At this time, it's highly recommended to use UltFone Activation Unlocker, an amazing tool which will not only jailbreak your iPhone but also remove the activation lock on it.

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Here is how it works:

  • Step 1After downloading and installing UltFone Activation Unlocker from its official website, launch it on your computer. Click "Start" and consent to the agreement. Then, connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.

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  • Step 2Upon successful recognition, follow the on-screen to download the jailbreak tool.

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  • Step 3 After the download, click "Start Jailbreaking" to jailbreak your device.

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  • Step 4 When the jailbreak process is completed , click "Next" to proceed.

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  • Step 5 In the following screen, the program will display the device info, confirm it and click "Start Remove" button finish the activation process.

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Bonus Tip: How to Remove the Jailbreak After You Activated iPhone

If you have jailbroken your iOS device, and now you are regretting because it has voided your iPhone's warranty and made your device ineligible to receive official iOS updates by Apple. If so, then you don't have to worry anymore because UltFone iOS System Repair can help you out of the trouble. UltFone iOS System Repair is capable of reversing jailbreak on your iOS device. With it, the device will be restored back to the original state in just no time. The other significant options available in UltFone iOS System repair are:

  • Fix 150+ iOS system issues like Apple logo, reboot loop, and black screen without data lost.
  • Fix 200+ iTunes errors and Apple TV tvOS Problems.
  • Fully compatible with the latest iOS 14/iPadOS 14.
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Here's the stepwise guide on how to remove jailbreak from iDevices:

  • Step 1 Open UltFone iOS System Repair on your computer and then connect your device to it via a lightning cable. Click on "Repair Operating System" feature on the main interface.

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  • Step 2Now, click on the "Fix Now" option.

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  • Step 3Before the repairing process, download the firmware package for your iOS device by clicking on the "Download" button.

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  • Step 4 When the firmware package is downloaded successfully, click on "Repair Now" to start the repairing process.

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Wait patiently and once the iOS system repair process is completed, your device would be restored to the normal state.


In this post, we've shared four different methods to activate iPhone 4/5/6 without a SIM card. However, the last method-jailbreaking the iOS device is risky than the remaining ones and many have replied that they got stuck later on the activation lock screen. At this point, we highly recommend you to give a try to UltFone Activation Unlocker, which is an all-in-one solution for all your troubles. And if your device gets stuck while jailbreaking or you regret jailbreaking your iPhone, don't forget to seek help from UltFone iOS System Repair without any hesitation because it is aimed to fix 150+ iOS issues, including removing jailbreak from iOS devices.

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