How to IMEI unlock iPhone SE/6S(Plus)/6(Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S/4

Do you want to use your iPhone on a different carrier than the one it came with? You may need to unlock the device. In the recent past most people used to make use of software unlock methods such as Ultrsnow. While these methods can be successful, they did have their limitations and there were some devices that couldn't be unlocked.

By far, the most suitable method is an IMEI unlock. In this article we are going to address how you can IMEI unlock your iPhone easily. But as we do that, you should keep in mind that to unlock your iPhone, you will have to pay for the service. The amount often depends with the service provider and the carrier you are using.

That said, let's see how to IMEI unlock your iPhone.

Part 1: How to IMEI unlock iPhone SE/6S(Plus)/6(Plus)/5S/5C/5/4S/4

For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using the service Let's Unlock iPhone. Like all other IMEI unlocking services, it is a paid service. You can use any other service and they all typically work the same way.

These are the steps to follow to unlock the iPhone.

Step 1: assuming that you know the carrier your phone is locked on (If you don't, use an IMEI checker to find out) use the form on this page to select your Country, Carrier, iPhone Model, IMEI and email address.

IMEI unlock iPhone

Step 2: Click "Add to Cart" to continue. Next you will be required to verify that the information you provided is accurate. Double check and then click on "Buy Now" to continue.

IMEI unlock iPhone

Step 3: You will be redirected to the PayPal checkout page where you can choose to pay with your PayPal account balance or a credit card if you don't have a PayPal account.

IMEI unlock iPhone

Step 4: You should receive the following email after the order has been approved. The email also contains information about the time of delivery which depends on your carrier. If you haven't received the email, check in your Spam folder.

IMEI unlock iPhone

Step 5:After the time stipulated in the email has lapsed, you will receive another email informing you that the unlock has been successful. You will however need to do the following to ensure that the unlock process is completed.

Put in the SIM card of the network you want to switch to and then connect the iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. So a backup and then click Restore to set up the iPhone as a new device.  You should see the following message on iTunes.

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Your device has now been permanently unlocked.

Part 2: Your Questions Answered

Like with everything else that has to do with your precious device, you no doubt have a lot questions that you need answered before you can trust that your iPhone will be safely unlocked. That is completely understandable which is why we have compiled the top 5 questions most people ask about IMEI unlock services and provided the answers to each one.

Will IMEI unlock jailbreak my device?

The IMEI unlock is not a jailbreaking service so you don't have to worry about your device being jailbroken in the process. On the other hand if your device is jailbroken, its status will not be affected by the IMEI unlock.

What Carrier can I use after unlock?

Once the unlock process is complete you can use any network or carrier that you choose. It also make travelling easier as your device is now open to network operators in other countries.

Do I need the original SIM card of the operator the iPhone is locked to?

This usually depends with the unlocking service you are using but in most cases you don't need it.

How long should I wait for the unlock?

Again this depends with the operator and the unlocking service you are using. We can tell you one thing though, if it takes more than one week, you've waited too long.

Can I jailbreak the unlocked device?

If that's what you want then you can definitely do it after a successful unlock. The device will work just as normally as it had before the only difference being that you can now use a different operator of that's what you want.

Part 3: A Good Video to Help

Here is a really detailed video on how to IMEI unlock an iPhone.

Unlocking your device is a good thing and very important if you want to change carriers. as we have seen in Part 1 above it is also not that hard to do. IMEI unlock services make it very easy for you to unlock your device. But it is very important that you choose the right service. So take your time and let us know how your newly unlocked device is working for you. 

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