How to activate iPhone without sim card or WiFi?

The iPhone is the number one smartphone among the current generation of phones and it is well known for its security, interface, and unique features. But one of the drawbacks of the iPhone is, it does not allow you to activate iPhone without SIM. Unlike the iPad and the iPod Touch, the iPhone is specifically constructed as a phone and requires a SIM card to access its apps and features. But being a curious user, you might want to access its features, although your SIM card is not yet issued by the dealer. So what should you do now? Keeping this problem in mind, today we have come up with a few interesting tricks to activate iPhone without having a SIM card.


About the iPhone

The iPhone is manufactured by top technology giant Apple Inc. and is considered as one of the advanced technology built into a smartphone in the current generation. Apple has manufactured 12 iPhone variants till now and that includes the iPhone (1st Gen), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE which is the latest iPhone model. The iPhone runs on the iOS system, which is Apple own developed operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.



How to activate iPhone without SIM?

Trick 1: Using the Emergency call option

Without inserting a SIM card, you’ll be able to see only the Emergency Call option. So you need to utilize this option by following the below steps:

  • Switch on your iPhone.
  • Click on the Home button.
  • Tap on Emergency Call and make a call to 112.
  • Immediately press the Power button after that.
  • You will see some pop-ups. Simply click Cancel and end the call.



Soon you’ll be able to view your iPhone home screen.


Activate iPhone without sim card using emergency call option

Trick 2: Using iTunes app

The second method to activate iPhone without SIM is by using the iTunes app on the PC. Please follow these steps to proceed with this method:

  • Download and install the latest iTunes version on your PC.
  • Use a USB data cable to connect your iPhone to the PC.
  • Run iTunes on your computer and follow the instructions on the computer screen to activate iPhone no SIM.
  • You can now use your iPhone without having a SIM card.

Trick 3: Using R-SIM or X-SIM

If the above methods failed to work then try activating your iPhone with R-SIM or X-SIM. The R-SIM is a thin film card which is used to unlock the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 and so far is considered as the easiest iPhone activating solution. The X-SIM is almost similar to the R-SIM and is used to activate iPhone without any original SIM card. You can purchase the R-SIM or X-SIM from any local or online retailer.


Use X-Sim to activate or use iPhone


To activate your iPhone with R-SIM or X-SIM, please follow this method:

  • Insert your R-SIM or X-SIM on your iPhone.
  • Choose the carrier from the list or you can enter the IMSI code of the carrier.
  • Confirm and Restart your iPhone.
  • After rebooted, your iPhone will look for the service and once it is found, it will activate your iPhone no SIM card.

Trick 4: How to activate iPhone without SIM? (Hacktivation)

If you are still facing failure, then you have to try a few jailbreaking tricks to hacktivate your use iPhone without a SIM. A plenty of hacktivating jailbreak tricks are available on the web but make you can do it or else you might end up with a bricked phone. Hacktivating with certain jailbreaking tools voids your iPhone warranty and should be done if you expertise in it. Hacktivation can be done in the iPhone 4 because in contains bootrom exploits, whereas, the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c do not have bootrom exploits available with them. So performing this operation will exclude some actions like push notifications, iMessage, and FaceTime. Your iPhone might also consume the battery power and data while looking for certificates that allow the normal device to use those services.

Hacktivation can be done using the following methods:

  • Using redsn0w and not choosing any of the options. This will not work with A5+ chips.
  • If your iPhone is on 3.1 or 3.1.2 then you can use blackra1n.
  • Restore using a custom IPSW.

How to hacktivate your iPhone?

To hacktivate your iPhone with the above-mentioned methods, please follow these steps:

Hacktivate using redsn0w

  • Insert a valid SIM card and open redsn0w.
  • Click Jailbreak and then click the deactivate checkbox.
  • Open iTunes and your iPhone will be activated.
  • Remove the SIM card after that.

Hacktivate using SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module)

  • Get a valid SIM card on your iPhone.
  • Add the repository to Cydia.
  • Install SAM from and choose Revert Lockdownd to Stock.
  • Choose Deactivate.
  • Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.
  • Your phone will be activated.
  • Remove the SIM card later.

Simulated activation using SAM

Use SAM from to acquire correct activation certificates for your iPhone because it simulates the official SIM card ID (ICCID) and IMSI. Please follow for instructions.

Source: theiphonewiki (Hacktivation)

Apple strictly prohibits activating the iPhone without inserting any valid SIM card because the iPhone is built to use as a phone unlike the iPad and iPod Touch. So officially it does not allow performing this unless you apply the above activation methods. But sometimes people like to operate it without any SIM card. Especially, developers who would like to use the iPhone to test their apps and programs do not require using a SIM card to do it. So activating the “iPhone no SIM” with the above methods would definitely serve their purpose.



So we hope you’ll be able to activate iPhone without SIM card now. The above processes are working and proved hence you can seamlessly apply them to operate your new iPhone. Just be careful about the hacktivation process as it requires jailbreaking your phone and should be applied if you are confident enough to do it. Above 4 methods will allow you to use iPhone without sim card. Let us know if you have any questions.

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