Recently, my cousin wanted to gift his old iPhone 6 to his younger brother (who lives in another country) but was stumped since the phone was carrier-locked. I showed him how to unlock iPhone 6 easily and that’s when I realized there are a lot of people who might be facing this issue.
In this article, we are going to take a look at how you can unlock an iPhone 6 and also answer a few questions that you might have. Let’s jump right into it.
How To Unlock iPhone 6?
These are three methods that you can use to unlock an iPhone 6. The first method will be applicable to most users.
1. IMEI Unlock
This method is the safest one, and it’s called IMEI unlocking. This is the one I used in my cousin’s case and this will work for almost everyone reading this list. Make sure you have the SIM from the original carrier on your iPhone. Otherwise, you’re going to have to wipe your phone’s storage.
- Contact your carrier. You can get the list of carriers and their contact from this link.
- Request an unlock. This is usually free but some carriers may charge up to $25.
- Unlocking can take a few days and you will be contacted after that. If you don’t get any response from them after 2-4 days, then contact the carrier again and ask them about the unlock status.
- After unlocking the phone, you can insert a SIM from a different carrier and see if you’re able to make calls and send messages.
Usually, for this method to work for free, the contract has to be expired. However, since this is an old iPhone 6, this is something you don’t have to worry about.
No SIM Scenario
If you don’t have the SIM from the original carrier, which is usually the case, you’re going to have to back up your data and wipe the phone storage. Just follow these steps:
- Fire up the latest version of iTunes on your PC or Mac.
- Connect your iPhone to it via the lightning cable.
- Click Files>Devices and then select Back Up from the drop-down menu.
- Under the Backups section, select Back Up Now.
- iTunes will back up everything to your computer and you will have to wait for a couple of minutes.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings, General and then tap Reset. Select Erase All Content and Settings.
- Confirm and wait until the phone reverts to the default settings.
- Restore your iPhone from iTunes.
2. R-SIM Unlock
R-SIM unlock is something not a lot of people know about. It’s technically not unlocking your iPhone, but you can use any SIM you want using this method. R-SIM is an interposer that can be sandwiched between your SIM and the iPhone’s SIM card slot. It makes your phone think that the carrier-locked SIM is installed. This is not a permanent unlock by any means, but it’s pretty easy. You can buy the R-SIM here. The instructions for different R-SIMs are given on the website.
3. Third-Party Service IMEI Unlocking
There are a lot of services out there that provide IMEI unlock services. While most of them are fakes, I think that Doctor SIM and Doctor Unlock works pretty well. I can only recommend this method if none of the methods above had no luck unlocking the iPhone 6. Note that you need your IMEI number for this method to work. You can use these methods or you can simply dial *#06#.
Doctor Unlock is a third-party unlocking service that promises quick unlocks, depending on your geographical location. The prices range from $30 – $150. You’re going to have to select the iPhone model on their website and then choose your country and carrier. You will have no carrier restrictions in a matter of days. You can check out their website for more information like pricing for your specific region.
Doctor SIM is very similar to Doctor Unlock and has a moneyback guarantee if the iPhone unlock fails. They offer similar price ranges and timeframes too. You can check out Doctor SIM’s website by clicking on this link.
FAQs On How To Unlock iPhone 6
In this section, we are going to address some common questions that you might have.
1. Are there any scams out there?
If you look around, you are going to find three methods (software, hardware, and IMEI unlock) that will promise you an unlocked iPhone 6. I would recommend that you stay away from the software unlocks since they are a scam and they will not work. Hardware unlocking involves taking the phone apart and fiddling with its internals. Unless you know and trust someone in the phone repair business who knows how to unlock iPhone 6, I cannot recommend this. It can not only void the warranty (which shouldn’t be a problem since its an old phone), but it can also render the iPhone useless.
2. Is unlocking illegal?
In this case, since the contract for the iPhone is most likely been fulfilled, there won’t be any legal issues with unlocking the iPhone.
3. Is it safe?
Unlocking the device is extremely safe unless you’re attempting a hardware unlock.
That’s all there is to know about how to unlock iPhone 6. I hope that you can now use your phone on any carrier. If you have any doubts or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section down below and we will get back to you shortly.