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What's an IMEI, and where can I find it?
The IMEI number provides the link from your phone to its record in the manufacturer’s database. It’s stored in the central Equipment Identity Register (EIR), it’s unique and it consists of 15 digits.
Your IMEI’s easy to find. Just type *#06# into your cell phone keypad. Or navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu and find it there. You can also find it on your SIM card and under the battery in the back of your phone.
When you unlock your mobile phone, your IMEI is no longer associated with its original network. This gives you the freedom to switch to a different carrier.
Unlocking iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and other iPhone models
If you’re looking for a low cost, low fuss way to remove the SIM lock from your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, the best option is to use an online unlock tool like Mobile Unlocked.
All you need to provide is the IMEI number of your phone and Mobile Unlocked can unlock your device remotely in a few clicks.
Using just the IMEI number, our authorized software uses whitelist access to the Apple manufacturer database to remove the lock on your phone and release it from its network.
This done, your device will be permanently unlocked and you can insert a new SIM card and use the device with another network provider. You don’t have to worry about software updates, they won’t reverse the unlock status. Your warranty won’t be affected either.
The process is fast because it’s online from start to finish and doesn’t require any form-filling or admin. There’s also no unlock code to wait for and type in. Your iPhone 8 will be unlocked automatically “over-the-air”. Using an internet or wifi connection, our whitelisted software connects directly to Apple’s servers to input the change at source.
The remote process also means you can keep using your phone the whole time, with updated from our live tracking service.
Even if you know your phone’s IMEI, Mobile Unlocked is crucial to the whole process because its software is whitelisted and authorized to directly access the database where the locking status is stored. That means you can’t manually unlock your phone yourself.
Can you also unlock iPhone 8 Plus and other iPhone models?
Our network carrier unlock platform is compatible with the iPhone 8 Plus as well as the iPhone 8. It can also be used on all of the following Apple devices and iPhone models:
There are other locking features on the iPhone 8 and other models that can stop you using your device. Here are solutions to some of the most common problems, including a forgotten password or pin code, passcode lock issues and screen lockouts.
How to unlock iPhone 8 Plus using a passcode unlock tool
The best way to unlock a screen locked iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is by using the 'choose wipe passcode' function on an online unlock tool like Mobile Unlocked.
The big benefit of doing this, is it doesn’t require a factory settings reset.
So you don’t lose any of the data on your phone. It’s also fast and secure.
You can also use it to reset the phone’s Apple ID if you don’t know the current iCloud login, remove MDM lock and unlock iPhone Screen passcode too.
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These include: iTunes or Finder.
iTunes will be the go-to tool for this operation for people using macOS Mojave or earlier.
Mac users working with the operating system macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, will need to use the Finder tool instead.
The downside is the end result is an unlocked, but reset and completely wiped phone.
Yes, the passcode will have been erased, meaning you can log in without one or create a new one. But all of the data stored on your iPhone 8 will have been erased too.
That said, the process is effective if a little fiddly and slow.
In short, it means rebooting your device and putting it into recovery mode to force a factory reset.
Here’s how it works:
Connect the phone to a computer with the latest version of iTunes backup installed
Quickly press and release the Volume Up button
Quickly press and release the Volume Down button
Press and hold the Side button until the Recovery Mode screen appears
Launch Finder or iTunes on your computer
Click the iPhone icon in the top left corner of the iTunes window
Select 'Summary' on the left-hand side of the screen
Click the 'Restore iPhone' button
Click ‘Restore’ and ‘Agree’
If, during the process, you’re prompted for a password the process may not work
Your iPhone needs to have been previously synced to the version of iTunes you use
If your iPhone 8 is running on iOS 11.4.1 or later, check the ‘USB Accessories’ settings is enabled
This method will not resolve iCloud lockouts
How to unlock iPhone 8 Plus using iCloud’s ‘Find My’ app
The ‘Find My’ app is an iPhone feature on most iPhone models, which can track and lock down your phone if it's lost.
It can also be used to remotely erase all of the data (including your passcode) if you think your device has been stolen.
Like the iTunes unlocking method, when the app erases your phone, your personal data, settings, other passwords and logins will be lost too.
Here’s how to use it:
Open a browser on an iOS device with ‘Find My’ installed
Log in with your Apple account ID and password
Click ‘All Devices’
Select your iPhone 8 Plus from the map
Click ‘Erase iPhone’
If the erase doesn't work, check your device is connected to wifi or the internet
‘Find My’ needs to have been enabled on your device before the phone was disabled
How to unlock iPhone 8 Plus without computer using: iOS 15/16 update
If you’re lucky enough to be running your iPhone 8 Plus on iOS 15.2 or later, you can erase or reset your locked device directly from the lock screen when it’s in security lockout mode.
You don’t have to connect it first to a Mac or PC.
You just need an active network connection.
From your device's Lock Screen, keep typing in your passcode until you get the message to try again later
Go back later and repeat this action until you see the ‘Erase ?iPhone?/?iPad?’ option in the bottom corner of the screen
Tap ‘Erase iPhone/iPad’, then tap again to confirm
Key in your ?Apple ID? password to sign out of your Apple account on the device
Tap ‘Erase iPhone/iPad’ again to permanently delete all of your data and settings
When the device restarts, follow the onscreen instructions to set it up again and set a new passcode
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