A network lock is a software code you can’t see that instructs your phone to work only on one network. If your iPhone 15 is network locked you won’t be able to use it with another network. Unlocking your iPhone 15 comes with many benefits. Plus, it’s completely legal and easy to do too. All you need is the IMEI number of your phone.
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What's an IMEI, and where can I find it?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It’s a unique 15-digit number that links a device with the SIM card inside the device. The first 14 digits are defined by the GSM Association. The last digit is generated by an algorithm. There’s a record of every IMEI stored centrally in a database called the Equipment Identity Register (EIR). It’s used by mobile operating systems to determine if a device has a network lock on it. And, if so, what network it’s tied to.
Your IMEI is like your phone’s fingerprint. It’s completely unique and every phone has one. Unlike a SIM card which is linked to a user, and can be transferred from one phone to another, if unlocked, your IMEI is fixed to your device.
You can find your IMEI using your phone. Just type *#06# into your cell phone keypad, look for it in the ‘Settings’ menu, or locate it under the battery. It will also be on your SIM card.
You can’t unlock your iPhone without having your IMEI number. But the frustrating thing is, even if you know your IMEI, you won’t be able to manually activate a network unlock yourself. The process can only take place through the central manufacturers database. Which is why you need whitelisted software like Mobile Unlocked that has direct access.
How to unlock your iPhone 15 Pro Max
Whether it's T Mobile, AT&T or Verizon, the mobile market’s vast and full of different providers offering different deals. Being able to pick and choose from those providers to find a package that’s right for you makes sense. But if you’ve got a locked iPhone 15 you can’t switch network simply by inserting a new SIM. Your device needs to be unlocked first.
You can tell if your phone’s locked by inserting a new SIM card. If, after inserting a new SIM into your iPhone 15, you see the message: ‘SIM not supported’, it means your iPhone 15 is locked. The good news is, to activate your iPhone 15 unlock online, all we need is your IMEI number.
Using an authorized process called 'whitelisting', our software searches the Apple database (whitelisting) using the IMEI number of your iPhone device. Once it's located it removes the lock from the database.
Apple phones are automatically and permanently unlocked 'over the air' using Wi Fi. So you won't be sent an unlock code or promo code to input. All you need to do is insert your new SIM card and your iPhone model will update and unlock when you turn it on.
Mobile Unlocked’s process is so quick and seamless because it’s so simple. And remote from start to finish. There’s no admin to contend with. There are no identity and authorization checks to meet. And your phone stays with you the whole time, so there’s no break in service. Plus the result is permanent, and won’t affect your warranty or be affected by software updates. It also works on both the GSM network and CDMA network.
Can you also unlock iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max and other iPhone models?
Our network unlock method is suitable for all iPhone 15 models including the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. It’s also compatible with all the following Apple devices and iPhone models:
A network unlock comes with many long-term benefits, including significant long-term cost-savings. But there are other types of phone locks that can also be frustrating, most of these involve getting past the iPhone lock screen. Here’s a guide to solving the most common phone locking problems.
How to screen unlock iPhone 15 with passcode or Face ID
Security’s a big feature of the iPhone 15. To keep your device safe you can set up a screen lock. Just choose whether you want to unlock screen passcode or Face ID and your phone will automatically lock when not in use. Check here for using iCloud account.
Set up Face ID
Open your iPhone 15
Go to ‘Settings’
Click on ‘Face ID & Passcode’
Select ‘Set up Face ID’
Hold your iPhone in front of your face
Tap ‘Get started’
Position your face in the frame and move your head slowly to complete the circle.
Set up passcode
Go to ‘Settings’
Click on ‘Face ID & Passcode’
Select ‘Set up Passcode’
Input a 6-digit passcode
Once you’ve set up these options here’s how to unlock it:
Press the Side Button
Hold the phone at eye level and swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
If you have Face ID enabled, the phone will unlock automatically.
If you have a passcode enabled, enter it.
How to screen unlock iPhone 15 without passcode or Face ID
Forgotten your passcode?Haven’t enabled Face ID? Or acquired the phone from someone else and don’t know the login details? You can unlock your phone's lock screen using iTunes or the ‘Find My’ app. Both options will activate a factory reset which wipes your iPhone's data and settings so remember to back up your data first.
Restore factory settings using iTunes
Connect your iPhone to a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed.
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 twice
TIP: If your computer has never synced your iPhone to iTunes before you’ll need to put it into ‘Recovery Mode’ by:
Turning the device off (hold the 'Volume Up', 'Volume Down' and 'Side' buttons down at the same time and release when you see the 'Power Off' slider).
Connecting to a computer while holding down the 'Side' button.
Restore factory settings using ‘Find My’ app
Open a browser on another iOS device with the ‘Find My’ app installed.
Log in with your Apple ID and password.
Click on ‘All Devices’.
Select your locked iPhone 15, locked iPhone 15 Pro or locked iPhone Pro Max from the map.
The quickest and easiest way to request a network unlock your iPhone 15 is to let us do it for you because all we need is your IMEI. Which means we'll have your device unlocked in just a few hours. To permanently unlock your iPhone 15 yourself and use it with another network you’ll need to put in an unlock request to your network's customer service and follow the device unlocking process defined by your provider. You’ll be checked to ensure you fulfil their eligibility requirements. And have to pass a number of different identity and authorization checks. The process is a little different for deployed military personnel.
A mobile device unlock will unlock your phone so you can switch over to other cell phone plans. To unlock your phone so that it's no longer tied to a network requires a network unlock code. Our software scans the Apple manufacturing database to whitelist and release it from its network. permanently
To locate your IMEI, type *#06# into your smartphone and it will appear on the screen. You can also find it by going to ‘Settings/About Phone/Status/IMEI Information’. Or by looking at the white label under your phone’s battery.
Your SIM card holds your phone number. To use your SIM and keep your number while moving to a locked handset, you will have to unlock your new device. We can help you unlock a cell phone from other networks, such as Verizon, AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, and MetroPCS. No need to buy a new SIM card, just unlock the new device to use your SIM card and keep your phone number.
Yes. If you’re unsure of what network your iPhone is locked to we can run a network check for you. Just type in your phone’s make and IMEI number (you can find this out by typing *#06# into your phone) and submit. We’ll then send you the findings of your network check report in an email.
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If you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Mobile Unlocked team who will be happy to help. Contact us here or go to our support pages by clicking the link below.
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Please note: this will take you to our network check service which is not an unlock. If you already know which network your phone is locked to, then please use our unlocking service and select your network in the dropdown.