iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world. However many iPhone users may meet some problems when they use the iPhone at the first time. One of the common issues is how to activate an iPhone without a SIM card. So what is iPhone activation? Actually, iPhone activation is necessary before starting to use iPhone. After you purchase a new iPhone, normally you will use a SIM card to activate all the iPhone settings for iPhone usage. iPhone users must activate iPhone by signing up with the iPhone service carrier in your area and registering iPhone with the network. Without iPhone activation, users are not allowed to do anything except for dialing the emergency call. In some cases, people might be wondering if they can activate a new iPhone even without a SIM card.

When you buy a new iPhone, the normal way for you to activate it is through your SIM card. As Apple Inc is so careful about their security, they normally don’t allow people to activate iPhone without a SIM card. So under the circumstances, can you still activate iPhone without a SIM card? Indeed, there are some solutions. In the following, I will introduce three ways for you to activate iPhone without SIM card.

Method One: How to Activate iPhone without SIM Card on iTunes?

It is an easy method to get your iPhone activated by iTunes. In order to activate the iPhone without SIM card on iTunes successfully, you need to follow the below steps. Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 1. Open your iPhone and start the new iPhone setup process. During the process, you need to select a language and a region. You can also choose a Wi-Fi network and so on.


Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected, iTunes will automatically recognize this new iPhone.


Step 3. Select "Set up as a new iPhone" and click "Continue" button.


Step 4. Then the activation is under progress in iTunes. And the iPhone activation without SIM card wizard will start.


Step 5. After it is done, you will be required to set up more options on your iPhone, such as “location”, “Create a Password”, “Apps & Data”, “Apple ID” and so on.


Step 6. When all the settings are finished, iPhone activation without SIM card has completed. Just click “Get Started” to enjoy the new phone. So without SIM card, you can still activate your iPhone.


Method Two: How to Activate iPhone without SIM Card by Using Emergency Call Feature?

iPhone users all know that without activation, people will only be able to access to the Emergency call. Here I will introduce how to activate iPhone with no SIM card by taking advantage of this feature.

Step 1. Turn on your iPhone. Without activation, you could only make an emergency call. And click on "Home" button and you will see three options on the screen: "Emergency call", green "Start over" button and "Cancel".


Step 2. Type "112" and make a calling. But pay attention. Once you made the calling, then press “Power” button on your iPhone immediately. When the calling interface appeared, you just need to click “Cancel” to end this call.


Step 3. When the call is canceled, you will get into the home screen on iPhone. Then your iPhone will be activated successfully by using Emergency Call feature and you can set up your iPhone freely.


Method Three: How to Activate iPhone without SIM Card by Jailbreak?

What’s more, there is another way to activate your iPhone without SIM card. It is jailbreak. Let us do as follows.

Download a jailbreak software beforehand. Here Redsn0w is recommedned. (Redsn0w is suited for older version of iOS. If your iPhone has newer version of iOS, you can choose other jailbreak tool such as Pangu. The process is the same.) Download iOS 6.0 or 6.1.2 IPSW firmware from the internet. (If needed, you could download the newer version of firmware for iPhone 5, iPhone 6 or iPhone 7.)

Step 1. Unzip the redsn0w tool and open it. And you can see the jailbreak scene. Click "Extras" button.


Step 2. Click "Select IPSW" and select the iOS 6.0 or 6.1.2 file you've downloaded in step 2.


Step 3. After selecting the firmware, then click "Back" button and click "Jailbreak" option to install Cydia.


Step 4. Click "Next" and you will see "Install Cydia" button. Just click to proceed ahead.


Step 5. Follow the instructions on the screen to enter DFU Mode. (Just hold the "Power" button for 3 seconds).


Step 6. When your iPhone is detected in DFU mode, it will show "Exploiting with limera1n". That means your phone will reboot soon.


Step 7. Once the ramdisk uploading completes, then it confirms that your iPhone has been successfully jailbroke. Activating iPhone without SIM card has been completed. Reboot your iPhone once again. And you will enter the home screen on iPhone.

If you follow the steps above correctly, your iPhone has been activated without SIM cards successfully and when you turn on your iPhone, you wouldn’t find any activation screen even without SIM card.