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How to SIM unlock the iPhone 11


iPhone 11 series was officially launched back in 2019. It featured a brand new triple camera setup, a new and powerful chipset, and also a rather stunning green finish. It was everything you could have wanted in an iPhone, at least back then.

That being said, if you’re still using the iPhone 11 and its SIM is still locked to your carrier, you can read on to find out how to unlock the SIM either for free, or by using services like Android SIM Unlock.

Unlocking your iPhone 11’s SIM for free

Android SIM Unlock doesn’t charge a lot to unlock your iPhone 11’s SIM card, but in case you’d prefer a free method, did you know that your carrier can actually unlock your mobile device’s SIM for free? It’s not really something they advertise, but you can call them and request for it. The reason why it might not always work is because of several factors. This includes:

  • The iPhone 11 needs to have been paid off in full. If you bought it fully unlocked then this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you bought it on an installment plan, then you need to ensure those monthly repayments have been paid in its entirety.
  • You will also need to make sure that you have owned the device for at least 60-90 days, so if you just bought the phone, you might be out of luck. Since the iPhone 11 is almost two years old, we imagine that this shouldn’t be an issue for most of you.
  • Customers will need to be in “good standing” with your carrier, which means that you don’t owe your carrier anything in terms of outstanding bills and payments that have not yet been resolved.

The good news is that if you meet those requirements, you should be able to get the SIM unlocked for free. This is what you need to do:

  1. On your iPhone 11 device, launch the Phone app and dial *#06# to pull your device’s IMEI number and write it down somewhere you can easily access later on
  2. Call your carrier’s customer care hotline and ask request for a SIM unlock
  3. You will then be asked to provide the service rep with your iPhone 11’s IMEI number which you should have already written down
  4. Assuming you have met all the requirements that we mentioned above, the SIM unlock code will be sent to the email address you provided in the next 2-5 days.
  5. Once you’ve received the code, take out the current SIM on your iPhone and put in the new one
  6. You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code
  7. Enter the SIM unlock code that you received in your email and you should be set

Getting the unlock code from Android SIM Unlock

Like we said, there are certain requirements you’ll have to meet in order to get the SIM unlock code from your carrier for free. In case you don’t meet those requirements or if there’s another reason your carrier won’t unlock it for you, there are third-party solutions, such as using Android SIM Unlock’s SIM unlock services, which we get that the name is ironic, but hey, it works.

  1. On your iPhone 11 handset, launch the Phone app and dial *#06# to display your phone’s IMEI number
  2. Write the IMEI number down somewhere where you can refer to it easily
  3. Go to Android SIM Unlock’s website
  4. Select the country you are in and the carrier you bought the phone from and also the currency you wish to pay in
  5. Enter the device’s IMEI number
  6. Complete the checkout process with your payment and contact information
  7. Once that’s all settled and done, you should then receive the iPhone 11’s unlock code in a matter of hours up to a few days (depending on the package you’ve chosen)
  8. The moment you’ve received your code, you can then swap out the SIM on your phone with a SIM from another carrier
  9. When you put in the new SIM, you should be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code that you received in your email, and once you’ve done that, you should be good to go

Once you’ve entered the SIM unlock code, your iPhone 11 should now be unlocked and you will not have any issues with swapping between carriers or using a local telco when you’re overseas. This will be handy, especially in other countries where purchasing a local SIM card is much cheaper than paying for roaming.

We should remind you that this does not release you from your contract with your carrier, but at the very least it does give you some degree of freedom.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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