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How to Check iPhone Lock Status Using IMEI Number

Updated on June 16, 2016
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Alfred is a long-time teacher and computer enthusiast who works with and troubleshoots a wide range of computing devices.

Knowing the iPhone lock status means knowing if your iPhone is factory unlocked or not. It saves you the pain of purchasing an iPhone you do not know well.

If you want to find out the iPhone lock status, the traditional approach involves inserting various sim cards in it and connecting it to iTunes. Alternatively, and iTools can be used instead of iTunes to find out the same information, using the iPhone IMEI number.

The iPhone IMEI number
The iPhone IMEI number

iPhones 6x, 5x, 4x 3x come factory unlocked or locked depending on the carrier and package pricing.

However, locked iPhones can be unlocked quite fast upon request and submission of iPhone IMEI number to Apple carrier partners or online unlock providers.

In the past, users opted and still opt for alternative factory unlock solutions namely: Ultrasn0w, Gevey sim and R sim interposers.

iPhone unlock via sim interposers calls for caution when restoring to new IOS firmware.

iPhone unlock by use of IMEI number on the other, hand gives a permanent unlock to the iPhone, since Apple 'whitelists the phone in question.

What is iPhone IMEI Number?

IMEI stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity and is unique to every mobile phone. The IMEI number is more or less the serial number of your iPhone. It helps identify it from other mobiles and is also used to identify the iPhone lock status.

Key in the above symbols and figures to get the iPhone IMEI number
Key in the above symbols and figures to get the iPhone IMEI number

How to Find Out the IMEI Number of your iPhone

You can find the IMEI number of your iPhone in a umber of ways; the simple one is by typing *#06# on the dial screen. Your IMEI number will appear in a flash. See image on the right.

How to Check iPhone Lock Status Using and iTools

Besides iTunes, you can use iTools and IMEI info to find out the lock status of your iPhone.

The two solutions above take a matter of seconds to display the sim lock status of the iPhone, showing whether it is factory unlocked or locked. Of course the iPhone lock status is promptly followed by offers for unlock solutions, when using IMEI info.

1: IMEI Checker is probably the most reputable IMEI checker out there.

When you input your iPhone IMEI number onto provided space, the website will begin by giving you all the info you need - except the iPhone lock status! In order for you to get to know your lock status, you will have to log-in first using an account you created with the site.

You can register with them or login using your Facebook or Google+ account.

After logging in, all you have to do is click SIMLOCK & WARRANTY tab.

It will take a few seconds to a few minutes and you will be shown something similar to the image below: depending on your lock status of course.

2: iTools IMEI Checker

iTools is more of a file explorer for the iPhone, especially for those that are interested in alternative ways to transfer files between the iPhone and their computers, without the limitations and hustles of iTunes.

The free iTools actually gives quite a pile of information about the iPhone including the apps and media.

To use iTools, you basically need to run it with the iPhone connected to the computer.

Click on the View Details tab and the first item at the top of the new window should just be enough to help identify the iPhone sim lock status. See the first line that reads as follows:

ActivationState: WilcardActivated

Apparently an iPhone that reads WildcardActivated must have received an unlock, or 'sometimes' was unlocked via SAM.

Anything else, for example Factory Activated should be a sign that your iPhone was hackctivated, hence not officially factory unlocked.

iTools activation status
iTools activation status

Chances are very high that your iPhone is factory unlocked if ActivationState reads Activated.

iTools activation status
iTools activation status


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      Alfred Amuno 4 years ago from Kampala

      Thanks Deborah. It is always great to read such feedback. Sorry I sometimes take long before responding.

      The simlock status appears to be a little issue, but really is a big one for those that did not purchase their handsets from sanctioned stores. Many out there get theirs different ways.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Amuno. the fact that it's unlocked is a big plus in my book! Great review and thanks for explaining these points to me. I really value your informative hubs on technology especially and share the info with my friends. Voted up!