Method #1

If available networks appear, the phone is probably unlocked. To make sure, choose one and try to make a call.

If only one result comes back from the network search, or if the Search Networks option is unavailable in the Networks menu, then the phone is most likely locked to the carrier.

However, keep in mind that this method is not 100% accurate. To confirm your phone’s status try using this next test. It’s a little more complicated, but it’ll give you a final answer on if your phone is locked or unlocked.

Method #2

For this test, you need two SIM cards for your phone from two different carriers. 

If the call connects, your phone is unlocked. If you now can’t place a call, the phone is locked to the first carrier. At this point, you may also see on the screen a message explaining that the phone is locked.

Is My iPhone Unlocked?

Method #1 

However, this method for checking your iPhone’s status isn’t foolproof. For that reason, we recommend that you also use the method below if you can. It’s more complicated, but it’ll give a definitive result on whether your iPhone is locked.

Method #2 

For this test, you need two SIM cards for your iPhone from two different carriers

If the call goes through, your phone is unlocked. If the call doesn’t connect, the phone is locked to the other carrier. At this point, you may also see on the screen a message explaining that the phone is locked.

Phone Unlock Requests By Carrier

If you have an AT&T or Verizon phone follow these steps to unlock your phone. 

To unlock your AT&T phone, first, go to and select “Unlock your device”. Complete the form and submit it. Look for an email so you can confirm your request and then you’ll receive an email shortly with the status of the request. For detailed instructions go here

Verizon prepaid and postpaid phones remain locked for 60 days after activation then will automatically become unlocked at the 60-day mark. So no steps are necessary here! 

If you’ve purchased a Boost Mobile phone, there are a couple of requirements before you can unlock it. Your account must have been active for at least 12 months, the device must be unlockable, and the account must be in good standing.

If you meet these requirements listed above, call 1-888-BOOST-4U to unlock your Boost phone.

What to Do If Your Phone Is Locked?

Now that you’ve learned how to check if a phone is unlocked, What do you do if it’s locked? 

If the phone is no longer under contract or if it was purchased outright, rather than on an installment payment plan, you can have it unlocked by the carrier. The Federal Communications Commission (in the U.S.) requires carriers to unlock phones that are not under contract.

If you’re the phone’s original purchaser, getting it unlocked is simple. Just contact the carrier’s customer service department to request an unlock. You’ll receive instructions on how to unlock your cell phone. 

If you’re buying a used locked phone from the original owner, have them unlock the phone before you pay for it. 

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