How to view carrier lock status to verify that an iPhone is unlocked

There are several ways you can prove to a potential buyer that your iPhone is unlocked, including crude methods such as pulling out your SIM card and putting one from a different carrier inside.

With iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and later you can access carrier lock status information directly in order to quickly verify that an iPhone or iPad is unlocked, and we show you how.

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How to see iPhone carrier lock status in Settings

Follow these steps to see carrier lock status information on an iPhone or cellular iPad:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Choose General from the root list.
  3. Tap About.
  4. If you see No SIM restrictions next to Carrier Lock, your device is unlocked.

And that’s how you verify whether an iPhone or iPad is truly unlocked.

iPhone carrier lock information in iOS 14's Settings app

A fully unlocked iPhone can be used without problems on all the major US carriers. Conversely, seeing a different message next to Carrier Lock may imply that the phone is, in fact, locked, which in turn means that it cannot be used on another carrier’s network.

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