How to unlock your Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus if purchased from the Apple Store

How to unlock your Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus if purchased from the Apple Store
Just in case you weren't aware of it, when you purchase your Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus from the Apple Store, it is unlocked regardless if you bought it for your AT&T, Verizon or Sprint wireless account. But you need to follow one simple step in order to complete the unlocking process that will allow you to put any carrier's SIM card into the device.

When you get your Apple Store purchased iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, make sure that the SIM card it comes with is pre-loaded in the SIM tray. Turn the phone on, and sync it to your computer. So far, so good. Now, launch iTunes. Follow the comments related to carrier activation. Eventually, you will see on your computer screen a message that reads "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked." And that is it. You can now restore using iTunes or iCloud

Keep in mind that this will only work with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s models paid in full and purchased from the Apple Store. Let's make sure you grasp this. Time for a quick quiz. You go into your carrier's local retail location and pay full price for an iPhone 6s. Can you unlock the phone using the method we just described? If you said yes, smack yourself hard on the top of your head with a heavy object. Didn't you read what we just wrote? To unlock the iPhone using the method above, it must be purchased from the Apple Store.

Now, if you paid the full off-contract price from your carrier, the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you purchased can be unlocked. However, you need to request that it be unlocked from your carrier, and it will take a few days for them to do it. If you bought your iPhone on a two-year contract, you will need for it to be paid off completely before you request that it be unlocked.

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Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



2. gaming64 unregistered

This website isn't full of dummies you know. You don't have to remind us of simple things that have already been known. Thanks though.

13. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

No, not dummies, something much worse!!! And if we don't discuss the issues and problems with the abuse from PA, how are we to find a solution to prevent continuity in the future? Answer that!!!!!!!!!

39. d_scott

Posts: 4; Member since: May 31, 2016

If anyone is looking for a place to get a code to unlock their phone, I would suggest giving a go. It doesn’t cost at all, you just need to complete a short survey (I know, one of those!) but it worked for me so.. it’s worth trying out. :) Hope this helps!

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Can anyone explain me what unlocking is? I don't understand much about this carrier system or locking or contracts much. Is it locked for certain radio frequencies by carrier? Also, if you purchase a phone from a carrier at subsidy, unlock it and use another carrier's sim card in it, can't you just get a flagship at 200$ which is super cheap. The way it works here is: We have standard 2G, 3G and 4G bands and almost all phones released in my country support all of those. You purchase the phone at full price(800-900$ for a flagship), then you either use your existing sim card from your old phone or get a new sim card for 1$ or so, and you can enjoy the phone with the carrier and plan of your choice.

5. gaming64 unregistered

In a locked phone, you are restricted to only one carrier, probably from buying phones from carrier stores. Unlocked phones are phones bought from retailers. You can also use any carrier with it. I'm not really familiar with carrier tech especially ones in the US but it's the simplest thing I can tell.

32. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

In the US, nearly every phone you buy from a carrier is locked to that carrier, and many times is branded with their logo too. I personally have an HTC One M8 for windows, which I bought from T-Mo. I can only use it on T-Mo; it won't recognize another sim card, like an AT&T sim. Unlocking means I get rid of that restriction, and I can put whatever sim I want in it. Different carriers have different policies on unlocking phone, which is usually based on how long you owned the phone or how much of it you have paid. I believe for T-Mo, since they finance their devices, you have to pay it off first. Really not sure though. I could easily be wrong there.

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

ikR. .locking means being restricted to only one carrier. ..your phone is "coded" to use a sim of a particular carrier you are on contract with till you pay for the phone in full price and even if you put another carrier's sim it won't work on the locked phone. .. but unlocked phones usually international versions or retailers' bought phones can accept any sim from any carrier of one's wish any day any time......

11. wg1234

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Is this the same in the UK? I've got my first iPhone from the Apple Store I'm not sure if I will keep it or not. I got the phone in the box, I forgot I need a Nano Simcard, I'm on Tesco Mobile. Is there already a nano sim in the phone inside the sealed box? When I get a Nano sim from Tesco that will be the only simcard I have if one is not already in the box, will my phone still be unlocked if I use the Tesco sim for the first time in my phone? I don't want my unlocked phone locked to Tesco Mobile.

14. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

no. .it won't be locked. . phones are locked when bought from specific carrier on contract ( on installments) , but can be unlocked when you finish paying whole your case you bought it from a retail shop (apple store) and at full price and so it won't be locked to a particular carrier even if you insert whichever carrier sim at first it won't be locked to will be able to use other carriers' sim as well. ... locking phones is only meant to cushion carriers (like a security ) that a phone bought through installment will be paid for in full and also promoting use of s3rvices from that carrier...

19. cambodianpatriot_is_back unregistered

they just arrives here in phnom penh city the price r above $1k the rose gold version are $100 more expensive i can't wait fo this babyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!

21. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Well, please give feedback when you get it. Im curious to see how it handles differently from the past iPhones in both speed, camera performance and multitasking ability.

25. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

There is no reason to unlock it ... Unlocked phone doesn't need to be unlocked. This morning i walked into the store and picked up an ATT 6s plus at full price. The sales person told me straight in my face that the phone is unlocked and can be used with any carrier i wish. No need for iTunes crap ... Just put whatever sim card you want to use it with and all will be good. The iTunes crap is if you do not trust Apple and you wish you verify it by yourself. I've been buying iPhones straight from Apple at full price and they are always unlocked ...

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait for Facebook to update its app to support 3D Touch, this feature is way too useful.

29. discharge unregistered

More to life than Facebook that page is a lot of good people and sexual freaks on there, I nailed some sick from my daughter who is only 16 and he's in jail getting it good!!! If you know what I mean!!

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

OK, I understand that at all, but what does that have to do with me wanting to use 3-D touch on Facebook?

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

28. discharge unregistered

Not true unlocked at t mobile too!! I put a AT&T sim in my 6s plus from t mobile and worked they lock on AT&T and Verizon and sprint stores but Apple stores and t mobile are the only place I'd seen to get unlocked

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All TMOBILE phones are unlocked I believe and have been for quite a while. Unlocked bootloader too on Androids, unlike the other guys

35. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

All Verizon iPhones are factory unlocked out of the box period. Actually the Verizon models have the highest resale value even than the ones marketed as factory unlocked from Apple why? Simply because it supports any GSM network in the world PLUS Verizon. Not sure with the ones intended for at&t or T-Mobile once they're unlocked if they support Verizon Sims now since Verizon officially supports factory unlocked iPhones and other phone like the Nexus 6 and Moto X pure edition.


Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Not all TMobile phone are unlocked, I can confirm that 100%. Tmobile know use internal unlock App for all devices (except iPhones). Regarding the new iPhone 6s, we will offer FREE unlock for 10 first orders (iphone 6s AT&T Premium), please check unlock network website for more info.


Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 2016

Interesting article. We have not heard anything about this issue before.

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