A few quick questions about unlocking an AT&T iPhone via iTunes.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hal~9000, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Hal~9000 macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2014
    I had a 6s on contract through AT&T, it had an unlimited data line so I was able to cancel the contract due to a $5/mo price increase without paying the ETF. Now that the contract has been fulfilled I put in an unlock request and got back the following:

    I'd like to keep my iPhone on iOS 9.0.2 and restoring will upgrade me to 9.3... any way to unlock it without restoring?

    Also, if I unlock my phone and get a replacement later on... with that phone be unlocked as well?

    Finally, if I do use the iTunes method above... will I get some sort of message or confirmation that my phone has been unlocked?

    Thank you for your help :)
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    You phone is unlocked without going through the iTunes process. That's old info.
    Any replacement should be unlocked as well.
    If you use the iTunes message you will get the unlock confirmation although it's not really necessary.
  3. vietalogy macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    You can insert a non att sim to unlock. Also if you were to get it replaced your new phone would be unlocked since the one you had was unlocked.
  4. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    +1 for what Givmeabrek said above but you asked for more.

    If you get a warranty replacement for any iPhone from Apple, the replacement device will set to have the same status as the iPhone being replaced. The locked / unlocked status is maintained in an Apple database and is based on the Serial Number of the device.

    For your iTunes question: To get the magic congratulation's Unlock message for your iPhone 6S, you would have to restore it as "New" and even then sometimes you don't get the "Unlocked" message.

  5. BentTable123 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2015
    Yes, I just did this on an at&t 6s a few days ago without updating the OS. Make sure your at&t sim card is inside the iphone during this whole process. Once you get the email that the phone is unlocked, then goto settings, general, reset, erase all contents and settings. Once the phone resets, there will be a point where you have to choose the wifi network and input the password. Don't do this. Instead scroll down and there will an option to connect to itunes instead. Tap this, then connect your lightning cable to your pc/mac with itunes open and just wait. You'll get a message that says congratulations, your iphone has been unlocked. Then you can either setup the iphone as new, restore from itunes, or restore from icloud.

  6. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    Personally, I've gotten lazy in terms of skipping the iTunes restore process and keep a few deactivated T-Mobile SIM cards around for unlocking AT&T iPhones. It's also less disruptive if it's someone else's phone (family members, work-issued phone). Additionally, it's easier since you don't need a computer and doesn't change anything (the phone will prompt you to get a carrier update sometimes). You can get an inactive T-Mobile SIM from Best Buy (maybe Walmart or Target, too?) for $5 if you don't have one. eBay is also a good place to find 'em.
  7. Hal~9000 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2014
    Thanks for your help guys, since I didn't have another carriers SIM card on me I ended up using BentTables suggestion which worked perfectly. Simply "erase all content and settings", then during the initial setup (at the 'choose wifi network' screen) I simply plugged in my phone to my Macbook and opened iTunes, after a few seconds it gave me the congrats screen and all is good :)


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