Restore iPhone 5 without SIM?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by gdourado, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. gdourado macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    How are you?
    Now that my 5s has arrived and I have it set up from my iTunes 5 backup with everything, it is time to pass on my old iPhone 5 to my wife.
    This will be her first iPhone. She is used to Android.
    I will use iTunes to restore my iphone 5 to factory settings and then set it up for her.
    My question is that she does not have a Nano SIM yet.
    Can I restore the iPhone without a SIM inserted and set it up? Create her iCloud account and all that?
    Or is a SIM card mandatory?

  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You will need a sim inside in order to activate it after the restore.
    You will not be able to get inside the homescreen without one.

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