How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
If your phone is locked, then it is restricted to a particular network. This restriction is applied by service providers to prevent users on a contract from taking their discounted handset and using it with a SIM from another provider. If your phone is on contract, it is therefore very likely to be locked. This is less likely if you are on a Pay as You Go plan, but your phone could still be locked, so how to check if your phone is unlocked?
Having an unlocked phone is essential if you are travelling and wish to insert a local SIM. Use one of these two methods to quickly check if your phone is unlocked.
The quickest, easiest, and most conclusive method is to simply replace the SIM card in your phone with another from a different network, and then turn it on and try to make a call or use data.
The only difficulty is acquiring another SIM for the test. You might try borrowing one from a friend or visiting a local network store. If this is not possible, try one of the other methods.
- Firstly turn your phone off
- Remove the SIM card
- Replace SIM with one from a different carrie
- Turn phone on
- Attempt to make a phone call or use data
If your phone is operational, then it is clearly unlocked. Otherwise, it will display a message indicating that this is not possible.
This is the only fully conclusive method to check if a phone is unlocked.
This works for iPhones only. By checking the data settings on an iPhone you can get a semi-reliable indication if the phone is locked or not. However, I would recommend still trying another SIM card to confirm.
Settings>Mobile(Cellular)>Mobile Data Network>Cellular Data Network)
Unfortunately, should you not have access to a SIM from a different provider, then there is no way of checking if your Android phone is unlocked or not.