How to Unlock Your iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max (To Use With Other Carriers’ SIM)

Written by Novak Bozovic
Published on September 21, 2021

In general, the majority of today’s smartphones come locked to a specific mobile network. That’s the case with iPhones as well, especially those bought directly from mobile carriers. In that sense, unlocking your iPhone means getting to use it with any mobile carrier simply by swiping SIM cards. So, how to unlock your iPhone 13? Let’s find out!


The following instructions apply to the entire iPhone 13 lineup (iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max). However, the same applies to any other locked iPhone capable of running the latest iOS version (iOS 15). 

How to Unlock iPhone 13 for Use With a Different Carrier

Keep in mind that Apple can’t unlock your iPhone. Instead, you must turn to your carrier and ask for your iPhone to be unlocked (if that’s possible in your particular case, of course). So, here’s precisely what you need to do.

1. First, check whether you’re eligible to have your iPhone 13 unlocked. 

2. Then, contact your carrier and submit a formal request for unlocking your iPhone. 

3. Once done, insert a SIM card from a different carrier and activate your phone. 

4. If you don’t have a SIM card, erase and then restore your iPhone.

We understand that you’ll want additional information on how to unlock your iPhone 13. With that said, let’s go over the previously mentioned steps and give you more detailed info. 


You'll find numerous websites and online tools promising to unlock your iPhone. However, keep in mind that those are very dangerous scams, which can permanently damage your phone. So, make sure to rely only on your carrier to unlock your iPhone.

Step #1: Check If You Meet the Requirements for Unlocking

Mobile carriers will be happy to unlock your iPhone – if you meet specific requirements. No matter where in the world you are, your mobile carrier will lock your brand-new iPhone 13 for a pre-determined period. After that, you’ll be free to unlock it. 

It would be impossible to list the requirements for unlocking your iPhone for every single mobile carrier out there. However, we'll provide some assistance by focusing on the major carriers found across the US: 


The above-explained conditions come from general guidelines. That means that before you get to unlock your iPhone 13, you need to contact your mobile carrier and inquire about any special conditions for your specific case.

Step #2: Contact Your Carrier & Submit Your Request

Once you check your eligibility, you need to contact your carrier and submit your formal request. In many cases, that could be done online, especially since businesses aren’t widely yet open worldwide due to the pandemic. However, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to submit your form in a physical form. 

In general, it could take up to a couple of days for your mobile carrier to provide an answer to your request. If everything goes smoothly, your iPhone could be unlocked in less than 72 hours. 

Step #3: Finalize the Process of Unlocking Your iPhone

Once you receive a confirmation that your iPhone is unlocked, you’ll need to finalize that process on your own. So, based on if you have another SIM card or not, do the following.


There’s plenty more you can do with your iPhone 13! To learn more, check our latest iPhone 13-related articles, where you’ll find news, tutorials, and guides on getting the most out of your smartphone. 

That would be all on how to unlock your iPhone 13. If you have any questions, share them via the comments section you’ll find just below. And lastly, thank you for reading!

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