Admit it! one of the most annoying issue on the iPhone is that your iPhone is saying no service and the reason you have landed here is because you are stuck in weird situation where you can’t use your iPhone for basic stuff such as texting, calling, and browsing with mobile data.
Wi-Fi seems to be the only option you can use to access the internet and you won’t be able to use the mobile internet until you get rid of the error and the sad part is that you won’t be able to send or receive any messages or calls. There could me multiple reasons you face this issue, the issue will most likely show up in the areas with no network coverage, or in the areas where network coverage is poor when you can also see a message “searching for service”. Or another reason you are getting no service issue on iPhone X or any other older iPhone is that you might have a damaged SIM card or that there is a software bug or that the SIM card is not inserted properly in the tray.
Quick Tip: Before you start solving the problem by trying out the solutions we have listed below, make sure you are in the area that has network coverage. Also, contact your carrier to make sure your account is active.
Now lets get to the point and see how you can try some tips and tricks mentioned in this guide to help you fix the iPhone no service issue.
Try Airplane mode toggle
This is one of the simplest ways to resolve the issue by simply turning on/off the Airplane toggle on your iPhone directly from the Control Center or from the settings. You can access the Settings >> General >> Airplane Mode.
- Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to access the control center and then just hit the button that looks like an Airplane
- Wait for one minute, then turn it off.
Check the Cellular Data
If the Airplane toggle doesn’t help and then the next step is try the Cellular Data and see if turning it on/off helps in any way. First of all, make sure your Cellular Data is On.
- Go to Settings >> Cellular >> Cellular Data
If you travelling abroad, make sure that you have turned on the Data Roaming.
- Open Settings >> Cellular >> Data Roaming
Try restarting your iPhone
You would be surprised to know how many issues can be resolved with a simple restart of the iPhone and there is a unique way to do that if you have an iPhone X
Follow the instructions below:
- Tap the Volume Up button
- Tap the Volume Down button
- Press and hold the side Power switch
Update the iPhone carrier settings
Its important to make sure your iPhone carrier settings are update-to-date for network, calling, cellular data, messaging, hotspot, and voicemail settings. Here is how to update your carrier settings:
- Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Internet connection.
- Tap Settings >> General >> About.
- You will get a notification about the update if it’s available.
Reinsert your SIM card
If by all luck none of those methods above is working then you are left with the option to reinsert your SIM card.
- Open the tray using a paper clip or the SIM-eject tool.
- Take out the SIM card and put it back properly
- Close the tray and see if the issue persists or not.
It is also a suggestion to check if the SIM is not scratched or damaged in any way. In case you notice the damage, you can reach out to your carrier and get a new SIM and If you do not see any damages, insert your SIM card into another phone to see if the No service issue occurs.
Download the latest iOS
Also make sure you have the latest iOS and that you are always using the most updates version with latest bug fixes and it also improved security performance. Here is how to do just that:
- Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi.
- Open Settings >> General >> Software Update.
- Wait for your iPhone to check the availability of the update.
- Tap Download and Install.
Reset network settings to fix issue
This is a very effective method to fix any kind of network issue with your iPhone and should be used in circumstances like when your iPhone gets the no service issue because it is a network issue. The downside of trying this though is that you will have to enter all Wi-Fi passwords and all your Bluetooth settings will be reset too.
Here is how to reset network settings:
- Open Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Reset
- Select Reset Network Settings
- Enter your passcode
- Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm your action.
Restore iPhone to factory settings
iPhone no service can also be fixed by restoring the iPhone using iTunes. You need to keep that this will erase everything you have on your device, so backup your data first. To restore your iPhone to factory settings, follow these steps:
- Make sure you have a stable Internet connection and the latest version of iTunes software.
- Connect your iPhone to Mac/PC using a lightning cable.
- Click Restore on the Summary tab.
- Before the process starts, iTunes will download the firmware first.
- Wait until the restoring process is completed.
- Once it’s done, set up your iPhone as a new device.
Hopefully trying all these tips will give you some kind of a solution to fix your iPhone and even after trying all these solutions still your iPhone is saying no service, then we recommend you to contact the nearest Apple Store or Apple Service Center.
Also don’t forget to check out our used iPhone buying guide in case you are about to get a new phone.