I will show you how to unlock your new iPhone 7 for this phone, there are currently two types of unlocks, and I'm going to show you how you can solve both of them.
First of all, we have that passcode unlock, this is in case you don't know the four-digit security code of your phone and your phone is currently disabled, so I'm going to show you how you can get back into your phone, and the second type is the network lock, this means that your phone is currently locked to a specific carrier, and you want to unlock it to use it with a different provider, I'll try to explain everything step-by-step in five minutes.
Let's start, to perform a passcode unlock, there are two very important things that you need to consider before starting, the first one is that if your phone is locked to an iCloud account, you won't be able to unlock it, and the second one, all the information of this phone will be deleted unless you have a backup somewhere in your computer or in the iCloud or somewhere else, so the three things that you will need is your computer, a USB cable, and the latest version of iTunes installed in your computer, so I have included a link on the description of this post, where you can download the latest version of iTunes.
The first step is to connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes, now we have to enter recovery mode, simply press and hold the volume down key and the power button, so after 10 seconds you're going to let go only of the power button, now keep holding the volume down key, until you get the message on iTunes confirming that your iPhone has entered successfully recovery mode, so as you can see here, I got the message on itunes saying that my iPhone has been detected as a recovery mode, hit OK, and now you're going to have to open itunes, and simply you're going to click where it says restore iphone now, this may take a while because you have to download the latest iOS, so it's going to take around 40 minutes I think, depending on your internet connection, so you will see that your phone will start restoring, and after the restore is complete, you will be able to access your phone without any problem, so as you can see here I was able to get in and boom, it is now fully unlocked.
Now I will show you how to do a factory network unlock, in my opinion, this is a most valuable way to unlock your phone, and once you have an unlocked phone, you will be able to resell it at a higher price, your phone will be compatible worldwide with all carriers, unfortunately, unlocking a phone is not free, but trust me, for last seven years I have unlocked every phone that I have owned, and there is not a better feeling than having the freedom to switch between carriers, but anyways, I'll show you the way to unlock your phone, and then you later decide if you want to unlock it or not.
Let's start, the first thing we have to do is to disable Find My iPhone, so simply go to Settings, scroll down where it says iCloud, and scroll all the way down, where it says Find My iPhone, make sure it is completely off, so you can turn it back on, once your iPhone has been unlocked successfully, then we have to get that IMEI number, simply open your dial pad, and type star hash 06 hash, so as you will see your 15 digit IMEI number will appear, you can also find this number on the back part of the box of your phone or also in the SIM card tray, so this is by far the most important part of the whole unlocking process, now get these numbers on my clothes, as we will need it in a few seconds to unlock this phone.
Now we're going to use the computer, grab your computer, and go to the website unlockriver.com, here we're going to request the unlock to analyst phone, he's going to be all done remotely, so we're going to have to fill in all the information about the phone we are locking here, so I'm going to select my original carrier, my phone is currently locked to the United States AT&T, so make sure you select the original carrier, now select the brand and then the model, so we're going to look for iPhone 7, these also work for 7 Plus as well, so we're going to select 7, and then you have to enter here your IMEI number, this is very important, make sure you enter it here, if there's a mistake here, this method will not work.
The last step is to enter your email where you want to be notified once your iPhone has been unlocked successfully, now if you scroll down, you will see the price to unlock your phone and the deliberate time, this will always vary depending your phones brand, carrier model, and usually it's faster than the delivery time that you get here, we're going to hit unlock, and on the next page you will see a summary of your order, so just take everything here, there is information that you need to read before placing your order, but everything is safe, there are no risks, your warranty one, we voided there is nothing wrong with this, so I'm just going to go ahead and place my order, and I'll be back once everything is completed, it's going to take just a few seconds, so I'll be back, if you did everything correctly, and your order was placed successfully, you will get this page saying that your order was placed and received successfully, and now you just have to wait until this in your email saying that your iPhone has been unlocked, the waiting time you're vary driven in your phones brand carrier model, in this case, is one to 15 business days, but usually it's very quick.
I'm going to show you how the email will look like after you receive it, so we're going to go to my personal email account, and I'll show you how the email will look like when you get it, so I just got an email from unlocking River saying that my iPhone has been factory unlocked successfully, so once you get the email just go ahead and open it, and you will see that your iPhone has been factory unlocked successfully now.
There is one last thing that we have to do to complete this unlock, you will be required to activate the unlock, so there are two ways you can do, this one is connecting your phone to Wi-Fi or the other one is to use iTunes to connect your phone and activate the unlock, you can use any of these two methods, but I'm going to use iTunes, just for this example, so simply get your USB cable connected your computer to your iPhone, go ahead and insert a non-supported SIM card, in my case, my phone is from AT&T, so I'm going to insert a SIM card from t-mobile, it can be any other SIM card, as long as it's different from the original carrier, so I'm going to insert my team of a SIM card here, and you're going to go ahead and run iTunes, so once you can exit your computer, you will get a message on iTunes saying "Congratulations! Your iPhone has been unlocked." Boom, there you go, your phone is now fully factory unlocked, and now it's compatible worldwide with all carriers, you should get a full signal on your new carrier, and that's it.
That's how we unlock an iPhone 7 if you have any questions just leave me a comment and I'll try to help you as soon as I can.