How to Unlock AT&T iPhone (15/14/13/12/11) for Any Carrier?

Carrier locks can be annoying to deal with when you want to use another carrier’s services, especially if that carrier is offering you a better deal.

AT&T, like most carriers do, impose a lock that keeps customers locked into the network so that they can’t take advantage of phone contracts. Unfortunately, this often leaves honest customers who have fulfilled their contracts stuck to the same network and if they want to leave, they need to figure out how to AT&T iPhone unlock.

In this guide, we’ll be explaining what exactly you must do for unlocking your phone from the AT&T network.

Part 1. Why You Should Unlock an AT&T iPhone?

First of all, what are the main reasons that users are trying to unlock AT&T iPhone?

  • Connect to any other network. The main thing is that after unlocking, you can connect the iPhone to any other network you want.
  • Choose phone plans from other carriers. Following on from above, you can also choose from a wider selection of plans that other carriers offer. In most cases, you could even get a cheaper deal than you previously had.
  • Selling the iPhone is easier. Carrier locks are an unappealing selling point so if you’re trying to get rid of an old iPhone, it’s easier to sell if the lock has been deactivated.

Part 2. How to Unlock iPhone from AT&T for Free?

One of the top ways to try to unlock AT&T iPhone is by going through the AT&T directly, and although this has weaknesses it is still a viable option.

2.1 Requirements to Unlock

If you want to take this route and do AT&T iPhone unlock through the carrier, there are several requirements for doing so. The requirements are:

  • Your phone must already be connected to the AT&T network
  • The iPhone shouldn’t be on a blacklist (e.g. reported as stolen)
  • Your iPhone must be under your own AT&T account
  • All of your phone plan payments must be paid
  • If your contract has not ended, early termination costs must be paid

Provided you meet all of these requirements, you can unlock AT&T iPhone using this method.

2.2 How to Check if My iPhone is Blacklisted (Reported Stolen or Lost)

As you just found out, if your iPhone is on a blacklist then it won’t be possible to do AT&T iPhone unlock via this method. To find out if your device is on this list, use this quick method which uses the WipeLock IMEI Checker.

Step 1. Go to WipeLock IMEI Checker.

Step 2. Click the “Submit IMEI” button and type your iPhone’s IMEI number into the box.

Step 3. Then you will be sent an IMEI report about your device.

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In the report that you’re sent, you’ll be given details such as if it is SIM locked, carrier locked, iCloud locked, and most important, if it is on a blacklist and the reason for it being on one.

2.3 AT&T iPhone Unlock Instructions

Now onto the actual method – how you can proceed with unlocking your iPhone through AT&T. There are two methods we’ll be showing you.

Method #1 – Submit Unlock Request

The first method is to submit a carrier unlock request which you can do online and which is as simple as filling out a short form.

Step 1. Go to the AT&T device unlock page and click “Unlock your device”.

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Step 2. Enter your phone number and confirm that you are eligible for unlocking.

Step 3. Complete the rest of the form.

Step 4. You will then receive a confirmation email and you must click the link within this to finalize the request.

Note that in some cases you could have your request rejected due to ineligibility or other complications, in which case you will receive another email from AT&T asking that you provide more information before they allow the unlock.

Method #2 – Call AT&T or Start an Online Chat Directly

The other way you can unlock an iPhone from AT&T is by calling their customer support/opening an online chat and requesting the unlock by simply asking the support agent.

During this, you will be asked to confirm certain account details and you may even have to pay an early termination fee.

After answering some questions, the support agent will submit the request on your behalf and the unlock will begin processing. If you have any questions about unlocking then this would be the perfect time to ask them!

2.4 FAQs about AT&T iPhone Unlock

If you’re still not sure about what to expect when you try to AT&T iPhone unlock, hopefully the FAQs which we’ve answered below will help clear up any queries you have.

Q1. Do I have to unlock my iPhone to travel internationally?

Nope! You can travel internationally regardless of whether your iPhone is unlocked. You only need to have international coverage to travel internationally.

Q2. Is it legal to unlock iPhone?

Yes, it is completely legal to unlock your AT&T iPhone. There are no laws which prohibit you from doing so.

Q3. How much does an unlock cost?

Provided that you have an account in good standing (meaning that you’ve paid your bills on time and there are no reasons for the account to be on a blacklist), unlocking from AT&T is free to do.

Q4. How long does it take to unlock?

Unlocking times vary from carrier to carrier. AT&T typically take just 2 days to respond to your request, although the unlock may take much longer.

Q5. How to check my unlock request status?

Once you’ve requested an unlock from AT&T, you can use their Unlock Status page to check the status of your unlock.

Q6. Do I need an AT&T iPhone unlock code to complete the unlock?

No, different from other brands of phones, an unlock code is not required when you unlock an AT&T iPhone.

Q7. What should I do to complete the unlock?

To complete the unlock if you move to another carrier, simply remove your AT&T SIM card and insert the SIM card from the new carrier:

  • Remove your SIM card
  • Insert the new SIM card
  • Complete the setup process

If there is only AT&T SIM card available for you, here’re the steps to complete the unlock:

  • Backup your iPhone (with either iTunes or iCloud)
  • Erase your iPhone (Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings)
  • Restore a backup (from either iTunes or iCloud)

Q8. What do I do if my unlock request is denied?

If your request is denied by AT&T for any reason, such as having a bad standing account, the next best option is to use an ATT iPhone unlock service.

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Part 3. How to Unlock with AT&T iPhone Unlock Service?

Clearly there is a lot of uncertainty about AT&T iPhone unlock and how effective it is, but don’t worry because it’s not the only solution you can try. Third-party services are also available for unlocking carrier locks.

Before you use any services, check the blacklist status of your iPhone using the WipeLock IMEI Checker. There is no service that can unlock a blacklisted iPhone so if the device is on a blacklist, don’t waste your money.

3.1 ExpressUnlocks

One unlocking service is ExpressUnlocks and over the years, it has consistently proven to us that it’s among the best services out there. Not only is it very effective, but it also offers features like:

  • Removes carrier locks from devices on hundreds of different carriers
  • Supports removing carrier locks from iPhones and Android smartphones
  • Uses a straightforward process so that unlocking isn’t too complex
  • Also offers an iCloud Activation Lock removal service
  • If the carrier unlock isn’t successful customers will receive a full refund
  • The cheapest service to unlock AT&T iPhone
  • Unlock your AT&T iPhone within 24 hours

So, if you’re on the edge about this service and don’t know if it’ll work, there’s no need to worry – if it doesn’t work you’ll get your money back! To go ahead with this service, follow the steps below.

Steps to Unlock AT&T Phone without Paying it Off

Here we take iPhone 11 Pro Max as an example.

Step 1. ExpressUnlocks unlock page. And select the network your iPhone 11 Pro Max is locked to.

Step 2. Enter the IMEI number of your iPhone and offer the email address for tracking.

Step 3. Click “Unlock Now” and provide the requested information before submitting your payment details.

Step 4. After you’ve made the payment, your order will be processed and after the iPhone is unlocked you can connect it to any other carrier.

In just 4 steps you’ll have an unlocked iPhone and you can connect it to the carrier of your choice. There’s no better way of getting the best phone deal you can!

3.2 DirectUnlocks

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On the other hand, DirectUnlocks is another service which can be used for AT&T iPhone unlock and it has just as much to offer as ExpressUnlocks does:

  • Can remove carrier locks from both iPhones and Samsung
  • Processes lock removal requests in as little as 24 hours
  • Carrier locks are removed remotely, so you don’t have to send your iPhone anywhere
  • iPhones are permanently unlocked after using the removal service

Both of these services are very similar and offer the same level of quality, so regardless of whether you choose ExpressUnlocks or DirectUnlocks you can be certain that you will receive only the best customer experience.


That sums up the best ways of approaching AT&T iPhone unlock and hopefully now you can choose whatever the best option for you is. Whether it’s by contacting AT&T directly and requesting help or by using one of the third-party services we showed you above, either way you’ll eventually have an unlocked iPhone.

Our preference is to use an AT&T unlock service since they have a history of providing effective unlocks whereas carriers tend to take longer and sometimes have costs attached. Nevertheless, any of the solutions above will help you unlock your AT&T iPhone.

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About the Author

Darren is an Apple Certified Independent Technician with a passion for researching all aspects of phone locks, including Activation Lock, carrier lock, screen lock, FRP lock, and more. With years of experience in the mobile phone industry, Darren has become a leading authority in his field and has been a sought-after consultant for individuals and businesses seeking to unlock their devices.

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