- When your iPhone has no service, there are several ways you can try to fix it.
- The quickest fixes include restarting your iPhone, turning Airplane Mode on and off, and checking your coverage area.
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When you’re in a remote area, it makes sense that your iPhone’s service would be a little unreliable.
However, if you’re in a densely populated area or a big metropolis, seeing the dreaded "No Service" notification on the top of your iPhone’s screen can be perplexing at best and downright frustrating at worst.
If you find yourself with no service on your iPhone and are unsure how to fix it, there are a few things you can try all on your own before having to head to your nearest Genius Bar for help from Apple themselves.
Here are a few things you can try.
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Check your coverage area
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First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re in an area where your iPhone’s service provider has cell towers to provide you coverage. If you’re certain that you are, you can try toggling your data on and off by following these steps:
1. On your iPhone’s home screen, tap the Settings app.
2. Locate and tap Mobile Data and toggle it on and off by tapping the green lever bar. When the bar is green, mobile data is enabled; when it’s gray, it’s not. Sometimes turning this option on and off could be enough to help your iPhone find service.
Note that if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll need to enable international roaming by tapping Mobile Data Options in the Mobile Data section, and ensure that it reads Roaming On.
Check that your carrier settings are up to date
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Carrier settings contain important data about your selected network that allow you to make calls, check voicemails, and use data. Ensuring that these settings are up to date is important, especially if you’re struggling with no service.
1. Connect to a cell phone or WiFi network of your choice.
2. To check that your carrier settings are up to date, tap the Settings menu on your iPhone’s home screen.
3. In the Settings menu, tap General and then About. Should an update be available, you’ll be able to do so from this screen. Note that iPhones generally prompt you when new carrier settings become available, but it never hurts to check manually just to be sure.
For more information on carrier settings, read our article, "How to manually update the carrier settings on your iPhone to improve its performance and cellular connection."
Restart your iPhone
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Sometimes simply restarting your iPhone is enough to restore service. The reasoning behind this isn’t totally understood, but hey, that’s technology. We don’t necessarily need to know how it works, only that it does!
If you’re unsure how to restart your iPhone, methods for each model can be found in our article, "How to restart and force-restart any iPhone model."
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