How To Use iPhone Without SIM Card or Phone Number [If It’s A New Phone]

Fortune Osinachi
By Fortune Osinachi - Technical Writer
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If you have another device and you looking for how to use your iPhone without a SIM card or a phone number, here is what you need.

When you have an old iPhone that you want to repurpose as a media player or gaming device, or maybe you just want to use your iPhone on Wi-Fi only, it is possible.

Whatever the reason may be, using an iPhone without a SIM card or phone number is easier than you might think.

In this article, you’ll learn how to use iPhone without a SIM or phone number with step-by-step guidelines.

How To Use iPhone Without SIM Card or Phone Number

To continue to enjoy all the features and functionalities of your iPhone even without cellular connectivity, use a Wi-Fi connection.

With a working Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to use the iPhone without a SIM card or phone number, and to do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Turn On the iPhone

First of all, you’ll have to turn on the new iPhone you want to use without a SIM or phone number.

Step 2: Select your Language

On turning on the device, swipe from the right, and select your Language option.

Step 3: Choose Country

The next requires choosing your Country from the list of countries provided to continue.

Step 4: Select Set Up Manually

On the next screen, select the Set Up Manually option and then, choose the Wi-Fi network.

Step 5: Choose a Wi-Fi Network

From the list of available Wi-Fi present, choose your Wi-Fi network and enter the correct password if it is protected. Then tap on OK.

Step 6: Tap on Continue

When you get the No SIM Card prompt, tap on OK to finish after connecting to the Wi-Fi. Tap on Continue and then tap on Later.

Step 7: Set Lock Screen Passcode

On the next screen, you’ll have to set a lock screen passcode for your device and then tap on the Set Up As New iPhone option. Follow the instructions to finish the setup.

After applying these steps, you will be able to use your iPhone without a SIM card or phone number.

If for any reason, you need to use a phone number for any app verification, you can use your other phone number or create a virtual phone number.


If you are someone who has an iPhone but doesn’t want to use it as a phone? Or maybe you have an old iPhone lying around that you want to use for other purposes, you can Wi-Fi instead.

You can just remove the SIM card and use the Wi-Fi network only on the device.

FAQs on How To Use iPhone Without SIM Card or Phone Number

As long as your iPhone is connected to a working WiFi network, Yes, you can.

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By Fortune Osinachi Technical Writer
Fortune Osinachi is an experienced freelance tech writer specializing in consumer technology. With 5 years of expertise, he delves into comprehensive guides for iOS, macOS, and Windows on Techvocast. His work also extends to prominent online media platforms including What Gadget, iGeekPhone, Xiaomitoday, and MobiGaming.
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