Having been on the receiving end quite a few times, I can say that the “No service” issue on the iPhone is something that most of us have come across at some point or the other. While the lack of network coverage is the prima facie main villain, the possibility of a software bug can’t be ruled out. In this detailed troubleshooting guide, I have jotted down all the means and ways to fix no service on iPhone problem. Try them out, if you need help to get rid of the issue!
How Do You Fix No Service on iPhone: There are 9 Ways to Fix It
- Turn ON/OFF Airplane Mode
- Restart Your Device
- Reinsert your SIM
- Contact Your Carrier Provider
- Make Sure Data Roaming is Enabled When Travelling Abroad
- Ensure That Date and Time is Set Properly
- Update Carrier Settings
- Reset Network Settings
- Update iOS on Your Device
Side Note: Even though we have used iPhone’s screenshots, all the rules apply to iPad. So, if you are facing the same problem on your iPad, you can give a shot to the below-mentioned solutions to get rid of the issue.
Solution #1. Turn ON/OFF Airplane Mode
To sort out the issue right away, try turning on/off airplane mode. In most cases, it can resolve the problem right away. On old iPhones with Home button: Swipe up from the bottom to access Control Center. On iPhone X or later, swipe down from the top right corner to access Control Center. Now, turn on the toggle next to the Airplane mode. Wait for some time, and then turn it off.
Solution #2. Restart Your Device
Another trick that could fix the problem right away is giving the device a fresh start. So, do not fail to give it a chance as well.
- On iPhone X or later: Press and hold the side button and either volume button. Then, swipe the power off slider to shut down the device. After some time, press the side button again to turn on the device
- On iPhone 8 or earlier: Press and hold the sleep/wake button. Then, swipe the power off slider to turn off the device. Now wait for some time and then press the sleep/wake button to turn on the device
Solution #3. Reinsert your SIM
Maybe you hadn’t inserted the SIM properly. So, remove the SIM and reinsert it again. First off, turn off your iPhone and then use the SIM ejector tool to remove the SIM. Then, reinsert it. After that, turn on your device.
Solution #4. Contact Your Carrier Provider
If you still see “no service” or “Searching” on your iPhone, contact your carrier provider to find out if the area has the network coverage. Also, ensure that your account is active and the device isn’t blocked from receiving cellular services.
Solution #5. Make Sure Data Roaming is Enabled When Travelling Abroad
No service issue also crops up when the network is in roaming. So, be sure you have enabled data roaming on your device. Launch the Settings app on your device → Cellular/Mobile Data → Cellular/Mobile Data Options. Now, turn on Data Roaming toggle.
Solution #6. Ensure That Date and Time is Set Properly
The wrong date and time might be the culprit behind this problem. Therefore, ensure that it’s set properly on your device. Launch Settings app → General → Date and Time. Now, ensure that Set Automatically toggle is on.
Solution #7. Update Carrier Settings
Carrier providers often roll out updates to sort out problems and even improve performance. Do check if an update has hit your device. If it has, make sure to update carrier settings sooner than later.
Ensure that your device has an internet connection. Open Settings app → General → About. If the carrier has released an update, you will get an alert. Simply tap on the Update in the popup. Once it has been updated, reboot your device. Now, check out if the problem has gone.
Solution #8. Reset Network Settings
Resetting network to factory default has often helped me in fixing network related issues. So, there is a high possibility that it can troubleshoot the problem. Do note that it will reset Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, VPN as well as APN settings.
Open Settings app → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings. Enter your device passcode and confirm.
Solution #9. Update iOS on Your Device
Even though iOS 13’s adoption rate is pretty fast, everyone agrees that it’s one of the most unstable updates ever. Problems like iPhone 11 not charging wirelessly, iPhone not showing in Finder, or buggy Wi-Fi have proved to be nothing less than nightmares. And if this issue hasn’t yet been fixed, it could well be due to a software bug. In this case, updating software is the right way to go.
Launch the Settings app on your device → General → Software Update. Now, download and install the latest iOS version.
At the end of every troubleshooting guide, I expect the problem to have been fixed. And it’s not different this time.
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Which one of the above solutions fixed the no service problem on your iOS device?