How-to factory unlock AT&T iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S

The following steps will allow you to permanently factory unlock your AT&T iPhone.  Prices have gone up considerably for unlocking services, use the link below to find the best price, if you have any questions or need help please message me.

Unlock Service Search (eBay)

Instructions :

  1. Please visit the following eBay link to request your unlock from your choice of sellers.
    1. General listing of available sellers for unlocking : eBay
  2. Purchase the unlock and send the seller your phones information :
    1. Model (iPhone XX)
    2. Carrier (AT&T)
    3. IMEI (make sure you get this information from your phone and not the box (settings – general – about))
  3. Wait for notification that your unlock request has been processed (usually a message from seller or item marked as shipped).
  4. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC and open iTunes.
  5. Your iPhone has been unlocked message might appear, but you still need to move on to the next step.
  6. Backup and restore your iPhone, so that the new firmware can be installed onto your phone.
  7. You’re all done!  Now you can insert any sim and receive service, and your phone is permanently unlocked even after software upgrades.
  • Megan

    I’m a bit confused about how you get the code and apply it to your phone. Another guide said you had to provide a 15 digit number to get the code applied to your phone. Is that the case here? I didn’t see anything about that in the listing info. Thanks,

    • Yes, you need to send them your IMEI number to get your phone unlocked. You can find that number by going to (Settings – General – About). That number is what the unlocker needs to apply the unlock update to your phone.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • gd

    How do the unlockers actually do it though? I mean there seems to be so many of them out there.

    • TheBrownCurry


      They get the unlock codes/requests from a master database, which Apple controls. Which is why iTunes is used to unlock the phone, so it’s like it came factory unlocked.

  • Tp Xiong

    What if I have recently bought a iphone 3 from a friend, would this process still work?

    • TheBrownCurry


      Yes it will work.


    I bought an iphone 3g which is locked to AT&T (that was seller said) when I turned on it says need to activate can you help me with this?

    • TheBrownCurry


      Because the phone is locked to AT&T you need to put in a AT&T sim to be able to activate the phone, after you do that you can unlock the phone or use the AT&T service from the sim.

  • Chuck

    I’ve been trying to jailbreak my iPhone 5 for a while, and I just ordered one of the codes, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping it works. How long does it usually take to find out if they’ve unlocked it?

    • TheBrownCurry


      It’s usually within 24 hours, most of the time within a few hours.

  • colin

    The prices are through the roof and swiftunlocker isnt up and running either; 2 dollars isnt an accurate price at all anymore.