How to Unlock 6.1.4 iOS on Apple’s iPhone 5 – Late last month, we brought our readers at Evasion Jailbreak an in-depth and comprehensive iPhone Unlock guide for all models running Apple’s iOS 6.1.3 firmware. Following Apple’s recent iPhone 5-exclusive release of iOS 6.1.4 on Friday, we’ve received numerous questions pertaining to the latest version of iOS and whether iPhone 5 owners can Unlock 6.1.4. Thankfully, the answer’s “yes,” iOS 6.1.4 can be fully Unlocked on iPhone 5s that updated. In this article, we’ll provide you (the reader) with an incredibly concise and straightforward unlock tutorial for iOS 6.1.4 and 6.1.3 (the latest firmware for all models save the iPhone 5). However, before plunging head-first into this guide, it’s important to realize that unlocking one’s iPhone differs vastly from jailbreaking.
Unlock iOS 6.1.4 on iPhone 5
When one jailbreaks his or her iPhone, they are essentially achieving root access to allow for the installation of third-party modifications via Cydia (the tool used for managing said modifications). If you’re interested in reading about the jailbreak status of iOS 6.1.4, we recommend reading our recent article on the subject. Unlocking however “frees” the iPhone in the sense that it can be used on any mobile carrier supported by the device’s cellular equipment.
While there are, in fact, three different types of iPhone unlock methods, we’ll only focus on one in this guide: the IMEI Unlock, as it’s a permanent solution. Unfortunately, due to the nature of IMEI unlocking, users cannot accomplish the task on their own. During the process of an IMEI unlock, the iPhone’s IMEI is submitted to the original carrier’s whitelist database, where it will then it will then be remotely and permanently unlocked.
Important Unlock 6.1.4 Prerequisite
Prior to unlocking, your iPhone must be running Apple’s latest version of iOS, which as of writing this article is 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5 and 6.1.3 for older models. Unfortunately, that means if you own an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 4S, you’ll be required to forfeit your evasi0n jailbreak. If you own an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 3GS that’s jailbroken on iOS 6.1.3 using Redsn0w, it must be restored to stock installation of 6.1.3. Once your iPhone is on the latest version of iOS 6, we advise creating a manual backup in iTunes.
Unlock iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.4 Guide
Step 1: Obtain your iPhone 5′s IMEI (or any older iPhone model running 6.1.3) by launching the Settings app and tapping General, followed by About. At this point, scroll down until you see the IMEI field and take note of the number listed.
Step 2: Submit your iPhone’s IMEI, to an established Unlock service of your choice. Again, we recommend using UnlockiPhone5sIMEI to unlock your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS.
Step 3: Allow approximately 12 to 48 hours for your iPhone’s IMEI to fully process through your official carrier’s whitelist database – you’ll receive a confirmation email once the service has confirmed and verified the unlock on their end.
Step 4: Once you’ve received an unlock email, insert an active SIM card from an unofficial carrier, connect your iPhone to a computer via the standard USB cable and launch iTunes. If you receive an Unlock message, you’re done – if not, continue to the next step.
Step 5 – conditional: Allow roughly two minutes for iTunes to display an unlock message, if it fails to, a full restore is required. After your iPhone has been successfully restored to either iOS 6.1.4 or 6.1.3, continue to the sixth step.
Step 6 – conditional: Insert an active SIM card from the iPhone’s original carrier, connect to iTunes and allow for typical activation. Once the iPhone is officially activated on the original carrier, eject the SIM, disconnect your iPhone, insert another SIM from an unofficial carrier, then simply reconnect to iTunes.
If you find the IMEI unlock process at all confusing, try watching iCrackUriDevice’s in-depth video guide, which is embedded above.
Congratulations, upon the successful completion of this guide, your iPhone should be fully unlocked and will be able to function on virtually any cellular network. For the latest on jailbreaking, try reading our latest articles, which can be found in the Evasion Jailbreak 6.1.3 achieve.
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