iPhone Problems

How to Fix iPhone No Service Problem

When an "iPhone no service" message appears on your iPhone every time you try to operate the device, it is easy to become frustrated. You purchased the iPhone so you can use it to make phone calls, send messages and access the internet. If you can't do that, then you have a problem. When the iPhone is stuck on searching for a service connection, the battery can quickly drain, making it difficult to implement solutions to fix the problem.

Why My iPhone is Stuck Searching for Service

Before we get to the solutions to the iPhone no service problem, it is important to understand why this is happening. Sometimes the problem is purely organic and has nothing to do with what you've done or haven't done. The following are the top reasons why your iPhone is stuck searching for service;

  • SIM card Damage

    If your SIM card is damaged in some way, it may not be able to access your network carrier and as a result, your iPhone may be unable to find.
  • Poor Network

    It is also possible that there is poor network coverage where you are. Your network carrier may not have covered all areas hence your iPhone may be unable to connect in certain areas.
  • Software Problem

    Software flaws on your iPhone can also interfere with the network connectivity. If for instance the problem began as soon as you downloaded a third-party app or updated iOS, the problem is software related.

How to Fix iPhone Says Searching but No Service

Regardless of what the main cause of the problem is, one or more of the following solutions should get your device working normally again;

1. Check the Carrier

The first thing you should do is check with your carrier service provider. It is possible that they may have made some changes that can interfere with your iPhone's network. They may have deactivated service due to late payment or fraudulent activities. Most network carriers will respond to your queries in a very short time and if they are the problem, they often fix it quickly.

2. Update iPhone Software

A software update can also work to fix the problem. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and if one is available, tap on "Download and Install" to install it.

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3. Update Carrier Settings

Updating your carrier settings can also work to fix the problem. Go to "Settings > General > About" to check if there is a network carrier update.

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4. Reset Network Settings

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You can also try to reset the Network settings on you device. To do that go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You may have to rejoin all your Wi-Fi networks after the reset.

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5. Check Cellular Data Settings

You may also need to check your cellular data settings to make sure they are not causing the connectivity error. Begin by checking to ensure that cellular data is set to "ON" You can do that by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data.

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Make sure that "Data Roaming" is set to "ON" if you are travelling. You can also turn off automatic network/carrier by going to Settings > Carriers > and then turn off the switch next to Automatic Carrier Selection.

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6. Check Physical Damage

You might also want to ensure that the iPhone itself is not damaged in some way. Check for any hardware damage on the device that could be causing the issue.

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7. Turn Airplane Mode on and Off

Turning on Airplane and then turning it on again can refresh the network, allowing the iPhone to easily reconnect. Here's how to do that;

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > General and then tap on "Airplane Mode."
  • Step 2: Turn it on.
  • Step 3: Wait about 60 seconds and then turn it "OFF" again.
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8. Take Out the SIM card and Re-insert it

Like we mentioned before, this problem could also be caused by a damaged SIM card or one that is poorly inserted. Open the tray with a SIM ejector and then take out the SIM card. Check it for any damage and it is fine, put it back and close the tray. Check if the network has been restored.

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9. Change Voice and Data Settings

Changing the voice and data settings can also help to solve the problem since some voice and data signals in a nearby area can interfere with your iPhone's connection. These simple steps will help you change the settings;

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > Cellular
  • Step 2: Tap on "Cellular Data" and then "Voice and Data."
  • Step 3: You can then switch from 4G to 3G or from 3G to 4G
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10. Check Date and Time Settings

You should also ensure that the data and time settings on the device are up to date since the iPhone relies on this information to connect to a network. To do that, go to "Settings > General > Date & Time and then turn on "Set Automatically."

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11. Reset All Settings

If the device still won't connect, you may want to reset all settings to eliminate any bugs that could be causing the problem. To do that, go to "Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Enter your passcode to confirm.

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12. Restore iPhone in iTunes

If all else fails, you may need to restore the device in iTunes to fix the problem. Here's how you can do that;

  • Step 1: Connect the device to your computer and open iTunes.
  • Step 2: When the iPhone appears in iTunes, click on it and then select "Restore Backup."
  • Step 3: Locate and select the most recent backup. Click "Restore" and wait for the process to finish.
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So the next time your iPhone is stuck on searching for a network, you have a whole list of effective solutions you can try. Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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