Easily the most popular smartphone in the UK, the iPhone 7 and 7 plus has be purchased in the thousands since its release in September 2016. If you’re one of the lucky owners and want to use a different SIM card we’ll show you how to unlock iPhone 7 from EE and switch networks. This detailed guide will show you all the steps you need to take to get unlocked from EE and start enjoying your new network.

Screenshot: EE will unlock your iPhone 7, 7 Plus automatically after 18 months.

Screenshot: EE will unlock your iPhone 7, 7 Plus automatically after 18 months.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that EE will automatically unlock your iPhone 7, 7 plus once it is 18 months old. Now, many handset owners may not want to wait that long.

This is especially true if you have purchased the handset from a third party such as a friend or from ebay. If you are unable to get EE to unlock your iPhone don’t worry as we have provided additional information that will help you get unlocked online.

EE pay monthly contract: unlock iPhone 7, 7 plus

When unlocking your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus from your EE pay monthly contract you’ll need to be an existing customer and have an active EE account. If that’s not the case with you EE wil not unlock you. Consequently, you’ll need to use an online unlocking company.

If you do have an active account you can follow these simple steps to get unlocked:

  1. Log in to your My EE account
  2. Navigate to Menu > Manage Devices
  3. Select the ‘Device tools’ tab
  4. Then select ‘Unlock your phone’

You’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions and will be extra pleased to learn that EE will unlock your iPhone 7, 7 Plus immediately.

EE says—If you’re on a pay monthly plan, you can unlock your Apple device instantly on My EE.

Video help: unlocking your EE device on a pay monthly contract

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There are however a number of stipulations which you’ll need to adhere to in order for EE to conduct the unlock procedure. Most notably, your iPhone 7 will need to be at least 6 months old before they will unlock it. You’ll also need to have paid all your bills and the handset must not have been reported stolen.

EE pay as you go or Flex plan: unlock iPhone 7, 7 plus

Unlocking your iPhone 7, 7 Plus from the EE Flex plan is pretty straight forward. You’ll need to have an active account with EE and the device will need to be registered on the EE network. Just call them on 150 from your mobile phone to get things underway.

How to finalise your iPhone 7, 7 Plus unlock via iTunes

Once EE let you now you are unlocked you may need to connect your iPhone to your PC and iTunes. This is done to finalise the unlock procedure and in some instances to register a new SIM card to the handset. You can check first by inserting a new SIM card from a different network to EE to see if you’re already unlocked.

You'll need to connect to iTunes to finalise your EE iPhone 7 unlock.

You’ll need to connect to iTunes to finalise your EE iPhone 7 unlock.

If you’re not follow these simple steps:

  1. Firstly, make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes. If you’re not update it.
  2. You’ll also need to update your iPhone iOS to the latest version.
  3. Insert your new SIM card into your iPhone and connect the device to your PC.
  4. Wait for iTunes to detect the phone and then disconnect it from the computer and wait 20 seconds.
  5. Finally, reconnect your iPhone to your PC and wait for iTunes to detect it again.

Frequently asked questions about EE iPhone unlocking

Will EE unlock my iPhone before 6 months?

Unfortunately EE will not unlock any mobile phone before the 6 month period is up. After 18 months they will unlock your iPhone 7 automatically.

How much does an EE iPhone unlock cost?

The standard charge for unlocking any device with EE is £8.99. Sometimes you can get it unlocked for free.

Can I use any SIM card once I am unlocked?

Once EE have unlocked your iPhone you’ll be able to use a SIM card for any network in the world.