Can I activate my iPhone without a data plan?


By Heather

Travel & Tech Writer


Nothing better than lifting a glossy new iPhone out of its box and holding it for the first time. It’s so perfect in its newness. Pristine condition, not yet smudged with fingerprints. Ahhhh.

But when you’re ready to get it set up, can you active that gorgeous new iPhone without a data plan? Sure you can!

Gone are the days when your devices were “tied” to a provider, and you couldn’t leave the store without one of their plastic SIM cards tucked inside. Now you have the freedom to pick up data as you need it, whether it’s a few days here and there, or a flexible package that lasts you a full month.

But even if you’re just relying on Wi-Fi or your computer for the set-up process, here’s what you need to know about activating your iPhone without data:

Option 1: Activate your iPhone with eSIM data

Here at aloSIM, we make it easy to buy flexible data packages that are as big or small as you need (with the ability to top them up easily, if needed). No contracts, ever — just immediate data, available whenever you need it.

Option 2: Activate your iPhone using iTunes on a computer

Just connect your iPhone to your computer, and if it’s not locked to a carrier, iTunes should pop up a message telling you how to activate the device. Select the “Set up as new iPhone option” and follow the guide. Easy peasy!

Option 3: Activate your iPhone using Wi-Fi (newer devices only)

If the device is running iOS 12 or later, you should be able to skip the SIM card step and use Wi-Fi to get everything activated.  If you have another device running iOS 11 or later, you can hold it nearby and take advantage of the Quick Start feature to have it sign in automatically. If there’s no other device handy, just select “Set up manually” and choose your Wi-Fi network to proceed.

Remember, whether you need short-term mobile data to activate an iPhone, prevent roaming charges on your next trip, or just avoid the hassle and expense of a monthly data plan with a carrier, aloSIM is here for you.