Confused about whether your iPhone 5 has been jailbroken ? Has it been unlocked ? Here’s how to tell:
- First, look at the icons on your Home Screen. If there is one there for Cydia (brown icon 5th row in the image below) then it has been jailbroken.
- Certain jailbreak tools will replace the Apple logo you see on start-up with a different one, maybe a skull or the more familiar pineapple logo.
- If there are any unusual apps on the home screen try finding them in the App store – if you can’t then they’ve come from a third-party site, in which case the iPhone has been jailbroken.
- The obvious way to find out if your iPhone 5 has been unlocked is to place a SIM card in it that is not from the original carrier. If it works then it’s unlocked. Try it with a variety of different carrier SIM cards to make sure. An locked phone will show “No Sim Card Installed” error message and will ask you to insert a valid sim card .
- Check your IMEI number – there are a few internet sites that will do this at a small charge. Go to Settings > General > About to get your IMEI number, input it on your chosen site and then wait – you should get an almost instantaneous answer.
- If you have bought your iPhone 5 brand new, the receipt will tell you if it is factory unlocked. If you are buying second-hand ask to see the receipt.
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Posted by Pete on - 27 March 2013