The iPhone 11 is a beautiful and powerful phone with fantastic specifications. From a brilliant camera to an insane battery and blazingly fast performance, everything has been crafted intelligently to strike a proper balance. It works great, but it’s quite normal that you can experience a glitch or an error even while using the top smartphones that are packed with great features. If you’ve ever noticed a No Service error on your iPhone 11, it means you cannot place calls or send texts because your device is not getting any signal from the cellular network. In such situations, you need to fix this issue to access the cellular network.
We have come up with our guide on how to fix no service error on your iPhone 11. Plus, we’ve also listed the most common reasons why your iPhone 11 would show the no service error. We would like to mention that both new and old iPhones can get this error. Apart from the iPhone 11 series, you can follow this guide to solve no service issues on any iPhone and iPad, starting from the older iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to the iPhone XR, and the recently launched iPhone 13 Series and iPhone SE 2022.
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Why do I have No Service on my iPhone 11?
1. Temporary Network Issues
One of the most common possible reasons for a No Service error on the iPhone is the temporary network issues or the network system maintenance outages. The network problems caused under such situations do not require any troubleshooting at your end. Once the outage is over, all the network services should be resumed.
2. Faulty SIM card
In case of a faulty or corrupted SIM card, you won’t be able to access any network services on your iPhone. A faulty SIM card won’t allow your phone to connect to the cellular network. In such situations, the best solution is to talk to your network provider and get your SIM card replaced.
3. Account related issues
In many cases, the network carriers cancel or temporarily disable the accounts of their customers. The possible reasons include a delay in the bill payment or when the network carrier has suspected some fraudulent activity from a user’s end. If this happens to be your case, make sure to contact your network carrier and seek a solution. This is one of the most common and easily overlooked reasons for the no service error on your phones.
4. Software-related issues
There can be some software bugs that are interfering with the network services on your iPhone 11. These could be the bugs in your network settings or iOS. These are the issues that can be easily fixed by performing some tweaks on your iPhone.
After you’ve known the possible reasons that can cause the network error on your iPhone 11, let’s walk through 11 steps that will help you fix the No Service error.
1. Why does my iPhone 11 keep searching for service?
There can be instances where your iPhone 11 keeps searching for a signal or your iPhone 11 Pro Max gets stuck at the no service error. The most common reasons for this are a broken internal antenna or some software problems that interfere with how your iPhone communicates with its built-in antenna. If you accidentally dropped/smashed your iPhone, in some rare cases, your iPhone’s internal antenna may get damaged and that’s why you’re facing iPhone 11 Pro no signal problems. Therefore, if your iPhone 11 is throwing no signal or no service problems after it has suffered some physical damage, you must take your iPhone to the nearest Apple Store and get it repaired.
On the flip side, if there’s no physical damage and you’re still facing no service on iPhone 11, it could be a software problem. In such cases, you should reboot your iPhone, re-install the SIM card, toggle Airplane mode, or reset network settings to fix iPhone 11 network not available problems.
2. Why do I suddenly have no service on my iPhone?
If you suddenly get no service on your iPhone 11, it could be due to some service interruptions like enabling Airplane mode or using a faulty SIM card or you’re in an area with extremely thick walls. In addition, there could be some temporary network issues or maintenance outages and that’s why you aren’t getting any signals on your iPhone 11 Pro. Next, you may face iPhone 11 Pro Max no service, iPhone 11 network not available problems, or your iPhone 11 Pro may suddenly show no service when you enter an area with a poor network like basements.
3. How to fix No Service on iPhone 11?
There are various ways to fix no service on iPhone 11 or no signal on iPhone 11 Pro Max. First things first, you should ensure that you’re in an area with ample cellular network coverage. Second, toggle the Airplane mode, reboot your iPhone, and make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Next, you should check for carrier settings updates, and then remove & reinstall your SIM card. Moving further, you can reset the network settings on your iPhone to clear out any network errors that are causing no signal on iPhone 11. Additionally, you can perform a factory reset on your iPhone. Lastly, if nothing helps, you must contact Apple support and get your iPhone repaired.
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11 Ways to Fix No Service error on the iPhone 11
1. Check your coverage area
When you get no service error on your iPhone 11 or the network is not available on your iPhone 11 Pro, the first thing is to make sure that you’re in an area with ample cellular network coverage. If you’re at your home, office, or another area where you always get the network, without any issues, you can ask someone who’s on the same network, and check if they’re also experiencing the same issue. In such cases, there can be some temporary network issues, so it’s better to wait for some time and check back again.
On the other hand, if you’re in a remote location or somewhere where you haven’t used your phone before, you can check if it’s only you or no one is getting network coverage. There are some places called dead zones where there is no coverage at all. It’s very common to get the no service error when you’re in a basement or underground area. When you enter an area with poor network connectivity, your phone keeps searching for a signal. And, this can drain the battery super-fast and make your iPhone overheat.
If you’re traveling, make sure that you’ve set up Data Roaming on your iPhone to get better network coverage.
1. Go to Settings > Mobile Data and make sure that the Mobile Data is turned ON.
2. Head to Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Turn the slider ON for Data Roaming.
2. Toggle Airplane Mode
You can go for the Airplane Mode trick to clear out minor network errors on your iPhone. This mode turns off any network connections including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This super-easy trick has worked for me several times when my iPhone 11 did not detect any network or showed No Service. Make sure to give it a try, before you proceed to other steps.
On your iPhone or iPad, you can follow either of these steps to toggle Airplane mode.
1. Swipe down from the top-right of your screen to access the Control Center. Now, look for and tap the Airplane Mode icon. Wait for 5-10 seconds, then tap the icon again.
2. Head to Settings > Airplane Mode (the very-first option) and turn the slider ON. Wait for 5 seconds, then turn the slider OFF.
Allow your iPhone 11 to re-establish the network signal and check if the no service error is fixed or not.
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3. Reboot your iPhone
This super-easy trick comes to a great rescue, whenever anything goes wrong with our smartphones. And yes, this simple hack can help you fix those minor issues that accumulate over time. It helps you get rid of the software issues that are interfering with the network services on your iPhone. It’s pretty normal that smartphones get a little buggy if they aren’t rebooted once in a while, so it’s recommended to restart your iPhone every once in a while to ensure smooth performance.
4. Check for a Carrier Settings Update
Your network carrier provides updates and related settings via Carrier Settings Update option to improve cellular network connectivity and performance. They also contain patches to eliminate bugs that can interfere with network services. These updates also add & improve support for better VoLTE or Wi-Fi calling experience. When your network carrier releases a mandatory update, you’ll get an OK button to let you know that the update has been downloaded and is ready to be installed on your device. If a carrier settings update is available, you’ll be prompted to install it.
Here’s how to manually check for and install a carrier settings update on your iPhone 11:
- Make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi or Mobile Data network
- Head to Settings > General > About. Wait for 10-20 seconds, if an update is available, you’ll be prompted with an option to update your carrier settings.
5. Update your Network Settings
Your iPhone has a number of cellular/ mobile data settings, and if they aren’t set up correctly or are changed unintentionally, you can get the No Service error on your iPhone 11. It’s worth mentioning that what an iPhone user sees in his Settings > Cellular or Mobile Data depends upon the network carrier.
1. Check if you’ve disabled Automatic network selection
Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Network Selection and turn the slider OFF for Automatic.
You can turn off the Automatic Network selection and manually select your network provider from the list of available carriers. Your iPhone may fix the no service error if you select your network provider manually.
It’s worth mentioning that when you turn off Automatic network selection and go for the manual option, your device will lose connection if the selected network is out of range. In such cases, switch back to the Automatic network selection mode.
2. Check if your network carrier provides Wi-Fi Calling
If you’re in an area with little or no cellular network coverage, you can still make and receive calls if your network carrier supports Wi-Fi Calling and you have access to a Wi-Fi network.
How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone 11?
1. Head to Settings > Mobile Data > Wi-Fi Calling and turn the slider ON for Wi-Fi Calling on this iPhone.
2. You’ll see a warning about location data and what your network carrier collects. Tap Enable to turn on Wi-Fi calling.
If Wi-Fi Calling is available on your network carrier, you would see Wi-Fi after the network name.
Now, you’ll be able to make and receive Wi-Fi calls on your iPhone, when there’s little or no cellular network.
You can also allow other Apple devices that are signed in to your iCloud account to make and receive calls when your iPhone is not nearby.
How to enable Wi-Fi Calling for other Apple Devices?
1. Add a Device
Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone. Also, make sure that your iPhone or iPad has the latest software. After you’ve turned On Wi-Fi Calling, follow the steps mentioned below:
1. On your iPhone, Head to Settings > Mobile Data > Wi-Fi Calling.
2. Enable Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.
3. Go back to the previous screen, then tap Calls on Other Devices.
4. Turn ON the slider for Allow Calls on Other Devices if it’s not on. A list of your eligible Apple devices will appear under Allow Calls On.
5. Toggle the devices that you want to use Wi-Fi calling with.
On other Apple devices, head to Settings > FaceTime and Turn on Calls from iPhone.
2. Make and receive Wi-Fi calls from your iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac
- Make sure you’ve added your device.
- Head to FaceTime
- Tap Audio
- Enter a Phone number or select a contact and tap phone button.
A Wi-Fi call can also be placed by tapping a phone number in Contacts, Mail, Messages, Safari, and other apps.
It’s absolutely normal that you don’t see some settings on your iPhone. In such a case, skip this step and move to the other steps mentioned below.
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6. Update iOS
Your iPhone may run into several issues if it’s running an outdated version of iOS. Apple regularly releases updates that are embedded with patches to fix software bugs and eliminate errors. Therefore, updating iOS can help you fix the existing issues on your device. Follow the mentioned steps to check if any update is available for your iPhone.
- Head to Settings > General
- Tap Software Update.
- If any update is available, install it.
Please make sure you have enough storage available on your iPhone to download the update. Otherwise, try freeing up the storage space by moving your files to your laptop or iCloud.
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7. Reset Network Settings
Resetting the network settings to defaults can wipe out the network errors and give a fresh start to your iPhone 11. It can fix many cellular and Wi-Fi related issues on your iPhone.
- Go to Settings > General
- Scroll down and tap Reset
- Tap Reset Network Settings
- You’ll be prompted to Enter your passcode.
- Tap Reset Network Settings again
This will reset all the current network preferences, including Wi-Fi networks, network passwords, cellular settings, and VPN and APN settings that you’ve used before on this device. It will also eliminate any network-related error that could be affecting your device. Once done, your iPhone should restart on its own. Now, check if you’re connected to a cellular network.
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8. Check and Re-install your SIM card
If your SIM card is damaged, corrupted, or not inserted properly, your iPhone may show up no service error. So, it’s recommended to take out and re-install the SIM card to connect to the network carrier.
Here’s how to re-install SIM card to your iPhone 11:
1. Turn Off your iPhone. This is done to ensure that both the SIM card and your iPhone are not damaged.
2. Now, insert the SIM-ejection tool or a paperclip into the small hole beside the SIM tray to pop open the tray.
3. Gently push the tool or paper clip to eject the tray.
4. Remove the SIM card and check for any possible signs of damage, like scratches, dent, or liquid traces.
- If you see any signs of damage, talk to your network carrier and get your SIM card replaced.
- Now when you’ve removed the SIM card from your iPhone, it’s a good idea to test your SIM card by putting it in another device that supports the same SIM card size.
- If the SIM card works in the other device, it exhibits that the problem lies in your iPhone, and not the SIM card. In such a case, move to step 5.
- If the SIM card still doesn’t work on the other device, then it’s clear that something’s wrong with the SIM card. Now, contact your network provider and replace the SIM card.
5. Insert the SIM card back into the tray.
6. Push the tray back into your iPhone until it locks.
Now, turn ON your iPhone and check if no service error is gone. If it still appears, try out the other troubleshooting steps mentioned below.
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9. Contact your Network Provider
Searching or No Service error could also be from your network provider’s side, and not from your iPhone. Remember we mentioned that account-related and temporary network problems could be the reason for the Searching or No Service error on your iPhone. Therefore, you must use another phone and give a call to your network provider to discuss this issue with them. Just to make sure:
- There are no outages in your area.
- Verify your account status and make sure the services are active.
- Verify that your device is not blocked from getting cellular services and is set up with the right data plan.
10. Factory Reset your iPhone
If you’ve tried all the above steps and nothing has fixed the No Service error on your iPhone 11, you can go for the Factory Reset option. You should resort to this option, only if you’ve tried all the other methods and nothing has worked for you. Factory Data Reset will restore your iPhone 11 back to its default factory settings and erase all the data on your device, including contacts, media, downloaded apps, app data, passwords, and email accounts. Therefore, make sure that you’ve backed up your iPhone before performing Factory Data Reset.
Follow the steps mentioned below to Factory Reset your iPhone 11:
1. Go to Settings > General
2. Tap on the Reset option available at the bottom of your screen.
3. Select Erase All Content and Settings option.
4. A pop up will appear asking if you want to back up the data or erase it right away
5. Confirm your decision and it will make the Erase iPhone option available on the screen.
6. After confirmation, the process would take a few minutes to complete.
Once your iPhone is rebooted and restored to the default factory settings, you can set up your iPhone as a new device or restore your backup. This should fix the Searching or No Service error on your iPhone.
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11. Head to Apple Store
If you’ve tried all the above steps and still not able to get the cellular network signal on your iPhone, you must head to the Apple Store as there might be some problem with the internal components of your iPhone. It is possible that your iPhone has suffered some physical or liquid damage that eventually affected its cellular network system. In this situation, it’s recommended to head to the nearest Apple-authorised service center and get your iPhone repaired.
With this, we’ve come to the end of our guide on how to fix no service on your iPhone 11.
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