The latest iPhone 15 and 15 Plus pack Qualcomm 5G modem for upgraded 5G performance. You’d expect better network reception. But, many iPhone 15 owners see “No Service” in the status bar. It can be disappointing as you won’t be able to use the mobile data, make a phone call, or send text messages.
If your iPhone 15 or 15 Plus keeps showing “No Service,” don’t panic. There are effective ways to resolve the network problems on your iPhone. In this guide, I will share those methods in a step-by-step manner.
Before I walk you through the solutions, quickly examine the reasons that could trigger no service on your iPhone. You’ll understand the problem better, which should result in effective troubleshooting.
- Why Is My iPhone 15 or 15 Plus Showing No Service?
- 9 Ways to Fix No Service on iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
Why Is My iPhone 15 or 15 Plus Showing No Service?
These are common reasons for bad or no network on iPhones:
You’re out of your carrier’s coverage area:
Carriers can serve you within a specified boundary, beyond which you’ll get no network signals and you iPhone will show No Service in the status bar.
If you have recently moved to a different place, check your carrier’s coverage area to know if you have moved out of your carrier’s reach.
Go to solution #8 for direct links to check the coverage area of different carriers.
Airplane mode is turned on:
You or someone with access to your iPhone may have accidentally turned on the Airplane mode. When it’s enabled, all wireless features are disabled. It means you can’t make phone calls, use mobile data, or send text messages.
Check your iPhone settings or invoke the Control Center to know the status of Airplane mode.
Your iPhone has incorrect network settings:
Your iPhone may have misconfigured network settings, resulting in no networks.
You can go through the network settings to find the incorrect settings. Or, reset the network settings to their default. All the steps are mentioned in the solutions below.
Software glitches are a common reason for the network problems on iPhones. They could be a reason for the No Service error on your iPhone 15 or 15 Plus. Restart your iPhone or update it to fix glitches.
Your carrier is facing technical issues:
Your carrier may have technical issues affecting network signals on your iPhone. Sometimes, the carrier goes under maintenance, which can also affect their services.
Now that you have better understood the problem, it’s time to try the troubleshooting methods.
9 Ways to Fix No Service on iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
Fixing an iPhone 15 or 15 Plus showing “No Service” is not complicated as long as there’s no problem on your carrier’s end. You just have to follow the right steps to get the signals back. So, without further delay, let’s begin our troubleshooting.
1. Toggle Airplane Mode on and off
As mentioned earlier, enabling the Airplane mode temporarily deactivates the SIM card and all related services. So, you must ensure that it is disabled on your iPhone.
You can toggle off the Airplane mode via Settings or Control Center.
If the Airplane mode is already disabled, turn it on and off. It will refresh wireless connections and could restore lost cellular signals.
2. Restart Your iPhone
Restarting the device is a common and effective remedy to fix many issues on your iPhone. It can also resolve minor glitches that could trigger network problems. Restarting an iPhone also means the device will try to establish a connection with your nearest cellular tower again.
To restart your iPhone 15 or 15 Plus, press and hold the side and volume buttons until you see a slider. Then, drag the slider to power off your iPhone. Hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.
If restarting your iPhone does not help, check for pending carrier updates (more on that in the next solution).
3. Check for Carrier Settings Update
Your carrier may have released an update that could address existing problems and improve the connection. You must check for pending carrier updates and install them (if available).
- Connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network.
- Tap on the Settings app.
- Select General and click About.
If a carrier update is available, a pop-up should appear for the same. Click Update to download and install it.
4. Re-insert Your SIM Card
Your SIM card may not be seated properly, causing No Service on your iPhone 15 or 15 Plus.
Ensure that the SIM card is inserted correctly. For this, turn off your iPhone and remove the SIM tray. Now, clean the SIM card and the tray using a soft cloth. Correctly place the SIM card on the SIM tray and reinsert it.
Turn on your iPhone and check if the network signals are back.
5. Update Your iPhone
Updating your iPhone is a crucial step. Not only will it add new features and improvements, but also fixes the known vulnerabilities. So, if there’s an iOS bug causing No Service on iPhones, it should be fixed via a software update.
Here’s how to update your iPhone:
- Ensure your iPhone is connected to the internet.
- Open the Settings app and tap on General.
- Select Software Update.
If an update is available, download and install it.
6. Toggle Mobile Data off and on
Toggling the mobile data off and on sometimes resolves network-related problems on iPhones. Try doing the same to check whether it works for you or not.
Go to the Settings app and tap on Mobile data. If your mobile data is turned on, turn it off, wait a minute, and turn it back on again.
7. Reset Network Settings
Your iPhone 15 may have misconfigured network settings, causing it to display “No Service”. Rather than going through all network settings, you can reset network settings to bring back the default settings.
Resetting the network settings removes saved Wi-Fi networks and paired Bluetooth devices. Doing this will also reset mobile data settings and APN and VPN settings. So, make sure you have the Wi-Fi password and existing APN and VPN settings noted somewhere for later usage.
How to reset network settings on iPhone:
- Open Settings and tap on General.
- Click on Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Click Reset and choose Reset Network Settings.
- Confirm your lock screen pin or password.
- Tap on Reset Network Settings.
8. Check Your Carrier’s Coverage Area
If you have tried the solutions mentioned above but to no success, you may be out of your carrier’s serviceable area.
You can check out the coverage map for your carrier using the links below:
For other carriers, you can type “[carrier name] coverage map” on Google and click the relevant link to check the coverage area.
9. Contact Your Carrier
If you are located within the serviceable area of your carrier but still getting no network signals, contact your carrier to check if there are technical issues or ongoing maintenance.
You can also use a third-party tool such as downdetector.com to check if your carrier services are affected. If so, you can’t do anything other than wait for the engineers to resolve it.
You probably wouldn’t expect a premium smartphone such as iPhone 15 or 15 Plus to run out of cellular networks. However, technical hiccups are not uncommon in the evolving world of technology. But, there are effective approaches to resolving “No Service” on iPhones, which I’ve mentioned in this guide.
Start troubleshooting the problem by restarting your device, toggling the Airplane mode, and updating your carrier settings. If they do not work, move on to other fixes, like re-inserting your SIM card, updating the device, and resetting network settings. If nothing works, reach out to your carrier to check if there are issues on their end.
Don’t forget to check our Apple section for tips and tricks for your iPhone.