How to Fix iPhone 6s showing No Service or Searching Network error prompt [Effective Solutions and Trick]

  • Learn more about the ‘No Service’ or ‘Searching Network’ error on the #Apple iPhone 6s (#iPhone6s).
  • Learn about the possible causes of the error so you’ll understand it more deeply and you’d know what to do if it happens again.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot the error message and read more to know what other owners did to solve the problem or how to work around it.

This post highlights the most effective solutions and workarounds used to address an issue on the Apple iPhone 6s, in which the iPhone shows a No Service or Searching for Network error in the status bar and can’t connect to a cellular network. As additional outcome, making and receiving calls, SMS and MMS are also affected. If you come here in search for a fix to this problem, you may give any of these methods a try and see the result.

Aside from the standard troubleshooting procedures, I’ve also included a bizarre trick used by a number of iPhone owners who have dealt with the issue on No Service or Searching network on the same iDevice. Read on to learn more about this optional technique and decide whether to give it a go or not.

ALSO READ: How to fix No Service error on iPhone, cannot send / receive calls and text

Possible Causes

There are many factors that can trigger errors like ‘No Service’ and ‘Searching network’ to occur on your iPhone. In most cases, the problem is tied to a faulty SIM card while others are due to some network outages, particularly cellular network. Others have also encountered the same error prompt after performing a software update. Software updates can contain some bugs that may affect device functionalities including its ability to search for cellular signals. Since downgrading is typically discouraged by most carriers and Apple itself, users may just have to wait for the next firmware update containing fixes. But if you can’t take ‘waiting for the next software update rollout’ as an option, then you may resort to any workarounds available in order to obtain temporary remedy.

Recommended Solutions and Workarounds

You can find many different ways to fix the No Service or Searching problems on iPhones populating the Internet sites and forums these days. However, not all these suggested methods will actually work in certain cases. For this reason, you have to persistently search for and try on any other solutions available until the issue is finally resolved.

The troubleshooting methods I recommend in this post are those that have done wonders to many iPhone 6s/6s Plus users who have dealt with the same problem on their respective devices. Thus, I consider these as potential solutions.

Important Notes:

  • Before you begin, make sure cellular network is available in your area.
  • If your iPhone can’t connect to cellular network, go to your iPhone settings and then check if Cellular is enabled or turned on.

If you think you haven’t done any of these methods yet, I strongly suggest you give them a try this time for who knows this could be the fix you’ve been looking for.

ALSO READ: How to fix an iPhone 6 Searching error, no signal detected

Step 1: Reboot your iPhone. Many issues associated with the firmware can be rectified by a simple reboot on the device. For those who need help, here’s how to reboot an iPhone 6s:

  1. Press and hold the Power (Sleep/Wake) button until the red slider shows up.
  2. Drag the slider to power off the iPhone completely.
  3. When the device is powered off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears on screen.

Step 2: Remove and re-insert the SIM card. As I mentioned above, many cases of iPhones showing No Service or Searching for network prompt are associated with incorrect SIM card installation, and worst, a damaged SIM card. To determine whether the problem is caused by a damaged SIM card or not, you can try to use the same SIM card on any other compatible phones you may have. If it works fine on the other phones, proceed with re-installing the SIM card on your iPhone 6s.

Here’s how:

  1. Turn off your iPhone. (Please refer to the above steps, if necessary).
  2. Remove SIM card. Insert a paperclip or use the SIM-eject tool into the hole beside the tray to pop up your iPhone’s SIM tray. The SIM tray is located on the right side of your iPhone 6s.
  3. Re-insert SIM card. Be sure to insert the SIM tray completely and in the same orientation before you remove it.
  4. Turn your iPhone back on.

Step 3: Remove any third-party accessories like casing or covers from your iPhone. Some iPhone accessories of other brands may cause your device to function improperly due to some design flaws. To make sure this is not what’s causing your trouble, try to remove any casing or cover from your iPhone and see what happens after that.

Step 4: Disable Airplane Mode. Ensure the Airplane mode is not turned on. Just head on to your iPhone Settings-> Airplane Mode. Toggle the switch to turn the feature OFF, if needed.

Step 5: Reset network settings. Resetting your network settings will likewise reset network information including your Wi-Fi network and passwords, cellular settings, as well as VPN and APN settings you’ve used. Thus, be sure to create a backup of this information before you begin. To reset your network settings, go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Reset Network Settings.

Step 6: Check time and date settings on your iPhone. Others have also found that No Service or Searching network error prompt is due to an incorrect time and date settings on their iPhone. In this case, you can manually set the date, or connect to your wireless network and then set the date/time automatically. After doing all these, restart the phone with the SIM card in and see if there are any changes.

Step 7: Perform the drop test or banging trick (optional). This trick involves dropping your iPhone at some height. While I for one really don’t consider this method appropriate, many of those who have encountered No Service or Searching issue on their iPhones have claimed this trick has fixed it. You may consider giving this technique a try, if you already ran out of workarounds and that you’re all willing to take the risks just to get rid of the error.

Here’s how they did the so-called “drop test” or “smack your iPhone on the desk a little” trick to get rid of the No Service prompt:

  1. Put your iPhone in its protective case.
  2. Turn off your iPhone.
  3. Remove the SIM card.
  4. Drop your iPhone on a desk from 6 to 12-inch high.
  5. Re-insert the SIM card.
  6. Reboot your iPhone.

While it sounds crazy, many users have actually found this an effective “temporary” solution in their case.

An explanation behind this trick is that the iPhone’s network cable had somehow broke off the board and so dropping or banging the phone would put the cable back to its slot. But then again, considering the risk of damaging the iPhone, you must only resort to this technique if and only if your warranty is out and nothing else could be done to resolve the problem.

If none of these workarounds is able to fix your problem and that your iPhone 6s still shows No Service or Searching Network prompt, most likely it’s hardware-related. In this case, your remaining options would include contacting your carrier or Apple Support then escalate the problem for further assistance and recommendations. Otherwise, you can directly take your device to an authorized Apple technician nearby for hardware check and repair, if needed.

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42 thoughts on “How to Fix iPhone 6s showing No Service or Searching Network error prompt [Effective Solutions and Trick]”

  1. It worked for 3 days, then had to drop again. Although it worked the second drop, i gave up and bought new phone. 😭

  2. Great article. I tried a lot of things today on my iPhone 6 until I came across this article. Went through all the steps. Nothing until I got to the ‘drop test’. I must admit, I was skeptical. Powered it back up and, voila, it works!! Unbelievable.

  3. Un believable. I have been to verizon several times now, and about to buy new phone. But after having been told it is unfixable, the drop test works. I would like to hear how long its lasted from all of you?

  4. Wow! I am an IT Engineer and do repair phones but have never thought of this process of dropping the phone off on a hard surface. It worked for a friend’s iphone 6. Thank you for this bro.

    This is my first time of commenting on sections like this because I was damn impressed.

  5. I tried a variation on Marienne’s method. Found a hard flat surface and noticed a slight curve to phone. Pressed all four corners down so phone was flat flat and turned it on- worked for me, not sure how long it will last but none of the others did for me.

  6. I have an iPhone 6 and have had this issue several time, sent it to get fixed several times, but constantly getting the same issue. Finally I discovered, that my phone may have a slight curve you can barely even see, which may be the cause for this network search issue.

    Anyways the only solution that constantly works for me is te following:
    1)Reset Network Settings. Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

    While your phone is starting up again and you see the Apple logo;
    2) Turn your phone with screen facing down and slighty press it down (in horizontal position) with ‘left-to-right’ motion on your upper leg (while sitting down). Do this for a good 20+ seconds (Make sure NOT to stop doing this before the Apple logo is gone, and your phone is completely turned on).

    Note: Make sure NOT to press your phone TOO HARD that it breaks!!!
    Sometimes you can skip #1 and start directly with #2.
    Again this is what constantly works for me, I hope it will work for you as well.

  7. I’ve tried everything. The service after reboot is displayed for just 3 seconds then it’s back to “no service” I cannot even download latest iOS it just gives me an error

  8. OMG!!! this post is awesome. love it all away. I was having this issue with my iPhone 6 and once I reset all data I got service. I am very thankful to whomever wrote this article. LOVE IT!!!!!

  9. OMG the drop test worked!!! I have been struggling for the past 4 days and basically tried everything. it happened while I was high up in the mountains…thanks so much

  10. drop test was only a temporary fix. Did anyone else come up with the issue? I have tried literally everything. My only other option is micro-solder the motherboard piece by the sim card.

  11. So, when I first saw the “drop” solution, I thought it was a cruel joke on credulous internet users. But having spent a couple hours trying all the various solutions, and looking at spending another couple with the (ahem) “Geniuses,” I figured: what harm? It worked. I don’t know why, but it is the only thing that has worked.

    I presume it is, as folks have said, a loose connection. But since when did a shock like that *tighten* connections. Anyway. it seems to be working for now–we’ll see how long that lasts.

  12. dropped it (after take out simcard and sim case) on table with some soft cloth on table height of 20cm.. and poof!!! carrier working again

  13. Thank you! After trying everything I read your article and removed my new phone cover and problem solved! Much appreciated!!

  14. Yes! that ridiculous drop test works! go ahead and give it a try! some times you need to show iphone who is the boss 🙂

  15. i was very skeptical reading about the ‘banging’ the iphone but that was actually like my last option. i powered it off, removed the sim and dropped it flat from about 20 cm, backside down , on the table. then installed sim and powered up. and it worked!! it actually worked! i was so surprised. wow

  16. My “no service” and “searching” was only solved for real (not temporarily) by turning off “Enable LTE”. This is found in Settings, Cellular, Cellular Data Options, Enable LTE, turn it OFF. The reason is that the towers closest to me have not yet been set up for LTE service but they work great with 4G. I have AT&T service. I had the same problem while with Cricket.

  17. i tried the Drop Trick and its worked i didnt believe that it will work but it worked and sim card worked again thanks for advice

  18. I’m shocked. Just tried the drop test on a broken iPhone 6. (no service)
    And it really worked! I’m a bit ashamed of myself that I even tried it but it worked! 😀
    Dropped it flat (not with the edge) on the desk from about 20cm height while the phone was turned off and the SIM (including sim sledge) has not in the phone.
    Then, put the SIM back in, turn the phone on and it worked. (Not sure for how long but so far it looks OK.)

  19. Professor Dr. Mohammad Qasim
    June 28, 2017 at 7:52 am
    I have done all of the tricks in the book to fix my Iphone 6S Plus with 128GB memory. But to my disappointment nothing seems to be working. If anyone had the same problem which did not get fixed what did they do?
    Any assistance will be highly appreciated. Phone says “NO SERVICE” and when turned to Airplane mode and back it says, “SEARCHING”. then back to the same No service. It works fine with the WiFi. So any help…..

    i have same problem with this professors
    can u help me solve this solution

  20. I have tried several methods for my iphone 6.It still shows searching but when I take out sim and put it again,it shows no service.May I know is there a problem in hardware?I am tired of that phone.Please someone advise me how to fix it

  21. I have done all of the tricks in the book to fix my Iphone 6S Plus with 128GB memory. But to my disappointment nothing seems to be working. If anyone had the same problem which did not get fixed what did they do?
    Any assistance will be highly appreciated. Phone says “NO SERVICE” and when turned to Airplane mode and back it says, “SEARCHING”. then back to the same No service. It works fine with the WiFi. So any help…

  22. Dear I would like say Thanks a Lot , since Two days i was trying solve it but use less .
    when i tried your Drop Test Trick working for me!!!!!!! Thank you From Every Bottom of My heart :((((((

  23. I turned my iPhone on airplane mode while overseas for 5 weeks. I come back to Canada and poof no Serivce. Talked to my provider and Apple. Did all the resets and restores and still not working? So frustrating cause Apple won’t do a thing about it! I’ve seen the iPhone 7 is having the same problem and Apple Is replacing the phone with no questions. Frustrating that a 750 billion dollar company can’t help!!

  24. This couldn’t be any more typical….but after hours of trying and fighting with both my carrier and apple, the drop test actually worked…..turned phone off took sim out and then hit it against my end table a few times and dropped it on the end table. Not a scratch (Thanks to outerbox) and now it connects to my carrier

  25. my iphone 6 showing searching and no service.
    after start that kind of problem I restore factory seting and its works good gives network good but just for few hours and again its searching. so what is problem?

  26. After my daughter had this problem and trying all possible solutions we found the only thing that seems to have fixed it at the moment was removing some apps. Particularly some free music apps seemed to be causing the No Service error when being used, after deleting various apps in particular non apple apps the problem seems to have gone.

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