How to fix iPhone X iOS 13 No service error, cannot send/receive text messages

When your iPhone prompts a No service error, it’s telling you that it’s not able to acquire service from your cellular network. As a result, calling and texting functions are not working too. These problems usually occur when temporary network outages are transpiring. In some cases, No service error is attributed to invalid network configurations on the phone. Software-related errors including iOS update bugs that are adversely affecting network services are also among the possible triggers. In worst cases, the No service errors is tied to hardware damage like a damaged SIM card and other network components. Before setting up a service appointment, eliminating software-related factors from the underlying causes is recommended. Mapped out below are generic solutions to a similar issue on the iphone x iOS 13 No service error. Read on to learn what to do if you would face the same dilemma after updating your iPhone X to iOS 13.

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Troubleshooting iOS 13 No service error on your iPhone X

Resolving the problem on your end is very attainable, considering that the problem has started after installing the latest iOS update. Unless your phone is not acquiring cellular signal or a damage network component is present, carrying out any of these subsequent solutions will likely be able to rectify the error. You may start whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot your device.

First solution: Restart your iPhone (soft reset).

It is important to restart your phone after installing new updates because it helps refresh your apps and system services. Doing so will likewise ensure that all new system changes brought in by the recently installed iOS platform are properly implemented. Thus if you haven’t already, soft reset or restart your iPhone X with these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume buttons for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when the power off slider appears.
  3. Drag the slider to power off your device.
  4. After a few seconds, press and hold the Side button and then release it when the Apple logo appears.

If your iPhone got stuck on the No service error even after performing a soft reset, force restart your device It’s a simulated battery removal procedure that forcibly ends any corrupted applications and system services after the iOS 13 update implementation. Similar to a soft reset, performing a force restart doesn’t affect any saved data on the phone’s internal memory, so backing up won’t be necessary. Just follow these steps to force restart your iPhone X, if you haven’t already:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo on your iPhone display.

Wait for your phone to finish booting up and then see if the No service error disappears.

Second solution: Perform the Airplane Mode trick to fix iOS 13 No service error.

Problems affecting the phone’s wireless functions including cellular network connection can also be remedied by performing the Airplane mode trick. It works by simultaneously restarting and refreshing the phone’s wireless radios and relevant functions. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap to open the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Select the Airplane Mode menu. 
  3. Tap the Airplane mode switch to turn the feature on. Doing so disables wireless radios of your phone as well as its wireless network features.
  4. While the Airplane mode is enabled, perform a soft reset on your phone.
  5. Once the phone is finished booting up, go back to Settings-> Airplane mode then toggle the switch to disable the feature. 

You will need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network afterwards so you can get back online and use internet-based apps and services again.

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Third solution: Update carrier settings on your iPhone X.

Carriers also roll out separate updates to maintain your phone’s network performance and wireless functions. These updates are usually implemented automatically but there are also some that needed to be installed manually. Aside from new network features, carrier updates also entrenched some network patches to address existing network connectivity issues and to get rid of stubborn errors ruining the phone’s network functions. If you’ve got a computer with the latest version of iTunes and is connected to the Internet, then check and install any pending carrier update for your iPhone X. Just refer to these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the original USB cable/Lightning cable that came with it.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer.
  3. Wait for the syncing process to complete.
  4. Then click on your iPhone X icon in the left-side of the screen.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section then hold down the Shift key on the keyboard. 
  6. Then click Check for Update. Doing so will prompt you to install an iOS image (*.psw).
  7. Change the file type to iPhone/iPad Carrier Configuration File (*.ipcc).
  8. Select the desired folder/directory where you want to save the file.

Turn off your device when finished and then turn it back on again. Wait and see if it is already able to obtain signal from your cellular network. If it’s still showing the same No service error, then move on and try the next possible solutions.

Fourth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone X.

Network errors inflicted by new system implementation are the next factors you should rule out. This is necessary to correct any update overrides that contain some errors that caused conflicts to your iPhone’s cellular network connections. To clear out these types of errors, reset network settings on your iPhone X with these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Scroll to and tap General.
  3. Tap on Reset
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  6. Tap to confirm that you want to reset network settings on your iPhone.

A network settings reset will erase all your current network configurations including saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth connections. With that said, you will need to set up Wi-Fi and/or re-add Bluetooth devices so you can use them again later.

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Fifth solution: Remove and reinstall your SIM card.

No service error, network unavailable, SIM card not detected, invalid SIM card, and the like are errors that can be attributed to a faulty SIM card. While the error has occurred after installing the iOS 13 update, it doesn’t always denote that an iOS bug is causing it. There’s a chance that the symptom has just instigated after the update but the actual problem is actually on the SIM card that’s corrupted or not properly seated. To rule this out, follow these steps to remove and reinstall the SIM card on your iPhone X:

  1. Turn off your iPhone completely.
  2. Use the SIM ejector tool to open the SIM tray on your phone. Just insert the tool into the small hole on the SIM tray on the side.
  3. Gently push it until the tray pops out.
  4. Remove the SIM card from the tray. 
  5. Examine the SIM card for any visible signs of damage like scratches and liquid traces. If there’s none, place it back into the tray in the same placement before you removed it.
  6. Ensure that the SIM card is properly seated into the tray.
  7. Then push the SIM tray to close it.

Be sure to lock the SIM tray in place then you can turn your iPhone back on. This should give your SIM card system a quick refresh and thereby eliminates minor glitches.

Last resort: Restore your iPhone in iTunes.

Resorting to iOS restore is usually deemed among the last options if a post-update error continues after implementing the initial procedures. This should help eliminate and correct more complex iOS bugs that have ruined your iPhone’s cellular network functions. As your next option, you can try the standard iOS restore through iTunes. If possible, back up all your critical data from your iPhone X to iTunes drive so that you’d still be able to recover them after the system restore. Just follow these steps whenever you’re all set to restore your iPhone in iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone X to the computer using the supplied USB or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and wait for it to recognize your iPhone.
  3. Select your iPhone X from the list of devices in iTunes.
  4. Click the option to backup your iPhone X to iCloud or to iTunes on this computer, if necessary.
  5. Then click the Restore button to reset your device.
  6. If prompted, click Restore again to confirm action.
  7. Wait until iTunes is finished downloading and installing the new software for your iPhone X then set it up as new.

If the No service error continues on your iPhone X afterwards, you may opt to troubleshoot further and try restoring your iPhone X in recovery mode or DFU mode. These are more advanced system restore methods that will help repair major system errors inflicted by complex iOS bugs. You can start with a recovery mode restore or go straight for a DFU mode restore as you desire. A more detailed walk-through on how to restore an iPhone X in recovery mode and DFU mode can be found in this site’s tutorials section. Just visit the troubleshooting page for more detailed instructions.

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Does the iOS 13 No service error persist on your iPhone X?

If you’ve reached this point having the same problem, then it’s more likely not fixable on your end. If your device isn’t getting a signal from your cellular network, contact your network service provider to check the current status of your account and network services. There might be some temporary outage that’s halting network services in your place. If necessary, you can ask your carrier to consider replacing your SIM card with a new one. Also ask your carrier for further assistance in carrying out more advanced network solutions to eliminate random errors from the recently installed iOS 13 platform, particularly no service. If you suspect that the problem is attributed to some damage components, then you can take your device to an authorized service center so that it can be thoroughly scrutinized by an iPhone technician. Otherwise, report the problem straight to Apple Support so that they can look into their system and determine the underlying cause and finally get ultimate solution.

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