How To Fix The Apple iPhone 4S No Service Error Issue

The #iPhone4S is an old iPhone model which was first released in October 2011. It has a great build quality made of an Aluminum frame with glass on the front and back. This phone sports a 3.5 inch IPS LCD screen having a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. At the back is an 8MP main camera while the front has a VGA camera. Under the hood, you will find the Apple A5 dual core processor which is paired with 512MB of RAM. Although this is a solid performing device there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the iPhone 4S no service error issue that causes no reception on the device.

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How To Fix The Apple iPhone 4S No Service Error Issue

Make sure that your phone is running on the latest software version before performing any of the troubleshooting steps listed below. If an update is available then you should download and install it first. You can update your phone by connecting it to a computer with iTunes running.

It is important that you should check for carrier related software updates as this will usually address carrier related connectivity bugs like can’t make calls or can’t text problem, as well as no reception issue.

Verify that your area has a good network signal

There are certain places where your carrier will not have any network signal at all. When you are in this area your phone will usually get the no service error on your device. To verify if this is a coverage related issue you can check if other devices under the same network are also having the same problem in your immediate vicinity.

If you are in an area that is known to have an excellent network coverage but your phone is not getting any signal at all then there’s a possibility that the problem is caused by a network outage. You should contact your carrier to verify if there is an outage and if there is none then proceed with the additional troubleshooting steps listed below.

Perform a force restart

If the problem is caused by a software glitch then a force restart will be able to fix this as it will refresh the phone software and willl also reset the phone connection to the network.

  • Press and hold the Home button.
  • While holding the Home button, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
  • Continue holding both buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Check if the Apple iPhone 4S no service error issue still occurs.

Check your SIM card

There are cases when the problem is being caused by an issue with the SIM card. If this is a SIM card related problem then you can fix this by turning off the phone and removing the SIM card. Wait for a few minutes before reinserting the SIM card back then turn on the phone. Check if the issue still occurs.

You should also try using a different SIM card in your phone to eliminate the possibility of the problem being caused by a defective SIM card.

Verify the roaming status of the phone

You should make sure that the roaming status of the phone is off if you are in your home country. This applies to travelers who have just  returned from a different country and still have the roaming status of the device activated. 

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Cellular Data Options
  • Tap Data Roaming making sure that it is set to off.

Check if the Apple iPhone 4S no service error issue still occurs.

Make sure Airplane Mode is off

The airplane mode is a setting found in your phone which is turned on when you are in an airplane. When activated, your phone will not receive or transmit any wireless signals so that it will not interfere with the aircraft electronic equipment. If you are getting the Apple iPhone 4S no service error issue then you should make sure that airplane mode is off or you can try toggling this switch if it is already in the off position.

  • From the home screen, tap Settings.
  • Next to Airplane Mode, tap the toggle switch to enable or disable airplane mode.
  • You’ve now enabled or disabled airplane mode.

Check if the issue still occurs.

Try to reset your phone network settings

There are cases when the problem is caused by an issue with the phone network settings. To fix this it’s best to reset the network settings of your phone.

  • Tap Settings.
  • Scroll to and touch General
  • Scroll to and tap Reset
  • Tap Reset Network Settings
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.
  • Your phone will reboot. When the phone starts the default network settings will be restored.

Check if the Apple iPhone 4S no service error issue still occurs.

Perform a hard reset

One last troubleshooting step to consider is a hard reset. This will revert your phone back to its factory condition. Take note that this will erase your phone data so make sure to have a backup copy before proceeding.

  • Make sure that the phone is off
  • Insert the USB cable then hold the Home button while connecting the phone to a computer with iTunes running.
  • On the computer when you are prompted that iTunes has detected the iPhone in recovery mode click on OK.
  • Click on Restore iPhone.
  • Click on Restore and Update.
  • iTunes will begin to restore your iPhone.

If the issue still occurs then this could already be caused by a faulty hardware component. The best thing to do right now is to bring the phone to a service center and have it checked.

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