How to Turn An Old iPhone into An iPod

Last Updated: October 19th, 2023By Categories: Unlock Apple Device

If you just buy the latest iPhone and have no idea to deal with the old iPhone, consider turning it into an iPod Touch for music and movie if you’re not planning on selling it.

In this way, you can have your old iPhone playing music while at the same time, you can chat with WhatsApp or handle some work on the new one. This will give less pressure on your new iPhone and stop it from overheating easily.

Also, if you found an old iPhone out of some mysterious corners at your place, reusing this mobile is a perfect recycling. It doesn’t matter if you’ve forgotten the passcode and iCloud password on this old iPhone. We can unlock it completely.

Here, we will tell you how to make this old iPhone an iPod. We will also unveil all the possible troubles you may encounter. Read on.

How to Turn An Old iPhone into An iPod

Method 1: Use Old iPhone as iPod by Removing the Sim Card

The easiest way to use your iPhone as an iPod is to remove the Sim card from the Sim tray. Then, you can connect this iPhone to a Wifi network.

Note that if this iPhone is locked to one carrier, there will be pop-ups constantly saying No SIM Card Installed. It affects nothing but it’s indeed annoying.

No Sim Card Installed

If you think you will get sick of that notification, try to insert an invalid Sim card. It can be a damaged, deactivated, or used one.

Have no idea where to get one?

  • Try to ask your family or friends.
  • Or you can subscribe to a carrier for a Sim card. But don’t activate it. Keep it disabled.
  • Besides, you can file a unlock request to the carrier after fulfilling your contract.

Inserting a New SIM Card

Method 2: Use Old iPhone as iPod By Factory Reset

In some cases, people will forget the passcode on an old iPhone because they’ve put it aside for quite a long time. The Face or Touch ID will not work when an iPhone is locked for more than 3 days.

So, you need a factory reset to remove the lock screen first. Then, you can move to turn this iPhone into iPod.

To begin with, let’s see how to factory this locked iPhone. We need a computer that’s installed with 4uKey and a USB cable. Of course, the iPhone is a must.

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Quick Run-through: What Is 4uKey and How It Turns iPhone to iPod

4uKey is a powerful and convenient iPhone unlocker app that can remove the lock screen on your iPhone in minutes. No matter whether your iPhone is locked or disabled, 4uKey will take it down quickly without you entering any passcode or password.

From the ancient iPhone 4 to the new iPhone 14, 4uKey can unlock them all regardless of the iOS version (up to iOS 17). You can insert your iPhone into the computer and run 4uKey. It will turn your old iPhone into an iPod successfully.

Just connect your iPhone to a computer and click some buttons on the program interface. There you have it, an unlocked iPhone will be served!

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  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
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Step 1:

First of all, charge your iPhone to at least 20% battery sufficient. Then, connect the handset to the computer using a valid USB wire.

Step 2:

Next, launch 4uKey and hit the Start button on the initiate interface.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Interface

Step 3:

4uKey will boot itself to the Remove Lock Screen interface and display the model of your iPhone.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Connect Device

Also, you can check out three notes it lists below:

  • All data and content will be wiped out along with the lock screen;
  • The iOS version will be updated to the latest available one;
  • The device should have enough power for the later unlock.

Click Next to proceed.


If your iPhone is locked for too long, 4uKey may not detect this old and locked iPhone. In this case, 4uKey will say No Device Detected on the interface and show you the instruction to force the connection to work. Follow the on-screen steps to complete them.

4uKey iOS Unlocker Prompt DFU Mode

Step 4:

On the new screen, 4uKey will ask you to download the firmware for the later unlock. Follow it and hit Download.

4uKey iOS Unlocker start to Download

Step 5:

Once the download is done, we can start to unlock this old iPhone right away. On the program interface, move the cursor to Start Remove and hit it.

4uKey will start to remove the lock screen of this Apple device. Within minutes, the unlock will be done. You can restart this iPhone to follow Method 1 to use it as an iPod.

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4uKey iPhone Unlocker

1-Click iPhone Unlocker

Remove Lock screen, Apple ID, and MDM restrictions in one tool

  • Fix locked, disabled, unavailable iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Remove Apple ID/iCloud account without password
  • Bypass Mobile Device Management (MDM) with clicks

*Compatible with iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

Bonus: How to Use An Old iPhone As iPod Without Activation Lock

There’re chances that this iPhone is stuck in the Activation lock screen and you happen to forget the iCloud password to get rid of this screen. To make this brick a useful music player, we need to find a way to disable this Activation lock.

Activation Lock

To be honest, when you forget the password of the target iCloud account, try to recover it via a phone number or email via Apple Support. You will get it back in minutes after filling in several easy blanks.

If you’ve even forgotten the Apple ID details, don’t worry, you can look it up on Apple Support as well. Follow their in-page instruction and get your account details back. And eventually, disable the Activation lock screen with the new password.

Reset Apple ID Password

Note that if this is a stolen iPhone that you bought without knowing the fact at the beginning, you’d better skip Apple Support. They will not help you but most likely blacklist this iPhone and you.

So, you should just jailbreak this iPhone to bypass the Lost Mode and Activation Lock. Then, use this iPhone as iPod.


There’re posts teaching iPhone/iPad users to bypass the Activation Lock by changing the DNS settings.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t work in most cases. And we haven’t found any solid proof or case for this method. But of course, as a free method, it is worth a try.

Nope, the Activation lock on iPhone or iPad will not be removed when you jailbreak it. Jailbreak itself is incapable of doing so. You need to apply extra tools to remove the lock.

A factory reset for iPhone varies based on the tool that we use to reset the iPhone.

If we do a factory reset to iPhone with Find My iPhone’s Erase This iPhone feature, yes, the factory reset will be disabled. This is the same when we reset iPhones with the Settings app.

But if we connect the iPhone to iTunes with Recovery mode and do a factory reset there, the Activation lock will be turned on.

I‘m afraid not. You need either the password of the target Apple account or the solid proof of purchase like a receipt. Otherwise, you can’t prove yourself as the legit owner of this iPhone. When this is a secondhand iPhone, ask the previous owner for the exact proof of evidence.

No, only the carrier that your iPhone is locked to can unlock your iPhone. Individuals cannot unlock an iPhone.

However, there’re some online IMEI unlock services boasting that they can unlock a locked iPhone with an IMEI code. And surely, they will charge for the unlock. We have no idea whether this kind of service is trustworthy or not. Think twice before you pay for their service.

To find out which carrier your iPhone is locked to, you can go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

Then, tap on General – About. On the About page, scroll down and find the Carrier Lock option. When your iPhone is locked, it will be labeled as “Sim locked”. Tap on it and you can find the carrier that your iPhone is locked to.

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