Is There No Service on iPad/iPad Pro? How to fix it

Have you ever seen no service on iPad/iPad Pro? After reading this article, you can know how to fix no service on iPad/iPad Pro.  

Clara by Clara Updated October 16, 2023
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I recently bought a new iPad. I installed it, and no service on the iPad. In the top left-hand corner where it should say "iPad" but it sayS "no service". How can I get it changed?

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Why Does My iPad SIM Say No Service?

iPad/iPad Pro needs service to make calls, receive text messages, or run other apps and programs that require the Internet. But why does iPad say no service or keep searching for service? There are many reasons for this problem, including poor cellular network coverage, SIM card issues, account or billing issues, and so on.

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Fortunately, no service on your iPad can be solved in some ways. We're here to show you how to fix iPad no service issue.

6 Best Ways to Fix No Service on iPad/iPad Pro

Whether you're using an iPad, iPad Pro, or iPad Pro Max, you can use the following ways to fix your device's network no service issue. These methods also work on iPhone no service. Take a look and get your devices working properly again!

Way 1. Enable and Disable Airplane Mode

Have you inadvertently turned on Airplane Mode on your iPad? In this mode, your iPad disables network services. Maybe this is the reason why your iPad SIM Card is not working. Let’s check the Airplane Mode to address no service on iPad Pro/iPad.

Step 1. Open the Settings app > Seek Airplane Mode.

Step 2. Tap the slider next to Airplane Mode > Turn it on then off.

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See if your iPad keeps showing "No Service". This fix should reset the connection and resolve the iPad No Service issue. If not, go to the next solution.

Way 2. Check the Cellular Data

No cellular network is one of the most common reasons why does iPad keep saying no service. It will cause lots of inconvenience. So, you'd better check if your device has turned cellular network coverage on. The simple steps are as follows:

Step 1. Navigate to the Settings app.

Step 2. Select Cellular Data.

Step 3. Move the switch to turn Cellular Data On.

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Way 3. Reset Network Settings

Some network-related issues on Apple devices can often be resolved by resetting the network settings. It can eliminate incorrect network settings and invalid configurations, and then resolve the issue of iPad saying no service or search errors. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Open Settings > Select General.

Step 2. Scroll down to and then click Reset.

Step 3. Select Reset network settings > Enter your passcode to proceed.

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Step 4. Then tap on Reset to confirm your action.

After you finish the above actions, your device can reset and then reboot automatically.

Way 4. Restart Your iPad/iPad Pro

Restarting your iPad/iPad Pro is another simple solution to fix no service issues. It effectively clears some random faults. This does not affect any data saved on the device, so there is no need to back up your files. Follow the steps to learn how to fix no service on iPad.

Step 1. On your device, press and hold the Power button and the Volume Up button for a few seconds > Until the Power Off slider shows on the screen.

Step 2. Move the slider to turn off the iPad/ iPad Pro.

Step 3. After a few seconds, press and hold the Power button on the top of your iPad.

Step 4. Enter the PIN code and select OK to access the Home screen.

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Wait until your iPad boots up and you can check if the error is gone. If it's still not resolved, then you can go ahead and try the following ways.

Way 5. Examine the SIM Card on iOS Devices

SIM card related issues are also one of the reasons why the iPad no service. To perform a check on the SIM card, you need to prepare an Apple SIM card removal tool or a small bent paper clip.

mail Note: Be careful when moving the SIM card. Not to force the SIM tray to reopen, as this could break pins on the logic board, which would prevent your iPad from connecting to any cellular network.

Find the SIM tray in the bottom right corner of your iPad, then follow the detailed steps.

Step 1. Turn off your iPad.

Step 2. Insert the small paperclip into the small pinhole > Push it until the SIM tray pops out > Pull the SIM tray straight out.

Step 3. Remove the SIM card and examine it > If there’s none, place the SIM card back into the tray > Re-insert the tray.

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Way 6. Update the iOS to the Latest Version via iTunes

If your iPad still shows no service, see if your iOS is updated to the latest version. If you don't have the latest version installed on your device, then follow the instructions below to update the iOS via iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to a PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Install the latest iTunes and open it.

Step 3. On the iTunes panel, tap device icon > Click Summary > Select Check for Update.

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Step 4. Tap Download and Update and enter your password if required.

Updating iOS to the latest version is a solution to the issue of no service on iPad. But notice that iTunes will delete all files on the iPad. Therefore, make sure device data are backed up before initiating the update.

How to back up your iPad quickly and Easily?

iTunes provides a low speed to back up data. Besides it, we recommend you to back up data with FoneTool. FoneTool is free and professional iOS management software, which allows you to fully and selectively backup iPhone/iPhone data.

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Now, download FoneTool on your computer and follow the guide to back up your iPad.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC and choose Trust.

Step 2. Run FoneTool > Choose Phone Backup > Click Selective Backup. (If you want to create a full backup iPhone/iPad, please choose Full Backup.)

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Step 3. Choose the files you wish to back up > Tap OK to continue > Then, click Backup Storage Path to decide a location > Select Start Backup.

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That’s all about how to fix no service on iPad/iPad Pro. Follow the guide to try the above 6 ways, hope you can solve the issues of iPad keeps saying no service. What’s more, don’t forget to back up your iPad data if you need to restore or update the iOS version.

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