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How to fix No Service, other network errors on iPhone XS/XS Max

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When you see No Service or Searching on its network status on your iPhone, that means it is not possible to set up a cellular network connection. It usually happens if you’re in an area that is far from or already out of your network coverage. In addition, bad updates, invalid settings might also be the underlying causes.

If you are running into these errors on your iPhone XS/XS Max, we have already listed some potential solutions that can be used to deal with software-related issues. You can try these solutions below before taking your phone to a service center for a repair.

Solution 1: Restart your iPhone

If this is the first time you see a No service or Searching error on your iPhone XS/XS Max, there is a chance they are random glitches on the network system, which can be fixed just by a simple reboot. In this case, you should perform a restart or force restart on your iPhone. To do so, follow these steps below:

  1. Press and hold the Power button along with one of the Volume buttons 
  2. Release them when the Slide to Power Off command shows up and then drag the slider to the right.
  3. After 1 minute, press and hold the Power/Side button again until the phone reboots.

You can also force restart your iPhone XS/XS Max to rule out corrupted apps and network services causing these errors. To force restart an iPhone XS/XS Max, follow these steps below:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Do the same with the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press the Power button and release it when the phone boots up.

Both the methods don’t require creating backups as none of them affects your internal data.

Solution 2: Toggle Cellular Data on or off

The cellular network system can also glitch at some point and there are various symptoms and errors that might occur. To ensure that it isn’t what triggers your device to appear a No service or Searching error, you should restart cellular services on your iPhone. To do so:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Cellular Data and then toggle the Cellular DataOn or off.

If you’re traveling aboard, you should check if Data Roaming is already enabled on your iPhone. If not, you need to turn it on:

  1. Head to Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap on Cellular > Cellular Data Options.
  3. Select Data Roaming.
  4. Toggle the Data Roaming switch on

Once you make these changes, restart your iPhone and check if the error is already gone. If not, move on to further solutions.

Also see: HOW TO FIX ICLOUD BACKUP NOT WORKING ON IPHONE XS/XS MAX

Solution 3: Toggle Airplane Mode on and off.

Another simple old tweak, but effective that was used by many iPhone user to fix minor network issues is the Airplane Mode trick. It will give a quick restart to the network system as well as relevant functions. Should you want a try, here is how to carry out the Airplane Mode trick on your iPhone XS/XS Max:

  1. Open Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Airplane Mode.
  3. Toggle its switch ON. Wireless radios will then be disabled automatically.
  4. Restart your iPhone while Airplane Mode is still turned on.
  5. After that, return toSettings -> Airplane Mode and toggle Airplane Mode OFF 

Solution 4: Update carrier settings on your iPhone XS/XS Max

If the prior methods could not fix the problem and the No service or Searching error still persists, you should then check for new carrier updates or system updates on your iPhone. These updates often come with fix patches to address system bugs that caused network errors. To check for carrier updates, follow these steps below:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on GeneralAbout.

Stay on the screen for 10 seconds. If there is an update notification, follow the onscreen instructions to start installing carrier update on your iPhone.

Apart from carrier updates, you should also update your iPhone to the latest version to fix similar issues. Simply check for and install the iOS update wirelessly with these steps:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on GeneralSoftware Update.
  3. If there is an update notification, choose Download and Install

Wait for your iPhone to complete updating and when it’s done, restart your iPhone to apply the recent system changes. After that, check if it can fix the No service or Searching error.

Solution 5: Reset network settings on your iPhone XS/XS Max

Network-related problems can be resolved by a network settings reset. The process will clear out all saved network settings such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, APNs, and other information. Associated errors will also be eliminated during the process. Here’s how to do so:

  1. From the Home screen, open Settings.
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset network settings
  4. When prompted, enter your passcode to continue.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm a reset.

Wait until your phone completes resetting and it will then reboot by itself. Once it boots up, simply start reconnecting to Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth devices. If necessary, you can enable cellular data to use cellular services on your iPhone.

 

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