How to Turn Off ‘Your SIM Played a Tone’ Message on iPhone 6s

How to Turn Off ‘Your SIM Played a Tone’ Message on iPhone 6s

Going crazy with the ‘Your SIM played a tone’ message on your iPhone 6s (or iPhone 6s Plus, SE or 5S)? Well, our condolences are with you because even we have been on the receiving end of these messages. For people unaware, these are flash messages most probably from your network, that takeover your iPhone’s screen and when you accept the message, you either get a spam message or something promotional. Moreover, these messages tend to pop-up every few minutes or every few hours, if luck is on your side.

Your SIM played a tone message iPhone 6s

Along with being annoying, these messages also interfere with a device’s performance. Ever since these messages started arriving on our iPhone 6s, we witnessed quite a few hang-ups. So, keep your cool, as here’s how to turn off ‘Your SIM played a tone” message on your iPhone 6s:

1. Go to iPhone’s “Settings” and scroll down below to find “Phone

iPhone Settings Phone

2. In the Phone Settings, tap on “SIM Applications” and select “FLASH!“.

iPhone 6s SIM Applications Settings

Note: Not all mobile operators feature this option with the same “FLASH!” name, so check out other similar options in the SIM Applications page. 

3. Here, tap on “Activation” and in the following menu, hit “Deactivate“.

Deactivate flash messages iPhone

4. You’ll then getting a flash message asking you confirm “FLASH! OFF“. Select “Accept” and take a sigh of relief.

turn off your SIM played a tone message iPhone

Once you are done, you should not be receiving any flash messages. However, if you are still receiving flash messages, you are jinxed. Jokes apart, you will then have to call your operator’s customer service number and ask them to turn off SIM flash messages.

SEE ALSO: How to Block Chrome Notifications on Windows, Mac and Android

Get rid of flash messages before they get on the nerve!

If you ever feel like testing your cool, you should activate flash messages on your phone and let the drama ensue. We don’t recommend it though. The method to disable flash messages on the iPhone is pretty simple, so follow the aforementioned steps and get rid of these messages before you go nuts. If you come across any problems on your device, do let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Hey thank u so much , I’m already tired with the battery issues with iphone6s n now these pop ups really made me crazy , thanks again for the help

  2. I can’t find mine in my iphone 8plus. i found the sim application but there’s no option for flash. my carrier is Ooredoo.

  3. Thanks Guys.. this mgs very useful. Today Fully having this problem.. For iphone 7 plus (ios12) Not having FLASH Option, So We choose Airtel Now-Start/Stop-Stop-Accept… then its cleared now….

  4. i have same problem on iphone SE i couldn’t find th SIM applications option how can i disable these
    alerts now

  5. Guys try this it will work :- phone -> sim setting -> Airtel now -> stop then again accept

    1. Thanks it worked. For airtel i was unable to find how to deactivate. But it worked with your help. Thanks

  6. I’m using Idea network in Iphone 6 and there is no flash option under sim applications, please guide me how to off such bloody services

  7. Sir mere pass idea ka SIM card h or her 5 second me massage aata h your sim played ton
    Sim please give me a solution

  8. Sorry friend,i didn’t find falsh option.Rather i found something like utility service,cricket etc etc.This sudden alert is so annoying..please help me out to get rid of this.

  9. For airtel customers there is no FLASH option…instead of flash …go to settings-> Phone-> sim applications->airtel live-> start/stop -> select STOP , then accept stop services…its done!!!

    1. after clickng on airtel live…nothing is hapening…no start and stop is showing….i have i phone se and airtel connection….please resolve it

  10. I am NRI and here for 3 weeks,got iPhone 7 plus 128gb ,using Airtel sim,I am still struggling to stop these messages,can’t find FLASH or callxchange option

  11. I am face this” sim played tone ” word at 1 months in my cell … so I have seen your helpfull way and get step the instructions of your way .. and finally I feel relief.. thanku so much buddy.

  12. I suffer same problem in my iphone 7 plus.
    But I hv used Bsnl SIM card in my phone .i follow this process bt not to show Flash or caller\change in it.
    So what can I do.

  13. Thanks dear for such a great help ,i was really fed up from such a supid problem .Moreover i had paid to someone to solve the issue but everything was waste .Thanks again

  14. FLASH option has been removed from the menu. However it can be disabled by dialing 198 and navigating to ‘value-added service’ option from main menu then ‘disable value-added service’ option and selecting ‘Flash service’ then confirm.

  15. Thanks. It is also applicable for Iphone 5s iOS 9. Explanation with pictures helped me a lot

  16. I have a message few times a day with text “Your SIM played a tone” and two options (Cancel, Accept). Nothing happens for any option I choose.

    Could you please clarify me what is it about? and how I can switch it off?

  17. I was not seeing the option “FLASH!” unser SIM Applications
    My phone network is Idea
    Using IOS 10.2.1

    1. for airtel sim, click the airtel now! in SIM application –>start/stop –> stop –> accept.

  18. How simple it is? Problem resolved might be for ever!!
    I have followed the same instructions for my I-Phone 7.
    Thanks a LOT!!…

  19. thanks alot dear, problem has been resolved by the way your explanations was so good
    i can see my irritation in your words…

  20. Thanks a lot.. problem has been resolved .
    I was latterly irritated with this flash sms “Your Sim played a tone” which has been flashing up in every 5 second on iphone screen.


  21. Thanks a lot guys. It was such a headache. Everytime i had 2 restart my phone. By following the above given steps my big issue is over now.

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