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.

comment Comments 79
  • Krish says:

    Thank you so much Rupesh Sinha. Very Helpful.

  • Manoj says:

    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

  • Lipta Munshi says:

    Thank You! it really worked! got rid of that annoying “your sim played a tone”

  • Muhd Nihal says:

    . I disturbed with this matter. Thanks fir the help

  • Talha Tai says:

    For ios 13.5.1, go to mobile data, sim applications, flash, activation and deactivate

    • Zion says:

      You are SIMPLY the best thanks .

  • Ryn says:

    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.

  • Pradeep Berad says:

    But sir this is not working on my iPhone. I used iPhone 5c

  • Firdous says:

    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….

  • Geetha says:

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

  • austin says:

    amazing! it works on 5s also
    i hate airtel

    • Ankit says:


      Bloody spammers!

      Every 5 mins it bugs!

  • Rizwan Ansari says:

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

    • Shraddha says:

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

  • Haness says:

    Thanks.. it worked

  • Rohit says:

    Thanks It works.

  • Rohit says:

    Thank you for your help…

  • Shriya Gelda says:

    Thanks a lot

  • Sab says:

    M not getting flash option, plz help me to overcome this

  • Sab says:

    Am not getting a flash option, what should I do in my that case

  • lokesh says:

    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

  • vijay says:

    If you don’t flash option go to buzz option in sim applications and then deactivate

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