I am from Brazil and I am planning to buy an iPhone 7 in Dubai. I know that iPhones bought in Dubay have Facetime blocked at the hardware level. But, I would like to know if I will be able to install and use other alternative applications like facebook, skype, WhatsApp in Brazil.


In general, no. Apple performs geographic restrictions (and allots warranty service contact) via the country in which the device is sold and not based on where you take it or reside. In most cases, you don’t have warranty issues, but check the iOS page when you are shopping for iPhone online if you care about getting all the possible encryption, freedom to use any apps:

At the bottom is usually something like:

Some features, applications, and services are not available in all areas. Click here to see complete list.

Also, you’ll want to watch where Apple doesn’t even support the device and instead the carrier is used to implement whatever restrictions the government requires:

The note about FaceTime being permanently blocked in addition to encrypted FaceTime and such could easily apply to more services either now or going forward.

  • Are you saying that facebook is also blocked in iphones bought in dubai?! – Anderson Carniel Aug 28 '17 at 22:26
  • @AndersonCarniel See my edit - FaceTime is the app that’s permanently blocked per Apple when you buy from United Arab Emirates and presumably Dubai stores. – bmike Aug 28 '17 at 22:54

If you have purchased an Apple Watch in Dubai or any other country, it will not support iPhone 6 or 6s or 7 purchased in India.

So if you have purchased an iPhone in Dubai or any other country its better to purchase the Apple Watch in Dubai.

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yes. depending on ios, you will need to CREATE the apple id with the country being which country you will be in when you want to download apps. when you get to brazil, I recommend you reset the phone to factory, then it will work.

  • There’s no documentation from Apple that bears out whether a factory reset will help. If you see support.apple.com/en-us/HT204042 it mentions permanently blocked apps and features. – bmike Aug 28 '17 at 22:55

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