For many Samsung users, it can be frustrating to find that your phone is SIM locked into a set network. While this is good for individual networks, it is often not as beneficial to the users as you can never be sure that a new SIM card from a different network will work in your phone. However, there are a few things that you can do to SIM unlock a Galaxy phone and these ideas can work for everything from an S5 to a Note 4. It is important to point out that attempting to unlock a phone can cause it to break and not all of the methods outlined below will work all of the time, so if you choose to attempt to unlock your Samsung; you are doing so at your own risk.
Here in a summary about the different things you can try in order to unlock your phone:
- Online tutorials
- Speak to your network
- Find a code
- Use an app
- Join an online forum
- Check Out an Online Tutorial
Websites such as YouTube are handy for unlocking phones, as you can search for videos that provide you with a tutorial about how you can unlock your specific phone model. As Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone producer, it means that there are a lot of people in the same boat as you, so finding an online video that shows you what you need to do isn’t that hard.
- Contact your Network
You can also get your Galaxy unlocked by contacting your network and this is arguably the easiest step to try, so this is the ideal method if you are not overly tech-savvy. Many carriers will charge you for unlocking your phone but it is a fee well worth paying and some companies are known to do it for free if you are a long-term valued customer.
Start off by contacting the customer services department for your network and ask them if they are able to unlock it for you. The advantage of doing it this way is that it won’t affect the warranty of the phone if the network unlocks it for you and it is also the most likely way to succeed.
- Use a Code
You can sometimes find codes online that you can use to unlock your phone. Some of these specialist codes are free and you will have to pay for others, and the success rate of using these codes is about 70% (depending on the source) but well worth a try.
- Find an App
It is even possible to head to the Google Play Store to look for an app that can help you to unlock the phone and this is an inexpensive route to try.
Failing all of these ideas, you can head to the online Samsung community and read some forum posts to see if anyone has any other advice and helpful tips.