How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone


by Kyla Camille, |

The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones is one of the most popular series of smartphones in the world today. More than one-hundred million phones have been sold in the Galaxy line, and only recently, Samsung released the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge to worldwide acclaim. Generally, Samsung Galaxy phones are either locked to a carrier or are sold as factory unlocked devices. Carrier-locked devices can only be used on a single network.

This makes them pretty much useless for other carriers. Therefore, many people search online for how to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone. There are several ways to unlock your device. Here are a few:

Unlocking you Samsung Galaxy

Ask Your Network to Unlock the Phone

Occam’s Razor states that the simplest solution is almost always the easiest. You’d be surprised that the principle can also be applied here too. Many network carriers charge a small fee for unlocking your device. However, if you have been a long-time customer, you can get your phone unlocked by simply making a request. Visit your closest franchise shop and ask your network provider to unlock the device for you.

Many people often end up with broken devices when they try to unlock phones on their own. The process varies from network to network, so you will need professional assistance. If you are not tech-savvy and don’t really have an idea of what you are doing, it is best if you take your phone to your network provider. If your network provider unlocks the phone for you, any warranties and guarantees that the phone originally came with will not be affected.

More expensive devices like the Galaxy Note 4 and 5 are not easy to unlock on your own. Because these are such expensive phones, it’s best if you take them to your network provider rather than meddle with the device on your own.

Check Out Online Tutorials

However, for people who don’t want to spend any money and wish to try unlocking their device on their own, it might be a wise idea to consult some online tutorials. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is perhaps the easiest phone to unlock. However, some tutorials don’t work for those who have Samsung Galaxy S4 devices with EE.

Some tutorials use software programs, such as RegionLock Away in order to unlock your devices. Again, these software programs are not network-approved, so the warranty may be void once you unlock the phone. The RegionLock Away software program generally removes the Region Lock from Samsung devices. Almost every Samsung device that is carrier-locked is tied to a specific region of the country. This way, you can’t use the phone on another network in any other country. Region Lock will help you bypass this restriction.

There are also various other services that can unlock your phone. However, these services come at a price. Some international unlocking services charge as much as $30 in order to unlock your phone.