Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – How to Unlock for Any Carrier
Do you want to switch carriers and continue using your carrier-locked Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge? Maybe you travel often and prefer to use local mobile networks while abroad.
Whatever your reasons, you have a few options when it comes to SIM unlocking your phone. Take a look and see which is right for you.
SIM Unlock Through Your Carrier
If you bought your phone through your carrier, that may be good news for you. Unlocking it may be as simple as a phone call. However, most carriers request that you meet certain requirements before requesting an unlock.
Generally, the requirements are:
- Phone paid in full
- An account in good standing
- Own device for XX amount of days (varies by carrier)
There may be additional requirements or situations that you meet, so give your carrier a call first to unlock your Samsung Galaxy.
Third-Party SIM Unlocks
If you don’t qualify for an unlock through your carrier, however, you may need to go through a third-party service.
Step 1 – Get Your IMEI Number
First, you need your IMEI number to have your phone unlocked. This 15-digit number is unique to your device and necessary for unlocking it correctly.
To get this IMEI number, open your Phone application. Dial *#06# and your IMEI should display on your screen. Write down this number because you will need it later.
Step 2 – Find a Paid Unlocking Service
Next, you need to find a reputable unlocking service. Be warned that this will cost you money, but the amount will vary from company to company. One example of a third-party unlocking service you may try is Android SIM Unlock.
When you find one that you like, ordering the unlock code is a similar process no matter which you choose. As a rule, you have to enter the IMEI for your device onto the unlocking site. You will also have to enter your carrier and phone specs, too.
Complete the checkout process and pay special attention to the ETA for the unlock code. Many do not provide immediate results, so expect to wait a few hours to a few days for your code to be emailed to you.
Step 3 – Unlock Your Phone
The unlock code may come with additional instructions in the email. When in doubt, follow these instructions first. However, unlocking your phone works generally the same way regardless of your phone type.
First, put a SIM card from a different carrier other than your original into your device. Enter the unlock code when you see the prompt to do so on your phone’s screen.
Finally, make a test call to make sure that your phone is working on the new network.
Unlocking for T-Mobile and MetroPCS
If your carrier is under T-Mobile or MetroPCS, your steps to unlocking a phone will be slightly different. Because these carriers have their own unlock app, one of the easiest ways to unlock your phone is via the carrier.
However, if you don’t qualify for a carrier unlock you can still use a third-party service. Follow the steps outlined above until you get to “unlocking your phone”. Rather than putting a new SIM card into your device, open your carrier’s Unlock app instead.
From the Unlock app, confirm that you want to Continue and then select Permanent Unlock. The app will run the unlock process and reboot when it is done. In this instance, your phone is unlocked remotely and does not need a separate unlock code.
Unlocking your Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge is not an immediate process in most cases, but it is easy to do. By far the easiest method is to have your carrier unlock your device for you. But if that is not an option, there are numerous third-party unlocking services to choose from.