How to Unlock for Any Carrier the Galaxy S8/S8+
Depending on the terms of your contract with your carrier, your Galaxy S8/S8+ may be carrier-locked. Carrier-locking means that you can’t use your phone with another carrier’s SIM card unless you enter the unlocking code.
What’s Your IMEI Number and Why Is It Important?
Your phone comes with a unique 15-digit identification number. This is your IMEI number, which stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity.
There are many different ways to unlock your S8 or S8+. But all of these methods involve using your IMEI number. So how do you find it?
Bill of Sales
If you’ve kept your bill of sales, it will contain your IMEI number. You can also find it on the box your phone arrived in.
Access It from Settings
You can also find your IMEI number by following these steps:
Go into Settings
Select About Phone
Tap on Status
Here, you can see some of your phone’s identifying information.
Select IMEI Information
Tap on this and then copy the 15-digit number.
Access It from Your Keyboard
Simply enter the number *#06# to receive your IMEI info.
What Can You Do to Unlock the Phone?
Now that you have the IMEI number, you can start unlocking your phone. Here are the some of the ways that you can solve this problem.
Contact Your Carrier
First, you should read your contract and make sure that unlocking is necessary. For example, many Verizon phones aren’t locked per the company’s agreement with the FCC, but it has recently started locking phones purportedly to prevent theft.
Your second step is to get in touch with your carrier. The terms of unlocking will depend on your contract.
If you have paid for your phone fully, and you have no other financial obligations towards the carrier, there’s a good chance you can get the unlocking code when you submit your IMEI number.
T-Mobile users can use the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to go through this process. Other carriers will directly send you the unlocking code. But what if your carrier isn’t willing to help?
Try a Phone Repair Shop
If you can spend money on unlocking your phone, talk to a professional.
Find a Third-Party Unlocking Service
Third-party unlocking is costly as well. But it can be quicker than contacting a repair shop.
How does third-party unlocking work?
Choose a Trustworthy Unlocking Service
There are many websites that offer sim unlocking. For example, you can use doctorSIM or Mobile Unlocked. While every unlocking service will have a slightly different layout, the basic steps of unlocking are the same.
On the Unlocker’s Website, Select Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
Some websites don’t require the model, just the manufacturer.
Enter Your IMEI
Enter Your Email Address
It has to be an existing email address.
- Pay for Unlocking
There are various online payment methods for you to choose from.
Receive the Unlocking Code
When the payment goes through, the unlocking service will send you the code via email. Now you can enter it into your phone and move on to your new SIM card.
A Final Word
While unlocking may seem daunting at first, it can be very useful.
Switching from one carrier to another is particularly important if you’re having issues with the coverage or reliability of your current carrier. But anyone can benefit from seeking out more affordable plans. Unlocking is also necessary if you’re selling or giving away your phone.