Having your sim locked is one of the most common issues Android users face on their smartphone, and if you own a Pixel 2, you’re not an exception. If by chance that you have experienced this too, RecomHub shall lit your candle with your flame of knowledge and expertise with smartphone technicalities.
The method of unlocking your Pixel 2’s SIM is quite easy, and it’s applicable to all carriers in the market. But first, let’s dive into the reason why does it occur.
The truth is that upon purchasing your phone from your wireless carrier, it’s locked by default. The idea is to subsidize your Pixel 2 to lessen the monthly bill for you, the customers. However, if you’re one of the Pixel 2 users who loves traveling abroad, using a SIM specifically used in that country is a must, and unlocking it may be more complex than usual.
So for now, let’s focus on the Pixel 2’s who are locked with the local carriers. The method of unlocking your device is quite easy to perform. So without further ado, here are the steps in unlocking your Pixel 2’s SIM.
There are two conceivable ways in unlocking your Pixel 2’s SIM. The first one is through using an unlock code which is provided by the cellular company you bought from. The second one is by using a third-party service that shall help you unlock your SIM. Take note that the first method is always better than the second one, due to the fact that you won’t cost a single penny upon the issuance of your service provider of your Pixel 2’s unlock code, which the third-party service will certainly do.
Using the Unlock Code Provided by the Carrier
The first thing you need to do is to contact the customer support of the cellular company you bought from. Afterwards, ask for your Pixel 2’s unlock code. The next thing the agent will ask you is the IMEI number of your smartphone. You can check it on the back of the packaging box of your phone, or you can see it in the “About” section of your phone’s settings. Once they received it, they will send you an email containing the unlock code. It should take a couple of days before the email arrives.
Acquiring from a Third-Party Service
This method shall cost you some dollars from your pocket but is effective as the former. The first thing you need to do is to choose a third-party unlock service, then decide the best tools for your smartphone. Take note that there are a lot of offerings depending on the service of your choosing, so that means that there’s a no one-size-fits-all fix here. Once you’ve chosen the best service for you, give them the IMEI number of your Pixel 2. The process shall take from 2 days to 2 weeks, depending on the service you have chosen, and your Pixel 2’s carrier provider.
How to Unlock the SIM
Upon the arrival of the code, the next steps should take you only a few minutes to perform.
- Shut down your Pixel 2
- Pull out the original SIM card on your phone, then insert the one that is locked
- Boot your Pixel 2 once more. Afterwards, input the unlock code you’ve obtained earlier and you’re all set!