If you’re about to go through with a Samsung trade in then you will want to unlock your Samsung device to get the most value back from your Galaxy Phone.
Maybe you want to switch carriers for a better monthly plan? Either way, use this method to unlock any Samsung phone.
This method became apparent after the S6 release. Samsung started free unlocking for all their devices in the United States and Canada. You heard right! This method is a free Samsung unlock straight from their website.
Now we’re sharing it with the GizmoGrind community so you can save your cash the next time you need to unlock Samsung Phone.
Let’s get the basics out of the way. This is not a root. It’s a 100% legitimate how to unlock your Samsung Guide. Before we brought this to you all, we made sure to test it out thoroughly to make sure it’s totally safe.
We found it works 9 out of 10 times and when it does not, try again the next day, it should work then. This method provides a free cell unlock code directly from Samsung that will permanently unlock your device from your network provider.
It is so simple that I’m shocked a booming Samsung unlocking industry still exists. So before you hit that “Buy Now” button on eBay for an unlocking service or fork over some cash to your provider, read on and see if this works for you.
How to Unlock Samsung Phone Guide | What It will Unlock and What it Won’t
This method will remove the lock on your Samsung that your carrier added to your phone, usually if you purchased the device with a contract or subsidy.
It will provide you with a network unlock code directly from Samsung for no cost.
Once you unlock your phone you can then use your device with other cellular providers removing the restrictions they may have placed on your device.
This Network unlock method does not unlock any of the following security features or third party security apps:
- FRP (Factory Lock Protection) or Google Account Lock after an improper reset
- Knox or Samsung Security Lock
- Find My Mobile App
- MDM lock or corporate managed devices
What Providers and Models will this work for?
Carriers that are compatible with this free unlock:
- Dish Wireless
- Boost Mobile
- Ting Mobile
- U.S Cellular
- Freedom Mobile
Compatible Samsung Smartphone Models
We tested the following models successfully:
- Galaxy S3
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- Galaxy S7 Edge Plus
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
Step 1 – Get your IMEI Number
Rule of thumb, do not use the IMEI on the back of the device, instead, go to your phone’s dial pad and type the following *#06#
You’ll need to know this number for step 3 below so keep the screen on or bring it back up once you start the chat.
Step 2 – Start a Live Chat with Samsung
Head over to Samsung’s Contact Page and click the first option “Live Chat.” Some regions may just show a chat window, start the chat.
Step 3 – What to Say in the Chat (Important)
You’ll need to tell the rep that you purchased the device from the Samsung website. Don’t worry if you didn’t it should work anyway and as of the date of this post they’re giving unlock codes out like candies at a fare. Just follow this script:
You: I purchased my device on Samsung’s website, and I want an unlock code
Samsung Rep: Ok please give me the following details. IMEI, Carrier it’s locked to (e.g. Rogers, Bell, etc.), Model of your mobile device and email address.
You: IMEI: XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX,
Email: (your email address)
Model: S6 (or whatever your model is)
Carrier: Rogers (your current cell phone provider)
Samsung Rep: One moment, please
Samsung Rep: Here is your unlock code: XXX-XXXX use it to unlock your Samsung Galaxy
Bingo! 5 minutes max and you’re free of your provider. Best of all you didn’t pay a cent. Hold on there’s one more step below. If you haven’t experienced it yet, the first time you get a free unlock code setting you free of your provider’s grip feels like angels singing.
Step 4 – Unlock it
Now that you have your code, you need to bring up the lock screen. It’s a little popup window that allows you to input the code and we’re off to the races from there.
There are two methods to bring up the lock status screen. However, we recommend one method simply because, well it’s simple.
For this method, you’ll need a SIM card from another provider.
*Important before starting. Be very careful to make sure you put in the code correctly before submitting it. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again making sure you double check the code that you typed in is what Samsung gave you. If it doesn’t work a second time, I DO NOT recommend having a third go. It will brick your phone after ten tries. You can unbrick it, but it’s another hassle altogether.
Now, with your SIM card in hand, power off your phone and install it.
Power your phone on, let it boot up, and there is your unlock window:
Put your code in, submit and you are done. Your Samsung Galaxy device is unlocked, cheers!
The great thing is you didn’t need a gimmicky “Bell unlock code generator” or download any shady software.
Update: Canadian Carriers will unlock your device directly since the new CRTC Law passed. Although the only carrier that will do so with no account requirement is Telus. So this has come in handy for many of our users who are with the other carriers.