Whether you are planning a holiday or business trip abroad and want to use a local SIM card in your phone or want to change the mobile service provider but keep your Samsung Galaxy S5. If it has not yet been unlocked, it will need to be before other SIM cards will work with it. In the following article, we will show you two very easy methods for achieving this – by contacting your service provider and by visiting a paid-for service website.
Unlocking Your Samsung Galaxy S5 through Your Mobile Service Provider
The first step you need to take when using this method is to contact your mobile network provider and ask them for the unlock code for your phone. Although in many cases this involves a straightforward phone call to them, some providers are not keen on giving customers the unlock code unless their contract is up or they have been with that particular company for a specific length of time. If they do not want to give you the unlock code and you need to unlock your phone urgently; you should jump down the page to the other method.
Many carriers are more willing to unlock your phone if you explain your reason for needing it done are that you are going to be travelling abroad and want to make use of local mobile services while you are there.
Replace the current SIM card in your phone with one that would not work with your mobile phone in normal circumstances; one from another mobile network provider.
Start your Galaxy S5 up as normal and then you will be prompted to enter the unlock code.
Enter the unlock code that was given to you by your service provider and if your phone begins to operate normally and receives a mobile signal from your new SIM card provider; the unlock code has been successful.
Unlocking Your Samsung Galaxy S5 through A Paid-For Service Website
Before you can continue with this method, you need to find out your mobile phone’s IMEI number. You can do this by typing #06# on the keypad. This will bring up a screen displaying the number. Make a note of it, as you will need to use it later.
You need to find a reputable paid-for unlock service. There is a wide variety of different websites offering this type of service for a small fee. Therefore, you need to be a bit savvy and check reviews and previous customer’s experience using particular websites to avoid scams.
Once you have chosen the unlocking service you want to use and followed the directions and entered your IMEI number, you will have to wait for the unlock code to arrive. This can take as little as a couple of hours or as much as a few days, depending on the website you chose. The unlock code is normally given to you in a voice call, text message or email.
As with the previous method, once you have the unlock code you can insert a new SIM card into your phone and power it up as normal. Enter the unlock code when you are asked to and if all is working well, you should start to receive a signal and services from your new mobile network provider.