Know if an Android Phone Has Been Unlocked
Quick & Dirty vs Browser-based vs Android App

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You might think that you can do whatever you like with a mobile phone once you've purchased it, including taking it to whatever carrier you like. Sadly, you might be mistaken. SIM locking is a practice common to many telecom companies. It involves the company locking the devices it sells to its own network. In other words, there's no guarantee that the phone you buy with Company A will work if you switch to Company B" unless you get it unlocked.

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There are ways to beat these companies at their own game by unlocking your device and taking it to whatever company you like. Or leave it there and enjoy the peace of mind, whatever you prefer. If you're not sure if your phone has been unlocked, there is a way to check.

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Android users will be thrilled to learn that there are easy ways to see if their phone has been unlocked. This is extremely useful if you are purchasing a used phone and you want to make sure you can use it the way they want. It's also good to just check to see if your phone has been unlocked. Here's how you do it.

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Method 1: Quick & Dirty

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    Power off your phone and remove the SIM card.
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    Insert an active SIM card from a different carrier and power your phone back on.
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    Attempt to make a phone call.
    If you are able to call or text then your phone is not locked to a particular carrier.
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Method 2: Browser-based

  1. 1
    Open the "Phone" app on your Android phone.
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    Tap *#06#
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    Write down the IMEI number that appears.
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    Use a web browser and head to IMEI.info or click her .
    Enter your IMEI number and tap/click "Check."
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    From the new page, tap/click "SIM lock & Warranty."
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    Wait for the process to finish, then a new page will appear to tell you whether your phone is unlocked.
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Method 3: Android App

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    Open the "Phone" app on your Android phone.
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    Tap "*#06#
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    Write down the IMEI number that appears or copy it to your device's clipboard.
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    In the Play Store, browse to the IMEI.info app.
    Download and install.
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    Follow the on-screen steps to input your IMEI and find out if your phone is unlocked.
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  • Note: The app restricts users from accessing the information more than a few times without paying a premium. You'll likely be better off using the web version.

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Unless you specifically want to unlock your phone, it's probably not useful for you to know whether or not it is unlocked.
  • There are numerous apps and services available to help you unlock a phone. Take the time to research the process for your specific device before trying to unlock it.

Questions and Answers

Given the question details, how do I unlock my phone?

I "donated" to www.unlockphone.me and received an unlock Code. I bought a pay as you go SIM card at 7-11, and put it into the phone. When I power up, I encounter a screen that asks me to input the unlock code. When I put in the unlock code provided by www.unlockphone.me, the phone tells me the code is not accepted. . . Prior to buying the unlock code, I checked whether or not the phone was locked. I found that the only lock was on the service provider and that I had the ability to make 5 tries. If I assume my attempts are being counted, I am down to 2 more tries. Help!

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Is my Android phone locked? I followed the instructions but nothing happened?

I typed *#06# and nothing happened. Is there something else I should be doing?

  • You can reboot your phone and try dialling *#06# again.
  • You can remove paired Bluetooth devices on your phone and try dialling *#06# again. You can just disable Bluetooth (either from the notification panel or from "Settings", "Wireless and Networks", and "Bluetooth").
  • Turn off the phone and take the battery out to reveal the IMEI or MEID (for CDMA networks) code under it.
  • Press the home button. Tap on the "Apps" icon in the lower-right corner. Tap on "Settings". Tap on "About phone". Tap on "Status".
  • Navigate to https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard and click on "Android". This will reveal your IMEI or MEID.
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After that, you can continue with the tutorial.

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2nd phone line -- need to know if its still on my network and if is unlocked?

I got a 2nd phone on my account for a boyfriend, however, is not showing that it has been used in the 24 hours and I know that is incorrect, I am trying to see if he has had it unlocked and if I can find out if it is still on the T-Mobile network. I have tried: I have gone onto my T-Mobile account, still shows the phone and the IMEI number and that number is still showing locked, however, if I call the phone number it goes straight to Voice machine and texts are still not showing up on the usage report

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Is there any new way to tell if a Galaxy Note3 is already unlocked. I am going international in one week and want to rent a SIM card?

SIM card will only work if my phone is unlocked. My son bought this phone on eBay, he is not sure if it is unlocked

Download and install GalaxSim Unlock. Launch it and check if it offers to unlock your phone. If it does, then your phone is locked. There is also the "SIM lock status" line that shows whether the phone is locked or unlocked. The other methods are shown in the article above (the best one being inserting different SIM cards into the phone).

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Is my LG G3 smartphone an unlocked phone?

Considering purchasing and international SIM card for travel out of the country. I own an LG G3 previous carrier AT&T. Trying to decide whether I need a new instrument or just an international SIM.

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Hello, I don't know if my phone is unlocked or not?

I have been on IMEI info and wrote my IMEI number, but it does not tell me if my Android phone is unlocked.

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How do know if my phone is compatible with a different carrier?

If I buy this phone from my friend that is an AT&T phone, can I switch it to Straight Talk?. I have tried: I have tried nothing. I think it was caused by: Nothing, just needs a new one

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Need to check unlock status on a Note4?

I have a Note4, I would like to see if it's usable on another carrier..

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Can I do a bulk check of IMEI's for Android devices to confirm they are unlocked?

I am a wholesaler of cellular phones. I would like to do bulk checks on IMEI to confirm the unit is unlocked. Do you offer that service?. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Nothing

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I entered my IMEI number

A screen said free Motorola info, the screen has a number of items on it, but next the info is blank, no info on unlock status. I have tried: Entered my IMEI number followed the directions. I think it was caused by: That's why we are talking

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IMEI.info page doesn't seem to match instructions?

Hi. I'm trying to follow the instructions for checking whether a couple of phones are locked to Tjree Mobile. I was OK up to where the instructions for the website version of IMEI.info said: "click on SIM lock and warranty" - because what appears on the web page is only "Warranty". I then had to register, but it still says the same and appears to give me all info under the sun about the phone, *except* whether it's locked! Am I missing something? Sorry if being thick!. . Sheri.

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Why doesn't my GS7 Edge that is unlocked from AT&T work with VZW?

I went through the unlocking process on my GS7 Edge (was AT&T). I put in the code, tried my VZW SIM card and I cannot make calls. Just emergency calls. It recognizes my number but I cannot make any calls. An Ideas?

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IMEI doesn't appear how do I fix this?

When I tap *#06# nothing happen. What should I do?

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All my apps were moved to the SD card. My device storage is still full. Why?

Whenever I try to download a new app I'm told not enough space. I have tried: Moved all apps, pics, etc., to the SD card. I think it was caused by: I've tried everything I've been told to do, so I'm asking you. I've come across your name on VisiHow but never need additional info.

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A: I'm not sure how you actually moved "apps" to the SD card. If phones are anything like computers, the apps are installed onto the phone, with very specific directory written in them. If you just copied the installed folder over to the SD card, all the directory would be wrong and the apps won't function...I think...although, I'm not a computer expert.

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However, your problem seem to be copying files over to the SD card instead of actually moving them. Since you've "moved" stuff to the SD card, try taking the SD card out and verify if the files exist in it with a computer and then check if the files are still on your phone.

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Is my phone locked by my previous carrier?

I had an HTC One M8 from AT&T. I switched to MetroPCS but was never able to use the HTC with that network. AT&T had released the phone number (I assume it's because I wanted to keep the same number after moving to MetroPCS) but I don't know if AT&T has completely unlocked it.

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I can't verify my account, how do I bypass it?

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Help with TracFone from Straight Talk?

I purchased a Samsung Galaxy from a man on Craigslist and he told me that he got it from Walmart on Straight Talk, but they don't recognize the IMEI. Is there any way I can get this phone connected? When it is powered up, it says TracFone wireless, inc. I have tried: Straight Talk said they don't have the phone listed and I need to have it re-scanned, but I can't do that because it is not a new phone. I think it was caused by: I may have been scammed

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