How to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7

Galaxy S7

There’s not much time left until the Samsung Galaxy S7, the South Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship, hits the shelves. As expected, this new smartphone doesn’t come cheap, but this is no surprise, as most flagships are pretty expensive when they are first launched.

If you are happy to sign up for a two year contract, most carriers will have the Galaxy S7 available for a better price – but this is outweighed by the disadvantage of being tied to a single carrier during your contract period.

So, what if you want or need to use your brand new phone with another carrier? You’re going to need to unlock it.

Here’s how to do it:

There are three ways to unlock a phone nowadays; by rooting, asking your carrier to unlock it or by using a genuine unlock code.

While rooting is not always efficient and comes with the risk of totally damaging your phone, asking your carrier to unlock your handset can be expensive and time consuming.

The best method of getting your Galaxy S7 unlocked, is with a genuine unlock code.


In order to do it, you need to follow a few easy steps:

  1. Find an online unlock code provider. Two of the most reliable choices out there are and, trusted by thousands of users who have successfully unlocked their phones
  2. Place your order
  3. Receive the Samsung Galaxy S7 unlock code and insert it into your phone

Further Info: 

  1. No matter which provider you are with, you’ll need to provide the following information:
  • The name of the network and country on which your phone was originally locked to
  • The phone’s IMEI, which can be found by dialing *#06#
  • A valid email address (to receive the unlock code).
  1. Shortly after placing your order, you will receive a confirmation email, with the unlock code and additional instructions on how to use it.
  1. Finally, the big step. You need to make your Samsung Galaxy S7 ask for the unlock code. To do this, you need to insert a SIM card from an unsupported network, other than the one you’re currently using, and wait for a message like “SIM Network Unlock PIN” to be displayed.
  2. Type the code you just received, and tap “Unlock”.

In a few moments, your phone will be unlocked, giving you the possibility to use it on any network anywhere in the world!

An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 can also help you avoid roaming fees when travelling – by using a local SIM, and you’ll also be able to sell it faster – and at a better price.

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44 Responses to How to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7

  1. Ian Mountain March 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Start by inserting a sim from another network just to check its not factory unlocked.
    Not every network locks them and some networks lock some but not all and you don’t want to waste your money paying for an unlock code for a factory unlocked unit.
    They wont just tell you not to pay them, you need to work this out first!
    Finally look in the app store for “Phoneinfo Samsung” to download an app that will give your phones country of sale, lock status as well as the network its locked to (operator code easily looked up on google) and imei all in one place.

  2. Nicu April 4, 2016 at 7:12 am #


  3. Napoleon Valerian April 4, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 will automatically lock on a network after a SIM is inserted, thanks to a new feature implemented by Samsung.

  4. BUGATTI2TIMES April 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Is this for locked phone or locked pin? ?

  5. Napoleon Valerian April 5, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    It’s for phones locked on GSM networks.

  6. Lawrie Sherratt April 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Do I read this as if its locked to a network then you can insert a different network sim and the phone will recognise that fact and work.

  7. Napoleon Valerian April 21, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    No, this only happens once, after a SIM is inserted for the first time, when the phone is brand new.

  8. Andrew J Negron April 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are not unlocked until you enter a Sim this is false. These phones are programmed by Samsung for specific carriers. That’s why when you turn on your phone you’ll see a specific carries logo on Startup. Also, inserting a different carriers Sim does not always prompt the Network unlock screen which is the problem I’m having. I’ve been given an unlock code by the original carrier of an S7 and I cannot find out how or where to enter this code in. When I power the phone on with a different Sim the phone Powers Up Normally and an invalid SIM message pops up in the drop bar. So I’ve contacted the carrier and since I have an authentic carrier-unlock code I can bring it down to the carrier store and they will complete the unlock setup free of charge. DON’T BELIVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE INTERNET.

  9. Napoleon Valerian April 29, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Hey Andrew,
    First of all, I was talking about contract-free phones. As for the code, let’s not forget that not everybody has an authentic one, from the carrier, so this method will really help them.

  10. Andrew J Negron May 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    First of all LOL this is a contract-free prepaid carrier phone and I went down to the carrier store and they will NOT unlock it even though I have an authentic carrier code. If you really want to help people don’t spout out whatever you hear or read on the internet and do some actual research.

  11. Yogesh June 6, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    I really need a confirmation. Can I unlock Galaxy S7 with above method or not? I have bought the phone in UK.

  12. ƳųƞƘӫ Ⓡ July 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Thank you, you save me $19.

  13. Lynn September 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    I have a sprint samsung galaxy s7. When I insert a sim card from another carrier it just says invalid sim card. I get no prompts…

  14. Mira September 15, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    As far as I know, the method presented above works just for phones locked on GSM networks, not CDMA, like Sprint.

  15. marie abarzua October 7, 2016 at 3:05 am #

    GSM are not locked at all So your charging people for what?

  16. Mira October 7, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Not locked at all? That’s really weird! Most carriers lock phones.

  17. faye gavin November 11, 2016 at 12:37 am #

    My Tmobile s7 isn’t asking for an unlock code. I placed an at&t Sim card in it. How do I force it to ask for the unlock code?

  18. Mira November 14, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Hi there,
    As far as I know, all T-Mobile USA devices that have the release date after 1st March 2015 can only be unlocked through Device unlock App. For these handsets, you don’t need an unlocking code, as the IMEI will be registered as Unlocked in T-Mobile Database, after placing an order with a code provider. Afterwards, you can download the App from Play Store and select Permanent Unlock.

    Since your S7 is released in 2016, this method will work for you! Hope this helps 🙂

  19. Shantol Appleton November 23, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Hi i tried this and it didn’t work i bought the code and its still not unlocking how do i force it to ask me for the unlock code.. Same T-Mobile USA and i have s7 edge

  20. Mira November 29, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Sharon,
    Did you placed and order with UnlockUnit or UnlockScope? Ususlly, you also receive instructions on how to unlock the phone, using T-Mobile’s Device Unlock app.

  21. John Mcfarlane January 26, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I have recieved an unlock code from vodafone (UK) 16407364
    but it does not work when i enter it into my Galaxy S7edge.
    Has anyone else had this problem or are Vodafone just being twats?

  22. Shantanu Biswas Linkon February 24, 2017 at 7:06 am #

    Hi do not know to which carrier my s7 edge is locked to….how can I unlock my phone??

  23. Mira February 28, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    As far as I know, you can contact these guys and tell them from which country you got the phone and they will be able to figure out the carrier. I’m talking about the unlocking services mentioned in the article, that is.

  24. Pyramidion Solutions March 6, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    This article mentions that the options with regards to rooting the
    device and asking the mobile carrier to unlock the device are risky and
    expensive respectively, and hence it is best recommended to implement
    the advantages of a genuine unlock code.

  25. Rakhesh Sundar March 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    Unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S7 device has never been so easy after going through this helpful article. Good job !!

  26. Ruan Weltz March 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    I also have a samsung s7 from boost mobile and it does not ask for the unlock code… please help

  27. lanndi March 21, 2017 at 3:00 am #

    Hi – I have a new Galaxy 7 from Office Depot that I was told would work for Sprint. How do I find out what service it is designed for?



  28. Mira March 21, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Lori,
    As far as I know, Home Depot sells unlocked phones. I’d go to a Sprint store and ask them for more details about this. 🙂

  29. Roxanne Serpa April 11, 2017 at 1:26 am #

    Can you help me?

  30. Leslie Hoerwinkle May 1, 2017 at 1:14 am #


  31. Leslie Hoerwinkle May 1, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    Buy it a few drinks and tell it it’s pretty.

  32. Leslie Hoerwinkle May 1, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Do you have a credit card?

  33. Leslie Hoerwinkle May 1, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Call Mr. Bigglesworth.

  34. JP Power May 16, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    If you enter this code in on the dial screen it should get the unlock PIN request to show up. Worked for me. #7465625*638*#

  35. Mode May 31, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    Anyone try it to get a free unlock code from askunlock . net….is not
    exactly free,they say is a win win situation, but I dont know what to
    say…I registered and get.

  36. Ross Teagan June 1, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    Nobody will give you a code for free unless it’s a contest or something. These things cost, being provided by suppliers.

  37. Brent Bell June 23, 2017 at 12:34 am #

    thank you for your email, the devices in this listing are network locked to the carrier(s) listed only. unlocked samsung 7 from reputal seller on ebay what does this mean and how does it affect my camera?

  38. Brent Bell June 23, 2017 at 12:35 am #

    First sentence that has no punctuation came from the ebay seller of the samsung 7. 🙂

  39. Mira June 23, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    It won’t affect your camera at all. Still, be careful with these ebay code sellers…

  40. Debbie Setek Fleming August 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    I purchased a used Samsung s7 on ebay that had been with verizon the guy swore it was unlocked. I have sprint. Long story short it’s been a paper weight on my desk for a month. How can I make this happen?

  41. Mira August 30, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Weren’t all Verizon phones supposed to be unlocked out of the box?

  42. Debbie Setek Fleming August 31, 2017 at 3:57 am #

    It’s used.

  43. Mira September 5, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    This is pretty weird. As far as I remember, all Verizon phones are unlocked and they should stay like this.

  44. Diinonn Brooks December 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    Hello I found a S7 and I can’t seem to unlock . it keeps coming up Criptix? I have no idea what that is. Can someone please help me?

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