How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are incredible phones. Based on who you ask, the two devices are arguably among the best smartphones ever built. The only problem you may have with your device is that you purchased it from your service provider to save a bit of money and now you’re stuck with a Galaxy S8 that you need to SIM unlock.
Typically, there are three ways you could go about SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The first is pleading with your service provider for a free unlock code. If you don’t qualify for a free unlock code, you’ll likely have to purchase one from a third-party unlocking service. The third option would be to root your device and mess with the code. This option isn’t available yet since the phones are brand new, but if you do some searching you may find something interesting.
To make it easy, we’ve laid out step-by-step instructions below which walk you through Samsung Galaxy S8 SIM unlock process
Find your Samsung Galaxy S8’s IMEI number
To get things started, locate your phone’s unique IMEI number. The IMEI number will be used to order your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code or request it from your service provider.

Open the phone app on your Samsung Galaxy S8 and dial *#06#
The device’s 15-digit IMEI number will pop up on the display
Save the IMEI number for easy reference

Free Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock

The cheapest way to get an unlock code for your new Samsung smartphone is to request one for your service provider. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that they’ll give you one since they have quite a few stipulations which must be met. Generally, this means that your bills need to be paid on time, the account be older than 60-90 days and the phone you’re trying to unlock can’t be on a payment plan. If you think you meet those basic requirements, you should be entitled to a free unlock code.

Call the customer service line for your service provider
Kindly ask the rep for the free unlock code for your Galaxy S8 or S8+
Provide the service rep with the phone’s IMEI number
If you are approved, the unlock code will be sent to you by email in 2-5 days
To unlock the phone, remove the old SIM card and swap in another one from another carrier
When prompted, type in the phone’s unlock code

Paid Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
Getting the SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ is typically faster (and easier) if you use an unlocking service. Most of them deliver the codes in a number a hours and offer a full refund if the code provided doesn’t work.
NOTE: If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ was purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, the basic paid service will not work. You will need to use the T-Mobile service listed at the bottom.

Go to Android SIM Unlock or another unlocking service website
Select the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+
Enter your phone’s IMEI number that you located earlier
Enter your payment details to complete the payment process
The unlock code for your phone will be emailed to you in less than an hour
Remove the SIM card from your phone and insert a card from a different service provider
Type in the SIM unlock code when prompted

T-Mobile & Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ SIM unlock
T-Mobile and Metro PCS use a proprietary app to unlock their phones, so you won’t be able to use a standard SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. The good news is that you can still pay to unlock devices purchased from T-Mobile or Metro PCS, but the process is slightly different. Android SIM Unlock offers unlocking services for the T-Mobile Unlock App and the Metro PCS Unlock app.
The instructions below walk you through the unlocking process using either app.

Find the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock service for your Galaxy S8
Enter your phone’s IMEI number and complete the checkout process
The service can take 1-3 days to complete the unlock process
On your Galaxy S8, open the T-Mobile Device Unlock or Metro PCS Device Unlock app
First press Continue and then Permanent Unlock on the next screen
Once finished, reboot the phone to complete the unlock process

Hopefully, you can use one of these methods to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. If you have any other suggestion on how to get an unlock code for Samsung’s 2017 flagship device, leave us a comment below.

How to turn the Samsung Galaxy S10’s hole-punch into a battery indicator

Some might argue that the notch is a more disruptive experience than the hole-punch cutout used in the Samsung Galaxy S10. Some might disagree and say that the cutout is actually more discreet. Which is better is a debate we’ll have to have another day, but in the meantime, since we can’t really change anything, why not just embrace it in its entirety?
That’s what developer IJP has tried to do with the launch of a new app called the Energy Ring. What this app does is that it creates a ring-shaped battery indicator that positions itself very nicely around the circular cutout of the Galaxy S10. This means that at a glance, users will be able to see how much battery their phone has left, with the ring changing colors depending on the battery percentage that remains.

We have to say that this is a very clever idea, although in a way it does actually draw more attention to the hole rather than hide it, but then again since it’s already there, why not make use of it, right? The app currently only supports the Galaxy S10e and the Galaxy S10, but support for the Galaxy S10+ and its dual front-facing cameras will be coming in a later update.
The app itself is free but there are some in-app purchases that you can pay money to unlock for deeper customization options. Alternatively, if you don’t think that the app is all that useful, you can check out some of the clever uses of wallpaper that hide/blends the hole in a variety of fun and imaginative ways.
Source: Android Police

How to find, lock, and reset your lost or stolen Android smartphone

There are times when we might accidentally lose our phones or have them stolen. Thankfully there are ways for you to potentially recover your device and here’s how you can go about doing so.
Locating your device
In order to locate your device, it will need to be turned on. In the event that your phone was stolen by a thief and they were smart enough to turn it off, there’s not much else you can do but hope that at some point they might turn it back on. Assuming that the device is still turned on, follow the instructions below and you should be able to track down your phone’s exact location.

Go to or type in “find my phone” on Google which will show you a map and your phone’s location on the main search page itself.
If the phone is close by, select the option to ring the phone. This will force your phone to ring at max volume for 5 minutes so that you can try to pinpoint its location. This will work even if your phone has been set to silent.

Securing/Locking your device
If for whatever reason you still cannot locate your device despite getting it to ring and you’ve given up on trying to locate it, the next best thing you can do is try to secure it so that information on the device can’t be seen or used by whoever has it. These are some of the options that you can consider:

From the “Find My Device” page, select “Secure Device”.
This will sign you out of your Google account on your phone.
You can also add a message and a phone number to the lockscreen. This is so that whoever finds your phone and is willing to return it will have some means to contact you.

Erasing your phone
If you don’t think that you will ever see your phone again, such as in the event that it is stolen, then apart from locking it down, you might also want to consider wiping its contents so that should someone somehow manage to get into your phone, they won’t be able to access your personal information. This includes your contacts, messages, photos, videos, and more.

On the “Find My Device” page, select “Erase Device”.
You will need to sign into your Google account to confirm that it is you.
Press the “Erase Device” button again and you will be prompted by a popup message that confirms whether or not you want to proceed.

Note that erasing the contents on your device is permanent and that there is no way to recover its contents unless you’ve created a backup somewhere.
Contacting your carrier
A good thing to do in the event of your phone being lost or stolen is that you should reach out to your carrier to disable the SIM card on it. This will prevent whoever finds your phone from potentially using it to make calls or to send text messages. Sometimes certain carriers might even offer insurance plans with your phone where you might be eligible for a replacement, but this will vary from carrier to carrier so do call and check to see what plans are available.