How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge

It’s still early in the year, but chances are that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be the most popular devices of 2016. If you own one of the devices, there’s a good chance that you purchased it through your service provider to get a great deal on the phone or so that you could pay it off a little every month rather than pay full price on day one. Unfortunately, you now own a SIM locked Samsung Galaxy S7 which can’t be used on another service provider without being SIM unlocked first.
Getting a SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge can be fairly simple for those who live in Europe or Asia, but US service providers are making things a bit more complicated in an effort to retain their customers. There are a few service providers who still offer free SIM unlock codes to their customer, but you’ll likely have to purchase an unlock code from a third-party (Android SIM Unlock has codes for $20 to $35 each as of the time of this writing, but that’s likely to drop at some point in the near future) if you’re still making monthly payments or if the device is still under contract with your service provider.
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Follow the instructions below to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. If you have any additional tips or tricks you’d like to share, please feel free to drop them in the comments below.

General Samsung Galaxy S7 SIM unlock instructions

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Request a SIM unlock code from your service provider or a third-party service like Android SIM Unlock
Once you receive your SIM unlock code, replace your service provider’s SIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

AT&T
Eligibility Requirements

Device’s service commitments and installment plans are completed, and all early termination fees are paid in full.
Device is not currently active on a different AT&T customer’s account.
Device must not be reported lost or stolen.
Device is not associated with fraudulent activity.

Free AT&T SIM unlock code
If you meet AT&T’s requirements, follow the instructions below to unlock your phone:

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Visit AT&T’s device unlock portal
Complete the SIM unlock request with your AT&T phone number, account holder’s name, phone model and IMEI number
Once the process is complete, you will be given an unlock code for your phone
Remove the SIM card from your phone and replace it with a SIM card from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

Paid AT&T SIM Unlock code (third-party)
If you purchased your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge on AT&T’s payment plan or with a two-year contract, you likely will not qualify for a free SIM unlock code from AT&T. Here’s how you can get one without AT&T’s help:

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
Visit Android SIM Unlock and select your model number
Enter your phone’s IMEI number and your payment information
Once you receive your SIM unlock code, replace the AT&T SIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code provided

Sprint
Sprint is the most frustrating service provider to work with when it comes to SIM unlocking a phone. Since Sprint uses LTE, most devices sold by the service provider are capable of working on other GSM service providers. However, Sprint has removed the standard SIM unlocking mechanism from its phones and only allows devices to be unlocked through its system. While you can buy SIM unlock codes from third-party services, the code will do you no good since you cannot enter the unlock code into the phone.
Eligibility requirements

The device is Domestic/International SIM Unlock capable
The device must be or have been active on the Sprint network for a minimum of 50 days
The associated account is in good standing
The associated contract has been fulfilled or the device payment plan has been paid in full
The device has not been reported as lost or stolen, and not associated with fraudulent activity

Free Sprint SIM unlock

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number, write the number down on a piece of paper
Call Sprint customer service by dialing 1-866-866-7509
Request that your Samsung Galaxy S7 be SIM unlocked
NOTE: you must request a domestic or international SIM unlocking. If you request international, the phone will not work with a SIM card from another US service provider
If you meet all of Sprint’s eligibility requirements, your phone will be SIM unlocked within 1 to 48 hours.

Verizon
Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy S7 is SIM unlocked right out of the box! When you insert a non-Verizon SIM card into your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7, you will receive a message that you are using a non-Verizon SIM. That being said, the phone has no SIM restrictions which keep it from working on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks.
T-Mobile (Device Unlock app)
The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 can be SIM unlocked, but you will need to use the pre-installed T-Mobile Device Unlock app in order to do so. T-Mobile has created is own “user-friendly” unlocking experience within the app, disabling the usual unlock screen that appears when you insert a SIM card from another service provider into the phone. If you meet the following requirements, your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 can be unlocked for free using the app.
Eligibility requirements

The device must be paid in full.
The device must have been active on the T-Mobile network for at least 40 days
The device must not be reported as lost, stolen or blocked to T-Mobile.
The account associated with the device must be in good standing. If the device is associated with a canceled account, the account balance must be zero, including all pending charges
The device must be paid in full.

Free T-Mobile SIM unlock code
If you meet T-Mobile’s requirements, follow the instructions below to unlock your phone:

Open the T-Mobile Device Unlock app on your phone (ensure a data connection is available)
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock
Once the phone is unlocked, it will reboot

Paid T-Mobile SIM unlock code
Since most T-Mobile customers purchase their devices on a monthly payment plan, T-Mobile will now allow you to unlock the phone until it is paid in full. Fortunately, you are able to pay third-party services to SIM unlock the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 through the T-Mobile Device Unlock app.

Dial #06# from your phone to display the IMEI number
From your phone or computer, go to Android SIM Unlock (or a similar service that can unlock T-Mobile Device Unlock devices)
Enter in your phone’s IMEI number, email and payment information
Unlock confirmation for your phone will be emailed to you within 1 to 3 days
Once confirmation is received, open the T-Mobile Device Unlock app on your phone (ensure a data connection is available)
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock
Once the phone is unlocked, it will reboot

Metro PCS (Device Unlock app)
Since T-Mobile owns Metro PCS, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that their Samsung Galaxy S7 sim unlocking requirements and processes are nearly identical. Metro PCS has the same eligibility requirements as T-Mobile and there’s also a Metro PCS version of the Device Unlock app that should be pre-installed on your phone.
Follow the instructions within the T-Mobile section to SIM unlock your Metro PCS-branded device. If you do need to pay to SIM unlock your phone, there is a Metro PCS unlocking service offered by Android SIM Unlock as well.
Enjoy your chain-free phones!

How to SIM unlock the LG V40 ThinQ

Launched back in second half of 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ was LG’s flagship smartphone for the second half of the year. Similar to the LG G7 ThinQ, the LG V40 ThinQ also came with similar high-end specs, which included the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It also marked the second phone in LG’s V-series that does not come with the secondary display, instead opting for a floating bar.
For those who are still holding onto their LG V40 and aren’t planning on upgrading it anytime soon and would love the freedom of being able to use it on any carrier they wish, here are some options that you can check out (free and paid) to unlock your LG V40 ThinQ handset.
Getting the unlock code from your carrier for free
If you’d rather not pay to unlock the SIM card on your LG V40, you can approach your carrier and see if they will be able to do it for you. There will be several criteria that you, as a customer, will need to meet in order for your carrier to proceed with your request.
To qualify for a free SIM unlock:

The device needs to have been paid off in full. For those who bought the phone on a repayment/installment plan, you might be out of luck.
You will also need to have owned the device for at least 60-90 days.
You must be in good standing with your carrier, which usually involves you having a good track record when it comes to paying your bills, and making sure you have no outstanding bills that haven’t been paid.

Request your free LG V40 SIM unlock code:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to provide this to your carrier later
Call your carrier’s customer service hotline and request for your SIM unlock code
You will then be asked to provide the service rep with your LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Wait 2-5 days for your SIM unlock code which should arrive in your email associated with your account with your carrier.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

Purchase your LG V40 SIM unlock code

For those who would rather not wait for 1-2 years until they finish off paying their repayment plans to their carrier, not to worry because there are options that you can check out to unlock the SIM on your phone, but we should point out that this is a paid option:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s website.
Select your LG V40 ThinQ model and the carrier you bought the phone from.
Enter your device’s IMEI number.
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in under an hour.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

T-Mobile LG V40 SIM unlock
We want to point out that the method above only works for those who bought their phone through carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For those who bought their phones from T-Mobile, the process will be different, but it will still be quite straightforward and easy.

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s T-Mobile page and enter LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making the payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in the next 1-3 days.
Once you’ve received your code, enter it into the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to unlock your phone’s SIM
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock to SIM unlock your LG V40 ThinQ
Your device will need to be rebooted in order to complete the process
You should now be able to swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.

Whichever of the methods you choose from above, the end result should be the same and you will soon be the proud owner of a fully unlocked LG V40 ThinQ. One of the upsides of having an unlocked handset is that you now get to use it with different carriers. For example, if you travel overseas quite frequently and would like to avoid data roaming charges, having your SIM unlocked means you’ll be able to use it with local telcos, saving you a bunch of money in the process.