How Can I Check If My Android Device Prompts For Unlock Code?

How to check if phone asks for unlock code

Does Your Android Phone Prompt For Unlock Code?

Foremost condition to unlock any android phone- Samsung, LG, Alcatel, Nokia, Motorola and others, is that the phone prompts for an unlock code. Usually, android phones do ask for an unlock code with a sim other than a current one. However, due to multiple reasons, it is possible that your phone does not prompt for an unlock code. Read the following article to check if your Android phone asks for the unlock code. 

Insert a SIM card from a carrier that is different from the original carrier to which your phone is locked to. Once you have inserted an unsupported SIM card ( Sim card of a different network) switch on your phone and try to make a call. By doing this you will be asked to “ Enter Network Unlock Code” or “ SIM Network Unlock PIN”. This is where you will have to put your IMEI unlock code delivered to you by Unlockninja. 

 

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What Can Be The Possible Reasons For Not Prompting An Unlock Code? 

If your phone doesn’t prompt for an unlock code these can be the possible following reasons –

  • Your android device doesn’t recognize the SIM card being inserted. 

Sometimes the phone doesn’t recognise the inserted SIM card. This can be further verified by inserting a SIM and if the phone doesn’t prompt for the SIM Card’s PIN, it means SIM Card is not recognised by your device. SIM Card Pin is a security measure that the Android device will normally request by default (if activated). 

If the phone doesn’t prompt for this security number, it means that the phone is not recognising the inserted SIM Card. Thus, it is important to make sure that the SIM Card is correctly inserted inside the SIM Card Reader Slot. Also, one can insert another SIM Card to rule out the possibility that the first SIM card is defective.

  • Android phone has a “Device Unlock App” 

Android devices locked to MetroPCS or T-Mobile having “ Device Unlock App “ doesn’t prompt for an unlock code. The reason being, phones having device unlock app have a different technique of unlocking. Instead of using the conventional method of inserting an Unlock Code, unlocking request is sent to the servers via the device unlock app installed on your phone. This sets your phone as “eligible” status at their back end system.

You can look for Device unlock app under the Applications icon on the main menu of your phone. Look for the following symbol depending on your network carrier:

 

T-Mobile Device Unlock App 

MetroPCS Device Unlock App 

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  • The phone displays “Network Unlock Code” briefly and then disappears from the screen.

It is possible that the phone no longer has “unlock attempts” remaining or has a software failure. For example, Samsung devices have 3 to 5 unlock attempts. When you try putting the unlock code, again and again, there are chances that you have exhausted the maximum number of unlocking attempts. This will result in “Phone Freeze”. 

In case your device is showing “Phone Freeze” then you need a separate code known as a “Defreeze Code”. This Defreeze Code also known as MCK Code will reset the unlock attempts counter. You can contact unlocking if you are looking for a “Defreeze code”. 

We recommend restoring the phone to its factory settings. This process eliminates possible errors preventing the phone from prompting for the network unlock code. You can find the option to restore to factory settings under Settings on the phone’s menu.

  • Modified Software 

Sometimes the phone doesn’t prompt for an unlock code because the original software has been modified. The probability of a device with original software asking for an unlock code is higher than a software modified device. 

It is recommended to restore the phone to its factory settings. This process eliminates possible errors preventing the phone from prompting for the network unlock code. You can find the option to restore to factory settings under Settings on the phone’s menu.

  • Android phone has been Blacklisted/ Blocked

There are possibilities that your android Phone has been blacklisted on account of theft, lost, stolen or any other reason. You can read in detail the reasons for blacklisting IMEI Number. 

Read Blog : Reasons for IMEI Blacklisting 

 

Note: Samsung Devices not prompting for an unlock code can always be unlocked using Samsung cable unlocking. You can contact the customer support and check if your Samsung device is eligible for cable unlocking. Cable unlocking is very successful for the devices not prompting for an unlock code. Unlock Samsung Phone Now whether prompting for an unlock code or not.