The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may be the most feature-rife Android smartphone ever built, but the phone is most likely chained to your service provider’s network if you purchased it with a contract or phone payment plan.
If you want to change service providers or are planning to use your phone while traveling abroad, you will need a SIM unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Getting a SIM unlock code for your Galaxy Note 4 is fairly simple. If you’re not tied to a contract and have paid full price for your Note 4, service providers in the U.S. will more than happy (note the sarcasm) to locate and send you the SIM unlock code for your phone. While service providers in Europe will do the same, many of them charge a fee for this service.
Fortunately, there are quite a few third-party services like Android SIM Unlock can find a Galaxy Note 4 SIM unlock code for a fee. We always recommend checking to see if your service provider will send you your unlock code for free, but services like Android SIM Unlock can be a life saver for someone who’s still tied to a contract.
SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note 4
To locate your IMEI number, open the dialer and type #06# or go to Settings > More > About device > Status
Write down your IMEI number
Option 1: Request your Galaxy Note 4 SIM unlock code from your service provider
Call your service provider’s customer service line and ask for the SIM unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Provide your Galaxy Note 4 IMEI number to process the unlock code request
Your service provider will email you the SIM unlock code for your phone in 1-3 days
Option 2: Purchase your Galaxy Note 4 SIM unlock code
Choose the appropriate SIM unlock tool for your specific model
Enter your Samsung Galaxy Note 4′s IMEI number, email and payment details
Android SIM Unlock will email you the SIM unlock for for your phone in 1-3 days
Once you have received your SIM unlock code, remove the back panel from your phone
Remove the battery to access the microSIM card slot
Replace your microSIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code that you received
Enjoy your SIM-unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on any GSM network
It’s that easy. While many people will need to pay for a SIM unlock code for their Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the cost is immediately offset by not having to buy a new phone when changing service providers or by avoiding ridiculously high roaming fees with the use of an alternate provider when traveling in another country.