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    How to unlock any AT&T phone for free


    A couple of years ago, when the iPhone was the king of smartphones, it wasn’t so easy to unlock a smartphone; whether it was an iPhone or an Android device. At that time, if you wanted to unlock your device, you had to go through a bunch of loopholes such as hacking your device, buying a SIM interposer, or buying an unlock code of a shady website. But as time went by, AT&T made it easier for their customers to unlock their devices.

    Now if you have an AT&T cellphone in your hands – Android or iPhone – it’s pretty easy to have it unlocked straight from AT&T even if you’re not a former or active customer.

    To have your device unlocked from AT&T, your device has to comply with AT&T unlock policy requirements. If your device does not comply with AT&T requirements, forget about it, AT&T will not approve your unlock request.

    AT&T unlock phone requirements

    • The device must have been originally purchased through and for AT&T’s network.
    • Never been reported lost or stolen.
    • Fully paid off. AT&T doesn’t unlock phones on installment plans.
    • If the phone was fully paid off, the owner must wait 60 days to request unlock.
    • The device cannot be currently active on a different AT&T customer’s account.
    • If it’s a prepaid account, the phone must have been in service for at least six months.

    If your device meets all of those requirements, then your device will be approved for unlocking. The best part out of this is that you do not have to be a former or active AT&T customer to request an unlock code from the mega carrier.

    AT&T unlock request

    1. Navigate to
    2. Click the “Unlock your device” option.AT&T unlock request
    3. Now it will ask you if you’re an AT&T wireless customer? Chose no, if you’re not a current customer, and enter your phone’s IMEI number.
    4. Fill out the rest of the needed information such as first and last name and email address.
    5. AT&T will send you an email address asking you to click on a link in order to confirm your unlock request. If you don’t confirm this email AT&T will cancel your unlock request within 24 hours.

    Where to put AT&T unlock code on Android phones

    If your device gets approved for unlocking, AT&T will send you a confirmation email informing you that your unlock has been approved. This email will contain your unlock code and instruction on how and where to put these numbers.

    Be careful: after five attempts of incorrect code, your phone will get permanently locked to AT&T’s network.

    This is an example of the email I received from AT&T when I requested an unlock code for a Samsung Galaxy S5:

    Unlock request number: 2071502833

    Thank you for contacting AT&T about unlocking your mobile device.

    Congratulations! Here are your unlock instructions:

    Your unlock code is: 14180278

    Unlock Steps – Use Non-AT&T SIM Card

    1. Power off the device, remove the battery and insert a non-AT&T SIM card.
    2. Re-insert the battery and power on the device with a non-AT&T SIM.
    3. The device displays “Enter the device unlock code.”
    4. Enter the eight-digit unlock code.
    5. Press OK.
      Note: You are allowed five attempts to unlock before your device permanently locks to the AT&T network.

    Every Android device has different instructions for the unlock code. You can view all instructions for all devices at

    Where to put AT&T unlock code on iPhone

    When unlocking an iPhone, it’s an easier procedure. You do not receive an unlock code from AT&T. After you submit an unlock request for an iPhone, your iPhone gets unlocked remotely from Apple. All you have to do is insert a non-AT&T SIM card into your iPhone when AT&T sends you the email confirming that your device has been unlocked.