How To Unlock the HTC U11 for Any Carrier
If you want to use your HTC U11 on a different carrier, you may need to unlock your phone. If you didn’t buy your phone unlocked already, unlocking it is easy to do. Be aware that this may cost some money to receive a valid unlocking code.
Unlocking HTC U11 with Unlock Code
Cell phone carriers lock their phones so that you can only use their network with your phone. If you leave the network, or travel and want to use an international network, this can be a pain. But these simple steps will give you the network freedom you crave.
Step One – Locate Your IMEI Info
To receive an unlock code you will need your phone’s IMEI number. This is a 15-digit number unique to your phone and there are a couple of ways to find it.
- Dial *#06# like it’s a phone number
- Check your phone’s settings
Step Two – Find a Reputable Unlock Code Source
This may be the most difficult step. First, know that you will have to pay something for the unlock code. The actual cost may vary though. One of the best ways to find a reputable website is by looking at tutorials or reviews of such websites.
Furthermore, you may find websites that generate free codes but more often than not these don’t work. Why? Because the HTC U11 codes are dependent on IMEI codes, they can’t be randomly generated.
Step Three – Paying the Fee, Waiting for the Code
When you find a company you want to try, you may be asked to provide 3 pieces of information about your phone:
You will also be asked to pay a fee when submitting your request. Also, keep in mind that codes are not delivered instantaneously. It can take several minutes to several days to receive your code.
Step Four – Unlocking your HTC U11
After you receive your code, the first thing you want to do is start your device with a different sim card. Use a card from a different network to prompt the unlocking process.
Next, a text box will appear requesting a network unlock code. Type the unlock code that you received from the unlocking company. After doing this your phone should be network unlocked.
If the code doesn’t work at first, an additional hard/factory reset may be required. Doing this will erase most of your phone data. So make sure to back up your information prior to performing a hard reset.
Step Five – HTC U11 from T-Mobile or Metro PCS
New HTC U11 devices that come from these carriers have a “Device Unlock App” already installed in the phone. When you insert an unaccepted sim card into a device that has this app, a message will appear that gives you the option of a permanent or temporary unlock.
Unlocking this device will require a special search for companies that deal exclusively with this app. And are carrier specific so make sure you read all the information available on the website.
Furthermore, your phone is unlocked remotely if you choose this type of company. However, unlocking may take time to process and the service may be pricey.
Unlocking your phone will cost you money. Exactly how much you will pay varies from company to company. You may try free websites but they rarely work, so you may want to save yourself time by paying a reputable company.
In addition, phones with a “Device Unlock” app need special attention. So be sure you know which one you need before you open your wallet.