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Important: This video guide is about how to enable ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on Samsung phones that are running Android 5.0 and up (also known as Android Lollipop). To check your phone’s android version, go to Settings > About Phone > Android Version.

It’s always a requirement to allow USB debugging on your phone before we proceed into the unlocking process. It’s because this is the only way possible for our remote unlock team to successfully conduct a USB Cable unlock on your phone. 

By connecting your phone to a computer, you can make changes and push commands on your phone from your computer.

Most importantly, our Cable Unlock software can only calculate your phone’s unlock code when it can communicate to your phone via the computer. You will need to install it on your computer and have your phone enable the ADB for the cable unlock to be successful. 

Below is a 1-minute video that supplements this guide:

Step by step images on how to enable ADB Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0

Step 1. First, download and install the driver pack from our website. 

Open the zip file and extract it. Drag the Samsung folder to the desktop. 

Double click on it and start the installation process.

Step 2. Enable USB debugging on the phone. 

On your phone, go to Settings > About Device > Software Information > Build Number

Tap “Build number” at least 7 times until you see “Developer mode has been turned on” or it says “You are now 1 step away from becoming a developer”.

Press the return/back button twice. 

Scroll down and go to “Developer options”.

Scroll down and turn on “USB Debugging”.You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB debugging?”, just tap “OK”.

Step 3. Connect the phone to computer via USB cable.

Plug one end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port and the other end to the phone. When prompted, check the checkbox beside “Always allow from this computer”, then tap “OK”.

NOTE: To avoid connectivity problems, connect it directly to the computer’s USB port. Do not use a USB hub, USB extension, and if using a desktop computer, use the USB ports on the back.

 Enable ADB Samsung Galaxy Android 5

And that’s it, your phone is now ready ADB enabled and it’s ready for the next step of the unlock process. If you have questions about this guide, we can start the conversation at the comment box below! 

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Did you know that you can use a Z3X Box to unlock Samsung Galaxy J1?

And there are plenty of other Samsung phones you can unlock with it? But in this guide, we will cover how you can do it with the 2016 model Samsung Galaxy J1. If you already have configured the Z3 box and have installed the necessary drivers and software, you’re ready for this tutorial!

On the other hand, if you think you need professional help, you can contact our remote unlock team for help. 

Below is the video guide created for this article:

The following steps have screenshots from the phone and the computer to give you a visual guide on how to navigate through each device. 

Step 1. Enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy J1.

On the phone, go to “Settings” or tap the gear icon on the notifications bar.

Scroll all the way down and tap “About device” 

Scroll down and tap “Software info

Tap the “Build number” 7 times or until it says “Developer mode has been enabled!” 

Press “Back” or “<”  two times. 

Scroll down and tap “Developer options

Turn on Developer options by sliding the button right to turn it on. 

Scroll down and slide the enable button right for “USB debugging

You will be prompted with a question box “Allow USB Debugging?”

Tap “OK

Step 2. Connect Z3X box to the computer via USB. 

Step 3: Install Samsung Tool Pro to your computer. 

Download the Samsung USB Unlock Drivers from this page on our website. 

Open the downloaded file. Extract the file, and drag the Samsung folder to the desktop. 

Click open the folder and you will be prompted with the box for the installation process.

Step 4. Connect your phone to the computer via USB. 

Press the “Windows” and “R” key at the same time on your keyboard. 

In the “Run” box that will open on the lower left-hand side, type “compmgmt.msc”.

A window will open, click on “Device Manager” on the upper left corner. 

Click the dropdown arrow in “Modems” and you should see your device “Samsung J1”. 

Close window.

Step 5. Run the recently installed “Samsung Tool Pro” software.

A box will open asking permission, just click “Yes”.

Wait for the program to open. 

From the left-hand side, you will see a list, click on your phone’s correct model number. 

*Confirm your model number: On your phone, go to Settings > About Device > Model Number

Step 6. Generating the unlock code. 

From the uppermost, you will see several tabs, click on the “Unlock” tab.

On the right-hand side, you will see options, click on “Read Codes,” it has a magnifying glass next to it. 

Step 7. Entering the unlock code. 

Wait a few seconds, and now look at your phone. On its screen you will see a prompt that says, “Allow USB debugging?”, tap the checkbox “Always allow this PC” and click on “OK”.

On your computer screen, the program will calculate the code. Just wait a few more seconds.

After a few minutes, you should find the unlock code, which is “NET lock“.

Restart your phone. (It should still be connected to your computer).

Once it boots up, it will prompt you to enter the “SIM network unlock PIN” this means it’s asking for the unlock code. 

Enter the code you got for “NET lock”. 

Tap on the “UNLOCK” option.

Congrats, your phone is now unlocked! You should see signal bars coming in from your new service provider!

 

That’s it for this guide! If you followed the steps properly, your phone should be successfully unlocked. If you have questions about this guide, we can start the conversation at the comment box below! 

It’s very easy, you don’t have to be an expert to do it, but still, if you think you’ll need professional help, let the pros from our very own remote unlock team help you out. Tell us how we can help you by giving us a chat! 

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Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon phones operate and connect via a CDMA network, which means it is not configured to work on GSM networks as AT&T and T-Mobile do. If it’s a CDMA phone it’s by default unlocked, however, simply inserting a sim card from AT&T or T-Mobile or any foreign network won’t make it work.

In this guide, we will show you how to reconfigure a CDMA XT1528 to connect to GSM networks so it can be used with any other SIM cards from AT&T, T-Mobile, and even international ones!

There’s a video below that supplements this written guide:

We also supplemented this step by step guide with screenshots to help you along the way. 

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Download and install the universal ADB drivers from this website (Clockworkmod). Note: the universal ADB (Android Debug Bridge) drivers are needed because it will allow you to control your android device over USB from your laptop or desktop computer. Through this, you can copy files, install and uninstall apps, and do special functions that will unlock your Motorola phone.

You may delete this file from your computer at the end of this guide or after your phone is successfully unlocked. 

Step 2. Download the SDK Platform Tools from Android Developer’s website and extract the said file to your desktop so we can easily find it later. Note: SDK Platform Tools is needed here because it will allow you to perform functions available only for Android Developers. This will help you get into the “brain” of the phone and remove the sim lock from Verizon. 

You may delete this file from your computer at the end of this guide or after your phone is successfully unlocked. 

Step 3. Open the “platform-tools” folder, and then copy everything on its address bar.

Step 4. Open the command prompt and type “cd” (without quotation marks), press space, and then right-click on your mouse

Step 5: Activate the Developer mode on the phone

Step 6. Allow USB Debugging on your phone.

Step 7: Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cord. Type the following codes on your command prompt in this order. Note: DO NOT include the quotation marks.

• “Adb shell” and press Enter. After this, you will see a prompt on your phone. Tap box for “Always allow from this computer”. 

• Type “adb shell”, again on your command prompt box (black box). If you see “[email protected]_cdma:/ $”. It means you’re doing everything correctly, so far.

Step 8. Next, type the following codes in the command prompt box in this order. Note: DO NOT include the quotation marks.

• “pm clear com.android.providers.telephony”, then press ENTER on your keyboard. Do this, twice. 

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode1 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode2 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “reboot”, to reboot the phone.

It should look like this.

Step 9. Wait for the phone to reboot. If you see the network’s name on the upper left corner (and on the bottom of the screen), along with signal bars (upper right side). It worked!

On the other hand, if the phone says “No Service” repeat step 8. 

Step 10. Add your carrier’s APN. To obtain your APN’s info, click on the search bar and type your APN’s name. The example is using Sun Cellular so I typed “Sun Cellular APN”. Once you filled up all the info, tap on the three dots on the upper right, and then tap “Save”.

Step 11. Turn on your Data.

And that is the end of this guide! You may now disconnect your phone from your computer and remove all the files you have downloaded on your computer earlier.

If you’ve been able to successfully use another sim card using this guide, congratulations! 

Do you have a phone that you want to sim unlock from your carrier? Let us know how we can help! We have unlocked over 8 million phones worldwide and we have the fastest turnaround times, perfect if you’re traveling or in a hurry! 

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There is a YouTube video below that supplements this guide:

In order for our team to conduct a remote unlock session successfully, we first need you to connect your phone to the computer via USB. However, simply connecting your phone to the computer will not do it. 

You need to have your phone “communicate” to the computer so we can alter the sim lock settings through your computer. 

It may sound like USB Debugging is very technical but it’s very easy! Here’s a quick guide that we made into an infographic so you can scroll and see what to do conveniently.

Let’s do it! 

Step 1. On your phone, go to Settings > General

Step 2. Scroll down and go to Software Info

Step 3. Tap on Build Number seven (7) times 

Step 4. If prompted for your PIN, enter your PIN and press Back “ < ” twice.

Step 5. Tap “Developer options

Step 6. You will be prompted with a “Warning” box, just tap on the empty button and tap OK

Step 7. Turn on “USB debugging” by dragging the button on one side.

Step 8. You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB Debugging?” Tap OK.

Step 9. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 10. You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB Debugging?” Tap the empty button and tap OK.

And we are done! If you think this has helped you immensely, return the favor and give us a shoutout or share this on Facebook or Twitter with your friends! 

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Factory Reset

 

Selling your old phone or just wanting to have a ‘fresh start’? If you want to ensure you your data is securely wiped out before you sell it to the marketplace or for any other purpose, then this is the guide for you. In this guide, we will be showing you how to do a factory reset and back up your data correctly on your Android phone.

What does Factory Reset mean?

As the term itself defines, factory reset is a method of restoring your phone’s original manufacturer settings. After doing a complete factory reset on your phone, you will realize that everything you have customized in it, like wallpapers, themes, languages, etc. will now be gone and the phone’s interface is back to when you had set it up the first time.

Related: How to sell your phone for the best price

A factory reset doesn’t involve tinkering on your phone’s hardware. It only resets the software and you can definitely do it correctly on your own through the Settings app on your phone.

A factory reset will erase all the data you have on your phone. That includes apps and all the data in those apps, pictures, music, downloaded files, etc. And that is the main reason why it is necessary for you to back up your data.

Android phones have a different settings place and terms used. If you are not familiar with your phone’s Settings app, you may visit this list of Android phone manufacturers and check out your phone’s UI (user interface).

Note that a Factory Reset is not the same as Factory Unlock. Factory unlock is a service that is also known as sim unlock where a certain service provider, like UnlockBase, removes the lock your carrier put on your phone so you can use another carrier’s sim card.

Types Of Reset

Aside from a factory reset, there are other types of resets that are available in many Android phones. In some Android phones you will have 3 different options for ‘reset’ and none of them directly uses the term ‘factory reset,’ and they are:

Reset Network Settings

Resetting network settings means deleting all the saved WiFi, Bluetooth, and Mobile Data information in your phone and restoring the default manufacturer network settings. If you are trying to resolve connectivity or internet issues on your phone, this is the option for you.

Reset All Settings

This type of reset restores system default settings without erasing any data. Its purpose is to help you go back to your phone’s default theme, keyboard, language, etc. This doesn’t erase your downloaded apps, pictures, contacts, messages, etc.

Erase All Data

This is the new term for Factory Reset, and as the term itself defines, going in this direction erases all the data in your phone. This includes your Google Account, downloaded apps, saved passwords, albums, downloaded files, etc.

It will completely wipe out everything that’s on your phone and restores your phone back to its default system state. If you are selling your phone, there’s no need to log back in again to your Google Account, because unless your account’s deleted, the new user won’t be able to use it.

Ways To Back Up Your Phone’s Data

If there’s anything more important than your phone itself, it’s the data it contains. There are three ways to back up your data: (1) Google Account, (2) Using external memory or another computer device (3) phone manufacturer’s Cloud account.

(1) Google Account Back up

What type of information does your Google (Gmail) Account save/back up for you? It will save your calendar, contacts, and other similar Google developed Android apps. It will automatically sync and back up every data from all the synced apps on your phone.

However, you have to make sure your Google Account is synced with your phone.

To know your Google account: 

  • Go to Settings 

  • Go to Accounts 
  • Open Account username (email)

Tap on the “>” icon next to your email address and you will see all the synced apps under that account.

(2) MicroSD, External Memory Card Backup

What type of information can you save via an external memory card or computer?

You can save several phone-based apps such as Gallery/Albums, Notes, Contacts, Music, Recorded audio, and other downloaded files. If your phone has a memory card with an ample amount of space, you can move your albums and other downloaded files in this location.

To move files from your internal storage to your SD card:

  • From your Home screen, open “File Manager” or go to “Local Storage”. Tap on the “Internal Storage” to open files saved in your phone’s own storage.

  • Select all the items you want to “move” or save on your SD card or memory card.

  • After selecting all items, scroll down and tap the “Move” option at the bottom of the screen.

  • And then from the Local Storage section, go to “Memory Card” and tap the “Move Here” option.

If you want to save them to your computer, you can hook it to the computer via USB cable.  Allow USB debugging (option will pop up) and then just copy and paste all the file on your selected folder from your phone to your computer.

Internet-based apps like Netflix and Spotify most often save your data using their own secure server.

Samsung Smart Switch

For Samsung users, it’s more convenient to use Smart Switch. Samsung Galaxy S7 and later has this pre-installed, but if you don’t have it, you can download it on the Google App Store and the Galaxy Store. It allows you to transfer files Galaxy to Galaxy using a USB connector. According to their website, these are the ways on how to use the Smart Switch:

  • Galaxy to Galaxy via a USB cable and connector.
  • Android to Galaxy via WiFi Direct.
  • iOS to Galaxy using a USB connector.
  • iOS to Galaxy through iCloud.

Samsung Smart Switch offers a hassle-free file transfer between Galaxy phones, Android, and iOS.

(3) Cloud Account Backup.

What kind of data can you save on your phone manufacturer’s cloud account?

It will save many phone-based apps such as mentioned earlier. Most Android phone manufacturers have their own complimentary secure cloud-based storage service for free.

If you had signed up for it, you will be able to save your phone’s information through it but you will need a stable internet connection to do this successfully.

There are of course storage limitations, for example, Samsung Cloud only allows up to 1GB of data to be saved and specific file types. It is accessible through the Settings app on your phone and can save contacts, calendars, documents, Home Screen, Apps, Settings, Messages, Music, etc.

If you are selling your phone, log out of your phone’s cloud account and remove that phone from your account’s device list to prevent the new owner from accessing it without your knowledge.

Are you ready to reset your Android phone?

If you have already backed up your data, you are now ready to reset your phone. If you have plans on restoring the data back on the same phone, there are two things you need to remember:

  • Your Google Account’s login information.
  • Your phone’s unlock pin/password/pattern.

Make sure you have both information correctly. To confirm your Google account’s password, try logging in with your email and password on another device. If you can’t log in, you might need to request changing your password. Simply click on ‘Forgot Password?’ option and just follow the instructions after.

NOTE: If you just changed your password, you have to wait 24 hours before doing a factory reset.

So, are you ready to reset? Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click ‘Advanced’, in other phones ‘More Settings’
  • Backup and Reset
  • Erase All Data
  • Tap on “Clear now” and wait for it to process the reset.

 

After the reset, you may restart your phone and restore your backed up files or just let it be if you have plans on selling it. You may still use it, but without logging in to your Google account you may not be able to fully utilize all Android apps and features.

Hard Reset: What Is It And How To Do It

There’s soft reset and then there’s hard reset. Soft reset means a factory reset via the Settings app. If you can’t do that because your phone’s software is malfunctioning, your screen is unresponsive, or for any other reasons, you can still do a factory reset using its power and volume buttons. This type of reset is called the “hard reset.”

The process may be different for each type of Android make and model, but with most here’s how to do it:

  • Make sure you have enough battery power.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Simultaneously press Power and Volume Up button. If the Android System Recovery screen is not up, you have to simultaneously press Power + Volume Up + Home Key button until the screen appears.
  • From the options, tap on wipe data/factory reset.
  • Tap on Yes (delete user data)
  • Tap Reboot System Now.

Your phone will boot up on its own and you can proceed from there. 

Summary

If you’re selling your phone, it is imperative to perform a factory reset to erase all your data because you run the risk of being hacked. There are a lot of horror stories over the years about people who sold their phones only to become the target of others who take advantage of their now compromised personal information.

Even if you’re just giving it to a family member, there will still be important information that could be stored somewhere you might have unchecked; like your saved passwords, bank information, messages, etc. A factory reset does not only delete photos, files, etc. it deletes synced account data that is stored in cloud-based servers either with Google or with your phone’s maker and only a factory reset can delete all of your secure login information successfully.

Before performing an unlock via the USB cable, USB Debugging (also known as Android Debug Bridge, or ADB) needs to be turned on first, in order for the computer to be able to communicate with the phone. This how-to will guide you on how to turn it on.

There is a YouTube video below that supplements this guide:

Downloading and Installing USB Drivers.

  1. Download the Driver Pack from the UnlockBase website. (https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/change-log-software-download/)

  2. Open the ZIP archive once the download is completed.
  3. Double Click on the “Samsung” folder.

  4. Drag the installer (SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe) to the desktop.

  5. Click on the installer.
  6. Click “Next” two times, and then click “Install”.
  7. Wait for the drivers to install. Once done, Click “Finish”.

 

 

Enabling USB Debugging

 

  1. Go to “Settings”.
  2. Scroll down, and go to “About Phone”.
  3. Scroll down, and go to “Software Information”.
  4. Tap the “Build number” seven times.
  5. When prompted, enter your PIN number. Then press “Done”.
  6. At this point, it should say “Developer mode has been turned on”.
  7. Press the back button, two times.
  8. Scroll down, and go to “Developer Options”.
  9. Scroll down, and turn on “USB Debugging”.
  10. Press “OK”.

 

 

Connecting the phone to the computer.

 

  1. Connect the USB cable to the computer’s USB port, and the other end to the phone.
  2. NOTE: To avoid connectivity problems, connect it directly to the computer’s USB port. Do not use USB hub, USB extension, and if using a desktop computer, use the USB ports on the back.
  3. When prompted, check the checkbox beside “Always allow from this computer”, then tap “OK”.
  4. When prompted, tap “Allow”.

 

Bypass Google Account Xiaomi

This guide will show you how to bypass Google account on a Xiaomi phone. You may need to do this if you forget the password on your Google account and had reset the device using recovery mode. You don’t need a computer to accomplish this. Doing this process may or may not work depending on the model and/or software version running in your Xiaomi phone.

At the time when I wrote this guide and filmed the how-to video (that supplements this guide), it worked for me using a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S running the latest MIUI 10.3.2.

Screenshot Guide: Bypass Google Account Xiaomi

  1. From the “Verify your account” screen. Go back, until you see the list of WiFi networks.
  2. Tap on “Add Network”.
  3. Type “www.youtube.com” under “SSID”.
  4. Long press “www.youtube.com”, until it’s highlighted in blue.
  5. Above it, tap the second option.
  6. The YouTube app should open. Search for “UnlockBase”.7. Select “UnlockBase”. From the results list.
  7. Swipe to the left, and tap “About”.
  8. Tap “Cellphone Unlocking”.
  9. Choose “Browser”.
  10. Tap “Agree & Continue”.
  11. Search for “Lawnchair APK”. Using the address bar above.
  12. Tap the one from APKMirror. It may or may not be first on the list.
  13. Select the very first one. Usually, that’s the latest version.
  14. Scroll down to download and click on the blue link.
  15. Click on “Download APK”.
  16. Tap “Allow”.
  17. When prompted to Save APK, tap “OK”.
  18. Once done downloading, tap “Settings”.
  19. Enable “Allow from this source”.
  20. Tap “Install”.
  21. Tap “Open”.
  22. Tap “Create”.
  23. Tap “Allow”.
  24. Go to “Settings”.
  25. Tap “Lock screen & password”.
  26. Tap “Screen Lock”.
  27. Tap “PIN”.
  28. Set a Pin. For this guide, I set it to 123456. But you can set whatever you want. Just remember it.
  29. Confirm the PIN that you created.
  30. When prompted to create a fingerprint, tap “Cancel”.
  31. When done, reboot the phone.
  32. Unlock the phone by swiping up and enter the pin that you created earlier.
  33. When you see this screen, enter the PIN you created earlier.
  34. When you see this screen, YOU DID EVERYTHING CORRECTLY! However, DON’T SIGN TO A GOOGLE AND MIUI ACCOUNT JUST YET.
  35. Just skip both Google and MIUI sign in and go through setup.
  36. At the end of the setup, you will be prompted what launcher to use. Choose “Lawnchair”.
  37. Go back to “Settings”. It’s recommended to do a factory reset.
  38. Tap “Additional Settings”.
  39. Tap “Backup & reset”.
  40. Tap “Erase all data (factory reset)”.
  41. Tap “All files on the phone”, and then tap “Reset phone”.
  42. Tap “next step” after the counter has elapsed.
  43. Tap “OK” after the counter has elapsed.
  44. The phone will reboot. Once booted back up, continue setting up the phone like you would with a new phone. You should be able to sign in to any other Google account! CONGRATULATIONS!

Unlock Samsung Galaxy A6 UnlockBase

This is a review on the performance, specs, and features of the Samsung Galaxy A6 from Metro by T-Mobile. Factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy A6 retail price is $359.99.  But if you want to get it on subsidy, you can also get it locked from any carrier and have our factory unlock service for Samsung Galaxy A6, so you can still enjoy the flexibility of an unlocked phone. 

Unlocking Samsung Galaxy A6: Quick Overview

Battery size: 3000mAh                                             ROM/RAM: 32GB/3GB

Screen Size: 5.6” AMOLED  720 x 1480                Cameras: 16MP front/16MP back

What to like. This mid-range Samsung has Fingerprint Scan and Facial Recognition for security. It also runs with a 3GB RAM so it’s fast and can handle moderate to heavy apps. It has a nice aluminum casing and semi-matte finish that gives it a premium look.

Finally, it packs a 3000mAh battery that’s enough to last you more than a day of regular usage.  

What not to like. For the same price, the LG Q7 Plus has arguably a better screen resolution than the Galaxy A6. The main camera doesn’t have PDAF which may result in slightly slower autofocus compared to phones within the same price range.  

The processor could also be improved, but compared to other Samsung phones, you will most likely not notice that it’s inferior when it comes to speed and performance.

More importantly, for a much lesser price, the LG Q7 Plus is IP68 Water and Dust Resistant, while the Samsung Galaxy A6 is not.

Both are offered through Metro by T-Mobile.

Got a phone from Metro that you want to carrier unlock? We can help you permanently unlock it with the MetroPCS Device Unlock App!

Unlock Samsung Galaxy A6 UnlockBase

Samsung Galaxy A6 Build And Design

Metallic Build. The Samsung Galaxy A6 is beautiful, it doesn’t exactly look like the S9 when it comes to design, but it has an aluminum casing that gives it a luxurious look. Since it’s an all-metal phone, Samsung created a small non-metallic loop at the upper and lower back to put the antennas neatly.

Bezel-less display. It’s not the first Samsung budget/mid-range phone to have a bezel-less display and Home button, but it’s so refreshing to see a less bulky, more modern design on a Samsung slate phone.

Non-ergonomic Design. The fingerprint scanner is situated on the same box as the camera, which makes it a little bit awkward to reach. It may not as bad as it seems since the phone is relatively small (only 5.6 inches screen size) and fits the average hand size.

Samsung Galaxy A6: Hardware, Specs, and Features

No USB-C. No fast-charging. Since 2018, it’s almost as if the USB-C has become an industry standard for every smartphone manufacturer, and so it’s a bummer that the Galaxy A6 didn’t come with a USB-C port for fast charging. Instead, it is using a Micro USB, which is somewhat backward for a newly-released, mid-range priced phone.

On the brighter side, you can still have your phone back from 0% up to 100% within 2 hours and 15 minutes of charging.

Low light, high-resolution camera. Budget Samsung phones most often have low megapixels cameras, but they’re also known for having good sensors. And the Galaxy A6’s cameras surely don’t disappoint.

Other phones may have higher megapixels but they are not good at taking pictures in low light. The Samsung Galaxy A6, on the other hand, has the best of both worlds. It can capture great images even in at night or in low light settings.

Overall Impression on MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy A6

So is the Samsung Galaxy A6 a good phone? Well, it can be for an avid Samsung user, but compared to other brands, it’s clearly not the best bang for the buck. There are other brands of mid-range phones out there that offer more for the same price, like the LG Q7 Plus.

Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy A6 does not have anything particularly stand out in the mid-range phone arena. Looking at the trend and changes between many budgets and mid-range phones over the years, it seems that Samsung is not interested in winning the budget and mid-range phone market.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy A6 does not particularly stand out from its competition but it shows signs of huge improvements from its predecessors. And with the home button gone, we’re confident that Samsung is actively making changes, slowly stamping its brand name in the mid-range phone market to dominate it.

It is not the budget version of Samsung Galaxy S9 when it comes to the features, but with its much ‘modern’ bezel-less design, it certainly has the premium Samsung-branded vibe that you would otherwise only get with the brand’s flagship devices.

Hey, we unlock phones from Metro! If you want to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an unlocked phone, we’re here to help! Go to MetroPCS Mobile Device Unlock App for more information.

iPhone Unlock Sim Card UnlockBase

iPhone Unlock Sim Card

Unlock your iPhone in seconds with our 2-step unlock process! 

If your iPhone is ineligible for our regular iPhone Factory Unlock or if you want a quick fix that can unlock your iPhone real time, the iPhone Unlock Sim Card is the best alternative that we offer. Through the UnlockBase iPhone Unlock Sim card, you no longer have to ask your carrier to unlock your phone or go through the complicated process of iPhone Factory UnlockOur sim card works on ALL iPhones, notwithstanding the original carrier and the model of your iPhone.

Note: There are two different kinds of sim cards that support each set of iPhones.
One for the new generation iPhone Xs: Xs Max and Xr, and one for older iPhone models.

How To Use The iPhone Unlock Sim Card: 2 Steps

1. Stack the UnlockBase iPhone Unlock sim card to your new carrier’s sim card.

Attach the UnlockBase iPhone unlock sim card to the sim card you want to use.  For example, if you want to use a Rogers sim card to an iPhone that’s locked to AT&T, you don’t need to keep the AT&T sim card anymore.  Make sure you align and stack the iPhone Unlock sim card and the Rogers sim card firmly on the sim tray before you insert it back to your iPhone.

2. Wait for your iPhone to recognize the unlock process.

After inserting the sim card, wait 30 seconds to 1 minute. You will be prompted with “Sim Card Not Supported” [which means your iPhone is still locked] or another similar error message but you just need to exit out of it.  It will take a little time for your iPhone to recognize or process the unlock, but within the specified waiting time frame you will see signal bars come in and your iPhone is successfully unlocked.

How To Use The iPhone Unlock Sim Card

3. If the phone still shows “SIM Not Valid” change the ICCID of your device

To to that, simply go to Emergency Call mode and input the code *5005*7672*88#  if nothing happens, try instead one of these codes: *5005*7672*00# or *5005*7672*0# or *5005*7672*5858# or *5005*7672*99#.

Then you will be able to edit the ICCID of the iPhone Unlock Sim,
Please use this ICCID: 89014104270225985430 and click send,
Restart your phone and that’s it!

iPhone Unlock Sim Card: Things You Need To Know

1. The UnlockBase iPhone Unlock Sim is not a permanent Unlock solution

However, it comes handy when you’re looking for a convenient and fast way to unlock your iPhone.

2. The UnlockBase iPhone Unlock Sim has to stay inside your iPhone to ensure it stays unlocked.

In the event that you use another carrier because you’re traveling in multiple countries or just want to try another carrier, you may have to repeat the unlocking process mentioned above.

You have to keep the iPhone Unlock Sim card stacked with the carrier sim card for it to stay unlocked. 

3. The UnlockBase iPhone Unlock Sim works with any iPhones.

It works with any iPhone regardless of your carrier and model. It’s very convenient to use for when you’re traveling to another country and you want to save on roaming fees, or you simply just want to get out of your current carrier. 

4. The UnlockBase iPhone Unlock Sim will not jailbreak your iPhone.

Our sim card does not require you to install any software that can potentially harm your iPhone’s operating system. It will save you from all the technicalities that usually comes with the Factory unlock process. It’s safe, easy, and convenient to use.

Order The iPhone Unlock Sim Card Now

UnlockBase is a leader in the iPhone unlocking industry and we are a trusted source of breakthrough unlocking technology for the last decade. We’ve already unlocked over 9 million phones (and counting!) and we have a global network of suppliers across the globe. Order it today and receive it in your doorsteps in no time!

We have 24/7 support available in various channels always willing to help you with your concerns.

Got questions? Drop them in the comments section and we’d be glad to answer them!

Sell Your Phone For The Best Price

How To Sell Your Phone For The Best Price: All You Need To Know

Are you planning to sell your old phone so you can upgrade? Your carriers’ trade in program sure sounds tempting, but they are not always the best price. There are many buy and sell websites that give higher offers than most carriers.

Ebay’s Instant Selling, for example, almost always offers better rates than AT&T, T-Mobile, and other carriers who offer trade-in programs.

An AT&T-locked iPhone X 256 GB in excellent condition (no dents, no scratches, perfect screen) best offer is only $450 with AT&T but you can sell it on Ebay for at least $600* even without the accessories. You can sell it for more if you include the accessories that came with it.

Moreover, an UNLOCKED iPhone X in excellent condition, can be sold for at least $700 on Ebay even without the accessories. That difference adds up and can earn you a lot more money than trading your phone with your carrier.

Of course, if you want to sell your phone for the best price, you have to keep it in an immaculate physical condition and ensure it passes standards that would make it worth all the money.

Here are five ways to increase the market value of your phone:

1. Unlock it. Factor number 1 in buying and selling is knowing whether the phone is locked to a certain carrier. If it’s locked, that’d hugely diminish the number of people who would be willing to buy it because it limits their options. It will start off with a lower bid price compared to phones which can be used with any carrier all over the globe.

Unlocking your phone from its carrier doesn’t always involve having to ‘jailbreak’ or ‘root’ the device. If you’re using an iPhone, there is an easy, fast, and SAFE way to unlock your iPhone without breaking your warranty or bricking the phone itself. For phones coming from T-Mobile or MetroPCS, you can safely unlock your phone permanently through the Device Unlock App.

Your carrier can also help you unlock your phone for a FEE provided your account meets certain standards. Otherwise, you’d probably be asked why you’re unlocking it and if there’s a chance you’d be switching to another carrier, which, of course, would in one way or another, harm your pocket, or worse, your credit score.

As mentioned earlier, UNLOCKED phones have more perceived value than those which aren’t because it doesn’t limit the users with their options for carriers.

2. Include the original packaging and accessories with the phone. Selling your phone together with the original packaging, headset, charger, and other accessories that came free with it will drastically increase the retail value.

Ebay and other buy and sell sites for used electronics offer higher for sellers who include the accessories and the original packaging (only if they are still in good condition). Buying phone accessories such as the headset and the charger also comes at a price, so if you sell your phone with it, you’ll have better offers than when you don’t.

However, there are buy and sell sites that don’t require you to include them, like Gazelle, and won’t pay you more if you did include them in the package. It’s best to just keep your accessories for your own use or sell them somewhere else.

3. Start off with a higher price point. Be wary of used phone resellers who will low ball you to the core. When priced fair and just, you will never run out of genuine interested buyers. On buy-and-sell or trade-in websites where there’s no fixed price point and people can haggle or bargain with you, it’s best to start off with a higher price point (but still within a fair price range, of course).

When someone tries to haggle, they will try to knock down the price, but you can still negotiate to the price point you wanted. They’ll think they had a good deal and you got the price you wanted. Win-win.

If you’re not strapped for cash, stay firm, the right buyer will come your way.

4. Add more proof. Often times, listings don’t get noticed because of the lack of photos or videos to prove its legitimacy. When you’re selling a phone, uploading pictures and videos that show the condition of the device is the best way to attract potential buyers. If you’re not selling your phone in trading sites, you can also try Facebook Marketplace.

Warning: you’re not protected by Facebook in case you are scammed by the buyer. In the Facebook Marketplace, you’re all on your own. Uploading more photos or videos that shows the phone’s condition will increase the chances of having more interested buyers. It’s best to sell the phone to someone who’s within your area so you can personally meet and they can check the phone while you’re with them. The video/photo proof will also reduce the perceived risks that prevents people from buying.

5. Try selling on other platforms. There are a lot of legitimate platforms that allow you to sell your phone or other gadgets. Aside from your carrier, you can also sell your phone on Swappa, Glyde, Gazelle, uSell, Apple (for iPhones), Best Buy, Amazon, NextWorth, and many more.

The only difference among these platforms is that, Ebay and Best Buy sends you vouchers or gift cards, and the rest asks you to go to the store, or mail your phone for a physical check- up.

Sell Your Phone For The Best Price

Where Should You Sell Your Phone? We compared each platform.

We tried several gadget trading/selling platforms and here are their offers for an iPhone 8 64GB, GSM, Silver, USED but in excellent condition with complete accessories (headphones, original box, and charger and cable) as of April, 2019.

Ebay Gazelle Swappa uSell Best Buy
AT&T locked $306 $229 $360- $600 average price $220-$271 $210 trade-in value
Unlocked $366 $266 $360- $600 average price $230- $299 No options for unlocked phone
Pros Highest offer among other platforms Don’t ask you to send accessories with the phone No middleman, you can deal directly with buyers. Free prepaid shipping label Free prepaid shipping label
Cons Only pays with vouchers Offer not competitive enough, adding accessories doesn’t change the price offer Only form of payment is PayPal Payments are only done 1-7 biz days after item is received by buyers. Pay via gift cards

 

Although, Ebay’s offer is the highest, they won’t be paying you with cash. You have to reconsider whether you need an Ebay voucher or not.

Do’s and Don’ts Before selling your old phone

  1. Take the old SIM card and the memory card out. You don’t need to delete your memory card’s data unless you’re selling the card together with the phone. Take out your old SIM card as well, although you might not be able to use it, there are still data being saved on your old SIM card like your contacts list, messages, and call logs. You surely don’t want those on another person’s hand.
  1. Make sure you delete all your personal data. Saved password, emails, Drive or Cloud information, deleted videos and pictures, cache, IDs, etc. You’re not only protecting yourself from data theft, you’re also increasing your phone’s market value. If you’re using an Android, you can also backup your phone’s existing data to your Google account. If you can bring back the phone to its default, ‘almost-new’ functionality state, it would drastically increase its memory and power efficiency.
  1. Do a system check. If you’re selling an old used phone that has not been used for the last 3 months or so, it’s necessary for you to do a system check before you even start selling. It could have a drained battery or it might be in need for a system update. Try using the phone for at least one day to see whether you encounter any issues while using it.
  1. For Android users: Sign out of your Google account. You need to sign out of your Google account, otherwise the new user will not be able to activate it since he/she needs your password.

Conclusion

There are other ways to increase the market value of your phone, but it all boils down to how you maintained the phone’s aesthetic value and functionality. When you sell, be honest about your phone’s true condition and don’t let down the person on the receiving end.

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