‘Samsung’ Archive

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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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”.

 

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!

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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.

Samsung Galaxy J2 is one of Samsung’s newest budget phone and it has taken a remarkable change of design; for the first time in Samsung’s budget phone category, they had removed the physical home button, which means you will be using only the navigation bar on the screen.

Why Samsung removed the button we’re not entirely sure spacewise, because the space that houses the now non- existent home button is still there but it was replaced by the brand name. We’re thinking it’s for ergonomic purposes since people who are used to the home button might need some adjusting before getting used to it. It could also be because it is rather redundant to have the physical home button when it’s on the screen itself.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 doesn’t look much on the outside, it doesn’t have aluminum casing or glass back cover but that’s also one of the reasons why it’s so affordable.

Hey, do you want a quick and easy way to sim unlock your Samsung Galaxy J2 from MetroPCS? Click here. 

 

Samsung Galaxy J2 Build and Design

Samsung Galaxy J2’s build and design is on par with the rest of the Android phones in the budget department. We compared it to 3 other budget phones that retails for the same price (LG Aristo 3, Alcatel A30 Fierce, Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime Silver) from Metro by T-Mobile (previously called MetroPCS) and there seems to be no significant difference among them (comparison shown in the table below).

 

SPECS Samsung Galaxy J2 LG Aristo 3 Alcatel A30 Fierce Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime Silver
Processor Speed 1.4 GHz quad-core processor 1.4 GHz quad-core processor Quad Core 1.5 GHz processor Quad Core 1.4 GHz processor
OS Android 8.1 Android 8.1 Android 7 Android 7.0
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 1.5GB
ROM 16GB 16GB 32GB 16GB
Battery Size 2600mAh 2500mAh 3000mAh 2600mAh
Rear Camera 8MP with LED flash 13MP PDAF with flash 13MP autofocus with LED flash 5MP Autofocus with low light aperture
Front Camera 5MP 5MP 5MP, wide- angle with LED Flash 2MP
Video Recording 720p @30fps 720p @30fps 1080p HD 1080p HD @ 30 fps
Display Size 5 in 5 in 5 in 5 in
Display Resolution 540 x 960 720 x 1280 720 x 1280 720 x 1280
Display Type TFT IPS IPS LCD TFT
Biometrics None 2D Face Unlock Fingerprint None
Price tag $149, free after all offers $139, free after all offers $149, free after all offers $139, free after all offers

 

The J2, however, is considerably heavy for its height, weighing 5.8 oz at just 6 inches long. It has 5 inches of screen display on a Corning Gorilla Glass, with a 540 x 960 resolution on a 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s a bummer that it has a lower resolution compared to the LG Aristo 3 which has a 720 x 1280 resolution on the same screen size for almost the same price.

To sum it up, it doesn’t have a stand out appearance and only has the standard look of most Samsung budget and mid-range phones.

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Samsung Galaxy J2 Hardware, Specs, and Features

The Samsung Galaxy J2 again doesn’t have an ‘edge’ above other budget phones of the same price, aside from bearing the brand name you trust. Nonetheless, its specs don’t really disappoint; it has a huge battery, a good processor, and solid cameras.

It has 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP main camera with LED Flash. However, these cameras don’t have instant focus or PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) and that means it might not be that great for selfies as it is for still images. Compared to Alcatel A30 Fierce, it has lower camera specs, because the American brand features a 13MP rear-facing auto-focus camera that has an LED flash and a 5MP front-facing wide-angle camera with LED flash as well.

If you’re about taking great selfie photos with a huge group, the Alcatel A30 Fierce has a better chance of nailing it than the Samsung Galaxy J2.

On the other hand, the battery is quite large but still not as huge as the Alcatel A30 fierce, which has a 3000mAh battery size. The Galaxy J2 only has a 2600mAh but still could last you a day of use.

The security features of the Galaxy J2 are not as impressive as the rest in the budget phone department. It doesn’t have fingerprint sensors like Alcatel A30 Fierce or Face Unlock which is present in LG Aristo 3.

Guidelines and steps on how to perform permanent unlock with MetroPCS device unlock app.

Is Samsung Galaxy J2 Worth Upgrading To?

If you value trust for the brand, Samsung Galaxy J2 is not bad for the price, although it could have had better specs to keep up with its competitors. It’s not the best Samsung budget phone we’ve seen so far, but we think that losing the home button is one of the remarkable changes the brand has adapted for all its budget phones.

Without the home button, the phone is still intuitively easy to use, that is, of course, if you’ve been a long time Android user.

If there was anything significant that we wanted Samsung could have changed, that is adding a fingerprint sensor. Undeniably, that’s something that makes every budget Samsung phone look and feel so out of date.

Do you want to unlock your phone using the Z3X Box but don’t know where to start? Well, here’s a complete guide that will help you do all the things you need to do to unlock your phone using this method successfully!

WARNING: WE WILL BE ROOTING THE PHONE AND THIS VOIDS THE WARRANTY IF YOU STILL HAVE ONE. THIS ALSO DISABLES KNOX AND ITS FEATURES. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO USE THEM ANYMORE (LIKE SECURE FOLDER) EVEN IF THE FIRMWARE HAS BEEN RESTORED.

TLDR; below is a YouTube video that supplements this guide but all the downloadable materials are in this written guide.

Note: This guide already assumes that you have already installed Z3X Shell, activated the box, and have installed Samsung Tool Pro.

If you don’t already have a Z3X box and you want to unlock your phone, UnlockBase has a white glove unlock program where one of our technicians unlocks your phone remotely over the internet (for a fee). Through this guide you will; (1) know what files needed to be downloaded, (2) know how to root your Samsung phone safely, and (3) unlock your phone through the Samsung Tool Pro software for the Z3X.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Files that to be downloaded:

Samsung Android USB Driver – This will allow the phone to communicate with the computer.

TWRP 3.2.3-1 – This will allow us to flash Magisk so we can root the phone.

Magisk Manager – This software that does the actual rooting.

Preparation

  1. Turn off the phone. Remove all SIM cards. Leave the microSD inside. If no microSD, insert one. (We’ll need that later).
  2. Turn the phone back on.
  3. Activate both USB Debugging and OEM Unlock
    • Go to Settings.
    • Go to “About Phone”
    • Tap “Software Info”
    • Tape Build Number 7 times, until it says “Developer mode has been enabled”, or “Developer mode has been enabled.”
    • Go back twice.
    • Go to “Developer Options”.
    • Enable both “OEM Unlock” and “USB Debugging”.
  4. When prompted “Allow access to device data.” Tap “Allow”.
  5. Copy “Magisk-vXXX.zip (XXX means version number of Magisk), to the phone’s SD card.
  6. If connected, disconnect the phone from the computer.

 

Loading TWRP recovery.

  1. Turn the phone off. Then press volume down (-), home, and power.
  2. If you see “Warning”, press Volume up.
    • If you see the Samsung logo. Pull the battery out, put it back in, and keep trying until you get to the “Warning” screen.
  3. Connect the phone to the computer.
  4. Connect the Z3X Box to the computer.
  5. Launch SamungToolPro
  6. Go to “Flash” tab, on the top.
  7. Click on “PDA” on the left side.
  8. Navigate where you downloaded TWRP (twrp_3.2.3-1_sm-g532.tar).
  9. Click “Flash”.
  10. As soon as the phone reboots, IMMEDIATELY pull the battery out. Then disconnect the cable.
  11. Put the battery back on, and then press Volume Up (+), Home and Power.
  12. If you see a red text on the top saying “RECOVERY IS NOT SEADROID ENFORCING”, you just wait.If not, pull the battery out, reinsert and try pressing Volume Up (+), Home and Power. Keep trying until you see the red text on top.
  13. Once booted into TWRP, swipe “Swipe to Allow Modifications.”

Rooting the phone.

  1. On TWRP, tap “Install”.
  2. Tap “Select Storage”.
  3. Tap “Micro SD card”.
  4. Tap “OK”
  5. Select “Magisk-vXXX.zip” (XXX means the version number of Magisk).
  6. Swipe “swipe to confirm Flash” to start flashing Magisk.
  7. Wait for it to flash. Ignore the red errors).
  8. Once done, tap “Reboot System”.
  9. When prompted (and didn’t automatically reboot), tap “Do Not Install”.
  10. If you see the yellow text “Set Warranty Bit: kernel(0)”. You did everything correctly, so far.
  11. Plug the phone into the computer.
  12. When prompted “Allow access to device data.” Tap “Allow”.
  13. Go where you downloaded Magisk (Magisk-vXXX.zip) (XXX means the version of Magisk), and open it.
  14. Extract “Magisk.apk” under the “common” directory, anywhere (just remember where you extracted it).
  15. Copy the extracted “Magisk.apk” to your phone’s SD card.
  16. Navigate to and install the “magisk.apk” on your phone.When prompted, tap “Settings”, and enable “Unknown Sources”.
  17. Once done, click “Open”.
  18. If both “Magisk”, and “Magisk Manager” has a green check. We are now ready to proceed to the next step.

 

Unlocking the phone.

  1. Go back to SamsungToolPro
  2. Click on “Model” tab on the top. Type in “G532G” “G532M” or “G532F”, without the quotation marks. Select your model from the list, and then click “Select” on the bottom.
  3. Click the “Unlock” tab on the top.
  4. Click on “Read Phone Info” on the right.  
  5. On the right side of “ADB”, click the arrow and select the only option there. (That’s your phone.)
  6. Unlock your phone’s screen.
  7. Click “Unlock”.
  8. When prompted to allow USB debugging, check “Always allow from this computer”, and then tap “OK”.
  9. Wait for the phone to ask for Superuser permission or access. Tap “Grant” or “OK”
  10. Once done, the phone should reboot. Your phone is now SIM unlocked at this point.
  11. Once booted. Turn it off.
  12. Put your SIM card. And turn the phone back on.
  13. Use the phone normally.

Now your phone is unlocked! You should be able to use a different carrier’s service without any problems. If you have any questions, let’s talk about them in the comments section!

 

If you’re not that confident with your tech skills, we offer a Remote Phone Unlock Service where one of our technicians will unlock your phone via a remote session on your PC/laptop. We support several devices (list will come out soon as we launch this service) but for this article we will use a Samsung phone as an example.

Moreover, this article’s discussion will focus ONLY on the things you need to do or prepare prior to the remote session.

TLDR; There is a Youtube video that supplements this written guide, but all the downloadable files are in this article. 

A remote unlock session is guaranteed not to exceed 45 minutes in the best case scenario. To make sure your phone will last throughout the whole session, it needs to have at least 50% battery/power.

What you need to have for the remote unlock session are the following:

  • A computer that runs Windows Vista or later. Windows XP may or may not work. Our unlock software also doesn’t work on a Mac or Linux.
  • A phone (e.g. Samsung) that you want to unlock and has at least 50% of power in it.
  • Appropriate USB Cable (since we’re going to need to connect the phone to the computer).

1. Enable USB Debugging on the Samsung smartphone.

In order for the phone to “talk” with the computer, we need to allow USB Debugging on your Samsung phone. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Settings”.
    • Pull down the Notifications drawer and then,
    • tap the gear or Settings icon on the upper right of the screen.
  2. If you can’t find it on the first step, you can also just go to the “Settings” app in your app drawer.
  3. Go to “About Phone”.
  4. Go to “Software Information”.
  5. Tap the build number seven times, or until it says “Developer mode has been enabled” or “No need, developer mode has already been enabled.”
  6. Go back, twice.
  7. Go to “Developer Options”.
  8. Turn on “USB Debugging”.

2. Download and install three things.

After making sure that the phone is now communicating with your PC/laptop, the next thing you have to prepare are the tools and the software we to install for our computers to be able to communicate to each other over the internet.

  1. TeamViewer – Is a tool that allows you to share client’s (you) screen and give exclusive access to another user (UnlockBase technician) to remotely control your computer. Of course, we can only proceed with your permission.
    • Select “Basic Installation” and under “How do you want to proceed?”
    • Select “Personal / Non-commercial use” on “How do you want to use TeamViewer?”
    • Click “Accept.”
    • When prompted “to allow this app to make changes to your device”. Click “Yes”.
    • When TeamViewer window opens. Leave it for now.
  1. Samsung USB Drivers – In addition to having a USB cable, this is required in order for your computer to communicate with your Samsung smartphone.
    • Click “Next”, twice.
    • Click “Install”.
    • Once done, click “Finish”.
  1. UnlockBase Client – This will connect your Samsung smartphone to the technician’s computer over the internet.

3. Connect the phone to the computer using the appropriate USB cable.

Connect one end of the cable to the phone you wish to unlock and the other end to the laptop/PC. To see whether your PC is “seeing” your phone and that it’s been recognized you need to:

  1. Launch the Device Manager
    • On your keyboard, press Windows Logo and R at the same time.
    • Type in “devmgmt.msc”, without the quotation marks. Press Enter
  2. Ensure that these two shows up under Device Manager.
    • “SAMSUNG Mobile USB Modem” under “Modems”
    • “SAMSUNG Android ADB Interface” under “SAMSUNG Android Phone” or “Android Device”

4. Launch UnlockBase Client

Once you ensure that your Samsung phone is recognized by your PC/laptop, we can then Launch the UnlockBase Client. If you’re logged in to the UnlockBase Client, that means we’re now able to communicate to your computer over the internet.

  1. When it asks you that it needs to run as an Administrator. Click “Yes”.
  2. If prompted click “Run”
  3. If prompted that you “want to allow this app to make changes to your device?”. Click “Yes”.
  4. For the ID, type “UnlockBase” (without the quotation marks”).
  5. Then click “Log in”.

  1. Now, contact and inform the technician on Skype, Telegram, Viber, or Whatsapp. Wait for their reply and they can pretty much take it from here. During the remote unlock session, you can see everything that’s happening on your screen. And since both of you are doing this through TeamViewer, you can always get the cursor access back anytime you see anything suspicious. Moreover, you can always uninstall all the software we used AFTER the unlock process is complete and confirmed on your phone.

That’s basically it. You’re just a few minutes away from having your phone unlocked. Wait for a few minutes for the technician to respond. We have multiple channels of communication and our team is here 24/7 and we’re always ready to help you.

Should you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop them down in the comments and we’re cool to answer all of them as fast as we can!

The holiday season is here and surely there will be a lot of gatherings and parties everywhere. You are ready, but what about your phone? If you are looking for the best phone to bring to every party this holiday season, try checking the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 out!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is accompanied by a powerful S pen that is now connected to Bluetooth for easier control in capturing photos, doing presentations, and watching videos. It is with a 6.3 inches screen display lighted with Super AMOLED technology. It comes with 256 GB internal memory expandable up to 512 GB.

Related: Everything you need to know about how to unlock a Samsung phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s Build and Design

Decades back, the term phablet was born, and it is used to describe phones with a screen size between that of a regular smartphone and a tablet. It gained a negative reputation for being too big for hands to hold and for not being pocket-friendly.

Samsung, being one of the pioneering manufacturers of phablets, did not disappoint the world by releasing the Galaxy Note series, which we know are truly remarkable when it comes to design and build quality. And this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 made its debut.

Just like it’s predecessors, the outer parts of Galaxy Note 9 is made with glass and accented with aluminum; it has smooth curves at its edges really identical to the former Galaxy Note 8. Its outer appearance is polished with three different colors— Ocean Black, Midnight Blue, and Metallic Copper.

Its height is 6.4 inches- having an almost bezel-less Super AMOLED  screen display.

The processor of this device is the Google Android version 8.1 Oreo. It’s a total bummer because Android Pie was already released before its debut, and that could have added more features and security.

The sim slots of this are in dual nano sim or it could be a hybrid (one nano sim and one micro SD card).

The S pen in Note 9 is now connected via Bluetooth, and it has added functions, too. It can control the camera, pause videos, and much more. It is located at the base of the phone together with the 3.0 mm headphone jack and a USB type- C cable port.

In the back is its dual camera; having 12 mp for the main camera is not bad but still lacking compared to humungous models of other smartphone manufacturers. Its front camera is only in 8MP, which is also a big thumbs down.

We expected the price of this device to be justified by its camera’s finesse. You can get a better camera with other flagship phones for the same price.

The internal storage of this phone is in 256 GB and can be increased up to 512 GB, making it perfect for storing pictures, videos, and files for keeps from this holiday season.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Huawei Mate 20 vs. iPhone Xs Max

Below are the specs of Galaxy Note 9 versus the other two flagships phones from other Mobile manufacturers.

Galaxy Note 9 Huawei Mate 20 iPhone XS MAX
Display 6.3” 6.5” 6.5’’
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels 1242 x 2688 pixels
Features HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor HDR video support, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Camera Main camera: 12 mp

Front: 8 mp

Main: 12 mp:

Front: 24 mp

Rear: 12 megapixels

Front: 7 megapixels

Dimensions 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm) 6.23 x 3.04 x 0.33 inches (158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm) 6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches (157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm)
Colors Ocean Black, Midnight Blue, Metallic Blue Black, Gold, Green, Blue Gold, Silver, Space Grey
Weight 7.09 oz (201 g) 6.63 oz (188 g) 7.34 oz (208 g)
Materials Main body: Glass; Accents: Aluminum Main: Glass

Accent: Aluminum

Main body: Glass; Accents: Stainless steel
Biometrics Iris scanner, Fingerprints, Face ID Fingerprints Fingerprints, Face ID
System Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Apple A12 Bionic APL1W81
RAM 8 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Internal Memory 256 GB, 512 GB 64 GB, 128 GB 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
External Memory Up to 512 GB Up to 256 GB

 

This phablet rivals the iPhone Xs Max in terms of price but if you’ll look into the specs and features between the two, major differences can be seen.  

Note 9 and Xs Max have main cameras both in 12 mp. However, Note 9’s front camera is 8MP while the Xs Max only has 7MP. That’s a slight difference in numbers but a huge difference in picture quality.

On the other hand, besides being a little bit cheaper compared to the two, Huawei’s Mate 20 leave a huge gap in the camera aspects, having 24 mp in its front camera, but having only a 12MP main camera.

The only edge the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has it its improved S-pen.

Conclusion

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, is one of the most powerful phones out in the market today. You’ll never go wrong with an 8GB RAM in any day.  Whether you use this phablet for work or for just having fun, this phablet could be the perfect gift to yourself for this year’s holiday season.

 

If you are looking for a budget phone with a good camera, advanced security features, fast processor, and the latest operating system, then you should definitely check out the Samsung J7 Star from T- Mobile.

The Samsung J7 Star (SM-J737T) is one of the few budget phones that came with a Facial Recognition feature. The phone retails at $250 on T-Mobile, and if you don’t buy it outright, you can also get it for $10 per month for 24 months with $10 down payment.

You will pay the remaining device balance if you cancel before the contract ends.

Do note that it comes locked with T- Mobile, so if you want it unlocked (for use with another carrier), you can definitely use UnlockBase’s service for Device Unlock App Permanent Unlock.

On the outside the phone looks nothing spectacular; it is available only on color blue just as the Samsung J3 Star is only available on color pink. We are assuming this phone was meant for the masculine market because it has a bigger battery than the J3 Star, which is more likely for gaming purposes.

Let’s first discover its overall features to help you decide whether the Samsung J7 Star could be your next phone.

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Samsung J7 Star vs Other Budget Phones

Below is a table that compares the key features of Samsung J7 Star to that of other budget phones that are also available through the T-Mobile network.

Features Samsung J7 Star  Moto E5 Plus LG Stylo 4
Display Size 5.5 in 6.0 in 6.2 in
Screen Technology TFT IPS LCD TFT
Screen Features Scratch- resistant Scratch- resistant
Front Camera 13MP 8MP with Flash 5MP with Autofocus HDR mode
Rear Camera 13MP 12MP 13MP
Aperture f/1.7 f/2.0 f/2.2
Video Recorder 1080p HD, 30fps 1080p HD, 30fps 1080p HD, 30fps
Build (body)  Material Plastic Metal
Ruggedness Splash Resistant
Security Features Facial Recognition Fingerprint Facial recognition, Fingerprint touch
Features Stylus
Colors Blue Black, Gold, Gray, Blue Black
System Processor Octa-core, 1600 MHz Octa-core, 1400 MHz Octa-core, 1800 MHz
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB
Internal Memory 32GB 32GB 32GB
Storage expansion up to 400 GB up to 128GB up to 2000GB(2TB)
OS Android (8.0 Oreo) Android (8.0 Oreo) Android (8.1 Oreo)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 5000mAh 3300 mAh

Samsung Galaxy J7 Star Design And Build Quality

The J7 Star is a minimalistic looking phone; it could be because of the price or it could be just because they’re trying to keep it consistent with the J3 Star. It has more of a “2016-ish” design compared to the LG Stylo 4, which adopted a more 2018-like design.

The latter also has a bigger screen size, 6.2 in compared to 5.5 in on the Samsung Galaxy J7 star. The LG Stylo 4 also has a better 1080p resolution compared to the 720p resolution on the J7 star. This means that the visual experience with the Stylo 4 is going to be better than that of the J7 Star.

On the front, there is a 13MP camera, which makes it a winner in that department. Selfies with the J7 Star are definitely better than the Stylo 4.

There’s also a 13MP camera at the back with a f/1.7 aperture (a low f-stop means wider aperture and more light comes in). With a better aperture, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Star will have better low light photos compared to the Moto E5 Plus and Stylo 4.

It has a scratch-resistant screen and a handy Home button below the screen

How To Set Up Face Recognition On Samsung Galaxy J7 Star

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Star, unfortunately, doesn’t have any Fingerprint reader, so the only way to secure your phone is to setup a password/pin/pattern or to setup the Face Recognition feature.

But no worries, it’s fairly easy. Just like most Samsung phones, here’s how to get it done.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Lock Screen and Security.
  3. Tap Face Recognition.
  4. Tap Continue.
  5. Set Up A Secure Screen Lock (Pattern, Pin, Password).
  6. Tap Continue.
  7. Re-enter Your Screen Lock Security Key.
  8. Tap Confirm.
  9. Read Disclaimer. Hit OK.
  10. Tap Continue.
  11. Follow Screen Prompts To Setup Face Recognition.
  12. Tap Continue.
  13. Tap Turn On (Face Unlock).
  14. Tap Done.

Congratulations! You’ve setup your Face Recognition security successfully! If you ever have problems opening up your phone using the Face Recognition feature, you can always use your screen lock security key (password, pin, or pattern) to unlock your phone.

How To Unlock Samsung J7 Star For Any GSM Network

As mentioned in the earlier part of this article, the Samsung J7 Star from T-Mobile can only be unlocked using the Device Unlock App. This helpful app will be the only way to get your phone Temporarily or Permanently unlocked for use with any GSM network, and it will be granted as long as you qualify with T-Mobile’s unlock policies.

If you otherwise don’t, you can always use our services to get your phone permanently unlocked! To do it now, simply go to our T-Mobile Device Unlock App service page! Should you have any questions we’re always here, 24/7 to help you out!

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star (SM-J337) is probably the least among the brand’s phone releases this year, but it is definitely worth the second look. Not only does this phone look chic on the outside, but it is also in every sense worth every penny.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star Tech Specs vs Other Budget Phones

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star Motorola Moto E5 Play LG Aristo 2 Plus T-Mobile Revvl Plus
Height 5.62 5.94 5.70 6.49
Screen Size 5.0HD Display 5.2HD 5.0HD 6.0FHD
Front Camera 5MP 5MP Autofocus 5MP 8MP
Rear Camera 8MP 8MP with LED flash 13MP Autofocus 13MP+5MP Dual rear cameras
Battery Size 2600mAh removable 2800mAh removable 2410mAh removable 3380mAh removable
Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core 2.0 GHz
Operating System Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 8.0 Android 7.0
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Internal Memory 16GB 16GB 16GB 32GB
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes Yes Yes

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star doesn’t have any particular specs that make it stand out, and one of the major deal breakers we could easily detect is its lack of a fingerprint sensor.

Other phones in the same price range were able to have it, so why Samsung, why?

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Chic Design

 

If there’s one thing more noteworthy on the outside for the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star, it is its chic design. It has a pale pink color, giving us an impression that it appeals to a more feminine market. It also has curved edges, giving it a smooth feel in the hands, and it is also lightweight weighing only 5.36 ounces. (Perfect gift for mom!)

All the quick access buttons are on the side. The volume rockers are on the left side, while the power button is on the right. It still has the home button located at its usual location.

This phone supports T-Mobile’s Band 71, assuring you of a better connection even when indoors.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: So-so Versatility

One thing is for sure, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star is not the phone for gamers. Sure, you can play games, but if you use it for heavy apps and gaming you may not totally enjoy using it.

It is because the phone only has 2GB of RAM, which we believe is still fair for the price. We also do not expect budget phones (within the same price range as this one) to have a bigger RAM capacity because budget phones aren’t usually made for gamers. In a real-world experience, the phone would do great if you are doing pretty much just the basic stuff, which includes, emails, Facebook, Google, and some games.

But if you are going to multi-task and use several heavy apps at once, say Facebook and web-based gaming apps, you might experience certain lags. This phone is just not cut out for heavy gaming.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Camera, UI Experience

The cameras on the J3 Star are also just on the so-so scale. Nothing spectacular or special about it, aside from the fact that we know Samsung cameras are always better, crisper, and clearer than most phones out there.

You can also play with your photos and enhance it, but you can always install other photo editing apps. The phone comes with a 16GB internal memory that is expandable upto 400GB so you can store pretty much a lot of data and pictures on this phone.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Star has a removable battery, so whenever you run out of battery, you can always insert a spare one while you have the other charged up for next use.

Good thing, this phone has a powerful 1.4GHz dual-core processor, which helps improve its power efficiency.

Samsung Galaxy J3 Star: Going Big with Bixby

Last but not least, the J3 Star has the Bixby assistant on board. Samsung’s infamous Bixby will help you with “social streaming.” It is not that helpful for you if you don’t like setting up or dealing with voice commands.

This is Samsung’s version of iPhone’s Siri. Bixby on the other hand just doesn’t have a specific personality like Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Among Bixby’s most common uses are social media sharing, like snapping a selfie and sharing it on Facebook using your own voice in the process. Simply tell Bixby to “take a selfie” and “post this on Facebook,” and voila, the errand is done.

Unlocking the Samsung Galaxy J3 Star

People hate bloat apps, but there is one pre-installed app from T-Mobile that you should be thankful for, and that is the Device Unlock App.

With the Device Unlock App on board, you are able to choose between a Temporary or a Permanent Unlock on your device; all can be done if you pass T-Mobile requirements for your phone.

If you want a quick, easy, and affordable way to get your phone unlocked, you can always turn to UnlockBase to do it for you. Check out our list of supported phones for the Device Unlock App- T-Mobile.

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