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Fri, Nov 24, 2017 1:25 PM

AT&T Device Unlock Help - Solutions & FAQS


Not able to unlock your device?

If you are planning to use your AT&T Device with another carrier, it has to be unlocked and meet the requirements listed below.  You'll also find information about why your request may have been denied.


Something To Know: It can take 7 business days, or longer, for your request to be processed.


How To Request A Device Unlock

  1. Go to our Device Unlock portal.
  2. Select Yes if you are an AT&T Customer, No if you are not an AT&T customer
  3. Enter your telephone # if you are an AT&T Customer. Enter your IMEI if you are a non-AT&T Customer.
  4. Follow the prompts. 

Check the status of your request by:

  1. Go to our Status Portal.
  2.  Enter your IMEI Number & Request Number.
  3. Follow the prompts.

Heads Up: AT&T cannot unlock devices from other wireless carriers. If you are a business customer, visit our AT&T Small Business Support Center


Website Troubleshooting: If you have an issue with the site, delete cache, cookies, and restart your browser. In some instances, you may need to use another browser. 


General Requirements for All Unlock Requests

  • The device must be designed for use on, and locked to, the AT&T wireless network. 
  • It must not be reported lost or stolen.
  • It’s not associated with fraudulent activity.
  • All the device’s service commitments and installment plans are completed, and all early termination fees are paid in full.
  • The device is not currently active on a different AT&T customer’s account.
  • If you performed an early upgrade, you must wait the 14-day buyer’s remorse period before you can request to unlock your previous device.
  • Visit our Unlock Support page for the full requirement list

eBay & Non-AT&T Purchases

If a phone is purchased from a non-AT&T authorized dealer or sites like eBay, AT&T may be unable to unlock the device. Before purchasing the device, make sure the seller performs the unlock request. In some instances, you will have to contact the seller to perform the request. If the device was purchased by another provider, they should have online resources to unlock the device.


Postpaid Customers

  • Your account must be active for at least 60 days, with no past due or unpaid balance.

Prepaid / GoPhone®

  • The device must be active for at least six months of paid service.

Non-AT&T Mobility Customers

  • You’ve never had an AT&T wireless account and you meet the General Requirements for unlock requests.

Deployed Military Personnel (Current AT&T Customers Only)

  • Current AT&T customers who are active and deployed military personnel, and have provided deployment verification, need to meet all the General Requirements, except those related to the device's service commitments, installment plans and early termination fees.
  • AT&T, at its sole discretion, may limit the number of devices military personnel can unlock.

Meet the requirements and are an AT&T Customer?

Chat with us so we can look at your request further. (Scroll down to find the chat option)



AT&T reserves the right to deny any unlock request that it concludes would result in an abuse of this policy or is part of an effort to defraud AT&T or its customers. AT&T further reserves the right to alter this unlocking policy at its discretion without advance notice.


ChrisZ, AT&T Community Specialist

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a year ago

There are becoming less and less ways to contact in way of problems with unlocks. 

I have been to the store, who pushes me to customer service via website and phone, phone says i need to go back to the store.

I said I've been going in circles about an unlock that has been "in progress" for way longer than "2 business days"

But unfortunately, sweeping me around from place to place is "their policy." 

There has been a death in my family and would like to have the phone stuff squared away for my saddened mother before I leave town but nobody cares if they hold this phone hostage with no contract.


ACE - Sage


82.4K Messages

a year ago

@Beggsra   Stores CANNOT unlock phones.  


   You mention a death, for which I am very sorry.   
How is that connected to the phone issue?   Is the phone related to a canceled line?  Was the phone paid off?  Was the account it was on paid off?  

🐾 I don’t work for AT&T or any carrier. Never have, never will. My replies are based on experience and reading content available on the website. If you posted personal information, please edit and remove.

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a year ago

att has ille locked my phone. my phone is paid in full I do have all the necessary documents to prove my ownership to the phone and also I owe no contract dues. i simply didn’t renew my contract after more than 15 years with att. i do hope upper management can reach me Eli at [email scrubbed]. as if now I will never by att products again. i hope att can rectify this injustice. ps: i bought my phone directly from samsung, and att locked it on me. looking forward to hear from att before my online postings go viral. thank u.


New Member


5 Messages

Bought iPhone from ebay. I'm not an AT&T customer. Sent request to AT&T to unlock it. Got - We approved your unlock request

Now I can see: IMEI Number 3533380711****3 Request Date/Time 06-05-2020 17:44:43 PM Request number NUL264891270971 Current Status Approved

But phone still shows SIM not supported when I setup it as new or SIM not Valid when I load my backup from previous iPhone. Apple says - phone is still locked by AT&T.

How long I need to wait or what else should I do to activate the phone?

New Member


2 Messages

8 months ago

I have been trying to unlock my device on the unlock page for more than a week, and I get an error every time: Oops! Looks like we're having network difficulties. Try again later. I used different browsers and devices. What does an error mean? And how else can I unlock if I can't call (I'm abroad and don't speak English)???

New Member


2 Messages

8 months ago

I have been trying to unlock my device on the unlock page for more than a week, and I get an error every time: Oops! Looks like we're having network difficulties. Try again later. I used different browsers and devices. What does an error mean? And how else can I unblock it if I can't call (I'm abroad and don't speak English)???Help me!!!!

New Member


6 Messages

7 months ago

unfortunately the unlock process is pending, what possibilities are there to start it again
 Device IMEI number: [EDITED]
Request number: NUL510892252233
Best regards from Germany


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