Google has recently released both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro models in the market that offers Nano-SIM and eSIM for users to get cellular services. The in-house Tensor G2 SoC is powerful and optimized enough to deliver stunning performance on Google Pixel 7 series. But as of now, the Pixel 7 series isn’t available in all countries. So, if you’re planning to buy a carrier-locked Pixel 7 series, you should know How to Unlock SIM on Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
Purchasing or importing a Google Pixel 7/7 Pro model for your specific country where it’s not officially released yet might cost additional bucks and will leave you in splits with a locked-carrier version. As per Google, your Pixel device may come with SIM-locked or SIM-unlocked mode, depending on where you bought it. If you’ve already bought the Pixel 7 series smartphone from a mobile service provider, it could be SIM-locked for up to 2 years.
In that scenario, the phone can get mobile service only from the specific service provider until the seller removes the SIM-lock status or ends the contract. However, If you’d like to remove the SIM-lock status on your Pixel 7/7 Pro device before ending the sales contract, you should contact your mobile service provider to discuss it further. You might need to refresh the SIM status if the SIM is still locked after unlocking via the service provider.
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How to Unlock SIM on Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
This guide is specific to the carrier-locked T-Mobile Google Pixel 7/7 Pro variant that can be easily unlocked for any SIM card, irrespective of any region. Carrier-locked devices only offer specific carrier SIM cards and services out-of-the-box as per the region. So, once you remove the carrier lock from your handset, you’ll be able to start using other SIM carriers and their services in your region. Luckily, it’s possible for you.
Thanks to XDA Developers for sharing the useful method to unlock/remove the SIM lock status on the T-Mobile Google Pixel 7 series. You can follow the SIM unlocking method below, which is quite easy to perform. Ensure to follow all methods and requirements properly to complete the task. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.
1. Master Reset from Settings
First, you’ll need to perform a factory reset on your T-Mobile Pixel 7/7 Pro device by following the steps below. A master reset (factory reset) restores the device system and configuration to its original factory settings.
Note: Performing a Factory Reset will delete your data on the internal storage, such as downloads, ringtones, images, apps, contacts, visual voicemail, etc. It doesn’t delete data stored on the SIM card. So, taking a full data backup is recommended before doing anything else.
- As mentioned, just take a full data backup of your device.
- Now, go to the Settings menu on your Pixel 7 series. [You can also swipe up from the home screen to view your apps]
- Tap on System > Goes to Reset options.
- Tap on Erase all data (factory reset) > Select Erase all data.
- If prompted, make sure to enter the PIN or Password that you use to unlock the screen.
- Now, tap on Erase all data > If prompted, confirm the task.
- Finally, the device will reboot and start resetting to factory settings.
- It may take some time and automatically boot into the system again.
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2. Bypass Activation without Wi-Fi or SIM
Once the device boots into the system, skip the initial setup process and don’t insert the SIM. Also, don’t connect to Wi-Fi until you unlock the SIM carrier lock. [It’s important]
Following all requirements before getting into the main guide to unlock the SIM on your Pixel 7 series successfully.
- You’ll require a computer and a USB cable.
- Charge the device battery sufficiently.
- Install the Android USB Driver on the PC.
- Install Android SDK Platform Tools on the PC.
- You’ll also need to enable USB Debugging on your Pixel 7/7 Pro.
4. Enable ADB and Fastboot (Platform Tools)
- First, you’ll have to extract (unzip) the download Platform Tools file on the PC.
- Then go to the extracted Platform Tools folder > Next, click on the address bar inside the folder.
- Type cmd and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
- Connect your T-Mobile Google Pixel 7/7 Pro device to the PC using a USB cable.
- Once the device is connected, run the following command on the command prompt window:
- Next, simply authorize the USB Debugging prompt on your phone (if it appears).
- A device ID will appear on the command prompt if your device is properly connected in the adb mode. [If not, just reinstall the Android USB Driver on the PC and try performing the steps again]
- Now, it’s time to execute the following command on the command prompt window:
- Now, make sure to execute the following command to easily unlock the carrier-locked SIM on your Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.work.oobconfig
- Once done, unplug the USB cable from the device, and restart the phone to apply changes.
- Enjoy! Now, your so-called T-Mobile Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro is not a specific T-Mobile carrier-locked device anymore. That means you can simply insert any carrier SIM on the device depending on the region or location and start using the cellular service right away.
Please Note: There is no official confirmation available yet whether you’ll be able to get the OTA updates or not after performing this temporary unlock. Additionally, the bootloader unlocking method may not gonna work because the OEM Unlock still remains greyed out. So, you may need to deeply dig it out.
That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.
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