How to change the SIM PIN on your phone

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One of the things that is difficult to get used to when you change operator, and you get a new SIM, is to enter the PIN code. We get used to always putting the same number, we have internalized it and once changed we start making mistakes, until we remember that we have a new one to enter for a few days.


We will explain how to change the SIM security PIN of your mobile, whether you are using an Android device or an iPhone. Like passwords, it is convenient to change the SIM PIN to customize the unlock code to another that is easier to remember or even less random.



We will explain step by step how to do it first on Android and then on your iPhone, so that you can easily find the option to change your phone's SIM PIN. We will also explain a second way, a code to change the PIN that works on any phone regardless of model or manufacturer.

A solution to this problem is to change the PIN code of the SIM card, something that can be done directly from the Android settings. The only requirement to change the PIN is that the SIM must be inserted in the smartphone. There is no need to call your operator's customer service or go to a store. It's very simple, so let's see how.


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How to change the SIM PIN on your Android phone

To change the SIM PIN of your Android phone, you need to go to Settings. Once inside, click on the Security & Location option, on some phones it may have other names depending on the manufacturer, such as Security & Privacy.



Access may vary depending on the device you use, but you can easily find it by typing "SIM" in the search engine on the main settings screen.

Keep in mind that the path may change depending on the device you use. In the case of Samsung, it is in “Biometrics and security”> “Other security settings”; in the case of Google Pixel 2 XL, in “Security and location”, and in the case of LG in “Lock screen and security”.

Even on these devices, access can be found more easily by typing the word “SIM” in the search engine of the main settings screen.


After entering the security and location options tab, go to the Privacy section. Here, in the second block, click on the SIM Card Lock option to control how it is accessed.

In this screen, it is possible to remove the lock on your SIM card and it is not necessary to write a PIN, something convenient but very harmful for security and privacy. You can also change the PIN and by doing this, click the Change PIN button on the SIM card.

A small window will open where you will be guided through the process. First you will need to write down your current PIN and press on Accept, then you will have to write the new PIN you want to insert to block the SIM card you have on your phone.


How to change the SIM PIN on your iPhone

The iPhone is usually protected by a code when it is locked, so the PIN code of the SIM card is usually disabled or, at least, changed because it is too simple. To avoid using your SIM card on other phones, here's how to change and activate your iPhone's PIN code.



To change your iPhone's SIM PIN, you need to go into Settings. Once inside, now click on the Mobile Data option which will appear in the fourth position and which has an antenna icon.

Once in the Mobile Data section, click on the SIM PIN option that will appear in the second block of options.

In this screen, you can make the SIM card unblocked and you don't need to write a PIN, something convenient but very harmful to security and privacy. It is also possible to change the PIN and to do this, click on the Change PIN button.

You will enter a new screen where you will be guided by the process. First you will need to write down your current PIN and then press on Accept, then you will have to write the new PIN you want to insert on the SIM card you have on your mobile.


The universal method for any phone

There is another shorter process that works on any phone regardless of model or manufacturer, and it's as simple as writing a numeric code on the screen. However, we must warn you that this method does not show explanations or simple steps to follow, so you will need to be careful when using this procedure.

What you need to do is ** open the Phone call application and write the code ** 04 * Current PIN * New PIN * New PIN #, then press the call button. For example, if we change 0.000 to 1.111 it would be something like: ** 04 * 0000 * 1111 * 1111 #.

I hope I have been clear on how to change the SIM card PIN code on your phone, if you have any problems please feel free to ask in the comments box below.


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