How to Disable Region Lock on Galaxy Note 3!

XDA developer ChainFire has released his initial version of RegionLock Away app, which allows users to bypass Samsung’s Region Lock when activating a Note 3 on non-supported region.

How does Samsung Region Lock work?

When you first insert your SIM card, you must insert the correct region’s SIM card first then your phone can be used with any SIM card.  If you do not, you will get a “region lock”.  This is due to the fact that Samsung is trying to control some of the illegal importers of the Note 3 in different continents.  This will not be a problem for any of you who buy your Note 3 from an official Note 3 retailer but may be problem for those of you who order an imported model (such as buying on Amazon, Negri-electronics, eBay).

Well, ChainFire’s RegionLock Away app aims to solve that issue by allowing other SIM cards to be used when you have a Note 3 with a Region Lock.  Currently, this app only works with SM-N9005 but we suspect more models will be supported soon.

Note, not all Note 3s have this Region Lock (as I have a Malaysian SM-N9005 that is locked out of factory) but this is another great news since people who get stuck with Region Lock will be able to get out of it easily.

24 Responses

  1. David Lopez says:

    Hello,

    I have the GALAXY NOTE 3 from AT&T (SM-N900A), so i was looking for the unlock code on ebay… i couldn’t find one… So this APP will unlock my phone? I wanted to know if this will work to use my phone with different sim card…
    (TELCEL MEXICO)

    • Ty says:

      Yes it will. Region lock means it’s locked to that carrier I haven’t tried the app yet though so I don’t know if it works

      • Jim says:

        Sorry, but the carrier lock and reigion lock are two entirely separate things.
        The regionlock only has to do with the country that you are in and has nothing to do with the carrier.
        Watch Chainfire’s video on the Play Store and he explains it.
        Region Lock Away will not unlock your phone from your carrier.

    • Ty says:

      No it’s not they are related but no Sorry about that Email me and I’ll search it up for you

  2. Aamir Jamal says:

    Hi Max.
    I got my Galaxy Note 3 from Saudi Arabia. It’s the SM-N9005 version. Even though it was ‘activated’ with a local SIM i.e. from Saudi itself, upon inserting my Indian SIM card, the phone goes into the Region Lock mode asking me for a PIN to unlock it. I rooted the phone after following your guide, installed RegionLock Away by ChainFire and tried to get rid of the region restriction but in vain. The app shows me that it has done its job and I get the option to reboot the device. I do that and the next thing I know, the Region Lock screen pops up again. I am unable to bypass it in any way.

    Can you please help me out?

    • Abu says:

      @Amir Jamal. I got the same problem as u. Got my note3 from Saudia n now im stuck with it in Kenya on Region lock. Tried to root n use region lock away but failed. Don’t know what to do now.

    • Ahad Khan says:

      Akbar bhai, how did you solve this issue ? Please help me out…!!

  3. rom Hak says:

    Hi max just bought note 3 n9005 in Australia outright do u know if mine has regional lock?

  4. Jim says:

    So… Where are we supposed to get a Note from a “reputable retailer”.
    Factory Unlocked phones are not sold by Samsung in the US.
    Personally, I got my Note 2 from Negri but it is implied that they are not “reputable”.
    Since none of the major carriers will sell a factory unlocked phone, where in the US are we supposed to buy one, “reputably”?
    Since I read this article early this morning, I’ve been searching around for an “official Note 3 retailer” in the US and have yet to come up with one.

    • Jim says:

      Well, I did happen to find Note 3’s at Best Buy, but I don’t do business with them any more.
      The Note 3 at Best Buy is $200.00 more than from Negri Electronics.

      • rom Hak says:

        Go onto the web and type Allphones.com.au and u will be able to buy a note 3 outright unlock can use in any country etc
        In Australia all the other phone company’s and phone shops sell the note 3 for nearly $1000 Aus but Allphone sale it cheapest here in Aus unless your looking for the octa core version then only in the states but im very happy with my note 3, very impressed with how awesome it is.

  5. rom Hak says:

    I dont know but I bought mine in Australia at All phones out right

  6. Omer says:

    I have a samsung s4 also region locked, i was wondering are there any legitimate websites where you can just buy the network code?

  7. Asgar Hussain says:

    I bought my note 3 from Saudi Arabia. Its the SM-N900 version. I used the phone there with local sim and it worked fine . Now that I have brought the phone to India its region locked. I even rooted the phone and tried the regionlock away app (v 1.3) , but no use. The phone is still region locked. Please help!!

    • Aamir Jamal says:

      Have you properly rooted your phone? Confirm that once using the root checker app (it’s there on the Google Play store). If yes, then insert a Saudi SIM card, run RegionLock Away 1.3 and reboot the device. Then insert any Indian SIM and it should work out.

      BTW Chainfire developed the app for the SM-N9005 model. I’m not sure whether it’ll work out with your SM-N900 version.

      • sazi s says:

        Hello, evenni hav brought mine from saudi and to use in india it is rehion locked. My kodel is n9005 does this rooting and subsequent use of this app actually work?

      • Asgarkhizar Hussain says:

        Yes I tried everything. The root is also perfect. I think n900 version isn’t supported by this app. Waiting for an update which turns out to be helpful .

  8. alvin says:

    I also bought my Note3 in Saudi Arabia, when you rooted you N9005, make sure it has SuperSU installed on it, also I bought RegionLockAway online at PlayStore, the one you download on torrent site does not work. Now when I inserted Philippines SIM card it did not asked me for PIN Code anymore.

  9. Ahad Khan says:

    Hi max,
    I bought my phone in saudi arabia ( the sm 9005 version) it worked fine with the saudi sim, in india it isnt working .
    Please help…!!

  10. shoeb sid says:

    I got my Galaxy Note 3 from Saudi Arabia. It’s the SM-N9005 4G only……….. Even though it was ‘activated’ with a local SIM i.e. from Saudi itself, upon inserting my Indian SIM card, the phone goes into the Region Lock mode asking me for a PIN to unlock it.what to do?????????????????????

    plz help me

  11. shoeb sid says:

    hey,
    I got my Galaxy Note 3 from Saudi Arabia. It’s the SM-N9005 version. Even though it was ‘activated’ with a local SIM i.e. from Saudi itself, upon inserting my Indian SIM card, the phone goes into the Region Lock mode asking me for a PIN to unlock it. what to do ??????????????????????/

    plz plz plz help me

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