How to Unlock the Sony Xperia Z3

There are a number of reasons why you may want to unlock your Sony Xperia Z3. Maybe your current carrier doesn’t have great deals or maybe there’re way better deals on the other carriers. Whatever the reason is, here’s how you can go about unlocking your Sony Xperia Z3. Once unlocked, your device should work with any carrier you want. Here you go:


I. Locate the Device’s IMEI

1. Pull down the notification shade.

2. Tap the gear/settings icon at the top.


3. Scroll all the way down to About Phone and tap on it.


4. Tap Status.


5. Write down the IMEI number listed there.


II. Purchase an Unlock Code

1. Either Google for an unlock code provider or purchase one directly from us from our Unlock My Phone section linked below (the unlock code costs start at $29.95 and vary based on manufacturer/carrier. They also usually takes between 2-3 days and if a code cannot be produced a full refund is given).

Click Here to Purchase an Unlock Code

III. Input the Unlock Code

1. You’ll eventually receive the email with the unlock code(s).

2. Remove the SIM card if there is one.

3. Insert an unauthorized SIM card into the device.

4. You will be prompted for a code when you turn on the device. Input the first code you received via email and click OK. If that doesn’t work, try the second code. Once it says successful, the device should say the new carrier’s name at the top left.

IV. Setup the Internet and MMS Settings

1. Go to Settings > More… > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.

2. Tap the three dots (or plus sign) at the top right of the screen and select New APN.

3. Enter in all the information for your carrier into the proper fields. You can find your carrier’s internet settings here sorted by country/carrier alphabetically.


4. Tap the three dots at the bottom once all of that info is filled in and click Save.

5. Tap the dot to the right of the new APN in the list.

6. Pull down the notification bar and tap the quick settings button in the top right corner.

7. Turn on Airplane mode. Wait 10 seconds. Turn Airplane mode back off.


8. You are done.

Awesome! Your Sony Xperia Z3 is now unlocked. Feel free to put in any SIM card on your device and it’ll work like a charm. Enjoy!

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  • jc

    there was no prompt to input the unlock code – xperia z3 owner(Tmobile)

    • Hi jc,

      Yes, we’re having issues unlocking T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 due to an app that the carrier has installed on it.

      We do NOT recommend purchasing an unlock code if your device doesn’t ask for one.


      • shasank

        Mahesh, same here. I was not prompted for any unlock code when I inserted an INDIAN carrier sim to Softbank provided sony Xperia Z3.
        Please guide me what next to do for unlocking it.

        • Hello,

          If your device doesn’t ask for an unlock code, please do not buy one.

          You can contact your carrier as they might be able to help you.


  • jc

    thnk you for the fast response. Can you please email me back when we get a new method on how to unlock z3 in tmobile?

  • Eliot Nes

    Shasank, can you fix the problem, to insert unlockcode…. I have the dame problem… My email. Stonesjuarezmx