How To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Redmi Note 8 Pro

Install TWRP Custom Recovery on your Redmi Note 8 Pro so that you can install custom rom on it...

How To Get FREE Network/Region Unlock Code From Samsung

Get a Free Official Network/Region Unlock code from Samsung for your Network/Region locked Samsung Smartphone.

2 Ways Of How To Fix Water Damaged iPhone

Try these 2 methods to resurrect your Water Damaged iPhone...

How To Fix "No SIM/Network and Unknown IMEI" In Samsung

Sometimes after you flash a custom rom, you'd notice that you don't have any SIM network available and the IMEI is showing is invalid...Follow this guide to restore your network connectivity...

How To Install Windows 10 On Your Old Windows 7 Computer

Fix the problem when Windows 10 can't detect your old Windows 7 hard-disk partitions and doesn't let you install Windows 10 on your computer...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Google Camera App (GCam) Review

Google Camera App (GCam)

Google Camera App or GCam app is a Free & nice replacement for the default stock camera app that comes with most Android smartphones… Google Camera Application has several stand-out features that should be expected from other 3rd-party high-end camera apps…

Below I will be listing some of the Pro’s of this Google Camera App…

PROS :

PRO
HDR+ mode
HDR+ is an advanced form of HDR and is far better from any stock camera or other camera applications…HDR+ can easily be activated or deactivated with just one swipe of your thumb.

PRO
Photo Sphere
Using Photo Sphere and Google Camera App, you can create 360 degree panoramic photos quite easily. Photo Sphere images allow the viewer to move around within the world you have created, move up, down, left or right to see everything. Photo Sphere also gives you the tools to create your very own Google Maps street view… 

PRO
Lens Blur
Lens Blur gives you the DSLR like function of creating images with shallow depth of field, or limited areas of focus. Basically, what Lens Blur does is, it blurs the background in order to put more emphasis on the main object you want to focus on... 

PRO
Simple clean interface
Google Camera App has a very easy to use, simple & clean interface, with the most important controls right at our fingertips. Google has re-designed the Camera app for every smartphone user, doesn’t matter they are professional at taking photos or not…They just made high-quality photography more accessible to everyone. 

PRO
It is free
It's free if you got one of the supporting devices (Google Nexus/Pixel). 

PRO
Supports panorama shots
This is also supported by many stock Android camera apps but Google Camera App provides a more enhanced experience using it…

CON

Limited device support – Google Camera App is Only available for Google Nexus and Pixel

In 2016, Google stopped providing Google Camera for non-google devices.


If you have a supporting Google device, you can download and install the Official Google Camera App from PlayStore...
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If you are facing an "Unknown IMEI or No Network" problem in your Samsung Smartphone after flashing a rom, do read my article on How To Fix "NO SIM/Network & Unknown IMEI Issue" In Samsung Phone.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

2 Ways Of How To Fix Water Damaged iPhone

2 Ways Of How To Fix Water Damaged iPhone
Image Courtesy : Apple Inc
Water can be deadly for electronic items...I think many of us who have used or still using an iPhone faced this problem atleast once when we accidentally dropped our iPhone in the pool or water & then be like, Holy shit! It’s gone!

Now-a-days most high-end phones are coming with IP water & dust resistant ratings so the occurrences of getting a phone totally damaged  due to liquid damage have become considerably lower now…

In case of iPhones are concerned, they are given an IP ratings of IP67 and IPX7 & this includes the whole lot of iPhones starting from iPhone 7…iPhone 6 or the below versions don’t have any IP ratings though so if you are one of those people who are still using an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 variants, your devices don’t have any IP rating sadly…

Water-Resistant vs Water-Proof

We also must understand that, a phone being “Water Resistant” does NOT mean that it’s also “Water-Proof”…These two are different technical jargons used by the manufacturers which might sound identical but in reality they are not the same…

IP67 and IPX7 mean, that your devices are fully protected against dust that can harm the internals, and your phone can survive after being submerged for 30 minutes in up-to 3 ft of water…

Manufacturers can claim that their smartphones are water-resistant to a certain extent but no smartphone manufacturer will ever be able to claim that, their smartphones are 100% waterproof because that ain’t possible because water will eventually find a way to get into it & we will instantly assume that, we lost our precious iPhone in the watery grave…

You Can Check for Water Damage

Do you know or aware about your iPhone water damage indicator ? Yes you can check iPhone for water damage...

There is an water damage iPhone indicator built right in the SIM slot…It’s a piece of plastic which changes it’s color from white to red if it detects that your device got too much water into it…

Try to peek into the SIM slot if you can see the color of the indicator…If you can’t see any red there, you might be eligible to claim the warranty but then again, there can be a water damage to other components of the phone which may very well remain undetected…

Even if you find the indicator as red, still try to turn your iPhone on after like couple of days to check if it’s showing any sign of life in it…

So, The Question is, Can Water Damage Be Repaired ?? And Can You Fix Water Damage Accidentally Done To your iPhone ??

Yes you can still try to resurrect your water damage iPhone.Continue to read on to know how…


How To Remove Water From iPhone


1) Dry Your iPhone Manually :

Before you try the other methods, first take out your iPhone from the liquid & try to dry it as much as you can.


Follow these below steps for reference…

  • As soon as you realize, that you have knowingly (or unknowingly) submerged your iPhone in water, immediately take it out from there…Duh ? 
  • Turn the device Off & REFRAIN FROM USING IT…It's very important...
  • If you are using a phone case/back cover etc, remove that from your phone…
  • Pull the SIM card out…
  • Shake the device or try to suck out as much water as you can…
  • Wipe your phone clean with a clean & soft cloth…
  • Now let your phone dry & wait patiently…The longer you can wait, the better…If you can wait for 2-3 days, do that…

If the above method works, then great otherwise follow the next method...


2) Silica Gel Method :

  • Get some silica gel, whole lot of it…They are cheap & easily available...
  • Take a container or box which should be air-tight when it’s closed…
  • Now fill the bottom of the container with the silica gel packets…
  • Place your iPhone above the bottom layer of the silica gel you just made…
  • Now put all the remaining silica gel above your iPhone so that your iPhone gets totally covered by silica gel from bottom to top…
  • Now close the container tightly, keep your fingers crossed & open the box after 2 days to see if your phone comes back to life…The silica gel might absorb the water out of your iPhone if you are lucky enough…

Note : You can try the above Silica method with Rice also…If you want to use rice, follow the same procedure above & instead of filling the container with silica, do it with rice…

The Rice method may not be that much effective so try the first two methods first…

If any of these methods don’t work, then it’s time to take your phone out to an Apple service center (you can just type in Google "iPhone water damage repair near me" to find your nearest Apple repair centers) but be reminded, if you have not purchased an AppleCare+ plan then your iPhone water damage repair cost can literally run into hundreds of dollars depending on your specific model, because Apple does not cover water or any liquid damage under its standard warranty…

So if your iPhone becomes damaged due to a liquid damage, you can’t claim any warranty unless you got an AppleCare+ protection plan… 
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Did you manage to recover it somehow ?

Let me know in the comments down below if you ever have been able to fix water damaged iPhone...
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If you are facing an "Unknown IMEI or No Network" problem in your Samsung Smartphone after flashing a new rom, do read my article on How To Fix "NO SIM/Network & Unknown IMEI Issue" In Samsung Phone.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

How To Check Genuine CIBIL Score In India For Free

How To Check Genuine CIBIL Score In India For Free

In India, many people always keep asking me about how can we check our exact CIBIL scores...Since I always get many queries regarding this, today I will be showing you in a simple article that, from where you can check your genuine/exact CIBIL score in India...

First of all,if you don't have any loan or credit card, then your CIBIL score will be zero at first but if you take loan/Credit Card & use them wisely for atleast 6 months, your CIBIL score will keep on increasing & you will then be getting offers from many other banks also for their products...

If you are taking any loan or a Credit Card, make sure you never miss even a single payment date/due date because that will hamper your CIBIL/Credit score severely...So, always try to pay the Bill/EMI on or before the due date to build a healthy CIBIL score over time...

Now coming back to the topic on how you can check your CIBIL score, Please register for a free account in either of the two below mentioned sites...They are free & trusted & I personally use them too so I can recommend them safely to all of you...

1) Visit the Wishfin site https://www.wishfin.com/cibil-score & register a free account...After creating the account, you will be able to check your CIBIL score for free...

IMPORTANT : While registering on the Wishfin site above, Please "Un-check" the option that says "No thanks. I’m only interested in checking my CIBIL Score." because you don't want to be disturbed with the unwanted telemarketing calls from them...

2) Or you can go to the Paisabazaar site https://www.paisabazaar.com/cibil-credit-report/ & register a free account to check your CIBIL score... 

Both of these sites are reputed & provide the most accurate free credit scores... 

3) Also you can download the official Paisabazaar official android app from the PlayStore & check all your CIBIL details in the app itself...Their app is much more user-friendly than their site & also very easy to use...

The app also shows the Crif cibil report & other major Credit score reports...So, along with CIBIL & CRIF, you can also check experian score free on their app... 

P.S. You can also check your commercial cibil score on the above mentioned services if you have a company or business...

To check your company cibil report free, you will just to have to provide your company's PAN card instead of your personal PAN at the time of registering & you will easily be able to check the commercial cibil score in the app... 

So, these are the steps of knowing your CIBIL/Credit score for free...Hope you liked the article... 😊
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Also Read : How To Get Your First Credit Card In India Without Any Income Proof.

And for those of you who already have a Credit Card & want to have more Credit cards, read this : How To Get Multiple Credit Cards On Card To Card Basis Without Any Income Proof.

Worth reading : 
How To Destroy Your Expired or Blocked Credit and Debit Cards.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

How To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Redmi Note 8 Pro

How To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Redmi Note 8 Pro
Image Credit : Xiaomi Global
The phone comes with MIUI 10 operating system out of the box which is based on the Android Pie.Mi Note 8 Pro is also eligible for MIUI 11 update.Xiaomi's home-grown MIUI is greatly customizable & it's one of the top operating systems for android smartphones...

But, if you are an enthusiastic end-user and want to do more with your phone, you should try the TWRP recovery atleast once.TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) allows you to install custom ROMs, custom kernels, and modifications which can’t be performed in the stock MIUI recovery which comes pre-installed on the phone.

Installing a TWRP recovery on just about any Android smartphone is an easy task provided, if you follow the instructions properly &carefully.So, to help you with this, I am writing this article to guide you step-by-step on how to install the TWRP custom recovery on your Redmi Note 8 Pro. 

Pre-requisites: 

Before you get started with the procedure, Please kindly take note of the pre-requisites which are listed below.

⦁ Unlocked Bootloader 
⦁ An USB Cable 
⦁ Windows PC/Laptop 
⦁ Your Phone Drivers 
⦁ Any of your preferred/working TWRP

Note: It’s not compulsory but I would suggest you to take a backup of the data which are stored on your phone if in case anything goes wrong. 

Steps To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Your Redmi Note 8 Pro :

⦁ Enable Developer options by tapping 7 times on the MIUI version under About phone section of the Settings app in your phone.

⦁ Go to the Developer options which will be under the Additional settings in the Settings app of your phone. 

⦁ Then turn on the USB debugging feature from there. 

⦁ Now, open the ADB and Fastboot folder on your computer. 

⦁ Copy the downloaded TWRP file in that folder. 

⦁ Open a CMD (command prompt) or PowerShell window in that folder by pressing shift key and right-click simultaneously.Then, select Open PowerShell window here (For Windows 10) or Open command window here (Windows 8 and older operating systems). 

⦁ Now type adb devices and press enter. 

⦁ Allow USB debugging on your phone when it’s prompted. 

⦁ Then, type adb reboot bootloader and press the enter. 

⦁ Your phone will now boot into bootloader mode. 

⦁ Now, type fastboot flash recovery NAME_OF_TWRP_FILE.img and press enter. 

⦁ TWRP recovery will now be installed on your Redmi Note 8 Pro. 

⦁ Lastly, type fastboot reboot and press enter to reboot your phone.
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Congratulations.Now you have successfully installed TWRP recovery on your Redmi Note 8 Pro. 

NOTE : Almost all android mobile phones can be unlocked & we can install custom recoveries on them so that we can install any rom or firmware of our choice on them but Please make sure that you know that if you are too much concerned about your phone's operating system security & you are worried about this procedure of installing a custom rom on your smartphone, then you are better off staying with your original stock firmware because your mental peace should always remain the highest priority in everything you do in your life...Right ?? 😊
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If you are facing an "Unknown IMEI or No Network" problem in your Samsung Smartphone after flashing a rom, do read my article on How To Fix "NO SIM/Network & Unknown IMEI Issue" In Samsung Phone With Custom Rom.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

How To Install Windows 10 On Your Old Windows 7 Computer

How To Install Windows 10 On Your Old Windows 7 Computer
Image Logo Credit : Microsoft International

Several people who are using an older Windows version like Windows 7, find that they can't install Windows 10 on their Hard Disk Drive as Windows 10 is not supporting the current Hard Disk partition style...

Let me explain why this happens...

When you initially installed the Windows 7 on your computer/s, your Hard Disk partition style was different...There are TWO types of partition types...

A) MBR (Master Boot Record) : This is suitable & commonly used for older Windows versions...MBR only supports maximum storage of 2TB...

B) GPT (GUID Partition Table) : This is the newest form of Hard Disk partition & supports newer operating systems like Windows 8 & Windows 10...GPT supports any available storage & is not limited to 2TB only...

So, when you will try to install a Windows 10 version on the older MBR partition style, Windows 10 will not detect the partition type & will not allow you to proceed further with the installation...

In this article, I will try to guide you how you can change the partition type from MBR to GPT so that you can upgrade your computer's operating system from windows 7 to windows 10...

1) First & the most important thing is, you MUST take backup of all the important data you currently have on your hard disk because in this procedure of converting the partition style, all your hard disk data will be deleted...So, Please take backup of everything you need prior to follow this guide...

2) Now as you have everything backed up, keep your Bootable Windows 10 Pen drive/DVD drive handy & restart your computer & enter your BIOS...

Depending on your computer version, you can enter your BIOS by either pressing the Delete key repeatedly or by pressing the F2 key repeatedly when the computer is just starting...

3) Now as you have entered into your BIOS, navigate to the Boot section & make your bootable device as the First boot device...If you have made a bootable flash drive, then select that...Or if you have made a bootable DVD drive, select that as the first boot device...

4) Now press the F10 key on your keyboard & save the settings & your PC will be automatically restarted & boot with the selected boot device you have chosen in the BIOS...

5) Now the Windows installation screen will start loading...Accept everything & choose the 2nd option named CUSTOM as you will be doing a fresh/clean installation of Windows...

6) Now your hard disk partitions will be shown to you but Windows 10 will not allow you to proceed further mentioning an error message that Windows can't be installed on this partition type...

7) While you are still at that screen, now you will need to press the SHIFT+F10 keys together & a Command Prompt will open instantly where you can complete the partition change...

  • When the command prompt window opens, just type DiskPart and press the enter key...
  • Now you will need to type list disk.

Now all the hard disk drives will show which you have in your machine...If you have only one hard disk, only one will show...If you have multiple Hard disks & SSDs etc, all of them will be shown by a number starting from the number 1.


IMPORTANT : Make sure you note the hard disk you want to format the partition for...If you have multiple Hard disks installed, choose the one which you want to format...If you mistakenly chose the wrong hard disk, all your data will be gone if there are any so choose very carefully...

  • Now that you know which hard disk you want to format & install the Windows 10 on, type select disk X (Replace X with the number of your hard disk which was shown to you in the previous step)....
  • Now that your Hard disk has been selected, now type convert gpt.
  • It will show you a progress & will confirm to you that your hard disk has been successfully converted to the Windows 10 compatible GPT partition style...
  • Finally type clean to erase the entire hard disk so that you can start installing Windows 10 cleanly... 
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8) Now close the Command Prompt window & come back to the Windows 10 installation screen...Now you will notice that, Windows is letting you to create new partitions & will allow you to install Windows 10 as you have successfully changed the partition type which Windows 10 can recognize...

9) Now create some partitions which you require on your Hard disk...

10) After you made your preferred amount of partitions, just select the partition you want to install the Windows 10 on & click next...Windows 10 will start installing on that partition now...

Enjoy your new Windows 10...I hope you liked this windows 7 to windows 10 migration guide...
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Monday, April 27, 2020

How To Fix "No Sim/Network and Unknown IMEI" In Samsung

How To Fix "No Sim/Network and Unknown IMEI" In Samsung
Many people were/are facing the Unknown IMEI , No Network Issue after flashing the Lineage Oreo rom or other custom roms on their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005 HLTE Model)...

After installing a custom rom on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 HLTE version, when you will try to check phone carrier by imei, you would see that your sim card imei number is showing as either null/invalid or unknown...

I had the same problem with my phone & I have resolved it so thought about sharing it with all of you guys facing this same problem...This procedure will also restore the network access back to other Samsung Smartphones with Custom Rom...

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 HLTE version...So, here are the steps...

1) Backup your EFS using TWRP first...

2) After you install Lineage Oreo rom, your EFS/IMEI partition will/may get corrupted & you will end up with a No-Sim issue...

3) Download the latest version of Odin...I've attached it if you don't already have it...

4) Download the BL & CP from the below links...

I am uploading the Nordic BL & CP here on my Google drive...


5) Power Off the phone & REMOVE THE BATTERY FOR atleast 2 minutes...This is important...

6) Enter Download Mode by pressing & holding Volume Down + Power + Home Keys simultaneously...

7) Open Odin, Un-check the Auto-Reboot option & leave the F. Reset Time Checked...

8) Put CP in CP & press Start...

9) After Odin finishes flashing the new CP/Modem & you get a Green Pass in Odin, hold down the Volume down/Power/Home keys again & manually enter into Download mode again...

10) Now put the BL in BL field & press Start again...

11) After it finishes flashing, restart your phone & check if you got your network back or not...
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THESE TWO BL & CP ARE ONLY FOR THE HLTE N9005 Note 3...Do NOT Flash these on any other version of Note 3...

This procedure solved my No-Sim & Unknown IMEI issue so thought about sharing, as I saw a lot of people are facing this problem after upgrading to Lineage Oreo rom...

After following this procedure, Please check phone carrier by imei & you will see that your sim card imei number is now back & the network services are restored which you can also confirm by seeing that, now you can see the signal bars on your phone's top status bar...

You can enter *#*#4636#*#* in your phone's dialer & check the IMEI, your phone number & the connectivity details...I know you can check the IMEI from the settings menu too but this one is easy because all the details are in one place...

[I have done this procedure to fix my HLTE Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but you can do this to resurrect any Samsung Galaxy Smartphone with Custom rom which has this No-Sim or unknown IMEI issue...Make sure you use proper Bootloader (BL) & Modem (CP) files corresponding to your Smartphone variant...]
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If you have imported a Samsung Smartphone from some other country & require a Region/Network Unlock code so that you can use the Smartphone in your country, do read : How To Get A FREE Official Network/Region Unlock Code From Samsung.

Related : How To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Redmi Note 8 Pro.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

How To Get FREE Network/Region Unlock Code From Samsung

How To Get 'FREE' Official Network/Region Unlock Code From Samsung
Lot of Tech Enthusiasts like us, sometimes import Smartphones from other countries only to find that the smartphone is a carrier locked phone or a region locked phone & you can't use the smartphone in your country until you unlock it...

If you try to insert your country's operator's sim card in the imported phone, an error message will show on your phone's display saying, invalid sim card network locked...

This simply means that, since you have imported the phone from another region of the world & some smartphone manufacturers like Samsung put a Network or region lock in their higher-end smartphones, you will not be able to use the phone in your home country until you have a Samsung region unlock code... 

In this article, I will provide a guide which will show you how you can legally claim an Unlock code directly from Samsung for your Network locked Samsung Smartphones which you have imported from other countries...

I have shared this procedure with many people who were facing the same issue & this solved the problem for them & they didn't have to pay for the Samsung region unlock code as they got it for free directly from Samsung...

Be reminded, this will ONLY work if your mobile is locked to Europe region..If you have a locked mobile phone from other regions like Asia, US or from any other region , then please send an email to that country's Samsung customer care..If you don't know how to send an email to Samsung customer care, then please go to the Samsung Global Regions Contact Page...
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From the above page, click on the country your Smartphone is actually from & you will see a "Contact Us" page below every country's Samsung page..From there, you will be able to send E Mail to Samsung customer care of that country...

Please remember, you will need to send the email to the country your Samsung Smartphone is from , not the country where you live..For example, if you purchased a mobile from UK & you live in US, then you will need to contact Samsung UK & not Samsung US..

For people who's mobiles are locked in Europe/UK region , please follow the below :-

Send an E Mail To Samsung Germany & say that you need an Unlock Code for your region locked Samsung Smartphone...

Send the below to this E Mail address : hotline@samsung.de
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"Dear Sir ,

I need an " Unlock Code " for my region locked Samsung XXXX (Replace the XXXX with the model of your smartphone)...I need the unlock code urgently so that I can use the mobile in my country...

I will be thankful if you please kindly provide me the Unlock code so that I can start using my Samsung Smartphone...

Here is the details of my mobile phone :-

Model Number : Samsung XXXX [ Write here the exact model number which you have].
Serial Number : Your Samsung Smartphone's Serial Number.
IMEI Number : Your Smartphone's IMEI Number.

I will wait for the unlock code.Thank you very much."
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Send the above to the above mentioned E Mail ID & you will get a reply in German language within 24 hours...Try to send the E Mail from a G Mail ID because it can translate the E Mail reply to English or to your own language...

Hopefully they will reply to you that, they will soon provide you the Unlock Code by E mail...Then just wait for 5-6 days & you will get the Unlock Code from them...If they don't send you the code within a week , do remind them that you are still waiting for the Unlock code by sending another E Mail to them...

Please don't just copy & paste the above letter..Keep the format same & use your own words if possible..

Also here are some more Europe Samsung Customer care contact emails which you can send an email to if Samsung Germany doesn't help you...

Samsung Spain :- sesa.contactus@samsung.com

Samsung Austria :- service@samsung.at

Samsung Romania :- serom.ro.contactus@partner.samsung.com

[If your mobile is not from the UK region , then you will need to send the email to that region's Samsung Customer Care which region your Smartphone is originally from...

I have mentioned above how to contact UK/Europe region but if your Samsung Smartphone is from another region, you will need to send the email to that region only]...

You can find the contact details of all the Samsung regions on their official site Samsung Global Regions Contact Page...
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If you are facing an "Unknown IMEI or No Network" problem in your Samsung Smartphone after flashing a new rom, do read my article on How To Fix "NO SIM/Network & Unknown IMEI Issue" In Samsung Phone.

Related article : How To Install TWRP Custom Recovery On Redmi Note 8 Pro.
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I hope this article becomes helpful for you...Please let me know in the comments below if you get the unlock code from Samsung & have been able to solve this very irritating invalid sim card network locked issue in your carrier locked phone or region locked phone that you have had imported from another part of the world...
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