3 ways to get the PUK code of your SIM card

The PUK code or Personal Unlocking Key is a security feature of all modern SIM cards that we use in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. This PUK code is unique to each SIM card. It is required when you or someone else type the PIN code for your SIM card incorrectly, three times in a row. Without the PUK, you cannot unlock the SIM card, reset the PIN and continue using the SIM card. If you need to know the PUK code for your SIM card, read this tutorial:

1. Check the packaging of your SIM card

All SIM cards have some packaging when they are sold. If you kept the packaging of your SIM card, look for the plastic card the SIM was in. On its back, you should find the PUK code printed. Below you can see two such plastic cards from Orange (left) and Telekom (right). Your mobile provider should have similar packaging for the SIM card.

2. Sign in on your mobile operator's website

Many telecom providers offer online accounts to their customers. If your telecom provides one, go to its website and sign in with your User ID and password. One of the support options that they offer is viewing your PUK code.

3. Call your mobile network operator

Your mobile operator knows the PUK code because it manufactured your SIM card and set the PUK code before it was available to you. You should use another phone to call the tech support service of your mobile operator. You have to identify yourself, describe your problem and give them the phone number of the SIM card for which you want the PUK code.

If the conversation goes well, they will be able to provide the PUK code for your SIM card.

Which method worked for you?

We hope that this guide has helped in finding your PUK code. It doesn't matter what brand of smartphone you have (Samsung, Huawei, iPhone), or what mobile operator you are using (AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc.) The steps involved are the same for all SIM cards. Before closing this tutorial, share with us in the comments below, what method worked for getting your PUK code.