Sometimes I want to access my phone without unlocking the SIM cards (yes, two of them, so two PINs). It may be that I just want to play some games, and I know that there is no coverage so I do not care about missing calls.

How can I avoid entering the PIN but being able to unlock the phone itself?

Note: removing PIN for normal SIM access is not an option.

  • is removing the SIM cards an option? – Tooniis Aug 16 '17 at 18:24
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    No, see comment to Timo Schwarzer's answer. – Envite Aug 29 '17 at 10:52

You can simply remove the SIM cards. Then you will not be asked for a PIN. Some phones will show a "No SIM card"-dialog.

  • Removing the SIM implies removing the battery, thus losing e.g. clock configuration. – Envite Nov 3 '14 at 14:04
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    Ok. There are phones (like mine) where you do not have to remove the battery to eject the SIM card – Timo Schwarzer Nov 5 '14 at 23:45
  • Removing the SIM card also requires a sharp tool that I don't carry everywhere. It is ridiculous that I cannot use my mobile phone just because I forgot the second SIM's PIN, which I don't need at the moment. – Raúl Salinas-Monteagudo Apr 3 at 14:04

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, holding the power button displays a window which can be used to power down the phone. Then the battery can be safely removed, and then also the SIM card. Upon rebooting the phone I get the No-SIM-Card icon in the top-left notifications area, but I can still dial emergency numbers and access the Internet using Wi-Fi. On my phone it is also possible to disable having to enter the PIN from Settings -> Security.


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