How To Guide How to Enable All Bands Through Service Menu on US/CA S23 series (including Sub-6 and mmWave)

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User 12345

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Not sure. Does the Note 20 have the same bands available? The only time I get AT&T is in parts of Southern West Virginia. Sometimes US Cellular as well.

I spend 6 months of the year in the US.
I can't enable the secret menu on my note 20 because the Usb-c port is busted. Is there a way to check bands without?

Regardless, I looked up all of the available ATT and Verizon bands and made sure they're all enabled on my s23. I'm working in west Texas.
 

jcsww

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I can't enable the secret menu on my note 20 because the Usb-c port is busted. Is there a way to check bands without?

Regardless, I looked up all of the available ATT and Verizon bands and made sure they're all enabled on my s23. I'm working in west Texas.
It has been a coue of years since I have been to the DFW area but my OnePlus 8T always roamed on to T-Mobile with my Telus SIM. Going up and down the east coast between Toronto and Atlanta, I get T-Mobile as well on the 8T and s23 Ultra when using my Telus SIM. I used to complain to Telus before the roaming agreement changed about how terrible the AT&T service was, especially back in 2011 and 2012 when I was in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was really happy when my contact in the Telus Executive Office told me back in 2014 that they had come to an agreement with T-Mobile for roaming effective mid 2016.

I have never had a Note 20. I did have a Note 9 and s9+ before I had a OnePlus 7 Pro and then a OnePlus 8T.
 

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It has been a coue of years since I have been to the DFW area but my OnePlus 8T always roamed on to T-Mobile with my Telus SIM. Going up and down the east coast between Toronto and Atlanta, I get T-Mobile as well on the 8T and s23 Ultra when using my Telus SIM. I used to complain to Telus before the roaming agreement changed about how terrible the AT&T service was, especially back in 2011 and 2012 when I was in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was really happy when my contact in the Telus Executive Office told me back in 2014 that they had come to an agreement with T-Mobile for roaming effective mid 2016.

I have never had a Note 20. I did have a Note 9 and s9+ before I had a OnePlus 7 Pro and then a OnePlus 8T.
Unfortunately, West Texas does not have much for T-Mobile service. My phone is essentially useless atm if I'm not able to connect to carriers outside of T-Mobile. I spend quite a bit of time working out here so if I came solve this I will have to get rid of the phone.

Could Telus see that the Sim card is in a US hardware phone and somehow block the other carriers?
 

zeroktal

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@peacey8 there is no root method for the us versions I can find. I did this on a SM-S918B not the U.
However if you meant, did I use the band method on this forum, then yes :)
 

jcsww

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Unfortunately, West Texas does not have much for T-Mobile service. My phone is essentially useless atm if I'm not able to connect to carriers outside of T-Mobile. I spend quite a bit of time working out here so if I came solve this I will have to get rid of the phone.

Could Telus see that the Sim card is in a US hardware phone and somehow block the other carriers?
The SIM is normally provisioned for what it can and can't do. If your Note 20 a Canadian W originally purchased from Telus? If so, that might exain why you can't roam on to AT&T with the S23 Ultra U1 while the Note 20 can.
 

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The SIM is normally provisioned for what it can and can't do. If your Note 20 a Canadian W originally purchased from Telus? If so, that might exain why you can't roam on to AT&T with the S23 Ultra U1 while the Note 20 can.
The note 20 was purchased from Telus and is a Canadian W. The note 20 also has TLS software.

I would expect that the S23 having the S23 TLS firmware and the same Sim card would allow it to roam over the same carriers but it doesn't.
 

jcsww

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The note 20 was purchased from Telus and is a Canadian W. The note 20 also has TLS software.

I would expect that the S23 having the S23 TLS firmware and the same Sim card would allow it to roam over the same carriers but it doesn't.
That is more than likely due to the same reason why T-Mobile doesn't allow my T-Mobile SIM to roam on to US Cellular if the device is not a T-Mobile purchased device. Carriers restrict roaming on devices not sold by them. Your BYOD with your Telus SIM would be deemed "not compatible" even though it is, simply because Telus didn't sell it to you.
 

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Can anyone confirm, that you can flash U1 HOME_CSC on the W model without having to wipe the data?

I do not have a computer with me right now

When I had a Canadian W S20 on 5.0, I never needed to wipe the data to flash U/U1 firmwares through modified Odin
 
Can anyone confirm, that you can flash U1 HOME_CSC on the W model without having to wipe the data?

I do not have a computer with me right now

When I had a Canadian W S20 on 5.0, I never needed to wipe the data to flash U/U1 firmwares through modified Odin
Then call yourself lucky because anytime that you go from either U to U1...W to U1...U1 to U....etc. it usually requires a wipe.

@peacey8
Now what I'm going to provide here...is for phones that have system shell access or root....this command is not specific to variants of a certain region....see video attached for reference. I also have tons of other commands as well. And if you like add it to the OP....not opposed to it at all.

COMMAND

am broadcast -a com.samsung.android.action.SECRET_CODE -d android_secret_code://27663368378 -n com.sec.android.RilServiceModeApp/.SecKeyStringBroadcastReceiver
 

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One of the side effects(or coincidence) after flashing to U1 is that Android auto stopped working (I have a Hong Kong data esim), I tried flashing back to W with no luck. Previously it would work with no issues but now the second I enable Hong Kong sim Android auto stops launching....
 

Dodolom

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Just joining the party. I live in the Netherlands and when I was in Denver last week, I bought an unlocked S23+.

Works fine here in the NL but I am not hundred percent sure if I am getting the proper speeds. I am on Vodafone NL BTW.

My device details are below. What's the best way to see if my device has the 5G bands that is used by Vodafone NL?

Definitely seeing the 5G icon on my screen though.

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Just joining the party. I live in the Netherlands and when I was in Denver last week, I bought an unlocked S23+.

Works fine here in the NL but I am not hundred percent sure if I am getting the proper speeds. I am on Vodafone NL BTW.

My device details are below. What's the best way to see if my device has the 5G bands that is used by Vodafone NL?

Definitely seeing the 5G icon on my screen though.

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You're best plan of action is to thoroughly read thru the OP. Get the tool SamFw downloaded and go thru the steps. And if you have any questions. Someone here will help get you squared away.
 
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Just joining the party. I live in the Netherlands and when I was in Denver last week, I bought an unlocked S23+.

Works fine here in the NL but I am not hundred percent sure if I am getting the proper speeds. I am on Vodafone NL BTW.

My device details are below. What's the best way to see if my device has the 5G bands that is used by Vodafone NL?

Definitely seeing the 5G icon on my screen though.

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For bands hit *#2263#
 

chungdae

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I tried to do this on my S23 ultra but I'm getting stuck on the "waiting for DIAG" part. I've followed the directions and it's still not working. Any advice?
 
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Just joining the party. I live in the Netherlands and when I was in Denver last week, I bought an unlocked S23+.

Works fine here in the NL but I am not hundred percent sure if I am getting the proper speeds. I am on Vodafone NL BTW.

My device details are below. What's the best way to see if my device has the 5G bands that is used by Vodafone NL?

Definitely seeing the 5G icon on my screen though.

View attachment 5864591
What bands is Netmonster showing you connected to? I'm going to Germany and Italy soon with a US unlocked S23 Ultra and am curious if it connects to 5G without using the bands unlock method to bands N78, N28 or N1?
 

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    What is this?

    This is a guide on how to enable all LTE and 5G bands on the US or Canadian S23 series phones by going through the service menu. This guide is a copy of my S22U guide, which is mostly based on this S20U guide by mellojosh, but has been adapted for the S23U phone with more information added.

    Who needs this?

    Different countries and carriers use different 5G frequency bands, so the phone's software limits 5G bands to your model's country and carrier even though the phone hardware supports more bands. Here are some cases when unlocking all 5G bands could be useful:
    • You live outside the US/Canada but bought a US/Canadian model and want to use 5G in your country that uses different 5G bands than US/Canadian carriers.
    • You live in the US/Canada but are travelling to a different country and want to use their 5G service which uses different 5G bands than US/Canada.
    • You live in the US/Canada but think your carrier is limiting your 5G service for some reason and think that you can optimize it better.
    Which bands can be enabled this way?

    All bands the phone supports in hardware can be enabled through the service menu. For the US S23 Ultra, that includes all Sub-6 bands like n78, and mmWave bands, as well as 5G SA bands, as shown in this screenshot below. For the Canadian S23 Ultra, this method will unlock all the same bands as the US model except mmWave (might be a hardware or firmware limitation).

    Bands List.jpeg

    Which phones does this method support?

    This method has been confirmed to work on:
    • Samsung S23 Ultra (S918U, S918U1, S918W).
    • Samsung S22 Ultra (S908U, S908U1, S908W).
    • Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4. Thanks @Abaddon and @otteporihs.
    This method works on both Android 12 (One UI 4.1) or Android 13 (One UI 5.0, 5.1).

    This method requires your device be on the US firmware (XAA or other US CSC), so as long as you can Odin flash XAA firmware on your device (such as Canadian variant), you should be able to do this.

    If you get this method working on your phone that isn't in the known list, post it here and I will add it to the list above.

    How To Guide

    You will need a Windows computer (or VM) and the Samsung USB Driver installed to do the following steps. Install the USB driver from here before proceeding if you do not have it installed.

    A. Flash US Firmware

    First, your device must be on US firmware (XAA or other CSC). You can skip this step and go to B if your device is already on US firmware.

    If you're not on a US firmware because you have another Snapdragon variant (like Canadian), follow the steps below to flash XAA firmware. Note this will WIPE and FACTORY RESET your device. ALL DATA WILL BE LOST. So backup if you need to.
    1. Download Odin 3.14.4 or latest version.
    2. Download US XAA U1 firmware for your device from SamMobile.com or SamFw.com. For example, for the S23 Ultra, download the XAA firmware for S918U1. Extract the contents of the firmware to somewhere on your computer. You should have 5 files (BL, AP, CP, CSC, HOME_CSC). We won't use HOME_CSC.
    3. Restart your phone and go into download mode. On the S23 Ultra, hold all three power and up + down volume at the same time until the phone starts, then press the up volume key to get into download mode.
    4. Open Odin and connect your phone to your computer with a USB. Odin should say your phone was added.
    5. Click each of the BL, AP, CP, CSC buttons and select the corresponding files from the firmware zip you extracted. For CSC, use the file that starts with CSC and not HOME_CSC (we won't be using HOME_CSC). Do not load anything into USERDATA.
    6. Click start and let it flash the firmware (see the picture below). If it flashed correctly, your phone will be on XAA firmware after it restarts and you will have to set it up again from scratch.
    7. Set up your phone and verify it is on XAA firmware by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software information -> check that it says XAA/XAA,XAA/OOO under "Software provider software version". OOO here will be your phone's original CSC like XAC which you cannot change and do not need to.
    A - Odin Flash.png

    B. Unlock Service Menu Secret Codes

    The next step is we need to unlock access to the service menu. Usually this is locked by default, but it might already be unlocked for you.

    First check if you can access the service menu by trying each of these ways:
    1. Open dialer and enter *#27663368378# to try to get directly into the service mode main menu. The menu should open after you press the last # character, you shouldn't have to press call.
    2. Open dialer and enter *#73# to get into RF Test mode. Press Band Selection. Press three dots on top right -> Back. Repeat three dots -> back three more times until you get to the service mode main menu.
    3. If either of the above ways works for you to get to the service mode main menu, then you can skip the below steps to unlock the menu and go directly to instructions C.
    If you cannot access the menu with the above codes, then follow these instructions to unlock the secret codes.
    1. Enable USB Debugging in Developer menu.
    2. Download SamFW FRP tool 4.0 or latest version from here.
    3. Open SamFW FRP tool and connect your phone to the computer with a USB.
    4. Using SamFW FRP tool, go to MTP tab and click on "Enable Secret Code for Verizon". See the picture below. Note it works on any US CSC even though it says "for Verizon".
      • If in the program output you see it's getting stuck on "Waiting for DIAG", then dial *#0808# on your phone to open USB settings and select "DM + MODEM + ADB" then press OK. The program should then complete the step and then get stuck on "Disabling DIAG". When it does, using the *#0808# menu again, select "MTP + ADB" this time and press OK. Now the program should complete the step and say that secret codes was unlocked.
    5. Now you should be able to use *#73# for RF test, or *#27663368378#* to go directly to service menu. Test it to make sure at least one of the codes works and the service menu is opening.
    B - SamFW FRP Tool.png

    C. METHOD 1: Use the Service Menu to Unlock All Bands
    • Enter the service menu using either way.
      • Open dialer and enter *#27663368378# to get directly into the service mode main menu.
      • Open dialer and enter *#73# to get into RF Test mode. Press Band Selection. Press three dots on top right -> Back. Repeat three dots -> back three more times until you get to the service mode main menu.
    • Use the service mode to set the following options. Note you can go back between screens with three dots -> back for quicker navigation, but I am just starting each option below from the main menu so it's easy to read.
      1. Enable all LTE and 5G bands.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> SYSTEM -> Next page 4 times -> SET LTE BAND CONFIG -> SET DEFAULT LTE BAND.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> PRUNE STATUS -> REMOVE NR5G PRUNE.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> GCF -> REMOVE ONLY NR WHITELIST.
        • Optional if you need to enable mmWave bands on US model: Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> Sub6/mmWave -> ALL ENABLE.
        • Optional if you have issues going from LTE to LTE+ (carrier aggregation not working properly): Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> AS -> Next Page -> DISABLE CA COMBO CHECK -> DISABLE ON.
      2. Enable 5G NR features (DSS & CDRX) if needed. These options might already be enabled for you by default.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> AS -> Next Page -> NR CDRX CONTROL -> NR CDRX ENABLE. NR CDRX is 5G power saving mode.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> AS -> Next Page 2 times -> NR DSS CONTROL -> NR DSS ENABLE. NR DSS is 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
      3. Enable 5G SA if you're lucky enough to have a carrier with standalone 5G networks. This option might be enabled by default already.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> SA/NSA Mode Control -> SA/NSA ENABLE.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> SA/NSA Mode Control -> Remove SA permit list.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> NRDC -> NRDC ENABLE. NRDC is for dual connectivity with Sub6 + mmWave bands in parallel. Only applies to 5G SA networks and only if your carrier uses it.
      4. Restart your phone, then dial *#73# to get into RF Test Mode. Click Band Selection -> Sim 1 or Sim 2 (whichever you use). On this screen if you scroll down, you'll see a list of enabled NR5G bands. Make sure all bands are enabled. See my picture below.
      5. NOTE: Band selection won't be reset with a reboot, but might be reset after a CSC update (or a software update that includes a CSC update). You will have to re-do the service menu settings every update or re-flash of a CSC.
      6. NOTE: If you use an eSIM or a dual-SIM phone with a 2nd SIM, you need to change the NR5G stack before changing the NR5G related options above. Change the NR5G stack to Stack 2 with the following setting first.
        • Service Mode Main Menu -> UE SETTING & INFO -> SETTING -> PROTOCOL -> NR5G -> Stack Selection -> Select STACK 2.
      7. OPTIONAL: Now that all bands are enabled and usable, you can use the Band Selection menu under *#73# to selectively disable certain bands if you need to. This is not covered here but that menu is self-explanatory.
      8. If this method isn't working, try METHOD 2 below. You do not need to try METHOD 2 if this method ended up working for you.
    D. METHOD 2: Unlock all bands via Protocol Simulation menu.
    • If METHOD 1 above didn't work or not all bands were unlocked, you can try to unlock all bands by simulating a change in your CSC to GCF (Global Certification Forum). This won't actually change your CSC to GCF, but will change the options in the service menu as if you were on GCF CSC, which should give you access to all SA and NSA bands. Credits to @wr3cckl3ss1 for figuring out this method.
    • To do this method, first enter the service mode main menu using either of the following ways.
      • Open dialer and enter *#27663368378# to get directly into the service mode main menu.
      • Open dialer and enter *#73# to get into RF Test mode. Press Band Selection. Press three dots on top right -> Back. Repeat three dots -> back three more times until you get to the service mode main menu.
    • Using the service menu, change the following options
    1. Go to: Service Mode Main Menu -> PROTOCOL STATE -> PROTOCOL SIMULATION -> IMEI PRE CFG SIMULATION.
    2. In this menu, click [1] AP, then click GCF (last option). Then click [2] NET1 and change it to GCF as well. Do the same for [3] NET2. All GCF.
    3. Press [4] Write. Then restart phone.
    4. Check if all SA bands were unlocked. If not, repeat the band unlocking instructions from METHOD 1 above and then restart the phone and check again.

    Enjoy your unlocked LTE and 5G bands!

    I have personally tested this on a Canadian S23 Ultra (S918W) on US XAA firmware to enable all bands. I reflashed Canadian firmware after I unlocked the service menu and the service menu stayed accessible even on Canadian firmware. So the trick is to always start out on US firmware and unlock the menu there first.

    CREDITS

    @mellojosh for his guide on service menu band options on the S20U1.
    @wr3cckl3ss1 for instructions on protocol simulation.
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    The mmWave antenna is expensive. It was like $50 per device during the X55 days and I'd be surprised if that cost has gone down much so it's no surprise manufacturers continue to leave it out when it's not in use in that market. Heck, Google leaves it out of their base model unless you have Verizon or AT&T (even though T-Mobile has mmWave too) and only includes it in the unlocked Pro models.
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    From a T-Mobile branded S23 Ultra (SM-S918U) using eSIM:

    TMobile_SMS918U_All_Bands.jpg
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    can anyone with a German or European S23 say if this is useful for us?
    I would like to know this too. Even though 5G isn't widespread in EU (no mmWave etc.), I'd like to enable it if the phone supports this but is limited/unabled for no reason.
    No unfortunately this method is for US/Canadian phones only.
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    What if you flash the XAA firmware? And change CSC to GCF? I would be surprised if the hardware was different.
    Unfortunately I tried that and it is still doesn't work. I do know why though. If you put the Canadian phone (on XAA firmware) in diag mode and check with QPST EFS explorer, you can browse the Qualcomm modem firmware files in the EFS and see that the mmWave firmware file is missing (/nv/item_files/rfnv/00029652). On my US model S22U, this file exists. Without this file, the mmWave frequencies will not show up. I think these EFS firmware files are not included with the software updates, and instead are written to the hardware when the phone is made (like IMEI).

    Now I tried to copy this firmware file over from my S22U to S23W with QPST EFS explorer, but the file is deleted once the phone is rebooted (which is needed to load the file). It seems the EFS partition is not really writable with QPST explorer, or there is some master read-only copy that gets copied every boot. If anybody knows how to make changes stick with QPST EFS explorer on non-rooted devices, please tell me your experience.

    Perhaps if one were rooted it would be possible to add this file since I have seen people modifying the EFS partition with root. But I have no experience with this so I cannot help if one wants to try that. And anyways I cannot root the Canadian version so that's not an option for Canadian model.