Like Vodafone R226Vodafone R216 is also Huawei make and unlocking is possible. You can find the rebranded R216 in countries like U.K., Australia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, India etc. Unlocking procedures may be slightly different, so before paying, proceed with steps or you can also get the help through comments.

Vodafone R216 Huawei Mobile WiFi Router

How to unlock Vodafone R216 Mobile Wi-Fi LTE router?

1. Make sure your router (Vodafone / Vodacom R216) is fully charged or connected to static power supply.

2. Reset the device, and insert a non-acceptable Network sim on your Vodafone R216 WiFi MiFi Router.

3. After changing another network providers sim on your Huawei WiFi / MiFi, switch the device on. It will display “Invalid SIM” because you have used another network providers sim.

4. Now just establish a WiFi connection to Vodafone R216 WiFi MiFi Router with your PC / laptop (Windows).

5. Connect your locked router/gateway with PC and browse (through default internet explorer) and login to your device’s dashboard. Go to Advanced Settings – SIM Settings – Unlock Device – Enter Unlock Code – Click on Apply.


Open your Settings – Dial-up – Unlock SIM card – Enter 8 digits unlock code in your R216 MiFi router. Click “OK” and the device will reboot to display the new network.

Now your Vodafone R216 is fully unlocked to use another network SIM card.

Just create a new profile in Vodafone R216 according to the new sim card and connect to the internet.

Update: Vodafone Huawei R216 comes with the V4 algorithm and firmware change is mandatory, then unlocking is possible.

How to generate NV hash code from Vodafone R216 4G mobile WiFi hotspot router?

1. Download Firmware Huawei Vodafone R216 Update (Universal)

2. Generate firmware code from Universal Master Code tool or comment with model and IMEI to get it.

3. Connect your Huawei Vodafone R216 router to Windows PC or laptop via USB cable.

4. Extract downloaded firmware is a folder and run the setup file.

Note: Make sure you have disconnect internet and disabled the WiFi of PC (if available).

5. It will ask for a password. Use firmware code as password and wait till finish wizard.

Note: WiFi of the R216 will stop working and the device will be unusable.

6. Now install Huawei Mobile Partner in PC.

7. Download DC Unlocker and run it.

9. Now, detect the device under DC unlocker.

10. Go to the end of the result.

11. Now type “AT^NVRDEX=50503,0,128” (without quotes) and press Enter from the keyboard.

12. Now, it will show some NV codes in hash format. Keep it safe, after receiving the payment I will email you for generated hash code, which will be converted into the unlock code and will be emailed you back.

Note: Don’t try to insert free/wrong codes into your R216 WiFi MiFi Router, otherwise it will be locked permanently. Only pay 6 USD through PayPal button after generating the hash code. I will contact you through email.

Update: If your Vodafone R216 has higher firmware version and you are not able to downgrade the device, then you need to shot the boot, then further unlocking is possible. This method is tested with Indian R216 devices and is working fine.

You can watch the video of boot shot method:

Note II: Vodafone R216-Z is ZTE make and unlock / NCK / SIMlock code charge is 6USD.

Update: Vodafone Portugal is offering R216H Huawei WiFi MiFi Router. Unlock code of R216H Vodafone Portugal device is available. Interested people can place an order.

Update II: Vodafone U.K. R216 unlock code services are also available.


  1. I tried to unlock my Vodafone R216 with the steps shown for the Huawei E5573. Now only the SMS and battery light stay on forever. Can you give me any tips?

  2. Re Vodafone R216 -/when I run this file firmware-huawei-vodafone-r216-update-21-110-99-06-00-universal/ I am getting an error code saying Error 10 port not detected

    • If you getting error 10, means firmware is not able to detect your device. Make a reset, and again connect to PC with USB cable. Do not connect any another modem / router in your PC.

  3. I’m also getting error code 10, tried reset but does not help.

    Looking at device manager, there are no com ports.. Any other suggestions

  4. I’m also getting the same error code 10, device manager does not show the com ports, Reset does not help.. any other tips>

  5. Cant get datalock for R216h – tried to use DC Unlocker AT^GODLOAD – but without success.
    If give me an error downgrading to the firmware you suggest above.
    Any suggestion?

  6. Hi,
    I got a R216 from Vodafone UK. I’m not able to install R216_Update_21. as it does not detect the port (Error 10).
    A reset of the R216 gave me the additional CD-drive with the vodafone software, but also no serial port.
    The web frontend gives following software versions: WebUI 2.032.8341, Software Version: 4.3.
    How should I proceed to unlock?


    • Connect device with USB cable to PC. Under My Computer / This PC there will be a virtual CD ROM. Open that and install in PC. Now R216 page will be automatically opened. Now install Huawei mobile partner in PC. Then run the firmware update, it will work.

  7. hey kamlesh,

    i tried using R216_Update_21. for my vodafon R216 device.
    i did installed vodafone software from the device, then also i installed mobile partnet, but still it gives me error 10.
    there is nothing in port section of device manager. let me know how do i do that.

  8. Hey Kamlesh,

    Hope you can help I managed to get the nv codes and have sent them along with my paypal payment. just waiting on your reply.

      • Perfect all up and running. Thank-you for your quick reply. For anyone else unlocking the Huawei Vodafone r216, dc-unlocker sometimes doesn’t recognise the modem straight away and it helps to disconnect and reconnect and or reset the modem. Also once you have the unlock code from Kamlesh you have to install the India update then you can enter the unlock code. Also note that once the device is unlocked you will need to go into the modem settings and change the apn details for the modem to work on other networks. Kamlesh Thank-you once again. i will be back

  9. Hi Kamlesh,
    Need to unlock R216. Here are the details.
    MODEL- R216
    IMEI- 356904064846143
    I sent you an email but didn’t get any reply from you. pls help.

    • 356904063369469 Firmware code = 40840711
      Above mentioned firmware will not work with Vodafone India, if you want to try then I will modify accordingly to Indian firmware. After modifying the firmware it should work.

  10. i have vodafone r216 india , can we unlock this device , how to generate hash1 & hash2 codes for this devices so that i can provide you for instant code

  11. HELLO SIR,

  12. Hi,
    In 5th point you mentioned “Use firmware code as password” where Can I get that.
    So far any device is unlocked, because uunlockbase not able to do and they returned my money.

  13. Hi Kamlesh,

    Does the R216 model needs firmware changes, or just entering the unlock code you provide is enough for unlocking it? Please let me know the price and payment info as well as I am from India, preferably PayUMoney.

  14. i have unlocked my modem ..but how to connect with usb since its asking for password for wifi. Also please help me with APN details for jio

  15. Can i unlock a router with the following info:

    Nome do produto R216h
    Versão do software 8.2
    Versão da IU da Web 2.035.8384
    Versão do hardware CL1E5573SM14
    Número de série SJGDW16531001271
    N.º de série do SIM (ICCID) 8935101211610066813F
    Número SIM (MSISDN) Número SIM
    N.º de série do dispositivo (IMEI) 356904068381170 / 15
    IMSI 268011801066681

    Locked to vodafone portugal?

  16. Hello, I need unlock code for my Vodafone wifi R216 router. I tried generating code using Universal Master Code Calculator, but the code did not work. Thanks.

  17. I want to unlock Vodafone Huawei Model R216. I do see $6 for getting it unlocked. Can you confirm how as a Indian customer i need to make the payment and how to get it Unlocked.

    • If you will change the firmware and generate the NV hash code, then it will cost you 6USD. If you want the code by IMEI, then you need to pay 20USD and also this service will take from 3 to 10 days.

  18. Hi, I have Mac and not a PC so I can’t download the software to generate a code to unlock my dongles.
    Can someone do it for me ?
    The IMEI number is : 356904063512563
    it’s a model R216 Vodafone Mobile Wifi or Huawei .
    Thanks in advance

  19. Hi there I bought a r216 uk Vodaphone box hoping I could unlock it to use with an EE sim I tried entering unlock codes (48763578 – 48390408) for IMEI 356904069581257 with no luck, the sim I entered in the device to try to unlock is an old orange full size sim which may be expired would that make any difference to the unlock not working, it states I have used 2 out of my 10 available tries and that after 8 more incorrect code tries the device will be permanently disabled?

    Can you advice how I can check or add any different unlock codes?
    Thanks for any advice

  20. Hello Kamlesh,

    Can you please help me to unlock my Device: Vodafone Mobile WI-FI
    Model: R216
    FCC ID: QISR216
    Hardware Revision: VER.A
    SSID: VodafoneMobileWIFI-FD5125

  21. So i know its late but recently i have a hotsopt r216h the vodafone portugal and i cant unlock i put the right code and says its wrong someone can help me the imei is 356904068403107, the easy way

  22. Dear I have flashed my Indian Vodafone R216 to V8.2 from your site and I want to unlock it to use other SIM on it so can you please tell me the process ASAP.

  23. Dear I have tried to unlock it with generated code by Code calculator but it said wrong code 3 times so now 7 attempts are left and I have 2 devices and want to use them.
    If I am a technical person then can you genuinely guide me to unlock it for one day like a challenge otherwise please don’t misguide if you only want money I will pay.

  24. Dear I have 2 devices and you also need to understand that now a days JiO Fi is available for Rs. 999/-, so how to spend 500 Rs. on unlocking this device which is an old model.
    So can you please rethink and revise your charges but do not think that I am downgrading your service or efforts but that device is downgraded.

  25. Dear Kamlesh, at least give me a bundle offer for 2 of my R216.
    Even if no offer, please reply me with the process I need to follow.

    • my problem have already solved. anyone who has vodafone uk device, try to contact the vodafone with online chat. they will help you to get the nuc code, it is completely free. all you need to provide is your previous vodafone number, and the imei number of your mobile devices. that’s it, incredibly easy.

  26. Hi already paid 6$ can you unlock it remotely the process seems confusing and I get port failed when tried to update firm

    model: R216
    Emei: 356904065979448

    4G Vodacom Tanzania

    Found modem : R216
    Model : Huawei Vodafone R216
    IMEI : 356904065930490
    Serial NR. : B4JDW16611000146
    Firmware : 21.315.03.00.11
    Dashboard version : THIRD_PARTY_VDF_PCSVV8.1
    Web UI version : THIRD_PARTY_VDF_2.035.8384
    SIM Lock status : unlocked
    Wrong codes entered : 0 (unlock attempts left : 10)


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