Samsung Galaxy CSC Region Code – After using a Samsung smartphone for a few years, I’ve learned that not everyone is aware of their device’s CSC Region code. This isn’t something the average customer would need to know, but it can be useful for us enthusiasts. So here there are three different ways you can figure out your smartphone or tablet’s CSC letters.
For a smartphone, When an OEM creates firmware it does so with a specific region in mind. This can be due to language barriers, national laws, local partnerships, etc. There are many reasons for companies to create region-specific (and sometimes carrier-specific) firmware for their smartphones and tablets.
What Does CSC Stand for?
CSC actually means Country Specific Code and in the Android community, it’s paired with Samsung Galaxy devices. Since the company is creating different firmware for different countries we need to know what ours is if we ever want to manually download the firmware images for our smartphone.
This can sometimes go beyond designating a code for a specific country, though. As an example, the USA sounds like an obvious CSC Region Code for Samsung smartphones sold in the United States, right? In actuality, the company can sometimes break down these bigger markets into carrier-specific firmware images as well. The main devices sold in the United States actually carry the CSC Region Code of Verizon Wireless (VZW), T-Mobile (TMB), and AT&T (ATT) (among many others).
These carrier units all carry the same model number, but they have different CSC region codes since the company builds a specific firmware for wireless carriers (in some countries).
How Can I Find My CSC Region Code?
To check what CSC region code got in your Samsung Galaxy device go to:
- Settings Menu
- About Phone
- Software Information
- And look for the “Service Provider SW Ver.” section.
- Here is the 3-letter CSC code for your Samsung device.
How Can I Find My CSC Region Code?
This is relatively easy and can actually be done in three different ways. There are likely more, but today I will be showing you three different ways to find out your Samsung CSC code.
Phone Dialer Method
If you have a Samsung smartphone, then it comes with a preinstalled phone dialer. And this is great because one of the easiest ways of figuring out your smartphone’s region CSC code is by using a dialer code. These codes are found often in Android devices as a way to debug services or uncover information.
We’ll be doing the latter here and it only takes a few seconds.
- Open up the dialer application
- Tap out the following. . .
- After that, you should see the dialer menu disappear
- It should be replaced with a dark screen and some firmware details
- Look at the CSC section and you should see it after the model number.
About Phone Method
For me, the above method worked but not really. The OXM is actually a universal CSC code that is compatible with many regions around the world. For your device to find out the true CSC code for your Galaxy Note 10+, you had to do the About Phone method instead.
- Open up the Settings application
- Scroll down and tap on the “About Phone” menu
- Now tap the “Software Information” option
- And look for the “Service Provider SW Ver.” section
- Here you’ll find the 3-letter CSC code for your smartphone or tablet.
Download Mode Method
The last way of doing things that to find your Samsung CSC Code. It is done by booting your device into Download Mode which can be complicated for those who are not familiar with it. It’s something you should know how to do (in my opinion) and is easy once you get the hang of it.
Samsung tends to change how to access these hidden boot modes, though. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Download Mode requires you to hold the Volume Down and Bixby buttons while you plug in a USB cable. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Download Mode, however, needs you to press both the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while you plug in a USB cable.