How to unlock a phone from LG

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How to unlock a phone from LG
How to unlock a phone from LG
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This article will teach you how to unlock an LG phone. If you can't remember your screen lock password, you'll need to factory reset your phone, which will erase all data on your phone if you haven't backed it up. If you are traveling or changing carriers, you will need to unlock the SIM so that the phone can be used on other mobile networks. Your mobile operator can usually unlock your phone's SIM for free, but your account must be valid and your phone must meet the requirements. You can also unlock your phone's SIM by paying a third party or a website for it.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Factory reset

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Step 1. Turn off the phone

On the right side of the phone, press and hold the Start button to open a menu. Then press Disable and OK.

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Step #2. Press and hold the Start button and Volume Down button

When the phone is turned off, press and hold the Home button and the Volume Down button at the same time until you see the LG logo. The Volume Down button is located on the left side of the phone.

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Step 3. Release the buttons when you see the LG logo

When the LG logo appears, release the buttons.

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Step #4. Press and hold the Start button again

From the moment you release the Home button and Volume Down button when you see the LG logo appear, immediately press the Home button again until the Factory reset screen appears.

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Step 5. Release the Start button

When the Factory Reset screen appears, release the Start button.

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Step 6. Press the Start button to continue

The Start button will lead you to the Factory Reset procedure. Press the Volume Up or Down buttons to cancel.

Factory reset will allow you to access the phone again, but it will also erase all data on the phone. This includes photos, movies, music, apps, data, browser tabs, browser history, app data, videos, contacts, and anything that hasn't been backed up. It is important that you regularly back up the data on your phone

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Step 7. Press the Start button again

This will confirm that you wish to factory reset your phone. You can cancel the recovery process by pressing the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons.

Method 2 of 3: Unlocking the SIM through the mobile operator

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Step #1. Open the Phone app

This app has a picture of a phone. Make sure the original SIM card is in the phone. You will not be able to access the phone with another carrier's SIM until it is unlocked.

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Step 2. Select the numeric keypad

This is a 10-dot button in the shape of a keyboard on a phone.

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Step 3. Enter *#06#

This will display the 15 digit IMEI number. Write down this number. You will need it to contact customer service.

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Step 4. Contact your mobile operator

You will need to contact the original mobile operator that your phone is using. Tell them you either plan to sell the phone or plan to travel abroad. Be prepared to provide your name, phone number, email and the IMEI number. They will send you an email with an unlock code and some instructions. Follow these instructions closely. The code will only work once.

Your mobile operator will usually provide an unlock code for free. However, certain carriers have certain requirements that you must meet before they give you an unlock code. Your mobile operator may also refuse to provide an unlock code

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Step 5. Check your email

It can take up to three business days to receive the email with the unlock code. Follow the instructions in the email carefully. After all, the unlock code will only work once.

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Step 6. Turn off your phone

You should always turn off the phone before removing the SIM.

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Step 7. Replace the SIM

Remove the old SIM from the phone and replace it with the new SIM. Read the user manual to see where to put the SIM in this particular model of phone.

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Step 8. Turn the phone back on

With the new SIM card in the right place, you can now reboot your phone.

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Step 9. Enter the unlock code

Once the unlock code is accepted, you can use your phone abroad with any carrier or SIM.

Method 3 of 3: Unlocking the SIM using a third party service

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Step #1. Open the Phone app

This app has a picture of a phone. Make sure the original SIM card is in the phone. You will not be able to access the phone with another carrier's SIM until it is unlocked.

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Step 2. Select the numeric keypad

This is a 10-dot button in the shape of a keyboard on a phone.

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Step 3. Enter *#06#

This will display the IMEI number. Write this number down. You will need it later.

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Step 4. Visit https://www.unlockriver.com/ in a browser

You can use any browser on your device for this.

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Step 5. Fill in the form

Use the drop-down menus to select the following information:

  • “Select your mobile operator.” The drop-down menu titled “Carrier” is where you can select your mobile operator. A list of supported mobile carriers is shown at the bottom of the page.
  • Select 'LG'. Use the drop-down menu titled 'Manufacturer' to select 'LG'.
  • “Select your phone model.” Use the drop-down menu titled “Model” to select your phone model. To find the phone model, you can either consult the manual or press 'About' in the Settings menu of your phone.
  • "Enter the IMEI number." Use the field titled "IMEI (15 digits)" to type your phone's IMEI number.
  • "Type your email address." Enter an email address that you use regularly. This is where the email with the unlock code will be sent.
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Step 6. Click on Unlock

This is a purple button below the form.

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Step 7. Select the payment method

You can pay with a bank or credit card, or with PayPal.

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Step 8. Place your order

Click Submit to place your order.

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Step 9. Check your email

It can take up to three business days to receive the email with the unlock code. Follow the instructions in the email carefully. After all, the unlock code will only work once.

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Step 10. Turn off the phone

You should always turn off the phone before removing the SIM.

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Step 11. Replace the SIM

Remove the old SIM from the phone and replace it with the new SIM. Read the user manual to see where to put the SIM in this particular model of phone.

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Step 12. Turn on the phone again

With the new SIM card in the right place, you can now reboot your phone.

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Step 13. Enter the unlock code

Once the unlock code is accepted, you can use your phone abroad with any carrier or SIM.

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