How To Unlock LG Optimus - or any other LG phone
How to Unlock an LG Optimus
The Optimus is a line of smartphones that uses the Android platform released by LG, one of the biggest electronics manufacturer. Each phone has its own unique feature, such as screens running as small as 3.2” (Optimus Net) to a huge 5.5” display (Optimus G Pro). Optimus phones are generally sold from retailers, but if you got yours from a service provider through contracts or mobile plans, you will need to unlock your LG Optimus first before you can use it on other service providers or network carriers.
Obtaining an Unlock Code
Get the IMEI code of your phone.Mobile phones, including Optimus units, are assigned with special codes called IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) that are generally used for identification purposes. To get your phone’s IMEI, enter *#06# on your phone using its on-screen keypad. The IMEI code will be displayed on the screen; make a note of it.
- You can also check the back of your phone. Remove the back cover, and you will usually see the phone’s serial number and IMEI code on the battery bay.
Find a website that generates unlock codes.Once you have your phone’s IMEI, open a web browser and look for sites that generates unlock codes for phones.
Provide relevant information about your phone.Sites like Free Unlocks will require important details such as your phone’s IMEI code, the service provider it’s locked in to, the model of your phone, and an e-mail address where the unlock code can be sent later. Provide these information to get your unlock key.
- Note that some sites offer this service for free while some well-established sites like Free Unlocks may require not more than a fee for the unlock code.
Check your e-mail inbox for the unlock code.Head to your e-mail client and check your inbox. Unlock keys are typically 6–8 numerical combinations sent to the e-mail address you provided within 24–72 hours from the time you availed of the service, depending on the website service you used.
Using the Unlock Code
Locate the SIM card slot on your phone.Some units like the Optimus G Pro have its slot located just along the sides of the phone while some smaller, lower-end units, like Optimus M, have its slot located at the back.
- If the SIM tray is at the back, you will need to pry off the back cover first as well as remove the battery before you can access it.
Power off your phone and insert a SIM card from another provider.Once you find the SIM card slot on your phone, turn off your phone, remove the SIM from your carrier, and replace it with another SIM from another network, either local or international.
Turn on your phone.Press the device’s Power button and wait for it to boot up. Instead of the normal home screen you get when you start your phone, you’ll now get a message screen telling you that the SIM card used is unknown and your phone needs to be unlocked first before it can use the said SIM card.
Type in the unlock code using the onscreen keypad on your phone.Press “OK” once you’re done, and a confirmation message will appear on the screen notifying you that the code has been accepted and your LG Optimus phone is now unlocked and can be used on other network carrier/service providers.
- Some providers require your phone to remain locked on their network while it’s still within the contract or plan. Unlocking your phone while still under contract will void any agreement, including the store warranty.
- Before availing the service of sites that offer unlock codes, do a little background review of it first to ensure its credibility and avoid getting scammed.
- If you’ve already finished the contract, you can unlock your phone without breaking any agreement with the service provider.
Video: How To Unlock An LG - Any model / LG G Flex 2 / G4 / G3/ etc.
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