How to Unlock a DirecTV Receiver

By Maya Austen

Depending upon what you want to accomplish, there are several different methods of unlocking a DirecTV receiver. You can temporarily release a restriction for a specific channel or program. You can temporarily unlock all restrictions for a period of four hours. Or you can permanently unlock some or all of the restrictions. In order to perform any of these tasks, however, you need to know the security pass code that was used when the Parental Control settings were configured.

Temporarily Unlock DirecTV Receiver for a Specific Channel or Program

Step 1

Turn on the DirecTV receiver along with the TV.

Step 2

Tune the DirecTV receiver to a channel, or TV program with a rating threshold, that has been restricted in the receiver's Parental Control settings. "Unlock Now" automatically appears on the TV monitor whenever anyone turns the receiver to a blocked channel or program.

Step 3

Press "Select" on the DirecTV remote.

Step 4

Enter the security pass code.

Temporarily Unlock All Restrictions on DirecTV Receiver for 4 Hours

Step 1

Turn on the DirecTV receiver along with the TV.

Step 2

Aim the DirecTV remote control at the receiver and press "Menu."

Step 3

Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls, Fav's & Setup." Press "Select." Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls." Press "Select."

Step 4

Highlight "Unlock 4 Hours." Press "Select."

Step 5

Enter the security pass code.

Permanently Unlock All Restrictions on DirecTV Receiver

Step 1

Turn on the DirecTV receiver along with the TV.

Step 2

Aim the DirecTV remote control at the receiver and press "Menu."

Step 3

Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls, Fav's & Setup." Press "Select." Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls." Press "Select."

Step 4

Highlight "Unlock All." Press "Select."

Step 5

Enter the security pass code.

Permanently Unlock Select Restrictions on DirecTV Receiver

Step 1

Turn on the DirecTV receiver along with the TV.

Step 2

Aim the DirecTV remote control at the receiver and press "Menu."

Step 3

Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls, Fav's & Setup." Press "Select." Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight "Parental Controls." Press "Select." Highlight "Edit Settings." Press "Select."

Step 4

Highlight the setting you'd like to unlock: "Ratings," "Chan Block," "Spending" (refers to limits on pay-per-view spending), or "Hours" (refers to the restriction on TV viewing hours). Press "Select."

Step 5

Enter the security pass code. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight the option which removes the restriction. Press "Select."

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