How to Unlock a Sirius Satellite Radio

By Patrick Phelps

Sirius Satellite radio offers hundreds of genre-specific, commercial-free music stations. From sports and talk radio to traffic and weather, Sirius' vast array of stations make a Sirius subscription an attractive choice for millions of users. You must unlock and register your Sirius radio before you can receive satellite signals.

Things You'll Need

  • Installed Sirius radio
  • Pen/pencil and paper
  • Telephone
  • Credit card

Step 1

Park your car in an area with an unobstructed view of the sky. You will need to receive the satellite's signal before connecting your radio.

Step 2

Tune your radio to channel 0. This will display the radio's SID/ESN number. Write this down.

Step 3

Call Sirius at 1-888-539-SIRUS. You will be prompted to enter the numbers you recorded to connect you to the "activate a radio" department.

Step 4

Choose a plan. Depending on your radio, you will have several choices. Some radios can only receive Sirius stations, while many produced after 2009 can receive both XM and Sirius stations.

Step 5

Provide credit card information for billing. Once you've chosen your subscription and your credit card is accepted, your radio will be unlocked and you will be able to listen to any Sirius channel included in your plan.