How to Unlock a Verizon LG Cell Phone

By Josh Moorhead

Unlocking a Verizon LG phone is a fairly easy process. Unlocking the phone will allow it to work on a new network, but requires a few things of both the original and new provider. Verizon will have to allow the switch by granting an identification number, called the IMEI code, and the new network will have to provide a memory card, called an SIM card, that will connect the LG to the new network.

Things You'll Need

  • IMEI code
  • SIM card

Step 1

Request the LG's IMEI code from Verizon by contacting Verizon customer service. The IMEI number identifies the LG, but also doubles as a code that can unlock the phone. Depending on the provisions of the contract with Verizon, the company may charge for the code.

Step 2

Turn the LG off. Remove the protective covering for the battery on the back of the phone. Near the battery is a slot with a small card in it. That is Verizon's SIM card. Replace it with your new network's card.

Step 3

Restart the LG. The phone will detect the SIM card of the new provider and ask for an authorization number to proceed. This is the IMEI code. Enter it on the LG's dial pad. After the phone has accepted the code, it will stop using Verizon's network and begin using the network of the new provider.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before switching the LG from Verizon to a new network, contact the new network to see how the LG will work using its service. Providers offer different data packages, so switching networks could change how the LG works, sometimes in adverse ways, limiting calling, texts, or web browsing.