DIY: How To Unlock Your Mobile Phone

So many people are going into mini importation business in Nigeria and with the number of trusted retail sites available, it is no surprise Nigerians have started patronizing these sites opting to buy mobile phones amongst others that are locked or tied to foreign networks like AT&T Wireless, Sprint, Verizon and others from sites like and or going through a trusted person, friend or relative abroad to make the purchase and send through a courier service on your behalf.



These locked phones are usually cheaper as most of them have been used or refurbished by the manufacturer but the problem is that most of these phones are still locked to the foreign networks.

Some people offer mobile unlocking services here in Nigeria however what they do is something you can easily do yourself so why waste you hard earned money paying for a service already at you fingertips.

I will show you how to unlock a phone tied to a foreign network with the steps below:

Steps To Unlock Your Mobile Phone

Nigerian Method:

There is an unlocking service in Nigeria presently and all you have to do is open the site, select the manufacturer of the phone, select the phone model and click on unlock now.

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On the next page you will have type in your IMEI and email address you want the unlock code to be sent to. Accept the terms and conditions and click on checkout now where you can use your ATM card to make payment.

The code will be sent to the email address provided within the stated waiting time.

Foreign Method:

  1. Go to the website on your laptop or any internet enabled phone.
  2. Click on the logo of the phone you want to unlock on the website, a list of the phone models would be displayed.
  3. Click on the model of your phone you want to unlock
  4. Click on the “Unlock” button, it would take you to another page displaying the various carriers.
  5. Look for the carrier your phone is locked or tied to and click on “Order”
  6. A page to type in the IMEI number of the locked phone would open.
  7. Dial *#06# to get the IMEI of the locked phone
  8. Type in the IMEI number i the the box and click on “Make an Order” button
  9. Enter your details such as name, phone number and email address. Click on the “Make an order” button
  10. Select your payment method and make the payment for the service. After payment, your order will be processed and you’ll receive the unlock code through your email provided in step 9 above. The delivery time depends on your carrier
  11. Once you receive the code, insert your new carrier Sim car or any other Sim card into the locked phone.
  12. It would show you a prompt to enter the unlock code, enter the code emailed to you.

That’s it! Your phone has been unlocked.

So no need to head down to that unlocking store, they don’t do anything special other than the steps explained above.

The waiting times to get your unlock code depends on the phone make but be rest assured that it takes an average of 30minutes to get you unlock code. However If it takes longer than 24hrs, you can contact them through the “contact us” page on the site.

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  1. emmanuel

    exactly how much will be deducted from my atm card for unlocking an iphone 6

  2. lawrent

    Good morning. Pls I bought an iphone 6 plus from someone n his icloud account is still inside n he can’t remember his password pls how do I remove it bcos it’s really stressing me alot

    1. Hello Lawrent,
      It’s a good idea to back up your iPhone before doing this just in case you mess something up.

      First you’ll need to remove the existing iCloud account that is in use on the iOS device:

      Open the Settings app and go to “iCloud”
      Scroll down under all the settings to find “Delete Account” (or “Sign Out”) and tap on that
      Confirm the removal of the iCloud account from the device by tapping on “Delete” or “Sign Out”
      Note that the newest version of iOS uses “Sign Out” in the iCloud settings panel, whereas the immediately prior versions use “Delete Account” – the effect is identical, it’s just a change of wording. Both will log out of the iCloud ID account on the iPhone or iPad.

      Note this removes all documents that are from iCloud from the phone or iPad, but not from iCloud itself. Whether or not you want to save contacts and calendar data is up to you.

      Once the iCloud account has been removed from the device, you’re left with a blank iCloud login. Here you can either create a new Apple ID and accompanying iCloud account, or change to another iCloud account.

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