Unlocking your phone has lots of benefits both practically and financially. For many people, they need to unlock their phones in order to use it on a different carrier. For others, there are financial benefits to doing it such as roaming charges while traveling. Regardless of the reason, unlocking your LG Aristo 3 can be really helpful. In addition, it’s a relatively simple process.
In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about unlocking your LG Aristo 3. Including whether it is legal, the reasons you would want to unlock it, and how to unlock the LG Aristo 3 to be used on other networks.
This is the first and most important question for people, and thankfully it’s a simple answer — yes! As of 2014, the federal government passed a law making it perfectly legal to unlock mobile phones for use with other providers. With that, though, there are a few requirements.
By meeting these requirements, it is 100% legal to unlock any phone, including your LG Aristo 3. Do keep in mind that it is possible that a previous user could have not paid their bill, or you may have purchased a stolen phone. In these cases, the phone could end up “blacklisted”.
In these cases, you should contact the previous owner to try to get some more information about the device. An unpaid bill is relatively easy to fix, but other issues may require more work to get corrected. If the phone you purchased is reported lost or stolen, it's been blacklisted, which is a more difficult unlock process. In the case of a lost or stolen phone, you will have to get it removed from that list.
If you are already seeking to unlock your phone, it’s likely you have a purpose in mind already. If you’re just curious about the benefits of unlocking your phone, there are many.
The first and most obvious is that you will be able to use the phone on any network and with any carrier you choose. When you purchase a phone from a given carrier, that phone is typically locked to that provider — especially if you were initially under a contract. In these scenarios, you will be unable to use the phone on any other network until it is unlocked.
Another reason you may want to unlock your LG Aristo 3 is so that you can have full access to all features of the phone. If you are able to unlock the phone from the provider, it gives you more control over your device, which is important to many people.
Lastly, another reason you may choose to unlock your phone is if you often travel. International travel can incur lots of additional roaming fees and carrier charges. With an unlocked phone, you can simply swap out your SIM card for one native to the country you are traveling to. This can save you a lot of money over the course of a trip and make using your device much easier.
The LG Aristo 3, specifically, is a MetroPCS-exclusive phone. If you buy the phone second hand and want to use it with any other provider, it will need to be unlocked. Regardless of the reason you are looking to unlock your phone, the process is relatively simple.
There are a couple of different ways to unlock the LG Aristo 3. The phone actually comes with a built-in unlocking app feature. In the MetroPCS folder on the home screen, you can find a “Device Unlock” app. As long as your device is eligible for unlock on the back end, the process is really simple.
Once you open up the app, you'll receive this prompt: “Your device is network locked at this time, which prevents it from operating with other compatible wireless networks. To inquire about your device’s unlock eligibility, please continue.”
Click "Continue" and then “Permanent Unlock.” The process is fairly short as long as your device is connected to a mobile network. After that, you’re good to go.
However, in some cases, this unlock app will be unsuccessful. This can be due to a number of different reasons. In these cases, you will have to use a third-party service to unlock your device on the back-end before using the device unlock app.
Services like CellUnlocker.net can accomplish this for you. They can unlock your LG Aristo 3 on the back end, allowing you to use the built-in app. You just have to provide them with the make of your phone, your carrier, and your IMEI number. If you don’t know how to get that number, you can open up the phone app and dial *#06#. This will bring up information about your device, including the IMEI number.
From there, CellUnlocker will take care of the rest. Once they confirm your device is eligible for unlocking, you can use the built-in app as you would normally.
The LG Aristo 3 is a GSM phone, so once unlocked, you can use it on AT&T, Rogers, and other networks. Keep in mind, this phone is not eligible to be used with Verizon, as Verizon is a CDMA network.