How To Unlock A Verizon Phone

Phones purchased from Verizon are typically locked for 60 days after the time of purchase or activation. After 60 days, Verizon unlocks phones automatically. Customers don’t need to take any action for their phones to be unlocked after. The unlocking policy is the same for both Android and iOS phones purchased from Verizon.

More information about Verizon’s locking and unlocking policies can be found on the carrier’s website.

Military exemption

Members of the military may be able to get a phone unlocked even if a phone hasn’t been owned for 60 days. Per Verizon:

If you are a Verizon Wireless customer in the military and receive relocation orders outside of the Verizon Coverage Area, we will unlock your device at your request, even during the 60-day-lock period following the purchase of your device.

Unlocking policy history

Years ago, Verizon began selling all of its phones unlocked. The policy came about thanks to negotiations with the FCC that ultimately gave Verizon more spectrum rights. In 2019, Verizon received approval from the FCC to lock phones for a brief, 60-day period. Verizon argued that it needed to put the locking policy in place to reduce fraudulent subscriptions.

Unlocked phone compatibility

Locked phones are tied to a specific carrier or network. While unlocked phones are not tied to a specific network, they aren’t guaranteed to work with every network. Many unlocked phones will lack the hardware necessary to work on some networks. For more information, see Phone Compatibility & Unlocking Explained.