LG Tribute 5 LS675 GSM Unlock for AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM carriers

If you own LG Tribute HD LS676 please follow this Tutorial – LG Tribute HD LS676 GSM Unlock


Last month when I saw LG Tribute 5 Boost Mobile for $40 on Amazon & BestBuy, I was tempted to buy it. The only reason for holding back was the incompatibility with RingPlus. Until recently, April 17 to be precise, Sprint prepaid phones easily got activated with RingPlus (Sprint MVNO).  In fact, I’m still using LG Tribute 2 Virgin Mobile with Ringplus.  I’m not much inclined towards Boost, as it offers the same Sprint service as Ringplus for a higher price.

With a little research I found that Tribute 5 LS675 is a Global phone, so if its GSM part can be unlocked I can very well use it for domestic GSM carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS etc under BYOD program.
After a lot of reading on XDA forums, I realised that it can be unlocked in the same manner as Sprint LG G3. So, as soon as I got the phone from Amazon, I worked on it and Voila! it got unlocked.

I have written a step by step guide with screenshots. Just follow this easy tutorial and get your LG Tribute 5 GSM unlocked.
The prerequisites before following this guide are –

1. Bypass Activation
2. Root

Now that you’ve rooted your phone, Let’s proceed with the GSM Unlocking Process –

We’ll need 2 apps for this whole process which are Root Explorer and Build.Prop Editor.

We’ve to replace 2 files via Root Explorer, which are node.db and node.db-journal.

You can download these apps and the required files from below download link.


Extract the zip file and install both apk’s. Transfer the files, node.db and node.db-journal to your phone’s internal storage or external sd card.

LG Tribute 5 GSM Unlocking Step by Step Tutorial – 

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Open Root Explorer and Mount it as R/W as shown above.

You can see two Partitions on top “Root” & “Storage”. The “Root” partition contains System Files and “Storage” has Phone Memory and External SD Card. Browse for the downloaded node.db and node journal files.

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Select Both Files. Click on “Copy” Icon

Proceed to Root Partition, Look for Carrier Folder and select it.

Inside the Carrier folder, you’ll find Apps folder open it and paste the copied files here, by selecting “Copy Here” option as shown in the first screenshot below.

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Replace the existing files with new ones.

Now you have to change the file permission as it was before for existing file. For this long press on the first file i.e node.db and Select “Permissions”.


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After changing the value it should look as above. The top left 4 boxes should be checked. Based on the permissions the CHMOD value should be generated as 0660.