It takes a developer’s mind to explore the unexplored in the world of smartphones. OnePlus 6 has recently been introduced by Oppo Electronics (its parent company), and some pro users have begun to ask questions about bootloading this OnePlus 6. Bootloading allows users to get the root access to the phone and install a custom recovery. Now, let’s see how you can unlock the bootloader of OnePlus 6.

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A question might hit your mind – why should I unlock the bootloader of my OnePlus 6? Well, as mentioned above, some pro-users want to get into the depth of intricate circuitry of an Android phone. This is the reason why users install custom ROM or TWRP on their Galaxy S9 or Google Pixel phones. When you unlock the bootloader on your Android phone, you lose its warranty/guarantee benefits; however, you can always claim this back by relocking the bootloader.

How to Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 6

How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 6

This method is only applicable to OnePlus 6 smartphones and not to other Android phones. Before you go ahead, take a backup of your phone as this will remove all your phone data.

What will you need to unlock bootloader?

  • Have a laptop or a desktop computer to run fastboot commands
  • A good quality USB cable to connect your OnePlus 6 to the computer
  • Connect your phone to the power source (it should show 70% battery status)
  • There should be the latest OnePlus USB drivers on your device
  • Download and install ADB fastboot drivers

Step #1. First off, you need to enable developer option on your Android phone. You can follow this complete guide to enable developer option and USB debugging on your device.

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Step #2. Next, shut down your phone and boot your OnePlus 6 into fastboot mode.

For this purpose: press and hold volume up and power buttons simultaneously and your smartphone will boot into fastboot mode.

Step #3. Now you need to connect your phone to your computer with a lightning cable.

Step #4. Then launch ADB folder on your Windows computer.

Step #5. In the folder, hold the ‘Shift’ key and right-click anywhere in the folder.

Step #6. Choose ‘Open command window here’ from the menu that opens after right click.

Step #7. Issue a command and check the fastboot connection:

fastboot device

If your OnePlus 6 is identified by the above command, you can go ahead and unlock the bootloader by writing following command:

Fastboot OEM unlock

Following the command, your phone data will be erased. I hope you have taken the backup of your data.

Step #8. You will see ‘Unlock Bootloader Warning’ on your phone’s screen.

Step #9. Here, you need to press the volume button to choose Yes and turn it Blue, and then press the Power button for execution.

The bootloader of your OnePlus 6 will be unlocked.

Your OnePlus 6 will reboot; in case, your device doesn’t reboot on its own, you can type the following command:

Fastboot reboot

Start using your OnePlus 6 with bootloader unlocked on it!

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