BOOTLOADER Posts on XDA

Here’s how to unlock the bootloader of the Verizon Google Pixel/Pixel XL running Android 10

Back in 2016, Verizon secured a carrier exclusivity deal with Google for sales of the first-generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL within the United States. Unlike the regular variants of the Pixel/Pixel XL, the devices purchased from the carrier came with a permanently locked bootloader. A free-to-use bootloader unlock exploit named dePixel8 was released rather...

HTC Desire 20 Pro can be bootloader unlocked with a simple Fastboot command

HTC recently launched a pair of mid-range smartphones in their home country in an effort to make a comeback in the smartphone market. The HTC Desire 20 Pro is one of them, featuring a slightly old Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, a quad-camera array with a 48MP primary sensor, and a reasonably large 5,000 mAh battery...

[Update: It’s Back] HMD Global’s bootloader unlock server for the Nokia 8 has been down for days

HMD Global wasn't the fastest to jump onto the 5G bandwagon, but they did bring the first Android One smartphone with global 5G support. The company has a clear Android 10 update roadmap for its users, and they are not shy to explore the possibility of running a touchless version of Android on feature phones....

Xiaomi India clarifies that bootloader unlocking does not void warranty

Xiaomi and its sub-brand Redmi have always been preferred for the excellent value their phones offer. But that is not the only reason why the community at XDA-Developers is fond of the brand. The other reason power users and developers have been inclined towards Xiaomi's smartphones is that the company has allowed users to unlock...

Sony Xperia 5 gets bootloader unlock and Open Devices support

Despite not being the favorite OEM of many, Sony Mobile has done a lot for the Android ecosystem. Between supporting the efforts of open source developers by contributing to AOSP and the advent and upkeep of their Open Devices program, there's a lot to be said for Sony's dedication to Android. The Open Devices program...

The European LG V50 ThinQ’s bootloader can now be unlocked

Alongside the LG G8 ThinQ with its wacky gestures, LG unveiled the 5G LG V50 ThinQ at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. It's basically an LG V40 ThinQ but with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and a larger 4,000mAh battery. The LG V50 is already available in the United States through...

How to unlock the Nokia 2.1 bootloader

Nokia 2.1 owners now have a way to unlock their bootloaders thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member hikari_calyx. This, of course, is a required first step towards opening up a world of possibilities in the way of rooting and flashing custom ROMs, kernels, and other mods. The procedure described in the forum post...

Realme will allow Realme 1 and Realme 2 Pro users to unlock the bootloader

Realme, the OPPO sub brand, made waves in the Indian market with the launch of the Realme 1, selling as many as 400,000 units in 40 days. This was followed up by the launch of the Realme 2, and then the Realme 2 Pro. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC for a starting price...

Unlocking the bootloader no longer breaks the camera on Sony Xperia devices running Android Pie

Sony Mobile is one of the most open source and developer friendly OEMs out there with programs like Hero Open Source Developer and Sony Open Devices. Sony has published guides on how to build the Linux 4.4 kernel or the latest Android release, and even how to unlock the bootloader of their devices. Unfortunately, unlocking the bootloader...

Bootloader unlocking is still possible for Huawei and Honor devices, but it’ll cost you

Modding our smartphones and tablets is what XDA is all about. Our site is home to the largest forums for Android enthusiasts who love to tinker with their devices, which sometimes causes clashes with the companies that make these devices. Some companies like Google and OnePlus are friendly towards modders, while many others simply turn...

The Nokia 8 bootloader can now be unlocked

It was almost exactly one year ago when HMD Global said they would look into the possibility of unlocking the bootloader on the Nokia 8. The company's policy does not allow users to unlock bootloaders for security reasons. However, that is changing as it's now possible to unlock the Nokia 8's bootloader.To the passionate developer and...

T-Mobile LG V30 has been rooted, but the procedure is risky

LG Mobile has been losing millions of dollars every year and the way they are locking down certain carrier devices isn't helping them when it comes to the enthusiast crowd. Older LG devices sold at wireless carriers in the United States were locked down like normal, but the T-Mobile variants had bootloaders that were easy...