BOOTLOADER Posts on XDA

[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...

Poco F1 users can now unlock the bootloader after 3 days

You likely know the importance of unlocking the bootloader of an Android smartphone if you're here on XDA. There are some carriers in the United States who do their best to prevent this from happening, and we've even had some smartphone OEMs begin to tighten up the grip on this ability as well. Xiaomi has been...

Regarding XDA’s stance on Huawei’s decision to stop bootloader unlocking

Back in April, Huawei's form to request a bootloader unlock code mysteriously disappeared. Late May, the form returned but with a warning that the service would no longer work after 60 days. As promised, Huawei's form is no longer available, meaning it's no longer possible to unlock the bootloader of Huawei or Honor devices. This...