How to Unlock Bootloader on Motorola Devices?

Unlocking Bootloader is the first step towards advanced usage of Android. It opens the door to a whole new world of customization possibilities.

Want to install a Custom Recovery? Or want to Root your Phone? Or maybe you want to flash a Custom ROM?

All of these is possible only if you have an Unlocked Bootloader.

Before you go all crazy about unlocking bootloader, it is important that you first understand what exactly is bootloader and How to unlock bootloader?

Let’s begin

What is a Bootloader?

Whenever you switch on your Android device, a program starts running instantly which determines whether to boot into the Operating System or into the Recovery mode. And that program is called the Bootloader.

This bootloader is not just limited to a smartphone. Every device which runs on any Operating System has its own bootloader. It can be found on your PC or your Tablet.

Let’s take an example for better understanding. I have a PC with two different Operating Systems – Windows and Linux. I have set Windows as my ‘default’ Operating System. So whenever I power on my PC, the bootloader starts running and determines which Operating System to start.

That’s how it works for Android too but you’ll have to first unlock it.

Why is it locked?

Simple. Manufacturers don’t want you to mess up with your phone. They want that you use only that Operating System which came installed from the Factory.

Why do I need to Unlock Bootloader?

Unlocking bootloader is not a compulsion. Rather, it’s a choice.

It all on you whether you want to unlock the bootloader or not.

Unlocking Bootloader has its advantages. Like, you can install any Custom ROM that you want and get rid of that bloatware-full OS which came pre-installed. Or you can just Root your phone and start using Xposed Framework.

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And you also need to know that Unlocking Bootloader will void your warranty. So first think and then act.

You can do really amazing things if you have a bootloader unlocked Android device.

But how to unlock bootloader?

The procedure for Unlocking Bootloader is a bit different for every Manufacturer. In this post, I am only going to talk about How to unlock bootloader on Motorola Devices.

Are you ready?

How to Unlock Bootloader on Motorola

Devices?

Unlocking Bootloader on Motorola devices is fairly easy and if all went well, you will have a bootloader unclocked Motorola device within a few minutes.

Before you kick off, take a backup of everything on your device. Unlocking Bootloader wipes all of your phone’s data. Take a Backup of everything possible. Time to put that External Hard-disk to some use. Or alternatively, you can copy all of your files to your PC.

Everything backed up?

You may proceed now.

1. Head over to this link and download the latest USB Drivers for your Motorola device. It is available for both Windows and Mac, so you need to download accordingly.

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2. Head over to this link and download Android SDK Platform-tools. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Download the one which suits you.

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3. Extract the downloaded zip file.

4. On your phone, Turn on USB Debugging. You can do that by going into your phone’s Settings, scroll down and tap on About. Scroll till you find Build Number. Tap on it 7 times repeatedly to enable Developer Options.

Go back and tap on Developer Options. Scroll down and find USB Debugging/Android Debugging and turn it on.

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Disclaimer:

  • Unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty.
  • Backup all of your data as this procedure will erase all your phone’s data.

5. Power off your device and reboot it into the Fastboot mode by pressing Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.

6.  Once your device is in fastboot mode, Connect your device to the PC with the help of a USB Cable. You’ll see “USB Connected’ written on your device.

7. Now on your PC, Open the extracted folder of SDK Platform-tools. Hold Shift button and right-click on an empty area in that folder.

8. Click on Open Command window here.

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9. In the Command Prompt, type:

fastboot devices

Hit Enter.

If you don’t see a bunch of numbers followed by fastboot in the Command Prompt, that means the drivers were not properly installed. Go back and download the latest version of USB Drivers, install it, Reboot the PC, if required and go with the above steps again.

10. Now you need to type:

fastboot oem get_unlock_data

Hit Enter.

The returned string will be an alphanumeric code.

It might look like this on Windows

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Or like this on macOS

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11. On the Command Prompt, right-click and then click on Mark. Select the code, copy it and paste it into Notepad. Remove all the spaces and bring the code in a single line.

Make sure that there’s no ‘(bootloader)’ or ‘INFO’ or any white space in between the code. After bringing the code in a single line and also after removing ‘bootloader’ or ‘INFO’, Copy the code.

Ultimately, the code should look like this

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Disclaimer:

  • Unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty.
  • Backup all of your data as this procedure will erase all your phone’s data.

12. Head over to Motorola’s Bootloader Unlocking page, scroll down and click on Next.

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13. You’ll be prompted to Sign in with Motorola ID or alternatively you can sign in with Google.

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14. You’ll be taken to a page with the heading ‘Get your Device ID and Unlock Code’. Once you are on that page, scroll down and paste the code which you copied in Step 11. Refer Screenshot.

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15. Click on ‘Can my Device be unlocked?’.

16. If your device supports unlocking the bootloader, then you’ll see a ‘Request Unlock Key’ button at the bottom.

17. Check ‘I Agree’ and click on ‘Request Unlock Key’.

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18. Your unlock key will be sent to you by email. Once you’ve received the email, Open it and Copy the Unlock Code.

19. Go back to the Command Prompt and type:

fastboot oem unlock

The Command isn’t over yet. Right-click on Command Prompt and click on Paste to paste the Unlock Code which you received.

After pasting the code, Hit Enter.

20. If you’ve followed this guide step-by-step then the Command Prompt will say, “Unlock Completed! Wait to reboot.”

You will also notice ‘Unlocked!’ written on your Motorola device. The device will reboot after a few seconds.

In some cases, the device might ask your permission to unlock the bootloader. You can use the Volume Keys to confirm your selection.

On the reboot, you’ll see a warning message saying, “WARNING BOOTLOADER UNLOCKED”. This just confirms that indeed your bootloader is unlocked.

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That’s pretty much it.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to you on Unlocking the Bootloader and thus Unlocking the door to a whole new world of Android. Feel free to experiment with your Android.

But be careful and make sure that you know what you are doing. Do some research work first and never forget to take a backup. Ya, that’s important.

So there you have it, the answer to How to Unlock Bootloader on Motorola Devices. Were you able to successfully unlock the bootloader? Or are you stuck somewhere? Let me know in the Comments and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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Ankit Nawlakha is a smartphone enthusiast who loves to dig into the ever-increasing world of smartphone technology.
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