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How to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL

Google recently announced two new flagship devices Pixel and Pixel XL. The phone is already available for pre-order and comes from the factory with a locked bootloader. But you can easily unlock bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL with few simple steps. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to root your phone, install a custom recovery, flash custom Kernels, ROMs, MODs, etc. Check below steps to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL.

How to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL

If you want to root, install a custom recovery or a custom ROM, then you’ll need to Unlock Bootloader of Google Pixel and Pixel XL first. While unlocking Google Pixel bootloader, it’s important to remember that an unlocked bootloader is unsecured and your personal information will not safe as before. Also, Unlocking Google Pixel bootloader will wipe all your phone data, so make sure you have a full backup of your Google Pixel data before you proceed. Check the below steps to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL.

The Google Pixel comes with lots of new features and first phone which run on the latest Android Nougat 7.1. Unlocking Pixel and Pixel XL bootloader are very simple, all you need is working PC, original USB cable, configure ADB and Fastboot, and entering few simple commands. Follow the below step by step guide to unlock bootloader of Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Benefits of Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

  • You can Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL after unlocking its bootloader.
  • You can Flash custom recoveries like TWRP.
  • Having bootloader unlocked allows flashing custom kernels and custom ROM on Pixel and Pixel XL.
  • You can flash System/Factory Image.
  • It helps you to recover from bootloop.

Requirements:

Note: –

  • This method only works on Google Pixel or Pixel XL.
  • It will wipe your data so take a complete backup before proceeding.
  • A battery should be 50-60% to prevent accidental shut down.
  • Follow the steps correctly otherwise, you may brick your device. We Guidegeekz.com is not responsible for any damage to your phone.

How to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL

1) Before proceeding, make sure ADB and fastboot are installed. (Check ADB and Fastboot Driver for Pixel and Pixel XL)

2) Enable USB debugging and OEM Unlock option to Unlocked Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL. For that –

  • Go to Settings> About Device.
  • Scroll down and tap on Build number 7 times.
  • Developer mode has been enabled on your device.
  • Now find USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking and Enable it.

Usb debugging and OEM Unlocking

3) Connect your Pixel to PC and open command window on the PC by –

  • Go to Minimal ADB and fastboot folder.
  • Press and hold ‘shift’ key and right-clicked anywhere in the folder.
  • Now click on Open command window here.

Minimal adb and Fastboot

4) Now check if your device connected correctly or not by passing below command. If it gives you output serial, then it’s connected otherwise check your device driver.

adb devices

adb and fastboot

5) Now Boot Google Pixel into bootloader mode using the following command –

adb reboot bootloader

adb and fastboot

6) Once your phone boot into fastboot mode. Enter the following command to unlock bootloader of Google Pixel and Pixel XL –

fastboot oem unlock

adb and fastboot

7) On your Pixel device, you should see a screen asking if you want to unlock the bootloader. Use the volume up button to scroll and the Power button to highlight yes.

8) Bootloader of your device is now unlocked. Now reboot your device by issue the following command –

fastboot reboot

9) Done! Your device is now rebooting into the system with bootloader unlocked.

This is the easiest way to Unlock Bootloader of Pixel and Pixel XL. If you have any question related to this post, feel free to leave that in the comment section.

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