How to unlock bootloader of OnePlus 3

In this guide you will be able to unlock bootloader on latest released OnePlus 3. OnePlus 3 is latest flagship killer of 2016 with it’s decent specification and development friendly nature. By Development friendly device means that it is easier to unlock bootloader and perform other operation after bootloader unlock.

A device with bootloader unlocked is able to install custom recovery, root and all the customization stuff related to Android. The process of unlocking bootloader on OnePlus 3 is very similar to that of other Nexus devices so we are going to follow the same procedure below, just go ahead and follow the instructions carefully.

How to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 3

Before you begin:

Disclaimer: This guide includes unlocking bootloader and other operations on your device. The writer is not responsible for any damage happens to your device during the whole operation neither we are forcing you to perform such operation. 

Create a Backup of your device

Backup is the most necessary part for your device, so we recommend you to create a secure backup of your data. The bootloader unlock will wipe all your data stored on internal storage.

Early Preparations:

You need to prepare your device for bootloader unlock process, follow the below perquisites steps to keep the unlock bootloader unlock process smooth without facing errors.

Keep your battery charged or at least your device should contain at least 80% charge before the flashing operation.

Android USB drivers for your device should be installed on your PC or download USB driver for your device

It is necessary to setup ADB-Fastboot drivers on your PC or click here to setup ADB and Fastboot drivers

Enable USB debugging and check the Allow Mock Locations option too. To enable USB debugging in your device go to Setting >> Developer options >> USB debugging. USB debugging is meant for the development purpose hence it will ask you for the confirmation so tap OK to confirm.

Sometimes “Developer options” are not visible in device settings menu, so what you need to do is, go to Settings >> About device >> Software information and there you will see an option build number. Tap it 7 times until a pop up arises with a message that you are now a developer, that’s it now go back and the Developers option is visible in the settings menu.

Once you done with the above preparations now it’s time to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 3. Just go ahead and follow the steps in sequence to avoid any issue while performing bootloader unlock process on OnePlus 3.

Process to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 3

Just follow the steps to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 3.

Connect your device to PC and open command window o PC.

Now type the following command to reboot your device into fastboot/bootloader mode.

“adb reboot bootloader”

Once your device boots into fastboot mode now type the following command to unlock bootloader

“Fastboot oem unlock”

You device will ask you for confirmation so press Volume Up to highlight ‘Yes’and then press Power button to confirm it.

Wait for the process to complete, now type the following command to reboot your device,

“fastboot reboot”

That’s it! You have successfully unlocked bootloader on OnePlus 3. The device will perform a factory reset and then reboot so you  need to be patient while the booting process.

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