How To Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T

OnePlus launched its 2020 flagship a few months back. The OnePlus 8 series. Ever since Oneplus One the custom ROM and mods of  OnePlus have been in high demand. OnePlus 8 series is no less and custom mods and rooms are already out for the 2020 flagship phone. So if you are looking for some custom mods that need root then first you have to unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 8. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. Follow along.

Benefits and Risks of Bootloader Unlocking

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Unlocking the bootloader is the gateway to extract maximum benefits of Android’s open-source ecosystem. For example, you will be able to install a custom ROM or flash a custom recovery like TWRP. Likewise, you will also be able to get access to the system partition as well as administrative privileges by rooting your device via Magisk.

This will then allow you to flash Magisk ModulesXposed FrameworkSubstratum ThemesViper4Android among others. Likewise, you will also be able to flash OxygenOS on top of ColorOS. However, carrying out these tweaks brings in a few uninvited risks as well. To begin with, it will wipe off all the data and could nullify the device’s warranty as well.

Along the same lines, it will degrade the Widevine L1 certification to L3, thereby preventing you from streaming content in HD [FIXED]. The SafetyNet will be triggered as well [FIXED], thereby preventing you from using banking apps [FIXED]. So if that’s well and good then let’s get started with the steps to unlock the bootloader on OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T.

How To Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

The below process will wipe off all the data from your device. So please take a complete device backup beforehand. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

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First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

Next up, you will have to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The former will make your device recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. On the other hand, OEM Unlocking is required to carry out the bootloader unlocking process.

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So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.

STEP 3: Boot OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T to Fastboot Mode

  1. Connect your device to the PC via a USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
    adb reboot bootloader

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  4. Now type in the below command to verify the Fastboot Connection
    fastboot devices

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  5. If you get a device ID followed by the fastboot keyword, then the connection stands successful and you may now proceed ahead to unlock the bootloader on your OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T.

STEP 4: Install Fastboot Drivers

Next up, you will have to install the Fastboot Drivers so that your PC is able to identify the connected device in Fastboot Mode. So please check out our guide on How to Install Fastboot Drivers in Windows 11.

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STEP 5: Unlock the Bootloader on OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T

  1. Type in the below command in the CMD window that is opened inside the platform-tools
    fastboot flashing unlock

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  2. At this point in time, you will get a confirmation message on your device. Use the Volume keys to select the Unlock the Bootloader option and hit the Power key to confirm it.
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  3. The device will undergo a reset and then the bootloader will be unlocked. Do keep in mind that the first boot might take up to a minute, this is completely normal.
  4. Furthermore, you will have to log in to Google ID and set up your device from scratch, since a wipe has taken place. That’s it.

These were the steps to unlock the bootloader on the OnePlus 8/8 Pro/8T. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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