How To Unlock Bootloader of Oneplus 8 series

How To Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 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 on high demands and high development. Oneplus 8 series is no less and custom mods and rooms are already out for the 2020 flagship phone. The Oneplus 8 is powered by the latest snapdragon 865 along with 6,9 and 12 GB of RAM options. So if you are looking for some custom mods that need root then first you have to unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 8. So here is a step-by-step guide on how to unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 8 series.

What is Bootloader?

According to Google “A bootloader is a vendor-proprietary image responsible for bringing up the kernel on a device. It guards the device state and is responsible for initializing the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and binding its root of trust”. Confused? So am I! let us leave all this aside.

In simpler terms, a Bootloader is a software that runs every time your phone boots (start). It contains a set of instructions that tells the device which program to load at what instance. It also decides whether to boot your device to ‘Android OS’ or to the ‘recovery mode’. Consider it a gateway, leading towards a road having all directions in technical jargon. hence, if you aren’t comfortable with the technical terms, you may get ‘lost’ in the way (if that happens, just remember us!).

Downsides of Unlocking the Bootloader

The biggest downside of unlocking the bootloader is that the warranty of your device would be void. But why do the manufacturers do this? The answer is simple. All the OEMs ship their devices with a locked bootloader so that the users could only use the stock OS that comes pre-installed.

The device vendors do not want the users to try out the customized version of the OS as they are launched by third-party sources such as LineageOS or Resurrection Remix. The manufacturers are in no way related to these creators, hence they distance themselves by voiding the warranty of the device.

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

In order to unlock the bootloader of your device, follow the below-mentioned points. Make sure not to skip any one of them.


Steps to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T

  1. Connect your device to PC via USB cable.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you have installed Android SDK and Platform Tools.
  3. Inside the folder, while pressing the ‘Shift’ key, right-click on an empty location.
  4. Select ‘Open PowerShell window here’.
    Unlock Bootloader Android Devices- Open PowerShell window here
  5. You could also type in CMD in the address bar, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will open Command Prompt, inside which you could execute the below commands.
  6. Type the below code to boot your device to fastboot/bootloader mode:
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. Now type the below code to unlock the bootloader of your Android device. Executing the below code will also wipe off all the data from your device.
    fastboot oem unlock
  8. If you get a confirmation message on your phone’s screen, reply in the affirmative (‘Yes’, ‘I agree’, Unlock the Bootloader’, etc).
  9. Reboot the device by typing the below code:
    fastboot reboot

That’s it. You have successfully unlocked the bootloader on OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T. The first boot may take a little longer than usual. That is completely normal. With an unlocked bootloader, go ahead and try rooting your deviceflashing various custom ROMs, and installing tons of amazing mods, including GCam.

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