How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3

In this tutorial checkout how to unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3 Android Smartphone

OnePlus 3 is the latest Android Smartphone from OnePlus. The device sports high-end specifications like massive 6GB RAM, 16MP primary camera, 5.5 Inch FHD display, Fingerprint scanner etc. and is sold via Amazon without any invites or flash sale with a price tag of Rs. 27,999 (US$ 400 approx.). In this tutorial we are going to guide you on how to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3, so that all the restrictions which stops you from Rooting and installing Custom firmware are eliminated.

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Below method is only for OnePlus 3 and should not be applied on other devices. Unlocking Bootloader on OnePlus 3 will wipe all of the data and settings and restores your device to factory settings, so it is recommended to take a complete backup of your device before your proceed.

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Things needed to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3:

  1. USB Debugging must be enabled. Enable it from Settings > Developer Options. Unable to find Developer Options, follow the instructions listed here to unlock Developer Options on OnePlus 3.
  2. Enable OEM Unlock from Settings > Developer Options.
  3. The device should have at least 60% charge left.
  4. Install OnePlus USB Drivers on PC.
  5. Setup ADB and Fastboot Drivers on PC.

Disclaimer: We should not be held liable or responsible for any damage to your device. Proceed with the below steps at your own risk.

How to unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3:

Step 1: Power off OnePlus 3 and boot into Fastboot/ Bootloader Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together.

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Step 2: Now open the Fastboot folder and press and hold the shift key and right click inside the folder at the empty space and choose Open command window here from the list of options.

Step 3: Connect OnePlus 3 to PC using the appropriate USB Cable.

Step 4: Enter the below commands in Command Prompt to unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 3.

fastboot devices

This command lists the devices connected to PC in Fastboot Mode.

fastboot oem unlock

The above command unlocks Bootloader on OnePlus 3 and wipes all the data and settings.

fastboot reboot

This command reboots the device into normal / standard mode.

The first boot after the unlock process may take some time so please be patience and wait for the device to boot up. Now the Bootloader is unlocked on OnePlus 3.

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