HTC U11 might be a great Android based smartphone but you cannot enjoy it on full power unless you first unlock the bootloader that powers its Android system. So, if you are ready to start tweaking your handset you should begin with this unlocking process – only on an unlocked bootloader you can initiate other similar custom operations. Therefore, check all the lines from below and learn how to successfully unlock the HTC U11 bootloader.
For this method we will be using the HTC solution. Yes, that’s right, your OEM is supporting the unlock procedure though you are advised to keep everything safe and secured without using any tweaking procedures. So, partially, this guide is an official one as it uses and explains a dedicated operation that’s supported by HTC. But, on the other hand, unlocking the bootloader is still violating the factory restrictions and default settings which are there from day one which makes this tutorial an unofficial and risky procedure.
Overall, we can conclude these aspects by making this statement: you are going to unlock the bootloader of your HTC U11 by using a safe solution supported by HTC but you will lose your phone’s warranty while doing so because you will make important changes within the stock / default Android software.
The bootloader is a small program that runs on your phone and which cannot be removed. However, it can be optimized as your goal now is to remove various restrictions that are limiting the access towards the bootloader. This small program is essential for your phone as it is there to load the Android OS along with other start-up features and apps from the ROM memory inside the RAM partition. So yes, your HTC U11 cannot run without the bootloader – overall, this small program will be initiated each time you will choose to boot or reboot your smartphone.
As already outlined, with the bootloader locked you have to use your smartphone with the stock Android OS and without applying other customizations. But, if you choose to unlock the bootloader you can consider in tweaking your HTC U11. The most common custom operations that can be applied once this tutorial is completed might refer to: gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, flashing custom ROMs, MODs or kernels, adding features, apps and capabilities which cannot be found on the stock Android software, downloading apps from other sources than Google Play, overclocking the CPU frequencies or removing bloatware.
Since this is an unofficial operation, you should first secure what’s important for you. I’m talking about backing up your HTC U11 by syncing your data with your Google Account, by using HTC’s built-in cloud storage services or by downloading compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play. Your data should remain on your phone while the unlocking process is performed but since we are talking about personal files, info and accounts the best will be to take some precaution measures. So, without hesitation take a few moments and complete a backup operation before doing anything else.
Further problems can be avoided if you first take care of the pre-requisites which are being explained below:
- As always, before initiating a complex process, it is important to make sure that your smartphone is running on more than 50% power – if not, its system might get turned off right in the middle of the implied operation, situation during which you might end up in soft bricking your Android based device.
- This is a manual operation that can be performed only if a computer can be used. On the computer you must first install your HTC U11 drivers.
- On the computer which will be used for the unlocking process install the Android SDK toolkit: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- Also, during the process from below you will have to connect your smartphone with your computer – thus, your phone’s USB cable should be at your disposal.
- On your HTC U11 gain Developer Rights: tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number – at some point you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
- Next, on your phone go to “menu - > settings - > developer options” and check the USB Debugging field; from the same path also check the OEM Unlocking feature.
- The steps from below are working only for the HTC U11; don’t use the steps from this tutorial if you have any other Android based smartphone as it can cause severe malfunctions within the Android core center.
How to Unlock the HTC U11 Bootloader with ease
- The first thing to do is to access the HTCdev website from your computer.
- There sign in or make a new account.
- Confirm your e-mail address.
- Next, access this page and login with your account.
- Click on the Unlock Bootloader option and then choose Get Started.
- Reboot bootloader mode on your HTC U11: first, switch off your device and wait while the power off process is completed; then, press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys for a few seconds and then let go of them.
- On your computer create a new folder and rename it “unlock-bl”. Open this folder and keep it open.
- From this folder open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space – and select the ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
- In the cmd window enter: fastboot oem get_identifier_token.
- Copy the text of token that is displayed in cmd – right click on an empty space in cmd and select Mark; then highlight the text you have to copy and right click on the selected string.
- Paste the token to HTC – go to this page and under My Device Identifier Token paste the copied string. In the end, click on Submit.
- An e-mail will be sent to you with the unlock_code.bin package attached.
- Download this file and place it inside the ‘unlock-bl’ folder.
- Return to the cmd window and enter: fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin.
- On your phone you should be asked if you want to resume the unlocking process.
- Use the Volume Up key, select Yes and confirm by using the Power button.
- That should be all; the bootloader of your HTC U11 will be now unlocked.
Congratulations. The bootloader of your HTC U11 is now unlocked. Thus, your smartphone and its Android core system is now ready for further tweaking operations. But, until choosing to do anything else, tell us how everything worked for you while using the steps from above. You can get in touch with us without problems by using the comments field from down below.