Just like the original Huawei P8 Lite, the 2017 model of the very same device is a decent Android powered smartphone which is both budget-friendly and powerful enough to smoothly complete almost any process. However, since we are talking about an open source platform, the Android system can still be further customized and optimized for receiving better results, even on daily, regular tasks. But, for powering up the performance of your device you must first learn how to unlock the Android system that runs on your Huawei P8 Lite 2017.
And the unlocking process can be initiated in phases. On Android you can successfully unlock the core system only after unlocking the bootloader and gaining root access. So, today, during this dedicated step by step guide I will show you how to unlock the bootloader of your Huawei P8 Lite 2017. Do note that gaining root access can be done only after this particular process is ensured – also, other dedicated tweaking processes can be performed only on an unlocked bootloader but we will discuss about these aspects a little bit later.
So, in case you are a newbie, first you should learn a few more aspects about the bootloader. In a few words you must know that this is nothing but a process, or a program that is running on your smartphone in order to make things work properly. Now, this small program is pre-installed on your Huawei P8 Lite and it runs each time you initiate or re-initiate your smartphone. Shortly, the bootloader will run when you will boot, reboot or switch off your handset. When you perform one of these processes the bootloader will load essential start-up programs and the actual Android OS from the ROM memory into the RAM partition. Overall, without the bootloader you cannot use your smartphone.
Since it is coming by default, it is also pre-installed with different restrictions which are there to limit your access – just a carrier and an OEM precaution measure that is meant to make you use your P8 Lite 2017 only with the stock Android firmware and with official apps and tools.
Therefore, if you want to customize, optimize and personalize your Huawei P8 Lite 2017, first you will have to unlock the bootloader program. This unlock process can be easily performed as it is supported by Huawei – the OEM will provide you with the unique unlock key available for your own P8 Lite 2017. However, even though Huawei is supporting the unlock procedure, the steps from below are still describing an unofficial operation – unlocking the bootloader will make you lose your phone’s warranty regardless the unlock method you choose to follow and apply. So, from this perspective you have to be careful – starting from now taking your smartphone back to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance as the warranty can’t be reclaimed anymore.
You should also backup your Huawei P8 Lite 2017 before doing anything else. The backup will ensure that your personal data, info, accounts and files are in safe hands during the steps from below – in some situations your data might get corrupted or erased during the unlock process. So, just be careful and save everything that you might have to use afterwards: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
As already outlined, certain custom operations can be completed only on an unlocked bootloader. So, if you want to unleash the full potential of your Huawei P8 Lite 2017, then you must first take care of the steps from below. But, until then, here are a few examples of dedicated custom operations that can be applied once the bootloader is successfully unlocked: flashing root exploits, installing custom recovery images like CWM or TWRP recovery, removing bloatware, adding custom kernels and MODs, installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, flashing root-only apps and downloading features and capabilities that cannot be found on the stock Android system, overclocking the CPU frequencies and lot more.
Now, completing the steps from below is possible only if a computer can be used. On this computer the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 drivers must be already installed. Also, Android SDK should be there: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this guide or learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this step by step guide instead.
Developer Options must be enabled on your phone; if not, before doing anything else start tapping (repeatedly) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Afterwards, navigate towards “menu – > settings – > developer options” and check the USB Debugging option and the OEM Unlock field.
Finally, charge your smartphone. It’s important to ensure enough power on your device as otherwise your handset might get switched off right while you try to unlock its bootloader. In that particular case you can end up in soft bricking your Huawei P8 Lite 2017 – malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system. Therefore, plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
Resume the guidelines from this tutorial only if you own the new model of the Huawei P8 Lite. If you have to original version of this smartphone, use this guide instead.
How to Unlock the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Bootloader
- First of all you will have to request an unlock code from Huawei.
- You can do so by sending an e-mail to your OEM.
- But, first, take your phone and navigate towards Settings – > About Phone – > Status; write down the Serial Number of your device.
- Then, on your smartphone access Settings – > About Phone – > Status – > IMEI Information; write down the IMEI of your handset.
- Good, now copy-paste the IMEI and the Serial Number in order to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request an unlock code.
- This unlock code should be sent to you within 24 hours. When you have the unlock code, resume the rest of the steps.
- Switch off your Huawei P8 Lite 2017 and then reboot into fastboot mode – press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons until the screen flashes.
- Next, connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK folder and from there open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space; then select “open command prompt window here”.
- In this cmd window type: fastboot devices. Your phone’s serial number should be displayed; if not, you should reinstall your phone’s drivers before repeating this step.
- Finally, in the cmd window enter: fastboot oem unlock < insert 16 digit code>. Press enter in the end and wait while the unlock process is completed.
- Reboot your handset when done and enjoy; you are done.
Good work. The bootloader of your Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is unlocked now, which means that you are one step closer to a fully unlocked Android environment – in that regard, stay close as we will soon show you how to successfully install TWRP recovery and root the P8 Lite 2017. If you have questions or for sharing how things worked for you, you can use the comments field from down below – if our help is implied we will try to assist you as soon as possible.