Did you manage to receive your very own OnePlus 6? If you are now enjoying the latest ‘flagship killer’ then you might also want to play a little bit with its performance - after all, this should be one of the fastest Android based devices available on the market. Well, in order to unleash the true potential of your OnePlus 6 you will first have to unlock its bootloader; afterwards you should continue the tweaking initiative by applying a custom recovery image, by gaining root access and by flashing a custom ROM firmware.

But, first things first – for being able to perform any tweaks or customizations you first have to unlock the OnePlus 6 bootloader. Therefore, by using and applying the guidelines from below you can learn how to successfully complete this particular custom operation – and, as you will notice, everything can be done in less than 5 minutes, even if you are a newbie who is experiencing his first tweaking process. However, before doing so you should review all the lines explained during this step by step guide; that’s how you can learn about everything that’s related with your OnePlus 5 bootloader along with the advantages, risks and essential pre-requisites that must be first applied.

By default your OnePlus 6 is being powered by the bootloader. This is a small program, or a script that cannot be removed from your device. It can be unlocked though, as by default it’s pre-loaded with different factory restrictions – the restrictions are there to limit your access towards the Android core system. Anyway, the bootloader will be initiated each time you will choose to boot or reboot your OnePlus 6. The program is there to load essential start-up features along with the Android OS – it will load the software from ROM to RAM memory.

As already outlined during the introductory lines from above, you will require an unlocked bootloader if you will want to customize, optimize and personalize your OnePlus 6. For example, an unlocked bootloader must be achieved if you plan to: install a custom recovery image, gain root access, remove bloatware, install a custom ROM software, flash a custom kernel or a custom MOD, make a Nandroid backup, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so on.

Now, as you can already tell, unlocking the bootloader is not an official operation. Therefore, you cannot correlate the steps explained below with your OEM or with Google. Shortly, a risk in implied in this case: you can lose your OnePlus 6 warranty if you choose to resume the steps from this tutorial. As a general idea, the warranty can be restored only if you choose to relock the bootloader.

Moreover, you should take care of everything that’s important for you – I’m talking about your personal data, info, accounts and files as it can be erased or corrupted during the unlocking procedure. In a few words, complete a general backup on your OnePlus 6 – sync files with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or download backup and restore apps from Google Play. During the backup process I recommend you to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and everything else that you might find relevant.

On your OnePlus 6 you must enable Developer Options. That field can be displayed on your phone only if you tap repeatedly on Built Number – it’s located under About Phone and you should repeatedly tap on it until the ‘you are a developer’ message is returned. Then, from Developer Options (you can access it by going to Menu - > Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging option. From Developer Options you also have to check the OEM Unlocking feature.

A computer will have to be used. On that device you first have to install your phone’s drivers. Then, you must set up Android SDK: use our dedicated tutorials and learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.

It’s important to verify how much power is left on your OnePlus 6 – if your smartphone gets switched off while the bootloader is unlocked its Android core system might get soft-bricked (different malfunctions might be caused). Therefore, be careful and charge your handset before doing anything else if the power left is currently lower than 50%.

Also, do apply the steps that are explained below only if you own the already mentioned smartphone – just be careful and try not to mess things up.

How to Unlock the Bootloader on OnePlus 6 easily, in less than 5 seconds

  1. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  2. From there open a command prompt window: press and hold, at the same time, the Shift keyboard hotkey and while doing that right-click on any blank space; then from the list of options that’s displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  3. Switch off your smartphone and wait a few seconds until the shut down operation is completed.
  4. Next, reboot fastboot mode on your phone: press and hold Volume Up and Power buttons together for a short while.
  5. Connect your OnePlus 6 with your computer via USB cable.
  6. In the cmd window type ‘fastboot devices’ and press Enter – if your phone’s isn’t recognized, reinstall its drivers on your computer and then retry.
  7. After doing so, in the same cmd window type ‘fastboot oem unlock’ and press Enter.
  8. A warning message might be displayed; just agree with this message and confirm you choices.
  9. That should be all; if problems are caused go to recovery mode menu and choose to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache by selecting ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’.

There you have it; those are the steps that must be followed if you want or have to unlock the bootloader of your OnePlus 6. Feel free and share your experience with us or with our readers by using the comments field available below. Also, stay close for learning other custom operations that are available for your device.

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