Moto G6 is a mid-range Android based device that will offer a stable UI and a smooth experience even when complex apps and processes are initiated. And because this phone is quite popular among worldwide Android users, we're going to show you how to spice things up in order to receive better results from your device. And, in that respect we are going to begin with an unlocking operation which will then help you gain further control over the Android UI: thus we’re going to see how the Moto G6 bootloader can be successfully unlocked.
The bootloader is a small program that runs on your Motorola Moto G6. This program, or script is essential when it comes to the Android core system as it will load the UI along with other start-up programs each time you will boot or reboot your device. Shortly, without this program your smartphone cannot run at all. Why should you choose to unlock the bootloader then? Well, by default it is pre-loaded with restrictions which are there to limit your Android access, so for being able to tweak your phone you will have to get rid of these restrictions first.
As you can tell, by performing such modifications within the Android core system you are going to perform an unofficial operation. Yes, that’s right; by unlocking the Moto G6 bootloader you risk in losing your phone’s warranty and access to built-in apps. However, the warranty flag can be restored afterwards but only if you choose to relock the bootloader.
On an unlocked bootloader you can apply different tweaks which can optimize, customize, personalize and improve the Android experience on your Moto G6. So, in that matter here are some examples of tweaking procedures that can be applied on an unlocked bootloader: you can install a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP recovery, you can gain root access, you can remove bloatware, you can install apps from other sources than Google Play, you can overclock CPU frequencies, you can flash custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, you can make Nandroid backups and much more.
Before starting the unlocking operation that’s described below you should backup your personal data, info, accounts and files – such data might get corrupted or even wiped out during the following steps. Therefore, choose to sync files with your Google Account, to use Motorola’s built-in cloud storage services or to download compatible and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play. Do that in order to secure your images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and everything else that might be still required afterwards.
For being able to succesfully unlock the Moto G6 bootloader you will have to use a computer. On this computer install your phone’s drivers and set up Android SDK – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Your smartphone and its USB cable will also be needed.
On your phone you have to became a developer and that can be achieved by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (it can be found under About Phone) – keep tapping on this feature until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Then, from Developer Options (just head towards Menu - > Settings) check the USB Debugging option and the OEM Unlocking field.
Remember that enough power should be ensured on your Motorola Moto G6 as otherwise the Android OS will be turned off right while you try to unlock the bootloader – if that happens your device can get soft bricked (different malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system). Thus, before going any further make sure that there is at least 50% power left on your handset; otherwise, plug in the charger before doing anything else.
Easily and Quickly Unlock Moto G6 Bootloader
- Power on your computer and go to the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right-click on any blank space – from the list that will be displayed, choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb devices’ and press Enter – your Moto G6 should be now recognized by your computer; if not, reinstall its drivers and repeat this step.
- Return to the cmd window and execute: adb reboot bootloader. Now, bootloader mode will be automatically reached on your Android device.
- Next, in cmd enter: ‘fastboot oem get_unlock_data’.
- A string of data will be returned in cmd; copy-paste this string in a Notepad file.
- On your computer access the official Motorola webpage and sign in by entering your credentials.
- When asked enter the string you received earlier and click on the ‘request unlock key’ button.
- Complete the rest of the on-screen prompts and wait while the unlock code is being emailed to you.
- Now, return to the cmd window and enter ‘fastboot oem unlock unique_key’ – replace unique_key with the unlock code provided by Motorola.
- That’s it; the bootloader should be now unlocked – so, close the cmd window, unplug the USB cable and reboot your Moto G6.
Good work; now the bootloder on your Motorola Moto G6 is unlocked. You can therefore start to tweak your Android based device. You can share your experience with us and with other users by using the comments field available below. If you cannot successfully complete the steps from above, explain your problems by offering as much details as possible – based on these details we will try to find the perfect fix for your and for your Moto G6. Enjoy.