Using your new Google Nexus 6 on full power implies in previously unlocking its Android 5.0 Lollipop system. The unlock process is great as it comes with important advantages since after unchaining your device you will be able to enjoy a fully customizable smartphone. So, if you are currently trying to learn how to tweak your new Nexus device, don’t hesitate and follow this step by step guide. During the guidelines from below I will show you how to easily unlock Google Nexus 6 bootloader, this being the first step to make when talking about unlocking procedures.
The bootloader or your Google Nexus 6 can be easily unlocked as there is almost an in built method available for your smartphone. In that matter, for completing this guide you won’t have to use a custom or third party app. Moreover, the unlock process is safe and secured, though it still represents an unofficial operation that has nothing to do with Google and with Motorola in our case. Anyway, check the lines from below in order to learn more about your Google Nexus 6 bootloader and how to unlock the same.
It’s important to know that unlocking the bootloader it’s not the end of your unlock process. Thus, after completing this tutorial, if you want to customize, optimize and power up your Nexus 6 you will also have to perform operations like ensuring root access, installing a custom recovery image, or updating with a custom ROM. In the end, you will speed up your phone, improve its battery life and upgrade other general performances – you can learn how to take care of all these by checking out our how to section.
The bootloader is a small program that is featured by default on any Android device. This small program is initiated each time you power up or reboot your Google Nexus 6. The software is similar with the program that is loaded on a computer or notebook – the startup sequence. Thus, in a few words, the bootloader loads the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and other important built in programs and features when the startup sequence is being initiated. So, without bootloader, your Nexus 6 can’t run in any matter.
Usually, when you first buy your Android smartphone it will be delivered with a locked bootloader. There is nothing wrong here, but if you are an advanced user who wants to use his Google Nexus 6 properly, then you will notice that a locked bootloader means various restrictions and other security protections that prevents unauthorized access. Therefore, for being able to complete unofficial operations and custom processes, first you will have to unlock the bootloader that runs on your Motorola Nexus 6.
So, that’s what you need to know so far. On the other hand, as I have previously pointed out, this tutorial is not official because the unlock process is also not supported by Google or Motorola. Because of that, completing this tutorial has also negative parts with the most relevant aspect related to the warranty of your phone. If you choose to unlock the bootloader, then you should know that your phone’s warranty will get void and you won’t be able to reclaim it if you somehow manage to brick your Google Nexus 6 – you either have to consider in manually fixing your Android device or in paying for the technical assistance in case you take your device back to service.
It is unlikely to lose your data while unlocking bootloader. But, since we are talking about personal data, info and accounts, you can never be too sure. Therefore, before heading towards the steps from below, use backup and restore apps for saving what’s important for you. Basically, you shouldn’t skip this process without saving your contacts, call logs, text messages, internet settings, market apps and other data like images, videos or audio files. For the future, before applying a custom operation also consider in making a Nandroid backup – for this process a custom recovery image will be required.
This tutorial can be completed if you can use a computer or notebook. On the computer that you are about to use you need to deactivate – only while unlocking your Nexus 6 bootloader – the antivirus and other security protection. Then, you have to install Android SDK: learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux or how to install Android SDK on Windows.
Up next, on your phone enable USB debugging option – you can do so by accessing menu – settings – about phone; from there tap on Built Number for 5 or 6 times. Next, go towards USB debugging option and from there tap on “Enable OEM unlock”.
Don’t forget to plug in the charger before starting the proper tutorial. It is important to charge your Nexus 6 as if during the unlock process your phone will get turned off, it might also get bricked – the best will be to plug in the charger if the battery power left is less than 50%. Moreover, don’t go any further if you don’t own the Google Nexus 6 smartphone that runs on stock Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware – this step by step guide is compatible only with the mentioned device.
How to Unlock Nexus 6 Bootloader in a minute or less
- Remember to install Android SDK on your computer.
- Then navigate towards Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt Windows: press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- Connect your device with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Check "Allow USB debugging" when the pop-up window will be displayed on your Nexus 6.
- On the cmd window type the following command: “adb reboot bootloader”; press enter in the end.
- The boot screen will be now displayed on your device (Android with the START message). When that happens, return to cmd and enter "fastboot oem unlock".
- Follow on screen prompts (tap Volume Up once and select "yes" and then press Power key to select your option) on your Google Nexus 6 and wait while the bootloader is being unlocked.
- Now you will be on the main screen, where the START message is displayed; hit Power for rebooting your phone.
- A hard reset will be performed during reboot.
- That's it, in the end your Google Nexus 6 will run on an unlocked bootloader.
That’s it; you are done as you have successfully unlocked your Google Nexus 6 bootloader. Now you can easily use CF-Auto-Root on your smartphone and you can also install TWRP recovery on your phone. But, if you need our help in any matter, don’t hesitate and contact us by using the comments field from below and we will be there for you.