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How to Unlock Google/Huawei Nexus 6P Bootloader

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Nexus 6P is Google’s 2015’s beast. As the users see their device carrying the tag of Nexus, the first thing that comes to their mind after getting their hands on the device is experimenting new things.

Before you can really start playing with the smartphone, you need to unlock its bootloader. Following are all the steps that you need to follow to unlock Nexus 6P bootloader.

Once done, you can root your device, install a custom recovery on it, and enjoy custom ROM builds as they come.

How to Unlock Google/Huawei Nexus 6P Bootloader

Prerequisites:

  • Create a backup of your Nexus device.
  • Install Nexus 6P USB drivers.
  • Download and install Android SDK and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.
  • Make sure your Nexus 6P is charged up to at least 80%.

Process:

  • Go to Settings > About Phone.
  • Enable Developer Options by scrolling down to Build Number and tap on it repeatedly until you see a notification informing you that you have enabled Developer Options.
  • Go back to the Developer Options menu > Bootloader Mode.
  • Scroll down and check the Enable OEM Unlock box.
  • Also, enable USB Debugging while you are in the Developer Options menu.
  • Now, turn your Nexus 6P off.
  • Boot into Fastboot mode by pressing Power + Volume Up + Volume Down keys until you see some text on the screen.
  • Connect your Nexus 6P to your PC using a USB cable.
  • Open a command prompt window within android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. You can do so by pressing Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt.
  • Now check your Fastboot connection with this command:
    fastboot devices
  • If the above command returns your device serial number successfully then you can proceed to the next steps. If not, you need to reinstall your device drivers and restart your PC.
  • Now run the following command to unlock bootloader:
    fastboot oem unlock
  • Follow the onscreen instructions and confirm bootloader unlocking.
  • Your Nexus 6P will reboot itself. If not, run the following command to reboot it:
    fastboot reboot

That’s all! Once done, you can disconnect the USB cable and start customizing your Nexus 6P.

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