Android is a wonderful and open source operating system which allows the users to change practically all the aspects of their device to customize it and make it their own. Flashing Roms is a big part of this customization and one can not flash Roms without having an unlock bootloader and a custom recovery, but to do those a user first needs to enable OEM unlocking on their device. So today let us look into how you can enable OEM unlocking on your device and jump into the world of customization.

What is OEM unlocking and Why should you do It?

If you want to unlock your bootloader, install a custom recovery or root the device you will be required to enable OEM unlocking on your device. OEM unlocking basically allows the users to overwrite or modify system partitions and system files.

Starting Android Lollipop, google implemented this new feature where you need to toggle the OEM Unlock switch in order to unlock the bootloader of the device. Without enabling OEM unlock if someone tries to run the bootloader unlock command they will face a problem.

What is a bootloader, You ask? Well a bootloader is a system software that handles all your basic system files and processes and makes sure your phone runs smoothly without a hiccup.

Still not sure if you should unlock your bootloader by enabling OEM unlocking on your Android device? Here is a quick chart to weigh the pros and cons of unlocking a bootloader for you to easily take the decision.

 

ProsCons
  • Ability to flash Custom Roms
  • Ability to flash mods like Viper4Android
  • Ability to root the device to unlock its full potential
  • Ability to take full android backups
  • You immediately forfeit the warranty on your device
  • You lose all your data as a bootloader unlock wipes all your data
  • Things can go wrong in the process and brick your device.

 

Process to Enable OEM unlocking on your Android Device

Step 1 – Taking a Backup

The first and the foremost thing would be taking a full backup of the device is highly recommended in case something goes wrong. Things can go wrong when you unlock the bootloader so be cautious.

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Step 2 – Uncovering the Developer Options

By default developer options are hidden but you can enable them from the settings by following this process.

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down to “System”
  3. Tap the “About Phone” section
  4. Tap the “Build Number” 7 Times rapidly
  5. It may ask for your Pin/Password if you have any.
  6. A small notification will pop up on the bottom part of the screen saying “You’re a Developer now”
  7. Congratulations! You have now enabled developer options.
  8. Go back to settings and scroll down to find an Options called “Developer Options” if you see it you have successfully completed this step. Move onto the next step.

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Step 3 – Activating OEM Unlock on your Android device

  1. Go back to “Settings”
  2. Go to the recently uncovered “Developer Options”
  3. Navigate to “Allow OEM Unlocking” by scrolling down in the list
  4. Click the Toggle and Enable it from the pop up.
  5. You may be asked for a Pin/Password, input it and you would have successfully enabled OEM unlocking on your device

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If you followed the guide to the T then congratulations you have enabled OEM unlocking on your device, now go jump into the wonderful world of customization on your device. If you face any trouble during the process, do let us know down in the comments and we will try to help you out.

If however you did choose to have your OEM unlock disabled, then you can download Super SU by clicking on this button down below:

Download Super SU

If you guys want to know how to Install TWRP on any Android device then check this link out as well!

A Masters in Business Administration student, Yash is working towards making it large in the Tech Blogosphere. With a knack for Mobile technologies, he loves to be in technology all throughout the day. An Avid Apple FanBoy and an Android loyalist a perfect oxymoron. Yash tries to live his life in the simplest of ways possible among the most complex of gadgets. Oh and did we mention, he is also a Google certified digital marketer.

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