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OnePlus X: How To Unlock Bootloader

OnePlus X, the recent smartphone announced by OnePlus, comes with a locked bootloader which users can easily unlock using our step by step guide. Following it’s own tradition, OnePlus has made the phone as much customization and accessible as the bigger brother. Like we mentioned before, all OnePlus phones are shipped with a locked bootloader but fortunately you can easily unlock it.  Once unlocked, you would be able to install custom recoveries, custom ROMs, root your phone and so on. This makes unlocking the bootloader very important to the Android enthusiast and the general power user. Previous OnePlus owners will know how simple the procedure actually is compared to other manufacturers. You don’t need to send emails or enter data to a website in order to unlock OnePlus X bootloader. Below we have an explanatory guide on how you can unlock OnePlus X’s bootloader.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you on how to unlock OnePlus X bootloader for installing custom ROMs, a custom recovery or doing anything nasty with your phone — most of all, you will be able to root OnePlus X on Android 5.0 Lollipop and enjoy the various root apps. Just to be clear, unlocking bootloader will wipe ALL your data form the phone. So make sure you backup everything or unlock bootloader on a new device with nothing to lose.

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Disclaimer: All the tools, mods or ROMs mentioned below belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the OnePlus X, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

OnePlus X USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for OnePlus X properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download OnePlus X USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

5. [IMPORTANT] Copy all the backup files from your SD card to your computer as internal memory will be wiped clean while unlocking the bootloader.

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If you are a developer and would want to unlock the bootloader, we recommend doing that before you set up the Google Play Store, install apps or anything because the security feature in Android clears out everything from your phone when unlocking bootloader of a phone.

Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page to unlock OnePlus X bootloader.

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