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How To Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 5T

A complete tutorial on how to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 5T. The brand has broken its previous sale records with the new OnePlus 5T giving evidence to the success of this phone. Most audience who have bought the OnePlus 5T are enthusiasts hence the first thing they will be looking to do would be modifying their shiny new smartphone and testing its limits. Gladly, we have just the guide from where everyone can start. You can unlock bootloader on the OnePlus 5T which will then allow you to flash system files and mods. The process is supported officially and you don’t need any special utility to implement this guide. Read ahead to find exact details on how to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 5T.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you on how to unlock OnePlus 5T 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 5T on Android 7.1.1 Nougat 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 5T, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

OnePlus 5T 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 5T properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download OnePlus 5T 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. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

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. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

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.

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 below to unlock OnePlus 5T bootloader.

How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus 5T

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to unlock bootloader on OnePlus 5T. If you are used to unlocking bootloaders on any previous Nexus devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for OnePlus 5T. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
  • This tutorial has been performed on Windows, but anyone familiar with Fastboot on Mac or Linux can perform this as well.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as it will erase all data.
  • You will void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader.

Requirements:

  • OnePlus 5T
  • USB cable
  • Android SDK with drivers (tutorial link given below)

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Tutorial given here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows or on Mac.

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Step 1 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode on your OnePlus 5T.

Step 5 – If you already have Android SDK, then you can just download Fastboot and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.

Step 4  – Enable OEM unlock on your phone. Activating the “Enable OEM unlock” is necessary for the bootloader unlock. To enable OEM unlock, go to Settings > Developer options and check Enable OEM unlock.

Step 5 – Make sure you have backup your data as it will be erased. Connect your OnePlus 5T to your PC.

Step 6 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).

Step 7 – Now enter into the Bootloader / Fastboot Mode on OnePlus 5T. How? Type the following command in ADB.

adb reboot bootloader

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