Step 6 – Now go to Bootloader Mode on your device. How? Press Volume Down and Power to start the device into Bootloader mode.
Step 7 – Connect your Moto G6 Plus to the computer via a USB cable.
Step 8 – Now open a Command Propmpt in the same folder where you extracted the fastboot files. How? Open the folder, press Shift and Right Click simultaneously and select “Open Command Window Here..” from the menu.
Step 9 – Now type the following command and press Enter.
fastboot oem get_unlock_data
Step 10 – You will see long pieces of text with random numbers and letters.
It will look something like this:
Step 11 – You need to copy the displayed string and paste it in a text editor like Notepad. After that, you need to remove the spaces and “(bootloader)” so that the text makes one long string like this:
Step 12 – Put the obtained string in the text box displayed on the same page which we opened in Step 3.
Step 13 – Once added, click on the “Can my device be unlocked?” button. If your device is un-lockable, a “REQUEST UNLOCK KEY” button will appear at the bottom of the page.
Step 14 – Agree with the terms.
Step 15 – After agreeing and pressing the Request Unlock Key button, you would likely receive a mail which includes the unique unlock key afterwards. Make sure your phone is still connected. Type the following command in the same prompt window we opened before:
fastboot oem unlock Your_key
NOTE: Replace “Your_key” with the string you received in the mail from Motorola.
Step 15 – If all went well and you followed each step with precision, your phone should reboot while showing you the following image.
That’s it. Your Moto G6 smartphone now has an unlocked bootloader. This means, you can install custom ROMs, flash a custom recovery and perform other system tweaks on your Motorola phone now.
Backup and Other Important Tips
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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 / 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, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
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?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and phones. 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.
4. [IMPORTANT] Copy all the backup files from your SD card to your computer as internal memory will be wiped clean while unlocking the bootloader.
Check out our Moto G6 section for more content such as custom ROMs, firmware updates and other tutorials.