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How to unlock Bootloader of any Motorola Moto Smartphone

Akshay Mhatre

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unlock Bootloader of any Motorola Moto Smartphone

Unlocking the Bootloader of a Motorola Moto smartphone can open up a world of whole new possibilities, to play with as the device has a healthy community behind the handset working hard to get new amazing stuff out whether it be highly customizable custom ROMs or exposed modules. Motorola smartphones, in general, get great development treatment like other popular handsets from Samsung and Htc.

And you have to have an unlocked bootloader to have Super-user root access on your moto-phone, to go one step further in the possibilities of endless customizations and modules. Earlier unlocking the bootloader wasn’t a significant deal, in the Moto X era but things have changed now, with Motorola.

But if you own a Developer edition, then there’s no need to worry, as Motorola is cool with it. If not your warranty will get void and even after you recover to the original stock factory software, it’s still the same.

Now let’s get started, with unlocking, first things you need are Latest Motorola USB Drivers for your desktop and to download them check out Here! 

Next up is you need to install the latest Android SDK tools, which you find Here!

Along with that Keep your Motorola Moto care account ready to log-in, if you haven’t already, quickly Sign-up for one here!

After this, you’re ready to roll and can proceed further by following the steps given below:

OEM unlocking Android

  1. First You need to Enable USB Debugging and OEM unlocking, on your Moto device, to do this head over to Settings > About phone >then Tap on the Build Number 7-8 times. After that, you will have developer options unlocked, back to settings and tap in it; to enable USB debugging as well as OEM unlocking.
  2. Once done, Boot your moto into fastboot mode by first press power-off the device, then push the power and Volume down buttons simultaneously for more than 10 seconds

3. Connect your phone to PC (as well as login to your Motorola account).

4. And now, open the command prompt or terminal with the path from ADB fast boot as your path, once ready, type in this command in the cmd window:  fastboot devices
What this will do is show us the devices currently on fastboot and connected to your computer.

5. Next, type this command in your cmd console, with ADB fastboot as your path(which shouldn’t have changed anyway):  $ fastboot OEM get_unlock_data
entering this command will get you the unlock string data.

example of Motorola bootloader unlock strings

6. Now you need to copy that data string(excluding the bootloader text) and paste the strings in such a way that it forms a single long one, just delete any spaces between it.
To make sure you get this right Motorola has a tool to make your life easier, you get it done here==> Motorola Data Scrub Tool. 

Motorola unlock string

Example of how a unlock string, without white spaces

The string should not have any white spaces and should be a single string only, or else you’ll get an error when you send it to Motorola.

7. Go here (you must be logged in to your account as we talked earlier) and paste the unlock string to check if your device can be unlocked. If it can be unlocked a “REQUEST UNLOCK KEY” button will pop-up( at the very bottom of the form) to get your unlocking code from Motorola, which will be sent to you on your registered e-mail ID.

An unlocking string being pasted, to check device bootloader unlocking status

An unlocking string being pasted, to check device bootloader unlocking status

8. After you’re done with pasting the key and once the button appears. Just select I agree in the form of the term and conditions page and hit the REQUEST UNLOCK KEY button.

9.  Copy the Unlock Key from your registered e-mail’s inbox sent by Motorola and again go to the cmd and type this command and paste you unlock code after that(sure give a space after the command):

$ fastboot OEM unlock UNLOCK_KEY_PASTE_HERE

And hit Enter; apparently, your Moto phone needs to be connected during the whole time. Meanwhile the process your device may reboot several times. So, don’t panic and stay chill, after the process is successful, you will have the warning screen display, and Voila you have now an unlocked Bootloader. And each time you boot-up, you’ll see the warning message, nothing to worry about.

Akshay Mhatre is a Tech Author who likes to keep up with the latest from the tech world. A writer by day and a VFX artist by night. In his free time, he also likes to make motion graphics and concept art. You can find him on Instagram @akshayrazr_95 and contact him on akshaymhatre[@]theleaker.com

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