How to Unlock Bootloader on LG V10

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With new devices, the bootloader unlock procedure has become rather easy and facile to Android users. A quick adb and fastboot setup and issuing a couple of commands through the terminal or command prompt can do the trick. LG V10 is one such device here we have the unlock bootloader tutorial.

Once you unlock the bootloader you are all set to start the development or begin with modifying your system. This will enable you to flash a modified boot image, install TWRP recovery and ultimately root your device. Unlocked bootloader is required to setup a custom recovery like TWRP and CWM. Unless you unlock it, there is a high chance of bricking your device. Following this tutorial will help you do it in no time.

Before we begin backup your device because this may remove apps and data from your LG V10. So let’s begin with the tutorial.

Update: This method has been tested running on the T-Mobile variant of LG V10. Other variant users may try at their own risk or wait for a working method to arrive.

Warning: Warranty may be void if you unlock your bootlaoder on your device. We at DroidViews won’t be liable for any damage to your device whatsoever. We won’t be held responsible if you brick your device. Reader’s discretion is advised.

Backup Apps and Data
This process may wipe all of your data, a backup is highly recommended. Backup all your apps, data, media and internal storage just in case any thing goes wrong.

How to Unlock Bootloader on LG V10

Prerequisites

  • This guide is compatible with LG V10.  It has been reported working on T-Mobile variant. Others may not work.
  • Set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer. You can download the full Android SDK from here, or get the quick ADB and fastboot installer from here. For Mac or Linux OS, click here.
  • Install LG USB Drivers on your computer.
  • Open Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging on your device.
  • Go to Developer options and enable Allow oem unlock. This is important.

Installation Instructions

  • Make sure you have setup ADB and fastboot on your PC. Also accept Always allow from this computer when you plug in the device for first time to enable USB Debugging.
  • Now power off your device and unplug it from your PC.
  • Boot into the bootloader or fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold volume down and the power button simultaneously for 5-6 seconds. When you see the bootloader screen, connect your device to the PC using a USB cable.(Choose fasboot if option is available) You can also issue the following code, while connected to the PC, to boot into the bootloader.
adb reboot bootloader
  • Now open a command prompt or terminal window. Do this by holding shift key on your keyboard and right-click on an empty space and select “Open command window here” option to launch a command prompt window.
  • Now issue the following in the command prompt to check if fastboot is working correctly. It should provide the serial number of your device.
fastboot devices
  • Now this is important. We will proceed to unlock the bootloader. To do this, issue the following command. Choose yes on the device screen if prompted.
fastboot oem unlock
fastboot getvar unlocked
  • Bootloader on your device should now be unlocked. Reboot your device normally or issue the following command:
fastboot reboot

You may see an unlocked symbol when you reboot. This means that your device has successfully been unlocked. If the operation fails, then your bootloader is still locked.

Also See:

Update LG G4 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Using TWRP

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  • etay

    same

  • Courtney

    how do i resolve a connectivity problem or adb or fastboot setup?? as i’m having the same problem “waiting for device”……i’ve tried this on several pc’s with several different cables

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  • ChrisI

    Actually I don’t know. I’ve been reading on several aeas that only the TMobile variant can have it’s bootlaoder unlocked.

  • Sarang

    Type “fastboot getvar unlocked” and check if its unlocked. If yes it’s good. If not then issue “fastboot device” If it shows then there is a problem with your connectivity or a problem with adb and fastboot setup.

  • Michael “Kilokk” De Taranto

    I’m having an issue as well with getting the bootloader unlocked. I can get into bootloader no problem, but when I enter fastboot oem unlock it just sits there forever doing nothing at all… @James Remove and replace the battery>hold down volume and insert your USB cord that is plugged into your pc. You should enter directly into fastboot mode.

  • James

    Can’t get phone to bootloader mode. I’ve tried down volume, and up when I couldnt get that to work.

    The only response I’ve gotten from the phone when turning on with volumes pressed is both of them, and then that just booted straight to an IMEI barcode on the screen.

    I’ve done this loads of times on different phones, Why oh why can I not get my brand new V10 into bootloader mode?!?! developer options enabled with USB debugging and OEM unlock allow. I don’t understand what could be going wrong.

  • Sarang

    Yes this bootloader unlock method should work on all the variants. To root the device, if you have TWRP installed on your variant then flash the latest SuperSU with the recovery.

  • Zd

    This works on any variant of the LG V10 including the f600L ? This is one of the Korean variants. Or is this root method only valid for the Fh901 or whatever the tmobile variant is.