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 bootloader 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 anything goes wrong.
How to Unlock Bootloader on LG V10
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 unlockfastboot getvar unlocked
- Bootloader on your device should now be unlocked. Reboot your device normally or issue the following command:
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.
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