Google’s next Nexus beast, the LG Google Nexus 5X has been unveiled by the tech giant company and the device has already received much appreciation from the Android communities across the globe. It comes with some top-notch specifications and new technologies have been incorporated into this device like the fingerprint scanner, USB Type C, a powerful new camera with larger pixel size and more.

Even though the device is further to launched, we have framed a tutorial for you to unlock its bootloader thus enabling you to begin with its development. Here is a simple guide through which you can unlock the bootloader on this device with ease. Unlocking bootloader is a way to step into the advanced development of an Android device. To do this you first need to setup ADB/Fastboot environment on your device.

Once you unlock the bootloader on your device, you can install a custom recovery through which you can flash custom packages onto your device. For instance, you can flash the SuperSU package to gain root access or even install a custom ROM on your device later when you setup TWRP or similar recoveries on your device. There are no custom ROMS available for this device just yet. However, once the development begins and root is available for the device, you can modify the system as you like.

Before we begin, make sure you go through all the steps carefully and set up your device and PC as per the requirements. Unlocking bootloader has got a lot easier with new devices, but it may still void your warranty.

Warning: Unlocking bootloader on Nexus 5X may void warranty. We won’t be liable for any damage to your device whatsoever. This will erase all the user data from your device. It is advisable to unlock it at the initial stage; only if you are sure about unlocking the bootloader on your device. Reader’s discretion is advised. 


  • Set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer. You can install the full Android SDK package from Google through this link, or get the quick adb and fastboot installer from here.
  • Install latest Nexus USB Drivers on your computer. This is important to detect the phone.
  • Open Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging on your device. To enable developer options, tap the Build Number multiple times (approx. 7 times) in About Phone.
  • Go to Developer options and click on the “enable OEM unlock”. This is important.

How to Unlock Bootloader on LG Google Nexus 5X

  • Make sure you have setup ADB and Fastboot environment on your PC.
  • Power off your device and keep it unplugged from your PC.
  • Boot into bootloader or fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold volume down and the power button for 5-6 seconds.
  • You will see the bootloader screen. Now plug in your device to the PC using a USB cable.
  • Navigate to the location where your ADB and fastboot is installed. While the folder with ADB and fastboot files is open, right-click on an empty space and select “Open command window here” option to launch a command prompt window.
  • Now check your fastboot connection by issuing the following command. It should return your device’s serial number. Otherwise, you need to make sure your drivers are installed correctly.
fastboot devices
  • Once you’ve confirmed your fastboot connection, issue the following command to unlock the bootloader.
fastboot oem unlock
  • Now you should see a message asking you to confirm this action. Use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to confirm.
  • Once the process is done, issue the following command:
fastboot reboot
  • Now you can disconnect from your PC once the process completes.

Now your device is ready for further development. You can install a custom recovery and also root your device. You can check the ADB connection of your device by issuing the “adb devices” command in cmd. For any queries, comment down below.

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