OnePlus X is the newest flagship phone from OnePlus. This is a new device from the Chinese manufacturer that brought iPhone like designs to Android but sports way more features than it. OnePlus devices have always surprised Android enthusiasts across the globe with its high-end specifications and exclusive features. Now that the OnePlus X is available, the development has started and the very first step is to unlock the bootloader.

Here is a brief tutorial that will unlock the bootloader on your OnePlus X in no time. All you need to do is setup adb and fastboot and issue a single command.

Once you unlock the bootloader you are all set with the development and 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. Unless you unlock it, there is a high chance of bricking your device.

Before we begin backup your device because this may wipe apps and data from your OnePlus X. So let’s begin with the tutorial.

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 OnePlus X


  • This guide is compatible with One Plus X. It will also work on new generation Android phones.
  • 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 USB Drivers on your computer in order to detect the device.
  • Open Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging on your device. To enable Developer Options, tap the Build Number in About Phone multiple times (Approx. 7 times).
  • 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 the 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) Alternatively, you can issue the following command in terminal or command prompt, while your device is connected to the PC, in order to boot into the fastboot mode.
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
  • The bootloader on your device should now be unlocked. Reboot your device normally.

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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