The new OnePlus 5 is now under part of the essential phones category. The phone is a big hit because of its outstanding and amazing features. The phone is for people who love software and they are a bit geeky about it. Like any other Android, OnePlus 5 has also some limitation. However, you can remove that limitation provided you unlock Essential Phone bootloader.

Since Essential phones are the latest, thus they have high security. It is not that easy to breach their security, you would have to temper with the MODs and the ROMs. Also, you will need to root your phone. There are many recovery apps via which you can root your phone, but first, you need to successfully unlock the bootloader. When you unlock the bootloader, you tend to allow the user to use the recovery apps that tend to control the booting process.

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Once you are done with the bootloader, you have to install the recovery apps to continue further usage of the system files. In this article, we are going to tell you how to unlock essential phone bootloader. You might think that unlocking the bootloader is a difficult task, but it is not. Although, it can be a bit risky, it still is easy and efficient.

Note: It is important to note that this tutorial is only for Essential, we strongly suggest that you do not try it on any other mobile phone. Please check the model number of the device before proceeding. If the model number is the same as in the article, only then should you go ahead.

Warning: If something goes wrong during the installation process, our blog is not going to take any responsibility. If you want to unlock bootloader on your Essential, please proceed at your own risk.


There are a couple of things that you need to install on your PC. We have listed them below.

  • You need to make a backup of your data.
  • Install Fastboot drivers along with ADB on your computer.
  • It is imperative that you download Essential Phone’s USB drivers on your PC.
  • You need to make sure that the Developer Options are enabled on your phone. To do so, go to Settings, from there to About Phone and now tab on the build number multiple times to enable the option.
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  • Enable the debugging mode of your phone, for this we go to Setting, and then to Developer Options.
  • Ensure that your phone has a minimum battery of 60 percent because if your phone shuts down during the process it might cause some serious damage.

How to Unlock Essential Phone Bootloader

Step 1: First thing first, you need to open the Command Prompt. For that head to ADB folder, press the shift key, and while you are pressing the key right click.

Step 2: Once the command window is open, you have to boot your device in the fastboot mode. For that, you turn it off and then press the Volume up along with the Power button.

Step 3: Alternatively, you can enter the command “adb reboot bootloader” in the command prompt.

Step 4: Now that your phone is in the fastboot loader, connect it to the computer, if you used the method mentioned in step 2. If you want to confirm that the PC is connected to your phone, write the command “adb devices”

Step 5: After the connection is successful, you need to type the command “ fastboot flashing unlock” in the command window.

Step 6: Once the above command is done flashing, you need to type “fastboot reboot” command.

That is it, you are done now. The bootloader on your Essential phone is unlocked.

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