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Do you want to know what OEM unlocking is? Are you interested in unlocking your device possibilities? Are you interested in customizing your phone with your favourite features?

If your answer to the above questions is yes, then this post is for you.

What is OEM Unlock in Android Devices?

OEM is the acronym for “Original Equipment Manufacturer”. It is also called “Jailbreaking” sometimes.

OEM unlocking is the process in which the unlock ability flag is set to 1 instead of 0, of your device. Generally, this is locked by the original manufacturing company, so the name given to it is OEM Unlocking.

The bootloader is locked by the manufacturer so that there shouldn’t be any unauthorized access to your device which we will discuss next.

Read More About the Technicalities of Locking/Unlocking the Bootloader

So, let’s discuss bootloader first.

What is Bootloader?

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If you have stepped into the beginning world of technology then, you might be aware of the word “booting”.


Booting is nothing but a process of running iso images on your device and the program that runs it is called a “bootloader”.

The process of making a bootloader to run that image is called “booting”.

Is Unlocking Bootloader Safe?

Yes, it is safe only if you are techy, as it may cause your device to break.

The only complication in bootloader comes when it is tried to be locked again.

The process of OEM Unlocking from the manufacturer follows the standard process as and when required. As it may be the case due to software changes the manufacturer may reject your warranty request.

So, it is recommended only if you know the process well.

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Does Unlocking the Bootloader Voids My Warranty?

Yes, in some cases, unless there occur software complications while installing custom ROMs and thirty-party apps.

Some smartphone companies like Redmi allow it but others don’t.

So, we request you to confirm with your device before doing it.

Why OEM Unlock is Important for Android Customization?

We will say, OEM Unlock is very important in terms of Android Customization, as OEM Unlock is the first step towards the whole customization world. And without OEM Unlock you can’t do any type of customization on your Android smartphone.

Also, Read: What is Magisk | Root Android Device using Magisk

Lets take a good example, and understand why is it important. Suppose you are using a smartphone from a manufacturer who uses a custom and bulky UI like the Mi 11X with MIUI from Xiaomi, but now you want to try some stock Android experience by flashing the Pixel Experience ROM.

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Also, Read: How to Unlock Mi 11X Bootloader (Redmi K40/POCO F3)

So, in order to do that you will have to first unlock the bootloader to install a custom recovery and then flash the Pixel Experience ROM. But in order to unlock the bootlader, you will have to first enable OEM Unlock on your Android smartphone.

Pros and Cons of OEM Unlock

Pros of OEM Unlock
  • It unlocks access to administrative settings and bootloader, allowing you to download custom ROMs, custom kernels, etc.
  • It allows you to install apps blocked by the administrator.
  • It allows users to manage partitions and remove pre-installed bloatware.
  • You can install Custom ROMs of your choice.
Cons of OEM Unlock
  • It will allow unauthorized access to your device due to third-party installs.
  • It will block access to secured apps like Paytm, other banking apps, Netflix, etc.
  • It may cause a loss of your data and will make your phone broken if loading is not done properly.

Enable OEM Unlock on Android

Note: It will not erase your personal data but as a precautionary measure we recommend backing up your data.
  • First, we need to enable the Developer Options, for that on your device, head towards Settings -> About Phone -> Software Information.
  • Now in Software Information, tap on Build Number 7 times, enter your pattern or pin if prompted.
  • Now it enables Developers Options.
  • In developer’s options, just toggle the switch towards the right located in front of OEM Unlock to enable it.
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Few options in your device may differ depending on your device build.

Disable OEM Unlock on Android

In case you want to disable OEM Unlock, then follow the similar steps as the above to do so,

  • Open the Settings app from the App Drawer or from the Notification/Control centre.
  • Then, navigate to the System Settings.
  • Now, scroll down to Developer Options.
  • Finally, go to the OEM Unlock option and toggle the switch towards the left to disable it.

Lastly, if you have any doubts regarding this OEM Unlock article, or you want something else, then do comment below any topic that we should take up for you.

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