In this guide, we will show you the steps to unlock the bootloader on Huawei and Honor devices using the PotatoNV Tool. When it comes to the bootloader unlocking process, every OEM takes a slightly different approach. As far as Huawei is concerned, you need to get hold of a unlock code that corresponds to your device. However, the smartphone manufacturer giant decided to stop providing these codes a couple of years back. This straightaway meant that you wouldn’t be able to carry out the unlocking process on the aforementioned devices.
While this gave rise to many party services that claimed to aid you in this process, they were mostly sketchy. But the open-source nature of the Android again came to the rescue. Making full use of the same, the developers were quick to the task and managed to find a workaround in the form of a tool. Using the PotatoNV Tool, it is now possible to unlock the bootloader on your Huawei and Honor devices running the Kirin chipset. So without further ado, let’s check out the required instructions.
Unlock Bootloader on Huawei Honor Kirin SoC via PotatoNV Tool
On one hand, unlocking the bootloader allows you to flash custom ROMs and TWRP and even root your device via Magisk. On the flip side though, it will wipe off all the data and might make the device’s warranty null and void. So keep these points in mind before proceeding with the below instructions.
The below devices have been known to work with this tool. Even if your device isn’t part of this list, then also you may give it a try.
|Honor 7X||BND||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Honor 8 Pro / V9||DUK||Kirin 960|
|Honor 9 Lite||LLD||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Honor 9||STF||Kirin 960|
|Huawei Mate 9||MHA||Kirin 960|
|Huawei Mate 9 Pro||LON||Kirin 960|
|Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite||BAH2||Kirin 659 (B)|
|Huawei MediaPad M5||CMR||Kirin 960|
|Huawei MediaPad T5||AGS2||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Huawei Nova 2||PIC||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Huawei Nova 2i / Mate 10 Lite||RNE||Kirin 659 (B)|
|Huawei Nova 2s||HWI||Kirin 960|
|Huawei P Smart 2018||FIG||Kirin 659 (B)|
|Huawei P10||VTR||Kirin 960|
|Huawei P20 Lite / Nova 3e||ANE||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Huawei P8 Lite (2017)||PRA||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Huawei P9 Lite||VNS||Kirin 659 (A)|
|Huawei Y9 (2018)||FLA||Kirin 659 (A)|
Download PotatoNV Tool
You may now download the PotatoNV Tool to unlock the bootloader on Huawei and Honor devices having the Kirin chipset. Credits for this tool go to[GitHub].
- Download: PotatoNV-next-v2.0.1-x86.exe
Apart from that, you would need a couple of other drivers as well, namely the ADB Fastboot and USB Drivers. So download them from the below links:
- Download Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC.
- Likewise, also install the Huawei/Honor USB Drivers on your PC.
Instructions to Unlock Bootloader on Huawei/Honor Devices
- To begin with, remove the back cover from your device. You may take the help of a hairdryer to heat the back and then carefully peel off the cover.
- Now you need to find the test point of your device. Then power it off and perform the short test point.
- When that is done, connect your device to the PC via the USB cable
- Launch the PotatoNV Tool and select HUAWEI USB COM 1.0 from the device list.
- Select the bootloader of your device from the tool’s drop-down list. If you aren’t sure of the same, refer to our Devices Tested section above [Selecting the incorrect bootloader will give out the ACK is invalid! ACK=…; Excepted=0xAA or System.TimeoutException error].
- Next up are the Serial Number and Board ID fields, they are optional and you may leave them blank.
- The final section gives out the bootloader unlock code. You may change it to any random strings, but make sure that it has 16 characters.
- Finally, hit the Start button and wait for the process to finish.
- Once done, your device will automatically reboot with the message “Your device has been unlocked”. That’s it, the process stands complete.
So with this, we conclude the guide on how to unlock the bootloader on your Huawei and Honor devices using the PotatoNV Tool. If you have any queries regarding the unlocking process, feel free to reach us via the comments. Rounding off, here are some equally useful iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks that deserve your attention as well.