In this tutorial, we will show you the steps to unlock the bootloader on your HTC device. During the initial days, HTC was at the pinnacle of the mobile phone industry. Well, what better way to describe this OEM than by the fact that it introduced the world’s first Android smartphone. It then keeps on climbing the ladders of success. With some exceptional devices, both on the hardware and software front, it was truly among the best smartphone manufacturers at that point in time. Well, its partnership with Google for a short period of time also helped this brand a lot. However, from that point onwards, it went all downhill.
Although even now HTC releases a few Android smartphones, it is nothing as compared to the good old glory days. But no matter which HTC device you have, there’s a lot of custom development still going on. For example, you could try tons of custom ROMs, root your device, try Magisk Modules, Xposed Frameworks, and other related things. However, for all these things, there is an important prerequisite that your HTC device has to qualify, and that is an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, in this guide, we will show you how to unlock your device’s bootloader. This is a universal guide, valid for all the HTC devices released to date. So with that in mind, here are the required instructions.
What is a Bootloader?
Before you go ahead with the installation instructions, first we should get aware of what is a bootloader unlocking. A bootloader is a software program that tells your device what programs it has to load at boot time. Add to this, it is also used to boot your device to recovery mode. Most smartphone manufacturers ships their devices with a locked bootloader. The reason on their part stands pretty simple- they only want to run the authorized Android OS that they ship with the device.
This completely makes sense from the security point of view. However, here’s the thing. You, the user, are then left with no choice but to accept whatever your OEM has to offer. Although you get to try out custom launchers or icon packs, that is it. There aren’t any system-level drastic modifications possible, i.e. until you unlock your device’s bootloader. Although this might sound pretty interesting on paper, it has a few caveats with them. So we will only do justice if we make you aware of the associated risks of an unlocked bootloader, apart from the goodies that you are getting.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Unlock Bootloader
An unlocked bootloader gives you a plethora of opportunities at hand. To begin with, there’s a huge custom ROM community with some amazing offerings from LineageOS, Resurrection Remix, HavocOS, etc. Apart from that, you could also get administrative privileges of your device (aka root), which will allow you to make changes to your system as well. You could also install a custom recovery like TWRP and create a Nandroid backup, flash ZIP and IMG files, etc. Likewise, there are numerous Magisk Modules and frameworks waiting for you out there.
While all these sound so good, every side has two coins, and so is the case here. First of all, an unlocked bootloader voids your device warranty. Likewise, the process also wipes all the data stored on your device. Furthermore, your device is now more prone to attacks since the system partition could now easily be tweaked. The entire process is itself quite risky, and if not done correctly, you could end up with a bricked device or device in a bootloop state. So before you go ahead with unlocking the bootloader of your HTC device, keep all these risks in your mind and then decide accordingly.
Steps to Unlock Bootloader on HTC Devices
Now that you are pretty much aware of the bootloader and the added advantages/disadvantages that it bring with itself, let’s check out the steps to unlock bootloader on your HTC device. To begin with, here are the pre-requisites that your device should meet:
Make sure your device meets the below requirements. Follow each point carefully.
Take a complete backup
Unlocking the bootloader of your HTC device will wipe all the data from your device. So it is recommended to take a complete backup beforehand. We already have a detailed guide on how to create a backup of your Android device. Do check it out.
Charge your HTC Device
Make sure that your device is charged to a sufficiently high level. At least 60% or more is recommended. This is because if your device suddenly shuts down during the process, then it might lead to issues.
Install HTC USB Drivers
For your PC to successfully recognize your device, then is important to install the USB drivers for your HTC device. So go ahead and download it from our guide.
Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
You will have to enable USB Debugging and OEM unlocking. The former helps in a successful ADB connection between your device and PC. The latter is required for unlocking bootloader purposes. To enable both of them, head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
Download ADB and Fastboot Tools
Finally, download and install the ADB and Fastboot Tools on your PC. This is required so that the PC successfully recognizes your device in Fastboot Mode and also that they accept the fastboot command we will be executing later on.
That is it. These are the required points to be kept in mind. Now follow the below steps to unlock the bootloader of your HTC device.
Instructions to Unlock Bootloader
- Connect your device to PC via USB Cable. At that instance, you will get a USB Debugging Authorization on your screen. Tap on Allow.
- Now head over to the platform-tools folder and type in cmd in the address bar. This will open the Command Prompt. Type in the below code in the cmd windows to boot your device to fastboot mode:
adb reboot bootloader
- You could also reboot your device to fastboot mode by turning off your device and then pressing the Volume Down and Power button together for a few seconds. You will now be taken to the Bootloader menu. Use the Volume keys to highlight the Fastboot Mode option and press the Power key to confirm your choice.
- In the Command prompt window, type the following command and hit Enter. Do note that the below command will wipe off all the data. So make sure that you have created a backup.
fastboot oem get_identifier_token
- Doing so will give you the device’s unique identifier token. Copy the commands starting from <<<< Identifier Token Start >>>> up to <<<<< Identifier Token End >>>>> as shown in the below image. Make sure you don’t end up copying the Bootloader prefix.
- Now head to the HTC Unlock page and select your device from the right-hand side and login with your credentials.
- Scroll to the bottom until you reach the My Device Identifier Token section. In that box, paste the token that you have just copied in the above step. Then hit the Submit button.
- You should now get the Token submitted successful message. Likewise, you must also receive an email from HTC with the Unlock_code.bin file. Download this file and place it in the platform-tools folder.
- We will now have to flash this file onto your HTC device. For that, type in the below code in the CMD window and hit Enter.
fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
- Upon executing the above command, you will get an Unlock Bootloader warning message on your HTC device. Use the Volume keys to highlight the Yes option and then hit the Power key to confirm your choice.
- Once done, your HTC device will now boot to the system with an unlocked bootloader. Congratulations are in order!
So this was all from this guide on how to unlock bootloader on any HTC device. We hope that the above instructions will help you out in carrying out the said process. Even then if you face any issues, do drop in your queries in the comments section below. Also, keep in mind that the first boot after the unlocking process will take some time. You will also have to set up your device from scratch using your Google ID. Rounding off, here are some other iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.