How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto Z3 Play [Official Method]

There is so much to do on the Android platform if you’re an advanced user or a developer. Due to its open-source nature, you will find plenty of customization options on Android. As an Android user, some times, users prefer to flash any custom mods like Custom ROM, TWRP, Rooting, and more. But all the Android devices come with a locked bootloader from its manufacturer due to some security reasons. Now, if you’re one of them who want to customize and freely use their devices, this guide is for you. If you’re using the Moto Z3 Play or planning to buy it, here in this article, we will share with you steps on how to unlock bootloader on Moto Z3 Play device.

Unlocking the bootloader will perform a factory reset to the device that erases all the device settings, user data, third-party apps, and more from the internal storage. This will let you freely install a Custom ROM, enable Root access, etc. on your Android device.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Moto Z3 Play

Before going to the bootloader unlocking details and steps, let’s take a look at the device specifications.

Moto Z3 Play Specifications: Overview

Motorola Moto Z3 Play (codenamed: beckham) launched in June 2018. Moto Z3 Play features a 6.01-inches display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The smartphone powered by Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with 4/6GB of RAM. The phone packs 32/64/128GB internal memory, which can expand up to 256GB via microSD card.

The camera on the Moto Z3 Play comes with Dual 12 MP + 5MP with Dual-LED dual-tone flash rear camera and 8MP front shooting camera for selfies. The handset came out of the box with Android 8.1 Oreo and backed by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the side.

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Bootloader Unlock

The bootloader is a program that starts whenever a device turned on. It instructs the system to boot the OS from the kernel and ramdisk. Every operating system running smart devices are coming under the list like smartphones, tablets, PCs, smartwatches, smart TVs, and more.

The smartphone manufacturers provide smartphones with a locked bootloader. If you’re an advanced user and want to install any custom third-party file on your device, you have to unlock the device bootloader first.

Disclaimer:

By Unlocking the device Bootloader may void your device(s) warranty. We’re at GetDroidTips will not be responsible for any bricking/damaging to your phone while/after following this process. Do it at your own risk. This method is only for Moto Z3 Play, and it will wipe out all of your device’s internal data completely. Make sure to keep a backup.

Pre-Requirements:

  • You will need a Laptop/PC and a USB Cable.
  • Keep your device battery charged up to 60% at least.
  • We recommend you to take a complete backup of your device data.
  • Make sure to download all the required files, drivers from below.

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Steps to Unlock Bootloader on Moto Z3 Play via ADB Fastboot

  1. First, you need to enable the Developer Options > Enable OEM Unlock and USB Debugging.
    • In order to do this, go to your device Settings > About > Software Information > More > tap on the Build Number for 7 times to see a message “You are now a developer”.
  2. Now, go back to the main settings menu > search Developer Options > tap on it > turn on the OEM Unlock and USB Debugging settings.
  3. Download and extract the ADB Fastboot zip file on your PC and install it.
  4. Now, connect your Motorola phone to the computer via USB cable and install the Motorola USB Drivers on your PC.
  5. Go to the installed ADB Fastboot folder and open a command prompt window by pressing the Shift + Right Mouse button click in a blank area > click on Open Command Prompt/Powershell here.  command prompt window
  6. Now, type the following command in the command prompt and press enter:
    adb devices
  7. If you see a pop up to allow USB Debugging on your phone, Click OK allow usb debugging
  8. This command will list the connected device serial number. If your phone’s serial number shows up there then you are good to go. (If not listed, then re-install the USB Driver and retry typing the above command)
  9. Now type the command below to reboot your phone to bootloader
    adb reboot bootloader
  10. Your device will now enter into bootloader mode. bootloader mode
  11. Next, enter the below command and hit the enter button to get the unlock code
  12. Once your phone reboots into bootloader, make sure your phone shows the bootloader locked and then type the command below to make sure fastboot drivers correctly installed.
    fastboot devices
  13. This command will list the connected devices. If your phone’s serial number shows up, you are good to go and may continue. If the phone is NOT listed, this indicates that your drivers are not installed correctly. To keep the setup, you must fix your drivers to list your device under fastboot devices.
  14. If the phone is recognized by the command above, proceed to boot into bootloader by tapping down the volume down button on your phone and select the BOOT TO DOWNLOAD MODE option with power key. Now you can unlock the bootloader with the following command: Remember that this step will wipe EVERYTHING off the phone
    fastboot oem get_unlock_data

    fastboot oem get_unlock_data

  15. It will display a 5 line code, and you have to copy it on a notepad and make it in one-line code. notepad
  16. Go to the Motorola Unlock Page and click on the Next button and login/sign up with the Motorola account.
  17. Copy the one-line code that you copied and paste it in the Motorola Unlock Page interface.
  18. Click on ‘Can my device be unlocked’ and then click on ‘I Agree’ and click on ‘Request Unlock Key.’
  19. You will receive a code in your Email ID. Copy the code and replace it with the ‘code.’ (Without inverted commas)
    fastboot oem unlock 'code'
  20. Again enter the above command, and your device bootloader will be unlocked.
  21. Now, type the following code and hit enter:
    fastboot reboot
  22. Now, your phone will reboot. Wait for a while, and your device will boot into the system again.
  23. Set up your phone with your Google mail id.

We hope this guide is helpful to you, and you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader on Moto Z3 Play. For any queries, feel free to ask in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Hi Mr. Razaq

    I downgrade Os to android 9to 8 on my moto Z3 play . now I have issue with mobile such as no signal , immi NULL , bootloader can not unlock . do you have any solution for this. appreciate.

    me INDIKA

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