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How To Resolve ‘OEM Unlock greyed out’ Or ‘ OEM Unlock disabled’ Issue

OEM Unlock greyed out
Written by Hassan Abbas

Are you looking to fix ‘OEM Unlock greyed out’ or ‘ OEM Unlock disabled’ issue? Whether you’re trying to turn on features like VoLTE that your experts have for some reason turned off. Or else attempting to solve a particular bug when operating your mobile. There are a lot of hotfixes that rooting your mobile can bring you.

It’s the initial step of rooting your Android device needs you to “Enable OEM Unlock”. As it’s a feature pushed away in the Developer options. Also, some users experienced that the feature greyed out from the Developer options, besides their mobile model or manufacturer.

Causes: ‘OEM Unlock greyed out’ Or ‘ OEM Unlock disabled’

You currently unlocked/re-locked the bootloader

Make sure that some Android OEMs regard your warranty as invalid after you unlock the bootloader. Also, it’s safe to suppose that they’re not fully compatible with you doing it. Also, when you must unlock or relock the bootloader of your mobile device. However, the Unlock OEM choice from the Developer options could be greyed out or unchecked. On some devices, users also experienced that the PC greys out the choice for a period of 7 days, but this could be based on the devices.

 Bootloader unlocked already

As some of a no-brainer as it might seem, one of the causes you can’t toggle the OEM Unlock button in the Developer options must be due to the bootloader of your mobile device is unlocked already.

However, the devices that are executing Android 7.x Nougat. Also, the choice is automatically unchecked or greyed out when the bootloader of the device has been unlocked previously. If you want confirmation, you can then check to view if the bootloader of your device is unlocked or not.

Step 1:

Head over to Developer options and turn on USB debugging.

Step 2:

Then launch the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool on the PC and attach your mobile using a USB cable.

Step 3:

Now input the following command to ensure your device is detected by the PC:

adb devices
Step 4:

Now type the following command to put your device into bootloader mode:

adb reboot bootloader
Step 5:

On the device screen, you can easily view the DEVICE STATE as “locked” or “unlocked”, confirming if the bootloader status. When it says unlocked, then it means that due to the bootloader is already unlocked, then the OEM unlock choice has been unchecked by the PC as it’s purpose has already been served.

OEM Unlock might not be available for some regions and devices

As undesirable as it might be to the end-user, but the latest you buy your mobile device from, and also the network carrier that your device knot to can determine how to use Android. In this situation, the OEM Unlock option directly depends on some network carriers. Also, if the network carrier adjusts the bootloader status to “locked”, then there’s no way around it. While some Android OEMs provide the ability to unlock the bootloader with no questions asked.

Different solutions for greyed out OEM Unlock option

Many users have claimed that the missing ability to turn on OEM Unlock on their Android devices was backed up after wiping out the device cache and also performing a factory reset.

Clear cache partition:

Step 1:

Switch off the Android device, and then hit and hold the Volume Up and Power button together.

Step 2:

Now release the Power button once the logo appears, but continuously hold the Volume Up button.

Step 3:

On the mobile recovery screen, simply use the Volume Down button to move down to wipe cache partition and hit the Power button to choose it.

Step 4:

Also, use the Volume Down button to choose Yes — remove/delete all user data, and then hit the Power button to confirm.

Step 5:

Wait a while to end and hit the Power button when prompted appear with the message Reboot system now.

Perform a factory reset:

Step 1:

Switch off the device, and then hit and hold the Volume Up and Power button together.

Step 2:

Now release the Power button once the logo appears, but continuously hold the Volume Up button.

Step 3:

On the mobile recovery screen, simply use the Volume Down button to move down to clear data/factory reset and hit the Power button to choose it.

Step 4:

Use the Volume Down button to choose Yes — wipe all user data, and then hit the Power button to confirm.

Step 5:

Wait a while to end and hit the Power button when a prompt appears with the message to Reboot system now.

Conclusion:

So that’s all about “OEM Unlock greyed out”. If you think that it is helpful then do let us know your suggestions in the comment section below. Which method you really like? Have you found any other alternative that we can’t cover in this article? Comment us below!

Till then! Stay Safe 🥰

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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