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How to Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 3

unlock bootloader oneplus3
Written by Hassan Abbas

OnePlus 3 was the most amazing smartphone we have seen last year. This flagship phone had many breathtaking features and specs which made many Android users go crazy. Some of these include:

  • 64 GB internal memory
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 5 inches Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad-core processor
  • Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • 16-megapixel primary camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • It came within build Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS

Whenever you purchase a new smartphone, it comes with a locked bootloader. Basically it is locked because the manufacturer of that specific device wants you to stick to their self designed Android OS version. Hence it is always necessary to unlock the bootloader of your phone before proceeding to any flashing processes. Today in this by guide we’ll see how to unlock the bootloader of OnePlus 3 smartphone. Actually it is the simplest and easiest method for unlocking the bootloader.

Procedure to Unlock Bootloader of OnePlus 3:


1: First download and install ADB and Fastboot files on your computer.

2: Connect your OnePlus 3 smartphone to the computer.

Note: Make sure that OnePlus USB drivers are installed on your computer.

3: Go to the location C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder. Then hold the Shift button of your keyboard and right-click on empty space. From the list, choose the Open command window here option. This will launch the command window.


4:  Then type the following commands and hit enter:

adb devices

Cmd prmpt

When you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with random numbers. This will confirm that your OnePlus 3 has successfully connected to your computer.

5: Then type the next command and press enter:

adb reboot bootloader

Cmd prmpt boot loader

This will restart your OnePlus 3 into bootloader mode like this:

bootloader restart

6: Then type the fastboot command and press enter:

fastboot devices

Onplus 3 cmd prmpt

This command will again confirm the successful connection with some random numbers.

7: Now type the following command to unlock bootloader and press enter:

fastboot oem unlock

unlock bootloader oneplus3

8: Using Volume keys navigate to the Yes option and press the Power key for selecting it.

This will start the actual unlocking process.

navigate keys

Note: This step will remove all the data on your phone.

9: Once the process completes, your OnePlus 3 will automatically reboot itself. This will unlock the bootloader of your OnePlus 3.

10: To confirm it, again type the following command and press enter:

adb reboot bootloader




Congratulations! You’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader of your OnePlus 3 Smartphone. Now you are free to gain root access, flash those unofficial custom recoveries, custom ROMs and kernels, etc. If you come across any difficulty while implementing the steps mentioned above then don’t hesitate to inform me. Just drop your problem in the comments section and I’ll help you out. Till then Enjoy! 🙂

Also Read: Guide On How to Unlock Bootloader of any Motorola Android Phone

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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