How to Unlock the Bootloader of Nexus 6P


As we have mentioned it time and time again, the first step in getting a custom ROM on your device is getting a custom recovery. However, to do that you do have to unlock the bootloader on some of the devices. We have done quite a few guides on this already but it seems that in the recently released Nexus 6P, Google has changed the procedure and commands required to unlock the bootloader. So, if you’re sitting there scratching your head why Fastboot OEM Unlock isn’t working, worry no more and simply follow our guide below to Unlock the Bootloader of Nexus 6P with ease.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages that might be done to your device either during or after the process. Also, do remember that by unlocking the bootloader, you will lose all data on the device, so make appropriate backups.

Prerequisites: You will need to have


  • First of all, go to Settings>Developer Options and turn on OEM Unlocking. If you don’t turn it on, you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader
  • Now, open a CMD window in the folder containing the ADB and Fastboot binaries.
  • Type: “adb reboot bootloader” to boot into your device’s bootloader. You can alternatively do so by pressing and hold power + vol. Up keys.
  • Now type: “fastboot flashing unlock”. This is the new command that has replaced the previous format.
  • A message should appear on the screen, just select yes by using the volume keys and press the power key to confirm the unlocking of the bootloader.
  • That is it, the phone will reboot. Do remember that the first boot after the unlock will take quite a few minutes to complete, so don’t panic.

That is it, you have no successfully managed to unlock the bootloader of Nexus 6P. If you face any problems, just ask in the comment section below.

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