How To Unlock Bootloader of Nexus 6 And Nexus 9

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are the latest flagship Google devices in the market. They comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop built in. The bootloaders are usually comes as locked. If you want to flash a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod on your device it is impossible to install when your device bootloader is locked. Unlocking bootloader is a fun process, if you want to know the advantages and disadvantages of unlocking bootloader read our guide.

Note: Unlocking bootloader on Android device voids warranty.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. Thetechhacker will not be responsible if your device gets damaged during the process.

Pre-Requisites

How To Unlock Bootloader of Nexus 6 And Nexus 9

  1. First, download all the required files and install drivers on your machine.
  2. Now extract the downloaded Android SDK files and Fastboot in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.
  3. Now go to About Phone and then tap on “Build number” 5 to 6 times to enable the “Developer Options”. In Developer Options, tap on the “Enable OEM unlock” and then tap on “Ok”
  4. Now switch off your device and enter into bootloader mode by pressing Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds.
  5. Now go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt.
  6. In the command prompt enter the following command.
    fastboot oem unlock
  7. Follow on screen instructions and it will take some time to unlocking bootloader. If the device doesn’t reboot itself, enter the following command to reboot manually.
    fastboot reboot
  8. After rebooting, now you own a bootloader unlocked Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 in your hand. Enjoy experimenting with your device.
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