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.
- First backup all your contacts, call logs and SMS.
- Android SDK with latest Nexus 6 and 9 Drivers
- Enable USB debugging mode from Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging in your device.
How To Unlock Bootloader of Nexus 6 And Nexus 9
- First, download all the required files and install drivers on your machine.
- Now extract the downloaded Android SDK files and Fastboot in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.
- 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”
- Now switch off your device and enter into bootloader mode by pressing Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds.
- Now go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt.
- In the command prompt enter the following command.
fastboot oem unlock
- 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.
- After rebooting, now you own a bootloader unlocked Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 in your hand. Enjoy experimenting with your device.