Some bootloaders are locked by the manufactures to prevent the phones from booting unofficial firmware images.

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Should I re-lock bootloader after flashing developer preview on nexus 5?

I have flashed the Android M developer preview 3 on my Nexus 5 phone, for which I was required to unlock the bootloader. Now that the flashing has completed successfully, should I re-lock my ...
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Unlocking Bootloader on Motorola ET1

I would like to unlock the bootloader on my Motorola ET1, but I have a problem: once I restart the device in the bootloader, it is not recognized by my computer (fastboot devices doesn't detect it) ...
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Problem unlocking HTC phone using their fastboot program

According to HTC, my Amaze 4G is fully ready from the factory to be queried for its identifier tolken, but when I run the appropriate command, it doesn't work. I get: $ fastboot oem ...
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Nexus 7 Error: Failed to mount /cache

I had a problem with my Nexus 7 (2013, 2nd gen) tablet. I restarted my tablet and when it was rebooting again, it showed "Google" logo and then stood there. I wait it (around 20 minutes) but it did ...
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How to set up BIOS-like password on Android device? [duplicate]

Setting a screen lock password or SIM pin or both is fine for securing some aspects of your mobile device. But what if, as a nasty joke, someone manages to grab a hold of your device and hits the ...
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Unlock Bootloader on RCA tablet

There is many phones out there that can have their bootloaders unlocked. I'm wondering if you can unlock the bootloader on a rca tablet. Any help will be appreciated!
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Nexus 4 screen got hung until battery drained and on restart stuck on flying dots

I have nexus 4 with lollypop installed on it. Yesterday while operating its screen just went to hung state and stopped responding. I could not even power off the phone. Therefore, I let the phone to ...
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How can I unlock bootloader of LG Vortex (VS660)

I'm trying to flash CyanogenMod to an old LG Vortex. I believe the first step is to unlock the bootloader. (I have successfully done this to a Nexus 7). I have adb and fastboot installed on LM17. Most ...
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How to unlock bootloader on samsung devices?

Before you try to install any custom ROM on your device, you need to unlock the phone’s bootloader, which is a code executed before any OS (operating system) launch. The notion of a bootloader is ...
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Unlocking Bootloader of HTC One X on Windows 8.1 / Linux Ubuntu

How to unlock the bootloader of HTC One X on Windows 8.1? Since I want to install MIUI Rom. When I install the latest version of "HTC Sync Manager", It shows me that the Windows 8.1 is not competible ...
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How to unlock Sony Xperia Z1C bootloader?

Is there any way in which i could unlock it if it isnt officially supported? I've managed to get the XZdualrecovery working...
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Can JFLTE Lollipop ROM be installed on the Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 with ME7 baseband?

I have a rooted Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-i545 (edit: NOT GT-i9505) updated to the ME7 baseband version. I would like to upgrade to this Lollipop ROM, which appears to be designed for the GT-i9505, but I ...
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Why does unlocking the bootloader wipe phone?

I understand that unlocking the bootloader will wipe my Android phone, but have been looking around for why. Seems to be by design, but what is the reasoning for that design? Is it some security ...
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Can I flash an unlocked G900T bootloader on a G900A?

I have a G900A and a G900T (short story: couldn't live any longer with the locked bootloader on G900A so I bought a G900T to use on AT&T). It's possible to flash a custom recovery/ROM onto the ...
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Can I flash CyanogenMod without unlocking bootloader?

With a locked bootloader on an SE ST17i running the rooted Stock Xperia Gingerbread 2.3.4, can I flash the CyanogenMod 9 onto it? Or do I really need my bootloader unlocked? I also have ClockWorkMod ...
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Trying to unlock bootloader using fastboot under Ubuntu

I have a HTC Desire 616 and am following this guide to unlock my bootloader. Fastboot can see my device: sudo fastboot devices E6S4YH6PDUJNBYMJ fastboot However, running this does nothing: ...
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Unlock bootloader using fastboot using Ubuntu/Linux

I am trying to unlock bootloader for my HTC Legend. I have ADT (Android SDK according to release 21.1) on my Ubuntu/Linux box. While following the HTCDev instructions to unlock bootloader of HTC ...
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Is it possible to unlock the Motorola moto g KXB21.14-L1.41 without official unlock code? [duplicate]

The motorola website for unlocking your boot loader tells me that there are no unlock codes for my phone. Does this mean that this phone cannot be rooted? I refuse to accept that. There must be a way ...
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How to do a factory reset when recovery mode, usb debugging and factory reset don't work?

I have a device called "EXEQ SET": http://www.exeq.ru/produkcija/pristavki/os-android/set.html It runs Android 4.1.1. It is spitting out errors like this every other second, making the device almost ...
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What does “fastboot oem lock” do?

I've had my phone for months, loading with several firmware, ROMs and OTAs, without ever running this command. What does it do? What I know is that "fastboot oem unlock" displays the confirmation ...
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unlocked device vs. unlocked bootloader

I've always thought that if a device is unlocked it means that it works with different carriers. If the device bootloader is unlocked, then does this mean the device will automatically work with ...
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“Locking” a Samsung Bootloader

In order to prevent cold-boot attacks against an encrypted Android filesystem, it has been recommended to keep your bootloader locked at all times with the original factory recovery installed. The ...
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unlocked bootloader = sim unlock? [duplicate]

I have a motorola G phone and as part of the developer program I can unlock bootloader of the phone. I am just wondering does this mean I am SIM-unlocked as well? i.e., I can take the phone ...
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Htc stuck on bootlogo. S-on ,boot loader relocked. Cwm installed

My sisters htc desire is stuck in htc logo then a blue screen and then back at htc logo. Can't find a vodafone uk ruu. Hboot shows RELOCKED. and S-on.Any help please
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CyanogenMod on Samsung Galaxy S5 and roaming

I'm getting a Galaxy S5, and would like to put CyanogenMod on it to eliminate the bloatware and get a preferred UI experience. Noticed a big warning on the wiki saying not to use it on Verizon and ...
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How to re-lock Android bootloader?

I've unlocked my Nexus 5 by using CF-Auto-Root. I want to undo my actions and return the device to its original state: unrooted and locked. How can I do this?
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Is it possible to enable bootloader unlocking on C6603 (Yuga/Sony Xperia Z)?

I was following Sony's official guide for unlocking the bootloader. However, upon entering *#*#7378423#*#* into the phone App and navigating to Service Info -> Configuration under the Rooting ...
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Can I fastboot flash a factory image without flashing the recovery?

Factory Images Using Nexus 9 as an example, the flash-all.bat contains: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img fastboot reboot-bootloader ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 >nul fastboot ...
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Will a Factory Reset lock my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) if it is unlocked, but factory locked?

I know that formatting the SD card will not lock my phone again. But if I Factory Reset my phone, will it re-lock the phone or not?
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what is a bootloader unlocked phone?

What is a bootloader unlocked phone? How we can make use of it while creating or flashing ROMs? What are advantages of unlocked bootloaders over locked bootloaders? Why does not any OEM generally ...
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What's the security implication of having an unlocked boot loader?

Nexus devices can be unlocked using the fastboot command fastboot oem unlock to install a custom firmware. For security reasons, the phone is wiped when this command is executed. However after this is ...
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Unlocking the nexus 7 bootloader

I want to root my nexus 7 tab. The first step is unlocking the bootloader. I want to know that unlocking will wipe the os or just data? Can I start the tab after unlocking
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Bootloader unlocked [duplicate]

Rooted samsung galaxy s4 using odin& CF Auto root. Then flashed CWM using rom manager. Now I can go to CWM recovery mode (using power+volume up+ home) . I can get NAndroid backup. Does this mean ...
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unlocking bootloader moto g xt1033

I'm trying to root my MOTO G XT1033 DUAL SIM but in the videos I've seen till date it says that you need unlock the boot loader .I saw solution videos to unlock boot loader but all of them says that ...
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Bricked phone due to cut-pasting of apk files

I accidentally cut all the .apk and .odex files from /system/apps/ and pasted onto the SD card instead of copying and pasting them. My phone is totally bricked. Stuck in a boot-loop and factory reset ...
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HTC rhyme shows LOCKED when I turn it on

When I turn my HTC Rhyme phone, it just shows A page that's written ***LOCKED*** at the top and has three android icons at the bottom and have some menu items as below: Bootloader Reboot ...
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Can I flash system.img.ext4 without unlocking bootloader or void KNOX warranty?

I understand that: The secure boot process checks signature of bootloaders, kernel and rootfs, but not /system partition. The Samsung KNOX e-fuse is set to 1 when any signature is bad. Tools such as ...
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Enable bootloader screen for Lenovo Vibe Z

I pressed and held volume up key for sometime and my Lenovo Vibe Z is seems to be bricked (not charging or switching on). I would like to get into to the boot-loader screen to factory reset the ...
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Tethering with locked boot loader

A recent OTA update to KitKat removed the ability to tether my phone. I feel very frustrated by this bait and switch since I bought the phone for its ability to tether. The workaround is apparently to ...
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Xperia Z1 Bootloader Unlock Problem

I have been having problems trying to unlock the boot loader on my Z1. I followed the instructions provided by Sony to unlock. I had previously unlocked and relocked the device. However, now when ...
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Xperia V can I relock my bootloader for Bravia Engine to work again?

I have unlocked the bootloader to try some roms, but too late I understand that this will make the Bravia Engine to stop working... If I relock my bootloader will that make the Bravia Engine to work ...
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Unlocking bootloader on Sony Ericsson NEO V

Has anybody managed to use Fastboot on Ubuntu to unlock the Sony Ericsson Neo V? I tried and got the blue led light (bootloader) while connecting the USB. But Fastboot still doesn't recognize the ...
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How does the HTC-Dev bootloader unlock process work?

I've been trying to root a phone. For my purposes, at least for the moment, I think the HTC-Dev way is enough - that it will give me a way to root and that I don't need S-OFF. I have looked at the ...
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Can I use my bootloader-locked phone with a different network?

I just bought an Xperia Z and the bootloader is locked. Do I need to unlock it in order to run it on a new SIM card and can I switch to Virgin? It's OK if I can't: I will just buy a Bell SIM for $10, ...
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unlock Xperia Neo bootloader on linux

I was following these instructions to unlock the bootloader on my Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo until I reached steps 9 and 10. There was no extras/google directory or android_winusb.inf file anywhere. ...
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How to install ROM when bootloader is not unlocked?

Accidentally, on stock recovery, I selected wipe data/factory reset which could have uninstalled the ROM on it. So, now my mobile is showing company logo only. My mobile HTC Inspire A9192's ...
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How do I root a Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 with a I337UCUAMF3 baseband. How do I either root it and unlock the bootloader or install a mod? Alternately, can I change it back to a previous baseband and unlock ...
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Installing Android 4.1 or higher on Sony Tipo with permanently locked bootloader

My operator (Telecom HU) has disabled unlocking the bootloader of my Sony Tipo. I would like to get Android 4.1 or higher on my device, but so far this seems impossible. I successfully installed ...
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Does Sony always check if the bootloader has been unlocked when repairing the phone?

I'd like to unlock my Xperia Neo V's bootloader, but on the other hand I don't want to lose my warranty. Obviously, that isn't possible. So my question is: Do Sony Ericsson's repair centres always ...
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Unlock Xperia Play R800i for use with CM9

Is there any way I can unlock the bootloader for my O2 Xperia Play so I can install Cyanogen Mod on it? Sony announced today that they will not be releasing ICS for the Xperia Play. Now I want to ...