A newly bought Pixel device from a random seller can switch between carriers but the bootloader shows as locked. Are all pixel devices' bootloaders locked by default? And how to show that it is possible to unlock the bootloader? And how to re-lock it for Pixel 2 XL. Any sources would be appreciated.

This phone is model G011C.

  • Locked by default. As long as it's not a Verizon variant it can be unlocked and relocked.
    – Andy Yan
    Nov 7, 2018 at 1:19
  • The question is how to PROVE it is not a Verizon variant. This phone is model G011C.
    – Zac
    Nov 7, 2018 at 1:37

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All Pixel's are bootloader locked by default, Google retail models can be unlocked easily while Verizon models cannot.

In the comments, you said "The question is how to PROVE it is not a Verizon variant. This phone is model G011C."

The model G011C is the Google Retail version, the Verizon version has a model of GA00152-US. Also, determining whether it's a Google or Verizon version is not difficult by other methods.

Method 1:

Go to the device Settings Menu, About Phone, and tap the Build Number repeatedly to enable Developer Options and then open that menu. If the OEM Unlocking option grayed out and it says "connect to the internet or contact your carrier" then you have the Verizon model.

Method 2:

Obtain the IMEI number and go to Verizon's BYOD Checker site and enter your IMEI number. If it is NOT a Verizon version, the message will be "PIXEL 2 XL NON-VZW" if it is a Verizon variant the message will be "PIXEL 2 XL VZW" or just "PIXEL 2 XL".

Method 3:

Chat with Google support and give them the IMEI number, they can tell you if the device is a Google Retail variant, or a Verizon variant.

And to answer the second portion of your question, "And how to re-lock it for Pixel 2 XL", this is a simple fastboot command away. Just enter fastboot flashing lock when the device is in the bootloader - Source

All non-Verizon versions can have the bootloader unlocked simply by enabling OEM Unlocking in the Developer Options menu, and using the fastboot command fastboot flashing unlock. No Verizon version of the Pixel 2 can have the bootloader unlocked by any known method.

Also, I don't know if your original question is mis-tagged or not, but you also used the sim-unlocking tag. SIM lock or carrier lock is something else entirely than bootloader lock (related to custom ROMs & TWRP tags). No Pixel device is SIM/carrier locked regardless of where it is purchased originally, or even can be SIM locked to my knowledge. Many people bought the Verizon version of Pixel & Pixel 2 outright from Verizon stores as they had them instock and immediately took them to different carriers with no issue.

  • The tag was just an accident. Of course, the question has nothing to do with carrier locking. Method 2 is good. So, the question is if the model is listed as "PIXEL 2 XL NON-VZW", does that mean the bootloader is unlockable? Or is the bootloader unlockable on both versions? (Also, Verizon model numbers are not G001C as you've said - they clearly sell a model number GA00152 in USA). Maybe you can edit the answer with that?
    – Zac
    Nov 7, 2018 at 16:46
  • @Zac The bootloader can be unlocked on all non-Verizon versions. Only the Verizon version cannot be unlocked. You are correct about the model numbers, I will update my answer accordingly.
    – acejavelin
    Nov 7, 2018 at 17:28
  • My devices is reported to be PIXEL 2 NON-VZW, but I can see "connect to the internet or contact your carrier" in dev options screen, hence unable to unlock the bootloader anyhow. @acejavelin, what does this mean? Is it possible that my device is some 3rd type? (I'm not the first buyer of the device, hence I do not know where from it's bought). Thanks for any help. Dec 1, 2018 at 17:43
  • @andranikAzizbekyan No, there is no third type. I would contact Google support.
    – acejavelin
    Dec 1, 2018 at 17:45

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