I'm having issues unlocking my Nexus 7 2013 WiFi's bootloader, and it was suggested that I try fastboot oem unlock-go instead of fastboot oem unlock. Both seem to act the same on my device, however both also fail on my device so it is possible that the difference appears after the failure on my end comes.

Regardless, I would like to know: What is the difference between these two commands? I'm not managing to find documentation.

  • are both commands available at this device? the only difference i can imagine is for -go something is skipped (maybe erasing userdata, or confirmation dialog)? you can tell us
    – alecxs
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:22
  • @alecxs both are available yes, and looking at the log I did not notice anything being skipped, however it ends prematurely due to it always failing (for currently unknown reasons). The confirmation dialogue was still there.
    – Newbyte
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:42
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    This XDA post says 1.it is specific to OEM 2. How to see if it this command is honored by your device 3.warns you not to try running fastboot commands of this type
    – beeshyams
    Jun 20, 2020 at 9:53
  • @beeshyams this link is not helpful, the only explained command is oem off-mode-charge
    – alecxs
    Jun 20, 2020 at 12:55
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    @beeshyams -go is recommended as alias on every 2nd tutorial, but nobody knows the difference. have seen this for by-passing xiaomi bootloader lock (temporary unlock?) xiaomitips.com/guide/…
    – alecxs
    Jun 20, 2020 at 13:29

1 Answer 1


Most device will prompt an Yes/No UI, and the user can press Volume Up/Down to choose an option, and press power to comfirm.

"fastboot oem unlock-go" will skip the prompt. But no all device support this command.

  • thx for clarifying :)
    – alecxs
    Dec 17, 2020 at 9:34
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    Can you help me find the documentation for this? I can't find fastboot oem unlock-go anywhere. Jan 15, 2021 at 0:21

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