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Questions tagged [bootloader]

for questions on the bootloader, which is kind of "BIOS mode" on Android devices

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How to unlock bootloader on Sony Xperia XA2 Plus?

I'm following the tutorial on https://developer.sony.com/develop/open-devices/get-started/unlock-bootloader/how-to-unlock-bootloader/ . Following are commands and their outputs. sudo ./fastboot ...
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Fastboot Device not Detecting my Device

I'm following this tutorial about how to unlock bootloader on Moto. My device is a Moto G5, and my computer has windows 10. On the command line, I can type adb devices and it returns my device. I ...
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not sure how to breathe life into mate 8 64gb dual sim variant

I'm at a loss here, i have nougat on my mate mate 8 but i completely forgot that you had to root nougat in a particular way. Anyway, i don't have access to erecovery, power+volUPvolDown doesn't work ...
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How to back up app data from system applications? (e.g. YouTube search history)

In 2018, YouTube triggered their kill switch / time bomb for older versions of their Android application. Their more recent versions of their app limits the search history to 50 items, which means ...
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Troubleshoot fastboot error 'remote: ' command not defined

Device: iMX 7ULP evaluation kit Platform-tools: r28.0.3 Image: O8.1.0_1.4.0_ANDROID_TOOL_7ULP_GA (ARM 32 Android 8.1) I used the image provided by nxp website on the device. Then I tried ...
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I have unlocked my bootloader but ADB doesn't detect my phone so I cant get into my bootloader mode to install TWRP

I have a Huawei P10 lite and I wanted to root my phone, so I had unlocked my bootloader after much effort, and now I'm trying to install TWRP but every time i try to enter my bootloader mode it doesn'...
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stuck on“Downloading… Do not turn off target!” when trying to boot via adb

I wish to flash a custom ROM on my galaxy tab a. To do this I downloaded ADB and twrp-3.2.3-0. when U run the command adb reboot bootloader my tab gets stuck on downloading... do not turn off target. ...
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I need to relock bootloader

I was trying to unlock my phone, LG Aristo, so that I could sell it. I unlocked bootloader, and now I need to relock it. How do I do that?
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lenovo a6010 fastboot < waiting for any devices > when trying to flash

I want to root my device(Lenovo a6010),am now trying to install TWRP but fastboot can't see my device when I try to flash the image, even though "fastboot devices" yields my device. Usb debugging ...
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Corrupt and locked Pixel 2 bootloader

I recently came in the possession of a Pixel 2 that will not boot and instead displays the following error (see the image below for more details): ERROR: Slot Unbootable: Load Error The friend that ...
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Sony F5121: Forgot Device Encryption Passwort, locked bootloader

I forget the device encryption password for my F5121 (locked bootloader). Is there any way to hard-reset the device, so I can use it again (I don't care about the data on it)? I already tried some ...
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Does manual firmware update needs boot loader unlocked?

I tried manually update my phones firmware but I didn't get any notification after I put zip file to root directory of internal storage. So does it need boot loader unlocked?
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Boot from SD or external hardware device?

I've tried researching this before, but was unable to encounter an answer. Can you boot a rooted device through USB-C, SD, or something? I'm currently running a Galaxy S9+ and want to keep Android Pie ...
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Pattern unlock required when starting phone

AFAIK on Android 7 Nougat, when you set pattern unlock, the user is not required to enter the pattern to power up the phone. However, on Android 8.1 Oreo (I'm running a Wiko VIEW MAX Android 8.1 phone)...
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Unable to unlock bootloader for HTC 816G android phone

I unable to unlock the bootloader for HTC 816G. I am trying to do this on a windows 10 laptop. The issue is that when I enter command 'adb devices', there is no device found when the phone is on ...
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Lock bootloader with broken USB port

I bought a Xiaomi Mi A2 maybe 10 months from now, and from changing software, or some strange things, I broke the USB port. The strange thing is that only the "OTG" part got broken. I mean, I still ...
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Android verified boot and custom ROMs

I'm trying to figure out how exactly works the Android Verified Boot process and its usage with custom ROMs. The documentation I found on it is unclear (or outdated) as there seems to be several ways ...
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I Have an LG P769. I am trying to root it and it is not working

Forewarning: I am not exactly an expert on this type of thing. I have tried several things, but the problem seems to be that I cannot get into the bootloader via "adb reboot bootloader" or by ...
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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 unlock bootloader process stuck at sending file

Begin fastboot flashall ------------------------ Erase Data: Yes Support All device current-slot is current-slot buildtype is user target reported max download size of 536870912 bytes sending '...
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Rooting Sony Xperia xa2 ultra

I permanently deleted my "DCIM" folder from my internal storage while connected to my pc using a usb cable, before unlocking the bootloader and factory resetting my phone and rooting my phone and ...
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Appending large length encoded in DER to custom recovery

I want to install custom recovery with locked bootloader by exploiting some bugs following this guide https://forum.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-redmi-5a/how-to/bypass-bootloader-lock-redmi-5ariva-...
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Why stock kernel is not being restored even after flashing boot.img?

I have a moto g4 plus(rooted) which is stuck on bootloop. I dropped the device and 1/3 of the screen was gone but the game I was playing was still on the screen. So I restarted my device but it stuck ...
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Seemingly dead Sony Z5 Compact gets detected as QHSUSB Bulk

My 2 year old Z5c (E5823, non rooted, official Sony Nougat update) died while updating some app, and doesn’t show any signs of life since then. Connecting the charger doesn’t turn on LED indicator, ...
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Orange state: can't boot into fastboot after bootloader unlock (REALME 1)

Can anyone help me with this? I unlocked my bootloader successfully. But after that, when I am trying to get into fastboot mode, I am not able to do so. Whenever I run adb reboot fastboot, phone ...
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unable to flash stock rom in swipe elite plus

I'm trying to flash MIUI 8 on my Swipe Elite Plus. It fails and the is device not booting; it's stuck into the Videocon boot logo. After that I successfully flashed the Swipe Elite Plus stock ROM, in ...
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SM-G130E phone is not booting after the Samsung Logo (Samsung star Duos 2)

This icon (!) comes when im trying to hard reset by Volume up + Home + Power. Any solution?
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My honor 6x stuck on logo screen after update

My honor device stuck on logo screen after installing the official update, unable to access the E-recovery and my bootloader is unlock, i try to unbrick my phone using multi tool but they software is ...
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Unlock bootloader in Asus Zenfone max plus m1

Could someone please tell me how to get bootloader unloaded on the Asus Zenfone max plus m1 I have already tried the official unlock tool put out by Asus and it doesn't do anything but restart the ...
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actual limitations of locked bootloader

I have read in many posts that a locked bootloader prevents from flashing custom ROMs, because it checks the digital signature of the ROM itself. I thought a "bootloader" was only responsible for ...
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fastboost doesn't see device on linux even with su and sudo

so i Had a trouble booting into download mode on my Samsung Galaxy J4 to boot twrprecovery.img and not flashing it after enabling "developers options" and "USB debugging" and "Unlock OEM" now ...
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Unlock Bootloader from EDL mode via MSMDownloadTool

Problem I'd like to know the proper process of "hacking" emmc_appsboot.mbn in order to flash already an unlocked bootloader from start. I didn't want to ask for a file from an already unlocked phone ...
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Phone turned off for empty battery. Now it gives “No command”

My non-rooted phone (Morotola MOTO G5s Plus, bought just 2 months ago) just reached the 1% battery and automatically Powered Off. I charged it for some hours. Tried to turn it on but just the flash ...
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ADB/Fastboot not detecting Android stuck in bootloader

I tried to flash the most recent android pie update to my pixel 2 only for it to fail writing partitions even though I followed a recent guide to my best ability. Now, the phone is stuck in the ...
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Have oem unlocking option available in nokia 3 ,do i have to unlock bootloader?

there are guides on rooting and it first requires to unlock bootloader on nokia3, at first i did do it but due to some issue i had flash firmware ,after flashing back there was a option available of ...
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Can't unlock my phones bootloader

I'm using a local branded chinese phone. And my phones comes with locked bootloader. As it is a local branded phone, manufacture doesn't provide a official way to unlock it! I've tried many way I ...
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Unlocking Bootloader Android 7.1.2

I have a RCA device running Android 7.1.2. I'm having difficulty unlocking the bootloader. On my device I've an option to turn on OEM Unlocking. When I try it asks if I want to enable when I select ...
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Huawei bootloader: what is “FB Lock” and how to unlock it?

I was playing around with my spare Huawei phone trying to bypass the security without wiping data and came along this article: https://blog.salvationdata.com/2018/09/07/case-study-mobile-forensics-a-...
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Android device load process (preparing flashing)

Standard Android OS load process looks like (from docs): BootROM (starts with 'on' button) Bootloader Kernel init/mounting Zygote+Dalvik VM System services But I have a difficulties ...
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Motorola Moto G5 crashes when trying to use WhatsApp’s web app and won’t reboot anymore (LineageOS/ViperOS)

First, I tried to install LineageOS on my Motorola Moto G5 which worked perfectly fine – until I installed WhatsApp and tried to open its web application. Therefore, one has to scan a QR-code. But ...
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how to succesfully boot into bootloader/fastboot mode on alcatel 5049z smartphone

I am having issues( i am a "novice" when it comes to unlocking a30 android bootloader with a PC...) with booting into bootloader/fastboot mode on my stock rom--android 7--Alcatel a30(non rooted 5049z?)...
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Can't unlock bootloader Moto G5 XT1672

I'm trying to unlock the bootloader on my Moto G5, the adb commands works, but I can't find my device in the command prompt when it is in fastboot mode. I was following the instructions on this ...
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How do I lock my bootloader with adb

I tried to unlock my bootloader with fastboot but that didn't work >fastboot oem relock XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX FAILED (remote: 'root type is risk') Finished. Total time: 0.014s So I thought that adb ...
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Unlock Moto X without using Motorola Unlock?

Motorola provides a site to unlock the phone. essentially you paste in data fastboot gives you, then you past in the result that the site gives you to fast boot. Is there a way to unlock the phone ...
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How to prove that the bootloader of a device is unlockable when it currently shows as locked?

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 ...
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Multiple problems with HTC M8S after rom upgrade

I have an old HTC M8S I'm trying to give a new lease on life by getting off the stock ROM. It's an EE (read Orange UK) branded phone. romver: 1.11.61.2 CID: ORANG001 ModelID: 0PKV10000 Project: ...
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Fastboot unlock failed

I have a Nokia 6 and whenever I try to unlock my device I am facing error. The command sudo fastboot oem unlock The result (remote: oem unlock is not allowed) Any suggestions?
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Why can't Odin recognize the phone in system recovery?

If I boot the phone in system recovery, it doesn't detect the phone: But when I boot the phone normally, Odin can detect it: If I flash TWRP recovery anyway, the log is: <ID:0/004> Odin ...
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(Samsung) Possibility to check bootloader status using PC

Is it possible to check bootloader status using adb of a samsung device back from 2014 or older? (s5 and below) there's no fastboot, and no "OEM Unlock" in developer options and since i need to get ...
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As of vendors - whose bootloaders are easy to unlock, and whose not?

The vendors differ in their attitude to unlocking the bootloader. Some require codes for unlocking, some not. Some require proprietary, Windows-only software, other not. Which of the vendors are ...
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Is it possible to unlock the bootloader of moto e4 without computer?

I want to root my phone but I dont have a computer to unlock the bootloader so im wondering if it is posible to do this without a computer if so how? I tried googling how to do this but google thinks ...