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Is there a way to root an Android phone without unlocking the bootloader?

This can be marked a duplicate of questions like this, but it's a device-specific question. It cannot be answered in a generic way, should be “How to root XYZ Android device without unlocking ...
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What is the point of a locked bootloader if a deep flash cable can bypass it?

Qualcomm 9008 mode is for emergency repairs as a last resort - without it your phone could remain bricked under certain situations. However, in case of Xiaomi phones, even if you flashed the phone ...
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Can a firmware upgrade take away the ability to unlock a bootloader?

Yes this is not only possible but had already happened several times: Huawei and Asus and most likely many more. Regarding the Asus case, there was just recently something in the press because a ...
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Does OEM unlock wipe data?

Toggling the setting in Developer Options does nothing but allow the bootloader to be unlocked, however actually unlocking the bootloader will wipe all data, just toggling the setting in Developer ...
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What is the difference between fastboot oem unlock and fastboot oem unlock-go?

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 ...
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Unlocking Google Pixel 2 XL without losing data

Android devices always delete all user data when unlocking the bootloader. This is a requirement by Google which has to be implemented by each and every device. In the past there were a few devices ...
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Do "unlocked" phones come pre-unlocked or just the ability to be unlocked?

They aren't related at all Unlocked phones refer to phones that aren't bound to any carrier. It looks like you are mixing this up with bootloader-lock, whose tag wiki says Some bootloaders are locked ...
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What are the various ways an Android phone can be locked?

Rooting is the process to modify core OS components so that apps/processes can be run with high privileges (UID 0). See details in How Magisk works? and How to manually root a phone? Rooting is not ...
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remote: oem unlock is not allowed

As far as I am aware of, the Nokia Android phones by HMD Global does not allow unlocking bootloader. I have also stated the same in another answer. So you're out of luck, at least for the time being. ...
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On flashing TWRP: Custom binary blocked by FRP Lock

On recent Android devices, when you have Factory Reset Protection, which is enabled automatically when you setup a Google account, custom binaries (the files that are not signed by the OEM) are ...
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On flashing TWRP: Custom binary blocked by FRP Lock

I rebooted into the firmware and went Settings Software information Click Build Options 5 times Then I went to Settings Developer Options OEM Unlock
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Is it possible to lock the bootloader without losing data?

On Nexus 6P the bootloader relocking method is contains the Factory Reset, there is nothing to do. If you are trying to relock your device you should see a screen like this: image. If you want to ...
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Where can I find my device product ID using ADB shell commands?

I found this link after hours of searching and trying to unbrick my phone. Just type here https://imei24.com/ your IMEI number and it will show you all the info, hope it helps :) BR!
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Cannot unlock bootloader on Vodafone Smart Mini and Huawei P8 Lite

In some devices, you can enable OEM unlocking even with the option being disabled in the Developer options menu. Ensure ADB Debugging is enabled on the device and try this command sudo -i adb enable ...
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"no valid slot to boot" on locked bootloader

Since OEM unlocking is not enabled in Developer options, and the bootloader is not unlocked, your options a limited. The first (although not preferred option in most cases) is to contact Google ...
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How is bootloader state protected against physical tampering in Google Pixel

Pixel refuses fastboot flashing unlock (and unlock_critical) command unless OEM unlocking is enabled. OEM unlocking byte is stored by TEE as implemented in android source. libese provides a minimal ...
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How do I lock my bootloader again?

I am sick of seeing this on boot screen. How do I disable it? I too was annoyed by the hysterical warning. As other users answered already, while relocking wouldn't get rid of or skip it, the screen ...
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How do I lock my bootloader again?

First, I want to tell you that relocking the bootloader will NOT get rid of that message... On the Moto G3, once the bootloader has been unlocked that message will always appear, forever. That being ...
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Is it necessary to have an unlocked bootloader to root a device?

No, it's not necessary to unlock bootloader for rooting. But flashing custom ROM or recovery is not possible without unlocking the bootloader because locked bootloader verify the ROM or recovery being ...
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how to work around "Your device does not qualify for bootloader unlocking

You need to get the "cid" of the device by doing ./adb reboot bootloader sudo ./fastboot getvar all In my case it gives (bootloader) cid: 0x0001 and as you can see at the official website, Lenovo/...
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Unlocking Bootloader Android 7.1.2

Enable OEM Unlocking If your devices manufacturer allows OEM unlocking A.K.A (Also Known As) "Bootloader Unlocking". After Enabling OEM Unlocking Reboot to Fastboot ADB adb reboot ...
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Can we consider Huawei phones as unrootable?

I readout bootloader code with HCU-Client 15.08.2021 21:24:20 HCU Client v1.0.0.0378 Account: alecxs Before detection connect cable to usb and enable Manufacture mode ! Qualcomm and HiSilicon: *#*#...
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Bootloader wont unlock on Google Pixel 2 (G011A)

I just wish I could find someone who figured out a work around. From what I have read Google has intentionally blocked the change of bootloader lock. https://support.google.com/pixelphone/thread/...
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Unlocking (Xiaomi) Redmi 9A without a Windows PC

This looks a bit advertising, but the next best tool for unlocking Xiaomi phones along with Official Mi Unlock is that Unofficial XiaoMiTool V2. It can run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. XMT2 comes ...
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Bootloader unlock HTC Desire 12+

I had the wrong fasstboot.exe file. It worked when I choose the one provided in the section "All Other Supported Models" on https://www.htcdev.com/
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Successfully installed TWRP and Magisk means bootloader unlocked?

Install Google's ADB drivers, connect your phone to your PC, open a command prompt and type: adb reboot bootloader Then: fastboot oem device-info And you will see the bootloader's status, either ...
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Fastboot Device not Detecting my Device

Got stuck at the exact same point when I had this problem! I figured out I could follow the instructions on this page (https://developer.android.com/studio/run/oem-usb), and once I downloaded and ...
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Troubleshoot fastboot error 'remote: ' command not defined

I found the problem eventually. In the developer options, there is an option OEM unlocking which must be allowed. Otherwise fastboot fails.
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Pattern unlock required when starting phone

Simply put... Android Oreo - 8.0 uses Forced Encryption The data is now encrypted for safer usage on Android, older devices had the option to encrypt in security settings. Nowadays it is a ...
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I Have an LG P769. I am trying to root it and it is not working

For Lg devices you must use a flash tool similar to Samsung's Odin. A good site to download required files is enter link description here. If you can't figure it out from that site just google search ...
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