How To Unlock Bootloader on Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X is the smaller brother of Google’s flagship phone, the Nexus 6P. It is a slower version but make no mistakes. The Nexus 5X is still a beast of a device with some of the best specifications on the market.

It comes with a 5.2″ Full HD screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with ¬†four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.44 GHz and two Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 1.82 GHz, coupled with Adreno 418 GPU. It features a 12.3 MP main camera, 5 MP front camera and a 2700 mAh battery.

This is a great package for those who are looking for a good phone with a low price. However, the best part of the Nexus 5X is how easy it is to unlock the bootloader and root the phone. Being a Nexus device, development is very active for this device. But to install recoveries and ROMs on the Nexus 5X, you need to unlock the bootloader.

How to unlock bootloader on Nexus 5X

There are a few things you need in order to successfully unlock the bootloader of your Nexus 6P.

  • Download and install USB drivers
  • Download and install ADB drivers
  • Go to Settings > Developer Options and enable USB Debugging, as well as Enable OEM Unlock
  1. Take your phone and connect it to your computer using your preferred USB cable.
  2. Go to the folder where ADB drivers are installed. Press shift and right-click on an empty space inside the folder and select Open Command Window here. This will open CMD.
  3. Enter:
    adb version
  4. If anything shows on the screen, it means that your phone is connected properly to your computer and you can proceed with the unlocking process.
  5. Disconnect your phone from the computer. Turn it off and press the volume down and power buttons at the same time. This will boot the Nexus 5X into fastboot mode.
  6. Connect your phone to the computer again and this time enter this command on command window:
    fastboot oem unlock
  7. A screen will appear on the Nexus 5X asking you if you want to unlock the bootloader or not. Agree using the volume buttons.
  8. Once the bootloader has been unlocked, enter this code to reboot the phone:
    fastboot reboot

Wait for the phone to reboot. Now the bootloader of your Nexus 5X is unlocked and you can install custom recoveries, ROMs and root.


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