Although ZTE may not have a stronghold in India, it is a name that cannot be ignored overseas. Its Nubia series is one of the most popular devices. Because of its excellent build quality and the fact that they never compromise on software, it is also some of the reasons why it has attracted some attention. Similarly, the device provides a lot of features and custom settings. You can also go directly to the Play Store or listen to many different types of adjustment applications. But these functions are limited to a certain extent. There is a certain line, unless you have an unlocked bootloader, you cannot customize a ZTE smartphone.
For example, tech geeks often like to adjust the operating system of their devices, replace their inventory recovery with custom recovery such as TWRP, or gain administrative privileges through root users. Or they even refresh various mods and custom ROMs. But for all these adjustments to be executed effectively, your ZTE smartphone should have an unlocked bootloader. Until and unless this is the case, none of the above customizations are feasible. Therefore, in this guide, we will list the instructions set up to unlock the bootloader on the ZTE smartphone. But before that, let us examine what a bootloader is and its associated risks and benefits. Without further ado, let’s get started.
What is an Unlocked Bootloader
The bootloader is a software program that tells the Android OS which programs must be started when it starts. Likewise, it also helps to boot the device for recovery. By default, all OEMs ship with a locked boot loader and only consider one idea. They believe that users should only use the operating system and settings they provide.
This makes sense from a security perspective, but there is a problem here. Not everyone likes the operating system provided by device manufacturers. In addition, there are some device limitations for developers. Therefore, in order to get rid of these restrictions, the user will find an escape route, and the unlocked bootloader will provide the escape route. That being said, this is all the privileges and risks associated with unlocked bootloaders. After that, we will show you how to unlock the bootloader on any ZTE device.
Advantages of an Unlocked Bootloader
The unlocked bootloader will bring many benefits. First of all, you can install TWRP custom recovery, which itself has many advantages, such as refreshing different types of files, creating Nandroid backups, etc. Then, you can also try out all the famous custom ROMs and give the device a brand new look with new features.
Then, if you root the device through Magisk, you can get management rights to the device. Similarly, it is possible to refresh Magisk modules, Xposed framework and Substratum themes. These are the main advantages of unlocked bootloaders. However, it has more than just eyesight.
Risk Associated with an Unlocked Bootloader
With an unlocked device, it is now more vulnerable to security attacks. Likewise, your device’s warranty may be invalid, and the device will be completely wiped. Certain applications such as Google Pay and Pokemon Go may not work at all. Other devices like Netflix may not function properly. In the latter, the L1 certification of the device will be downgraded to L3, so you will not be able to watch high-definition Netflix videos.
Apart from that, the entire process is itself risky and might brick your device or lead it to a boot loop, if steps aren’t performed correctly. With that, you are now aware of the advantages and disadvantages of an unlocked device. If you wish to process ahead, then follow the below steps to unlock the bootloader on any ZTE smartphone. Follow along.
Before we begin with this procedure, I would strongly recommend you to create a backup of your device storage and all your files stored on your device. Moreover, it is advised to follow the steps mentioned in this post very carefully to avoid permanent damage or to brick your device. If anything goes wrong the author or GetDroidTips is not responsible for it.
Supported ZTE Devices
- ZTE Blade V2020
- ZTE Avid 579
- ZTE Blade A3 Prime
- ZTE Axon 11 SE
- ZTE A1
- ZTE Axon 11 5G
- ZTE Blade A3 2020
- ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G
- ZTE Blade A5 2020
- ZTE Blade A7 2020
- ZTE Blade A7 Prime
- ZTE Blade 10 Prime
- ZTE Blade 20 Smart
- ZTE Blade A7s
- ZTE Blade A5
- ZTE Blade L130
- ZTE Axon 10 Pro
- ZTE Blade A7
- ZTE Blade L8
- ZTE Blade A3 2019
- ZTE Z557
- ZTE Blade V10 Vita
- ZTE Blade V10
- ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G
- ZTE Visible R2
- ZTE Blade A622
- ZTE Blade Max 2s
- ZTE Blade Max View
- ZTE Blade X2 Max
- ZTE Blade A7 Vita
- ZTE Blade A4
- ZTE Axon 9 Pro
- ZTE V9
- ZTE A530
- ZTE Small Fresh 5s
- ZTE Blade V8Q
- ZTE ZFive G LTE
- ZTE Blade A6 Max
- ZTE Blade V9 Vita
- ZTE Tempo Go
- ZTE Blade A606
Unlock Bootloader on any ZTE Smartphone
To begin with, there are a few requirements that your device should qualify. Make sure to go through each of the below-mentioned points.
- First off, create a complete backup of your ZTE device. This is because all the data will be wiped off your device when you execute these steps.
- Also, enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The first one is needed to execute ADB Commands which will be used to boot your device to fastboot mode. The second option allows for the unlocking process. To enable both of them, head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable OEM Unlocking > Scroll down a bit and enable USB Debugging.
- Download and install the ZTE USB Drivers on your PC.
- Similarly, download the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is needed so that your PC recognizes your device in ADB and Fastboot mode.
- Finally, keep your device sufficiently charged so that it doesn’t turn off mid-way.
These are all the requirements. You may now proceed with the steps to unlock the bootloader on your ZTE device.
- Connect your device to PC via USB.
- head over to the platform-tools folder and type in CMD in the address bar and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
- Now execute the below command to boot your device to fastboot/bootloader mode : adb reboot bootloader
- Next up, type in the below command to unlock the bootloader. This will also wipe your data, make sure you have created a backup beforehand. fastboot oem unlock
- The process should only take a few seconds. Once that is done, you might get a confirmation message on your device as well. Use the Volume keys to select Unlock the Bootloader option and then hit the Power key to confirm your decision.
- That is it. Your device will now reboot to the system. If it stays at the fastboot mode, then use the below command to boot your device to the system : fastboot reboot
- With this, we conclude the guide on how to unlock the bootloader on any ZTE smartphone. Do keep in kind that you will have to set up your device from scratch as a data wipe has taken place. Furthermore, you might get a bootloader unlocked warning message every time you boot up your device. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. On that note, if you do have any queries regarding the aforementioned steps, drop in your queries in the comments below. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.