OEM Unlock is a protective in Android Lollipop and later that is usually a step that users need to enable in order to officially unlock the bootloader of their device.
In Android 5.0 Lollipop and later, Google has implemented a protective feature that prevents someone from unlocking the bootloader of your Android device. The idea behind this is in case your smartphone or tablet gets stolen. If the bootloader of your device is unlockable, then all the thief would have to do is execute some ADB commands and then flash a custom recovery so that a factory reset can be performed.
This allows the thief to sell your device since it will be in working order.
With OEM Unlock protection in our phones now, the thief wouldn’t be able to do this unless they had your password/pattern/pin code and could log into the phone and enable this simple feature. It is a very simple and small feature and it has protected thousands(if not millions) of people’s stolen phones and tablets from being stolen and sold quite easily. For you or I, the people who actually own our phones and tablets, its easy for us to go into the settings of Android and enable it so that we can unlock the bootloader of our devices.
Enable OEM Unlock
- Enable Developer Mode
- Look for the ‘OEM Unlock’ Option in the Developer Mode Section
- Tap the Toggle to Enable OEM Unlock
This is a short tutorial, assuming you know how to enable the Developer Mode on your device. If you aren’t aware of how to do this then simply follow the links in the guide above and those tutorials will walk you through the process. Once you have Developer Mode enabled, then you can search for the OEM Unlock option from within the Developer Options settings page. It’s just a single option with a check box or toggle to the right and all you have to do is enable it from here. Once that is done then your are able to unlock the bootloader through official means.