Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the latest entry in the folding lineup from Samsung. It is also the first folding phone to come with an under-display selfie camera.

It brings a lot of improvements compared to its predecessor and is touted as the best folding device that unfolds in a 7.6-inch tablet.

But here is a catch, Samsung won’t allow you to unlock the bootloader of your Galaxy Z Fold 3. The South Korean company always issues strict warnings to people who unlock the bootloaders on their galaxy devices and install custom ROMs. This time is no different as Samsung disables camera functionalities if users unlock the bootloader on the third generation of folding devices.

A member from the XDA-Developers community finds out that a warning appears on his device when he tries to unlock the bootloader.

You will receive a warning unlocking bootloader will “cause the camera to be disabled and may cause your phone or apps to stop working correctly.”

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
via: XDA-Developer

The warning said:

Unlock the bootloader to install custom operating system software. Doing so will cause the camera to be disabled and may cause your phone or apps to stop working correctly. To prevent unauthorized access to your personal data, your phone will be factory reset, which will erase all data, including files and downloaded apps.

Volume up: Yes

Unlock bootloader (may void warranty)

Volume down: No

Do not unlock the bootloader and restart the phone

This is not just the warning, the cameras on the devices actually disabled when he unlocks the bootloader.

Apps and features that require cameras will also stop working properly. Even if you download the third-party camera apps those apps won’t work either. Facial recognition, security features, and app that require cameras to work won’t work when you unlock the bootloader. However, if you again lock the bootloader then all functions and features will come back to normal.

Samsung Knox documentation page also warns users of not unlocking the bootloader. The users will lose Knox security and device warranty if they try to root the device and unlock the bootloader.

So if you unlock the bootloader many Samsung features like a secure folder and Samsung Pay will never work properly. Remember that these features will not work only if you install an unofficial android ROM.

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