Sunday, 20 May 2018

[UNOFFICIAL] Unlock the bootloader and Root your Qualcomm based Nokia Android Smartphones

Unlocking the Bootloader and Rooting have always been the buzzwords in the Android world. But what is it all about? Well, the bootloader is one that will only boot an OS that it "approves" of. Root will give you the "super user" or "Administrator" privileges. Most of the Android phones come with a locked bootloader meaning you can't install any unauthorized OS/software on your phone. Companies claim that this is a security measure to keep your phone safe and secure.

Android is open-source and there are many custom ROMs and ports made by the developers. In fact, this is one of the biggest assets of Android ecosystem. An old phone, which the maker doesn't provide software support now, can be made to run the latest Android OS, using custom ROMs. You don't have to wait for OTA updates. To do this you need an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery. Some companies provide official ways to unlock the bootloader, while a few companies sell their phones with unlocked bootloaders.

One of the pain points for users is bloatware. Some phones ship with a lot of bloatware, like duplicate or unwanted apps and heavy custom skins. With root access, you can remove that bloatware and even uninstall in-built apps. But root access allows you to do much more.  

Currently, HMD Global doesn't provide any method to unlock the bootloader. They have promised that they would unlock the devices one by one. But till now, there is no further news about this. But they are releasing the source codes recently. Let's hope that they would also unlock the bootloader soon.

Until then, is there no way to unlock the bootloader? Not so. The senior XDA members @hikari_calyx and @the_laser have come up with a method to unlock the bootloader of Qualcomm based Nokia phones. Follow the link below for the guide.

Hikari Calyx charges an amount for this. The reason he says is that this algorithm was actually founded by the_laser and he charges a bunch of signatures at once.

You can also visit TechMesto and buy the unlock key. Indians can pay them using Paytm/UPI.

Disclaimer: Unlocking the Bootloader will void your warranty and erase your data.
Warning: Proceed at your own risk. We are not responsible for bricked devices and boot loops. 

Make sure that there is always an escape route. Keep a backup of your data.

Once you have unlocked the bootloader, it is quite easy to root your device using Magisk. Follow this guide. There are many Magisk modules to try out, like this one.

Keep an eye on the XDA forums for more. Links are below:

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