Nokia Mobile and Bootloader unlocking is a very long story and you would know all about it if you have been a part of the new Nokia journey since the beginning. To those who don't know, HMD Global doesn't allow to unlock the bootloader of Nokia smartphones and there was a strong petition by the community that got a lot of media attention which led HMD Global to take some steps. HMD Global soon started a bootloader unlock program for the Nokia 8 in 2018 but that was it and no other smartphone has been added to the list till now.
There has been an unofficial way to unlock the bootloader of Nokia smartphones but that method isn't free and those wanting to unlock the bootloader have to pay a small amount to the portals that offer bootloader unlock service for Nokia smartphones. But, all thanks to TechMesto, this is about to change starting from today as it will now be possible to unlock the bootloader of a few Nokia smartphones for free.
TechMesto has developed a downloadable tool that one can easily use to unlock the bootloader of their Nokia smartphones. The smartphones supported as of now are as follows:
- Nokia 6.1
- Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Nokia 7
- Nokia 7.1
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Nokia 8
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
This is still not an official way that we all have been waiting for but it is definitely better than having to pay and give control of your desktop for getting your phone unlocked remotely. I am sure many owners of these seven devices who wanted to unlock the bootloader but still haven't for various reasons will be very happy to see this tool.
Now that all these devices are at the end of their official software support, interested users can unlock the bootloader and take full control of their devices and enjoy using them as per their requirements for a longer duration. I hope this gives a boost to the developer community as well who can port various custom ROMs for these phones and give them a new life. My biggest hope from this is to see a Sailfish OS port for some of these devices if not all. ☺
Points to keep in mind:
- Only 15 devices can be unlocked per day so you may have to wait and keep trying every day if the requests are high initially which could be the case.
- You will need a pc with at least Windows 7 having Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.7.2 or higher for the tool to work.
- Take a backup of your data as unlocking the bootloader will erase it all.
So, what are you waiting for? TechMesto.com has a detailed guide on how to use this Nokia Bootloader Unlock Tool along with the download links for all the necessary stuff. Go check it out and unlock the bootloader of your Nokia smartphones for free. 😉