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[Development] How to unlock the Bootloader of a Mediatek (MTK) or Spreadtrum (SPD) Android phone

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(This post was last modified: 07-26-2017, 03:04 PM by hovatek. )

Unlike in some other devices, you don't necessarily need to unlock the bootloader to flash a custom ROM to your Mediatek or Spreadtrum Android phone. You don't even need bootloader (fastboot) to flash a custom recovery since Mediatek has SP Flash tool and Spreadtrum has Research / Upgrade download tool amidst several Chinese boxes. There are however certain scenarios where fastboot is the only feasible way to get a custom recovery loaded to your device from which you can then root, backup or install a custom ROM. This guide will explain how to unlock the Bootloader on a Mediatek or Spreadtrum Android phone, an important prerequisite for flashing a custom recovery via fastboot.

Note

  • This guide isn't guaranteed to work on all Mediatek & Spreadtrum Android phones
  • Ensure to backup your important stuff because unlocking your Bootloader wipes your phone's data (/userdata)

Requirements



How to unlock a Mediatek or Spreadtrum Android phone's Bootloader via fastboot


  1. Open the adb folder

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  2. Hold Shift (on the keyboard) then right-click on a blank space in the folder > Select Open Command window here

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  3. Command prompt screen (adb) should now be open

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  4. Connect the phone to PC (via USB cord) while ON then run the command below (by "run", I mean type then press Enter

    Code:
    adb devices


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  5. If you've setup everything right, the device should get detected under List of devices attached

    [Image: Hovatek-How-to-unlock-the-Bootloader-of-...hone-5.jpg]

  6. Run the command below to get the phone into Bootloader (fastboot)

    Code:
    adb reboot-bootloader

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  7. The phone should now boot into fastboot

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  8. In fastboot, test detection / connection to the device using

    Code:
    fastboot devices

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  9. If fastboot is set up right, you should see its ID printed out

    [Image: Hovatek-How-to-unlock-the-Bootloader-of-...hone-8.jpg]

  10. Now, check the phone's Bootloader status (if its locked or unlocked)

    Code:
    fastboot getvar unlocked

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  11. If the Bootloader is already unlocked then you should see "Unlocked"; you can stop following this guide from here.

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  12. If the Bootloader is still locked, you should see Unlocked: no

    [Image: Hovatek-How-to-unlock-the-Bootloader-of-...one-12.jpg]

  13. Run the command below to unlock Bootloader

    Code:
    fastboot oem unlock

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  14. You should get a prompt (on the phone) asking you to press Volume up to confirm or Volume down to cancel. Press Volume up on the phone (for some phones its actually the opposite; Volume down would confirm while up would cancel or do nothing)

  15. Once Bootloader is unlocked, reboot the phone using

    Code:
    fastboot reboot

  16. The phone might take a while to boot up (since its a first boot) so be patient



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