How to Unlock Bootloaders of Motorola Devices

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First off let me start off by addressing the question that most noobs have thrown at me.

What is boot loader unlocking and why do I need it?

Well the answer to this one is fairly simple. If you want to root your phone,if you want to install custom recoveries on it, and if you want to install a custom ROM, then you’d have to unlock your bootloader. With that done and out of the way let’s dive right in.

One more word before we begin though, the tutorial is here is being shown on a Moto E 2015. For any other pone th only thing that’ll change is the driver package. The rest all remains the same.


Pre Requisites

  • A Windows PC.
  • USB Cable.
  • Your phone must be charged to over 80%.
  • An ability to follow instructions!


Step 1

Make sure to take a backup of your entire device data.

Step 2

Install the latest Motorola USB Drivers on your desktop.

Step 3

On your phone, go To Settings -> Developer Options, And Select “Allow OEM Unlock

Step 4

Put your device in fastboot mode. To do so, first power off your device. Then press the power and volume down buttons simultaneously for a few seconds and you’ll boot into fast boot mode.

Step 5

On your PC, open Command Prompt on androidsdk/platform-tools/

To do so, hold Shift and right click and press open command window here.

If you have downloaded Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Go to C://Program Files/Minimal ADB and Fastboot and open Command Prompt from there.

Step 6

Connect your Phone to the PC using the Micro USB cable.

Step 7

Type this in the CMD prompt window –

fastboot oem get_unlock_data

Step 8

You will get a string in return that you have to copy.

To do so, right Click-Mark- Mark the text by pressing the shift key-Now press Ctrl+C.

Step 9

Paste all the lines together in a notepad. Remove the empty spaces.

Step 10

Now go to the Motorola Site.

Sign in using your Google account or Motorola ID. Scroll down the page and paste the copied string in the field at step #6.

Step 11

Then click on ‘Can my device be unlocked?’, after which a “REQUEST UNLOCK KEY” button will appear at the bottom of page.

To get your unlock key, select the ‘I Agree’ option.

Note: You will receive an email with your Unlock Key at the email address you used to log in there.

Step 12

Copy the 20-character key that Motorola sent you via email. Make sure your device is connected.

Step 13

Then in CMD type:

fastboot devices

This is done to check that your device is connected.

Step 14

Then type:

fastboot oem unlock UNIQUE_KEY

 Note : In above command, replace the word ‘UNIQUE_KEY’ with the unlock code that you got via email.

Step 15

Then hit enter and the unlocking process should begin. Wait for a while and soon you’ll see ‘Bootloader Unlocked’ warning on your device.



1. Does this void my warranty?

Ans: Yes, it does.

2. How do I relock my bootloader?

Ans: Go to Fastboot and give the command

fastboot oem lock


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