Step-by-Step Guide to Enable OEM Unlocking On a Remote Device

Having OEM Unlocking enabled on a remote device is essential for any budding developer, as it allows for full control over the device for testing and customization. This guide will show you how to enable OEM Unlocking on a remote device in a few short steps. With a bit of technical know-how, you'll be unlocking your device in no time.


Before continuing, please make sure you have the following:

  • Access to a remote device with a supported chipset
  • A data connection
  • Adequate power source

Note: While it is possible to unlock the device using a USB cable, this guide is focused on remote unlocking.

Step 1 - Enable Developer Options

The first step in unlocking a remote device is enabling the Developer Options in the device's settings. To do this, open the device's settings menu, then navigate to About. Now, locate the Build Number and tap it 7 times. A countdown window should appear and once complete, you should see a small message telling you that the Developer Options have been enabled.

Step 2 - Enable OEM Unlocking

Open the Developer Options menu and enable the OEM Unlocking toggle. This should allow you to unlock the device remotely.

Step 3 - Run the Unlock Command

The next step is to run the unlocking command on the remote device. To do this, you'll need to enter the following command into the device's command-line interface:

adb devices -s <device_id> oem unlock

Replace <device_id> with the ID of the remote device. Once the command is complete, you should have successfully enabled OEM unlocking on the remote device.


What is OEM Unboxing?

OEM Unlocking is a feature that allows a user to gain full control over a device to test and customize it. It is sometimes referred to as 'administrative privileges'.

Is OEM Unlocking necessary?

OEM Unlocking isn't necessary for all users, but it is required for those who want to make significant changes to the device, such as flashing a custom ROM or modifying the device's core functions.

How do I know if my device supports OEM Unlocking?

Often times, the device's manufacturer will list in the device's description whether or not OEM Unlocking is supported. If this information is not available, your best bet is to look up the device's chipset, as OEM Unlocking is only supported on certain ones.

Do I need special tools to unlock a device?

No, you don't need any special tools in order to unlock a device. All you need is a data connection and the command-line interface.

What happens if I don't unlock my device?

If you don't unlock your device, you won't be able to make significant changes or modifications to it. You may also be limited in the amount of customizations available to you.

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