Google released two flagship Smartphones of the Year 2019 called Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL. Both phones have a great set of cameras at the back and the latest processor on the device. Pixel series is one of the popular phone series because of its top-notch performance. But all devices come with limitations that restrict users from modifying the device at the system level. So if you want to modify or write on the device, you need to unlock the bootloader. Here you will know how to unlock bootloader on Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL devices.
All the smartphones come with locked bootloader by default unless you are buying the unlocked ones. It restricts users from changing or writing any external content on the system like rooting, installing custom Recovery, custom ROM and more. But many Smartphone brands allow unlocking bootloader if the user wants. And Google is among that which lets users unlock the bootloader. It is easy to unlock bootloader within few minutes, and you don’t have to fill or register any form. Pixel 4 Unlock Bootloader guide is easy and small, but still, you need to be careful, or you can brick your device.
You must be thinking that why you need to unlock the bootloader. Then you should know that this is not compulsory and only valid for those who want to unlock it. Unlocking bootloader allows installing custom Recovery, custom ROMs, Rooting, and more. So if you are planning to root your phone or want to install custom ROMs, then you have to unlock bootloader on your Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL.
Pixel 4 XL Unlock Bootloader
This guide is valid for both Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL users. Both phones follow the same method to unlock the bootloader. But you should only unlock the bootloader if you know its advantages and disadvantages. It has so many benefits, like allowing users to root, customize phones, install custom ROMs, custom Recovery. On the other hand, it will reset your phone, and you may lose the warranty. So it totally up to you that you decide. And if you choose to unlock bootloader on your Pixel 4, then follow the instructions below.
- Take a full backup of your phone (It will delete all the data)
- Install ADB & Fastboot drivers on Computer
How to Enter Google Pixel 4 into Bootloader Mode
Bootloader Mode is available on all the Android phones, and all system changes are done in this mode. So you need to know how to boot Pixel 4 to Bootloader Mode.
Step 1) Power off your Google Pixel 4/4 XL.
Step 2) Now long press Volume Down + Power button together. Release both buttons when you see the next screen.
Step 3) Use the Volume Down button to navigate, and when it reaches ‘Restart Bootloader’, press the Power button to select it.
Step 4) Now, your Pixel 4 will boot into Bootloader Mode.
There is also another method to boot Pixel 4 into Bootloader Mode, which you will know later in this guide while unlocking the bootloader.
Enable Developer Options in Google Pixel 4/4 XL
Step 1) First, open Settings on your Pixel 4.
Step 2) Then go to System > About Phone.
Step 3) In About Phone tap on Build Number until it shows ‘You are now a Developer.’
Step 4) Once you see the Developer message go back to System settings.
Step 5) Now expand/open the Advanced option and open Developer Options.
So now you know how to enable developer options in Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL. From here, follow the next method.
Steps to Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL
Step 1) Open Developer Options on your Pixel 4.
Step 3) Now connect your phone to the computer.
Step 4) Open Command window on your computer.
Step 5) Enter the below command, and when it prompt for authorization on your phone, allow it. If you already provide USB Debugging access, then it will show some ID.
Step 6) Now enter the below command to Boot Pixel 4 to Bootloader Mode.
adb reboot bootloader
Step 7) To check if your device is connected in bootloader mode or not, then enter the below command. If connected, it will show ID.
Step 8) Now to Unlock Bootloader on Pixel 4, enter the below command.
fastboot flashing unlock
Step 9) You will see two options on your phone screen. Select the ‘Unlock Bootloader’ option, for this, you have to use Volume buttons to navigate and Power button to select the option.
Step 10) Now, all the data from your device will be erased, and the bootloader will be unlocked.
That’s all you have to do for unlocking bootloader on Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL. This guide will help you if you want to root your phone or want to install Custom ROM. You can now customize your phone as you want, like applying custom fonts, change boot animation, and more.
So there you have it the complete guide on how to unlock bootloader on Pixel 4. If you are looking for more guides on Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, then stay connected to YTECHB; we will soon write guides on Pixel 4 root and more.