The Pixel 4 is one of the most talked about phones of 2019 and has many advantages, especially in the world of rooting and modding. As with previous Pixel generations, unlocking the boot loader is the gateway to realizing the true potential of your device. It can give way to things like TWRP, Magisk, custom ROMs and many other device-specific mods, exactly the same.
The bootloader is a piece of software that tells your phone what to do every time you turn it on or has to restart it. By default bootloader install only official first-party firmware and run on the device. By unlocking the boot loader, you have complete freedom to use other third-party firmware on your device, making modding possible.
- Unlocking the bootloader resets your device at the factory.
- Your phone will now fail SafetyNet checks, but Magisk can solve it.
- Unlocking the boot loader will not invalidate your Pixel warranty.
Step 1: Enable Developer Options
First, you need the Developer Options menu on your Pixel. To do this, go to Settings -> About phone, then scroll down and tap the "Build number" item seven times in a row. If you want more help with this item, please visit our full guide below:
Step 2: Enable OEM unlock  Open the Settings app and go to the & # 39; System & # 39 ;. Go to & # 39; Advanced & # 39; and then select & # 39; Options for Developers & # 39 ;. Search for the "OEM unlock" and tap it once to display a prompt. Enter your password or PIN, and tap the "Enable" button to confirm.
Step 3: Boot into Fastboot Mode  Now the OEM unlock option is highlighted to unlock the bootloader, it's time to start the actual unlocking process. Long press the on / off button and then press the "Switch off" option to switch off the phone completely. Once the phone is turned off, press and hold the power button and the Volume down button simultaneously until the Fastboot mode main menu appears.
Now you must install the required ADB and Fastboot platform on your computer so that you can send the correct commands to can send your phone. Google offers the SDK Platform Tools package that contains everything you need in one neat small ZIP file. Follow the link below to get the latest version for your respective operating system.
Now that you have the Platform Tools SDK installed on your computer, you must open a command window to view the commands from that folder. You must do this so can your computer and phone properly together in the Fastboot mode. Click the link below to ensure that you can then go to the final step of this guide.
As a reminder, unlocking the bootloader will reset your device to factory settings. Be sure to back up critical data to a computer to keep it safe until your bootloader unlocking is complete.
From this point on you should already have opened a command window from the platform tools folder and be ready for the next part. Type the following command and press enter to confirm.
fastboot flashing unlock
Note: Mac, Linux, and Windows PowerShell users may need to add a dot and a slash before entering ADB or Fastboot commands (e.g., / fastboat flashing unlock).
After confirming the above command, your phone will immediately appear with the new bootloader unlock screen. Use the volume keys to highlight the "Yes" option and then press the on / off button to confirm your choice. Your screen goes off for a while while it unlocks your boot loader, after which you lean back in Fastboot mode when it's done.