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HTC reveals how to unlock your phone’s bootloader with upcoming web-based tool

3 years ago 24

The official HTC bootloader unlocking tool is almost ready.  HTC updated their Facebook page yesterday afternoon, revealing how the bootloader unlocking process will actually work.  HTC will continue to ship all their phones with locked bootloaders, but will be offering a web-based tool for those who wish to have full control over their handsets.  Below are the steps you’ll need to follow in order to unlock the bootloader on your HTC device.

  1. Register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty.
  2. Install the Android SDK on your computer.
  3. Plug in your phone to a computer with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token.
  4. Enter the identification token into the Web tool to receive a unique unlock key via e-mail.
  5. Apply the key to your device, and unlocking will be initiated on your phone.

HTC plans to make the web-based tool available later this month.  The HTC Sensation Global will be the first phone to have access to the tool, followed by the HTC Sensation 4G and then the HTC EVO 3D. We have a feeling some of you may not be pleased with HTC’s decision to continue to ship phones with locked bootloaders, but we think this is a good decision on HTC’s part.  Most of HTC’s customers have no interest in unlocked botloders and probably don’t even know what it means.

Let us know what you think of the whole situation.  The one piece of information HTC didn’t share was when upcoming phones would be getting access to the web-based bootloader unlocking tool.