Aug 04 AT 10:19 AM Nick Gray 24 Comments

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

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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.

Via: Android Community

Source: HTC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    >> 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.

    To be honest, I actually think this is the best decision they’ve made in the whole process. Just visit some of the forums in XDA, there are always people who want to do things that they clearly have no idea of. No, I am not referring to people who don’t know the procedures to get something done. I am talking about people who are completely clueless of what they want to do. Like, trying to overclock their phone, but don’t even know what a CWR is. Even worse, some of them would refuse to admit that there’s a learning curve for everything and just want to “get things done” their ways.

    • counsel

      …people have to start somewhere, and I bet even you weren’t born knowing what a bootloader was…

      HTC now gives everyone an ability to do what they want, but I’m not sure they won’t track who does what… Read the EULA!

      • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

        Mayhaps they track to see the interest of unlocked bootloaders. How many people utilize the service, how many phones someone unlocks, etc.

        • heeros

          I wouldn’t put it past them to use this “device identifier token” to keep track of what devices have been unlocked in the event the devices gets sent in for warranty service.

          But this is understandable, since they don’t want to pay for fixing something people broke because they did something they shouldn’t have.
          I just hope they don’t use this to get out of performing warranty work if the issue is not unlocking related.

          But that might just be my skepticism/paranoia talking.

          • Jokies

            I see the XDA will soon find out a way to relock it…

  • BiGMERF

    this ill make many many many people happy…

  • aj

    Actually i like this. You know they really should have done this from the beginning so to speak. I mean they should have either left the bootloaders alone from the start or have done this from the start. As long is it does become available to all phones that have locked bootloaders i will as many others will be happy. This is a nice compromise. Honestly your average android user wont go thru the trouble of unlocking their handset. As it mentioned its for Devs and enthusiast to do it. Which in respects is a minority compared the 100s of thousands of android owners. So kudos to you HTC for finding a good compromise.

    • AME

      Millions of Android users!!!

  • http://blessayfromamerica.blogspot.com Guy Bailey

    probably the wrong place to ask but would this allow me to remove bloatware (specfically Quickoffice) from my N1?

    • dex

      in a nutshell yes, after installing an app that swill enable you to do so. but main reason for unlocked bootloaders is to allow us to install custom roms (custom android operating systems)

    • codesplice

      You can already (very easily) unlock the bootloader of the N1. Google around for “fastboot oem unlock” and you’ll find instructions.

  • Mason

    Sounds like a good solution to me. All of the ordinary phone users still have locked bootloaders for protection against viruses, etc, but there’s a simple way for power users to unlock it. Hopefully, it will put a dampener on clueless people bricking their phones too.

    My only question is how you go about “applying the key to your device”. That sounds kinda funny.

  • Crewone

    Too little, too late. Sensation was already unlocked by XDA, so everyone who wants the functionality of an unlocked phone already got it…

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      There are some people who would rather wait and get an ‘approved’ method that is guaranteed to not brick their phones.

      • AME

        The “approved method” may still void your warranty. I give you that it is much safer for the first timer than reading a couple XDA threads though.

        If I had the option, I knew the “approved method” was coming out in a month, and I was knew to this sort of thing, I would probably wait. At least you might get some HTC tech support if you are confused.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I support what HTC has decided to do in my book this is the best way to handle this ordeal. This is a reflection of android giving the masses the choice to decide what to do with there devices. I would imagine most people are satisfied with there device exactly the way it is, then for those who are not then they know what they can do to change that. Great job HTC you definitely are the leader in customer satisfaction compared to the other manufacturers

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    This is a great idea! This is a way around the carriers heads. No approval needed. It’s my device, the carrier’s shouldn’t have a say in whether or not I keep their bloatware on my phone. It’s good to see HTC do this before the other manufacturers. Hopefully they (Moto, Samsung, etc.) will see this and take note.

  • codesplice

    I don’t see why all this mess with a web interface is really necessary. The implementation of an unlockable bootloader on the Nexus One was perfect – why bother with all this added complication?

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      I agree that an open nexus-like bootloader would be ideal. However, it doesn’t seem to be happening. I am speculating that it has a lot to do with the carriers. I remember reading something that said that manufacturers would unlock their bootloaders but ultimately it was up to the carriers as to whether or not they would put said device on their network. I find this to be a great workaround. Like I said earlier, maybe it’s a way around the carriers. They can produce the devices that the carriers want, all the while being dev friendly.

      Side note: I can’t wait to see all the roms and such that come to HTC devices now. I thought the dev support was crazy before all this. Just imagine, the day you get your phone you can have an unlocked bootloader without having to finagle with crappy workarounds/hacks; e.g. buying a dock for $100.

  • http://www.brainhandles.com Greg

    If this means I can take Bejeweled 2 off my phone… YAY!

  • Austin

    I couldn’t find anything about it, but will they be doing this for older phones too? Or just the newest and future phones?

  • uknowme

    I like many others agree this is a great solution. Not everyone is ready to root their device. I’m still contemplating rooting my EVO3D. At the moment I have no reason to, but who knows down the line I might just want to freeze the bloatware. Maybe even overclock to 1.5. I’m just happy that I and thousands of others have the option

  • Kylea

    how bout the EVO 4G

  • Tom

    I think the best service for unlock htc phone is
    http://www.unlockhtcsimnow.com/

  1. PixelSlaveGuest 4 years ago

    >> 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.

    To be honest, I actually think this is the best decision they’ve made in the whole process. Just visit some of the forums in XDA, there are always people who want to do things that they clearly have no idea of. No, I am not referring to people who don’t know the procedures to get something done. I am talking about people who are completely clueless of what they want to do. Like, trying to overclock their phone, but don’t even know what a CWR is. Even worse, some of them would refuse to admit that there’s a learning curve for everything and just want to “get things done” their ways.

    • counselGuest 4 years ago

      …people have to start somewhere, and I bet even you weren’t born knowing what a bootloader was…

      HTC now gives everyone an ability to do what they want, but I’m not sure they won’t track who does what… Read the EULA!

      • Mayhaps they track to see the interest of unlocked bootloaders. How many people utilize the service, how many phones someone unlocks, etc.

        • I wouldn’t put it past them to use this “device identifier token” to keep track of what devices have been unlocked in the event the devices gets sent in for warranty service.

          But this is understandable, since they don’t want to pay for fixing something people broke because they did something they shouldn’t have.
          I just hope they don’t use this to get out of performing warranty work if the issue is not unlocking related.

          But that might just be my skepticism/paranoia talking.

          • JokiesGuest 4 years ago

            I see the XDA will soon find out a way to relock it…

  2. this ill make many many many people happy…

  3. Actually i like this. You know they really should have done this from the beginning so to speak. I mean they should have either left the bootloaders alone from the start or have done this from the start. As long is it does become available to all phones that have locked bootloaders i will as many others will be happy. This is a nice compromise. Honestly your average android user wont go thru the trouble of unlocking their handset. As it mentioned its for Devs and enthusiast to do it. Which in respects is a minority compared the 100s of thousands of android owners. So kudos to you HTC for finding a good compromise.

  4. Guy BaileyGuest 4 years ago

    probably the wrong place to ask but would this allow me to remove bloatware (specfically Quickoffice) from my N1?

    • dexGuest 4 years ago

      in a nutshell yes, after installing an app that swill enable you to do so. but main reason for unlocked bootloaders is to allow us to install custom roms (custom android operating systems)

    • You can already (very easily) unlock the bootloader of the N1. Google around for “fastboot oem unlock” and you’ll find instructions.

  5. MasonGuest 4 years ago

    Sounds like a good solution to me. All of the ordinary phone users still have locked bootloaders for protection against viruses, etc, but there’s a simple way for power users to unlock it. Hopefully, it will put a dampener on clueless people bricking their phones too.

    My only question is how you go about “applying the key to your device”. That sounds kinda funny.

  6. CrewoneGuest 4 years ago

    Too little, too late. Sensation was already unlocked by XDA, so everyone who wants the functionality of an unlocked phone already got it…

    • There are some people who would rather wait and get an ‘approved’ method that is guaranteed to not brick their phones.

      • The “approved method” may still void your warranty. I give you that it is much safer for the first timer than reading a couple XDA threads though.

        If I had the option, I knew the “approved method” was coming out in a month, and I was knew to this sort of thing, I would probably wait. At least you might get some HTC tech support if you are confused.

  7. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    I support what HTC has decided to do in my book this is the best way to handle this ordeal. This is a reflection of android giving the masses the choice to decide what to do with there devices. I would imagine most people are satisfied with there device exactly the way it is, then for those who are not then they know what they can do to change that. Great job HTC you definitely are the leader in customer satisfaction compared to the other manufacturers

  8. This is a great idea! This is a way around the carriers heads. No approval needed. It’s my device, the carrier’s shouldn’t have a say in whether or not I keep their bloatware on my phone. It’s good to see HTC do this before the other manufacturers. Hopefully they (Moto, Samsung, etc.) will see this and take note.

  9. I don’t see why all this mess with a web interface is really necessary. The implementation of an unlockable bootloader on the Nexus One was perfect – why bother with all this added complication?

    • I agree that an open nexus-like bootloader would be ideal. However, it doesn’t seem to be happening. I am speculating that it has a lot to do with the carriers. I remember reading something that said that manufacturers would unlock their bootloaders but ultimately it was up to the carriers as to whether or not they would put said device on their network. I find this to be a great workaround. Like I said earlier, maybe it’s a way around the carriers. They can produce the devices that the carriers want, all the while being dev friendly.

      Side note: I can’t wait to see all the roms and such that come to HTC devices now. I thought the dev support was crazy before all this. Just imagine, the day you get your phone you can have an unlocked bootloader without having to finagle with crappy workarounds/hacks; e.g. buying a dock for $100.

  10. GregGuest 4 years ago

    If this means I can take Bejeweled 2 off my phone… YAY!

  11. AustinGuest 4 years ago

    I couldn’t find anything about it, but will they be doing this for older phones too? Or just the newest and future phones?

  12. I like many others agree this is a great solution. Not everyone is ready to root their device. I’m still contemplating rooting my EVO3D. At the moment I have no reason to, but who knows down the line I might just want to freeze the bloatware. Maybe even overclock to 1.5. I’m just happy that I and thousands of others have the option

  13. KyleaGuest 4 years ago

    how bout the EVO 4G

  14. TomGuest 4 years ago

    I think the best service for unlock htc phone is
    http://www.unlockhtcsimnow.com/