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[How-to] Unlock bootloader on Verizon Pixel/XL

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Hi guys. So I finally found a way to unlock a bootloader on a Verizon Pixel. Without further ado, let's get started. This method works on Pixel and Pixel XL.

1. Remove Google account and any kind of screen lock (fingerprint, PIN, pattern, etc.) from your device.
2. Eject sim card from your device.
3. Reset your device. In setup wizard, skip everything, don't connect to WiFi, don't add fingerprint or any kind of screen lock.
4. Go to Developer Options and enable USB debugging.
5. Connect your phone to PC.
6. Open CMD in adb directory and type
Code:
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.phone
7. Restart your device.
8. Connect to WiFi, open Chrome and go to google.com (or any website really).
9. Go to Developer Options and enable OEM unlocking.
10. Reboot into bootloader and via CMD run
Code:
fastboot oem unlock
or
Code:
fastboot flashing unlock
11. Profit

Be aware that unlocking bootloader removes everything from your device.

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Credit to members LeoTheRomRasta and Qu3ntin0 for making this method available to the community on the Bounty thread yesterday. https://forum.xda-developers.com/pix...3740911/page14 There is an ongoing discussion there about variations on this method.

UPDATE: Confirmed that this method works on Android Oreo as well as Android P Developer Preview.
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27th May 2018, 08:50 AM |#2  
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Uhm, how do you skip Wi-Fi setup?

EDIT: Guys, can confirm. It works!!! Just tested this as of now. The trick is to factory reset twice because the first reset leaves an indicator to the phone that you did a factory reset just now. Therefore, not allowing you to skip Wi-Fi connection in Setup Wizard. As for the steps, once you opened Google Chrome and visit a website, Go to Developer Options and wait until 3-5 minutes if the option to unlock is still grayed out. You might want to go back and forth one more time to see if the option to unlock is now enabled.
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27th May 2018, 09:03 AM |#3  
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First try, didn't work. Gave it a second go, got it to work. If after you try to enable OEM Unlocking and its still locked, just wait 2-3 minutes with the screen on. Eventually it just unlocked and let me toggle it. Fully unlocked on a 8.1 VZW Pixel.
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I think it's better if you remove screen lock and Google account from device before you reset it.
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Credit to LeoTheRomRasta and Qu3ntin0 on the Bounty thread
Credit to members LeoTheRomRasta and Qu3ntin0 for making this method available to the community on the Bounty thread yesterday. https://forum.xda-developers.com/pix...3740911/page14 There is an ongoing discussion there about variations on this method.

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Hi guys. So I finally found a way to unlock a bootloader on a Verizon Pixel. Without further ado, let's get started. This method works on both Pixel and Pixel XL. Haven't tested on Pixel 2/XL yet.

1. Eject sim card from your device.
2. Reset your device. In setup wizard, skip everything, don't connect to WiFi, don't add fingerprint or any kind of lock screen.
3. Go to Developer Options and enable USB debugging.
4. Connect your phone to PC.
5. Open CMD in adb directory and type

Code:
adb shell pm uninstall --user 0 com.android.phone
6. Restart your device.
7. Connect to WiFi, open Chrome and go to google.com (or any website really).
8. Go to Developer Options and enable OEM unlocking.
9. Reboot into bootloader and via CMD run
Code:
fastboot oem unlock
or
Code:
fastboot flashing unlock
10. Profit

Be aware that unlocking bootloader removes everything from your device. It'd be great if someone tested this method on Pixel 2/XL.

UPDATE: Confirmed that this method works on Android Oreo as well as Android P Developer Preview.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by amend

Credit to members LeoTheRomRasta and Qu3ntin0 for making this method available to the community on the Bounty thread yesterday. https://forum.xda-developers.com/pix...3740911/page14 There is an ongoing discussion there about variations on this method.

Thanks for pointing that out! I'll copy this into OP.
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Confirmed working on Android P DP2

Remove your Google account before factory reset so it let's you skip wifi setup
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27th May 2018, 10:15 AM |#9  
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I just tested this method on a Verizon Pixel XL 2 on the latest security patch and it is working perfectly.

I did a double factory reset and followed the rest of the instructions and then did a double reboot after connecting to WiFi and I can toggle the OEM Unlocking.

Thank you so very much for discovering this!

Thawte

After a reboot the toggle is off and grayed out again... *spoke too soon*
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Originally Posted by thawte

I just tested this method on a Verizon Pixel XL 2 on the latest security patch and it is working perfectly.

I did a double factory reset and followed the rest of the instructions and then did a double reboot after connecting to WiFi and I can toggle the OEM Unlocking.

Thank you so very much for discovering this!

Thawte

Thank you for testing and confirming that method works on Pixel 2/XL too!
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Good Job Burduli R.I.P Smail Amzdak
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