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I've posted the question: "Can the Google Store Pixel 5 bootloader be unlocked?" in rooting threads and gotten no reply.

The model number is the GD1YQ
 

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I've posted the question: "Can the Google Store Pixel 5 bootloader be unlocked?" in rooting threads and gotten no reply.

The model number is the GD1YQ
Go to this website and enter your IMEI. It will tell you if it's a Verizon branded phone or not.
 
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Nope - not a VZW phone, just one they like:

Awesome, your Pixel 5 is a perfect match for our network.​

Your device also requires a SIM card. We'd be happy to send you a new SIM card for free, or you can check if your current card already works with our network.
Yes, there's no SIM in the phone. No, there won't be until it's rooted. Or there's no way to unlock the bootloader.

This phone will replace an S7. I won't move stuff over until I know I won't be doing FDR's.
 

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I did some checking on the IMEI and come back with unlocked, clean. I tried four checkers, and they agree. Except one site, for some odd reason, said I had a Samsung Pixel 5. Everybody else said Google Pixel 5.

Anyway, the phone's not tied any carrier - as expected.

I'm more than a little reluctant to move my S7's SIM to the P5. It's meaningless to the Pixel 5. I doubt it would ding the SIM to make it unusable in the (old) S7. Better safe than sorry.

I'm working through my WiFi net for what little setup I've done. To date, there've been no problems. I deliberately didn't finish setting up the P5, so I get complaints about that and no SIM- no surprise.
 

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The sim has nothing to do with the ability to unlock the bootloader. If you buy a Verizon device I don't care what sim you put in or if you never put in a sim, you can't unlock the bootloader. I always buy Google devices and before I turn it on I put in my Verizon sim. OEM unlock is always active.. always! If you want flawless ability to unlock and root never buy a carrier branded device. Some make you wait until you pay off the device, some make you wait 30 or 60 days, and some like Verizon don't care what you do they'll never allow unlock.

So if you're worried then flip the OEM unlock switch and put in your sim and enjoy the device. I'm not sure what you're waiting for.
 
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A) My P5 isn't tied to VZW, or anyone else. B) OEM unlock isn't active (greyed out) & no response to touches - USB Debugging is active, and set to ON. Whether OEM unlocking is active hinges on the bootloader being unlocked. Bootloader locked, no OEM unlocking, no rooting.

My current phone (Sammy S7) is rooted, and it's an ex-VZW device, with a locked bootloader. I don't remember how getting past the locked bootloader happened, but... SuperSU, RootChecker, FX, Titanium are alive and running as su. My hope is the same magic applies to the P5, but it doesn't look as though it does. Sigh...
 
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A) My P5 isn't tied to VZW, or anyone else. B) OEM unlock isn't active (greyed out) & no response to touches - USB Debugging is active, and set to ON. Whether OEM unlocking is active hinges on the bootloader being unlocked. Bootloader locked, no OEM unlocking, no rooting.

My current phone (Sammy S7) is rooted, and it's an ex-VZW device, with a locked bootloader. I don't remember how getting past the locked bootloader happened, but... SuperSU, RootChecker, FX, Titanium are alive and running as su. My hope is the same magic applies to the P5, but it doesn't look as though it does. Sigh...
Your P5 is tied to something whether you know it or not. If you didn't buy it from Google, Fi, or another company as unlocked then it's tied to a carrier. Whether OEM unlocking is active has absolutely nothing to do with the bootloader being unlocked other than allowing it to be so. You've got it backwards, you're basically putting the cart before the horse. You cannot unlock the bootloader if the OEM is grayed out. If the bootloader is unlocked at some point the switch was active and the bl unlocked in fastboot. Just curious, where did you get the device from? If you bought it 3rd party someone sold you a bill of goods. If you got it from Google and the switch is not active then return it for a replacement.

Sorry, I'm not familiar with the S7. I do believe there was/is a way to bypass the security and get into download mode or something of the sort but I just don't know.
 
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See below for the reason why OEM Unlock has to be available before unlocking the bootloader.
Or...
Catch-22: Need an unlocked bootloader to get OEM unlock, need OEM Unlock to unlock the bootloader.

That the OEM Unlock option is greyed out means no OEM Unlock, period.

And that's what I'm trying to sort out.

[Guide] Root Pixel 5 XL Android 11 (R)

Unlock Bootloader/Return Phone to Stock/Lock Bootloader

  • Unlock Bootloader
    1. This will erase all user data from the device!
    2. Backup your data
    3. Activate Developer Options: Tap Settings > About Phone > Tap Build Number 7 times or until you see you are a Developer. Tap back > System > Advanced > Developer Options. Enable OEM Unlock and, USB Debugging.
    4. Boot fastboot mode
    5. Connect the phone to the Computer with USB cord.
    6. Open a Command Prompt on your computer and type fastboot flashing unlock and press enter.
    7. You should see a request for confirmation on your phone, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select.
    8. Allow the process to complete and then type fastboot reboot at the Command Prompt and press enter.
    9. When your phone reboots disconnect your usb cable.
      Notes: After unlocking your bootloader, you'll see a warning: You will see this warning until, you relock the bootloader.
      Do not relock your bootloader until you have returned the device to Stock.
      .

The same requirement appears in

[Tutorial] Unlock Bootloader, get root and valid Safetynet

 

ridobe

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See below for the reason why OEM Unlock has to be available before unlocking the bootloader.
Or...
Catch-22: Need an unlocked bootloader to get OEM unlock, need OEM Unlock to unlock the bootloader.

That the OEM Unlock option is greyed out means no OEM Unlock, period.

And that's what I'm trying to sort out.

[Guide] Root Pixel 5 XL Android 11 (R)



The same requirement appears in

[Tutorial] Unlock Bootloader, get root and valid Safetynet

That's not a catch-22. The first part of your statement and the guide is correct. You need to be able to toggle the OEM switch in order to perform the bootloader unlock. As far as the bootloader being unlocked first, that's false. It needs to be unlockable. The OEM toggle is the gateway to unlocking the bootloader. The carriers block access to that gateway. Verizon is permanent. Other carriers I believe can be temporary after a period of time. I don't know because I've never bought a carrier phone.
 
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@ridobe Thanks for resolving the conflict.
Here's what I get about the bootloader. Additionally, the About info says nothing about Verizon, or any specific carrier. OEM Unlock is greyed out. How to change that, then?

@bobby janow Open box from an eBay seller in Florida. I'd ask them about any possible carrier connection but I had problems with shipping (I paid for FedEx, they used First Class). Messy details like carrier connects? Hah!

Fastboot_DxO.jpg
 

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@RBEmerson Unfortunately, unless you can determine which carrier it is on you are out of luck. If it's TM you might be able to call them and get it released and perhaps other carriers too. If it's Verizon then there is absolutely no hope to bl unlock. Are you sure the device has been paid off or are they on a monthly plan for 2 years? The problem with buying on eBay is that people are deceptive. They probably sold it as carrier unlocked which it very well might be. That has nothing to do with bl unlockable. When I sell a device I show a picture of the OEM switch as active so there is no mistaking it. You would have needed to specifically ask for that screenie from the seller.

Also know that even a Verizon device can be called unlocked legitimately. Google even sells Verizon devices. But they are not bl unlockable and that is a mistake a lot of buyers (and some sellers) make. If you want to root and unlock the bootloader then you'll need to get the info from the seller or try to return it to them. Or you can always sell it and buy one you want. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there still is a little hope if it's not a Verizon device.
 

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Understood regarding VZW. What I've posted is all I know about the phone. The seller had several (many?) of these phones. That is, this isn't a private, one-time seller.

By comparison, my Samsung S7's model number, SM-G930U, is a Verizon-only model number. (Which is correct)

The P5's model is GD1YQ which seems to be (albeit not conclusively) a Google Store device. AFAIK, Google Store phones can be unlocked.

All that I have to work with is in the two pictures I posted. FWIW, the bloatware doesn't include any of the usual VZW apps - another argument against being a VZW device. Likewise, there's nothing that shouts AT&T or TM or (used to be) Sprint, etc.

Hence the original question: "can I unlock this thing? If so, how?"
 

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Understood regarding VZW. What I've posted is all I know about the phone. The seller had several (many?) of these phones. That is, this isn't a private, one-time seller.

By comparison, my Samsung S7's model number, SM-G930U, is a Verizon-only model number. (Which is correct)

The P5's model is GD1YQ which seems to be (albeit not conclusively) a Google Store device. AFAIK, Google Store phones can be unlocked.

All that I have to work with is in the two pictures I posted. FWIW, the bloatware doesn't include any of the usual VZW apps - another argument against being a VZW device. Likewise, there's nothing that shouts AT&T or TM or (used to be) Sprint, etc.

Hence the original question: "can I unlock this thing? If so, how?"
The only way is to get that OEM switch active otherwise you are SOL. Just an FYI, I have 2 Pixel 5s. One I bought at the Google store and the other was bought at a Verizon store. They are both model GD1YQ. So your model ID means nothing in relation to where the device was bought or how it's branded. Check to see if you have a service called My Verizon Services under "settings-apps-all apps-show system" I just put in a Verizon sim and it shows up but I disable it since they can read my app activity with it active. But it might give you a clue, I'm not sure what that clue would be. ;-) You really need to contact the seller and find out where the phone was purchased. If you want PM me the eBay listing maybe I can root around (no pun intended) and even ask the seller about bl unlock as a prospective buyer. Also, what is the SKU on the box?
 

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The box's SKU's GAO1955-US doesn't match what's listed on eBay (GAO1355-US). Google searches don't come up with a hint of an idea about the pedigree.

Sigh... there's a possibility this is a VZW phone, or maybe TM.

There's no sign of any branded apps, only Google apps. IIRC even an FDR doesn't make VZW apps disappear. At least not when I rooted the S7 (yea for Titanium doing the job!).

The immediate challenge is to run down whose phone this is. I suppose I can take it to T-Mobile in hopes a) it's a TM phone and b) they'll unlock the bootloader. AFAIK, short of taking someone hostage at gunpoint, VZW doesn't want to discuss the idea, let alone do it.

I still think there should be a way to positively identify if unlocking is a possibility.

About the eBay listing, look for item 284112075311

It doesn't take much thinking to find the seller's phone number. Which I called. Whoever answered the phone hasn't visited the clue store in many, many years.
 

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The box's SKU's GAO1955-US doesn't match what's listed on eBay (GAO1355-US). Google searches don't come up with a hint of an idea about the pedigree.

Sigh... there's a possibility this is a VZW phone, or maybe TM.

There's no sign of any branded apps, only Google apps. IIRC even an FDR doesn't make VZW apps disappear. At least not when I rooted the S7 (yea for Titanium doing the job!).

The immediate challenge is to run down whose phone this is. I suppose I can take it to T-Mobile in hopes a) it's a TM phone and b) they'll unlock the bootloader. AFAIK, short of taking someone hostage at gunpoint, VZW doesn't want to discuss the idea, let alone do it.

I still think there should be a way to positively identify if unlocking is a possibility.

About the eBay listing, look for item 284112075311

It doesn't take much thinking to find the seller's phone number. Which I called. Whoever answered the phone hasn't visited the clue store in many, many years.
The listing specifically says Verizon - TMobile. They also have a return policy if you bought it within 30 days. You might want to take advantage of that.
 

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Unfortunately, I'm square up against the wall for time. I'm moving from the S7 to the P5 to take advantage of BT 5.0 and the ASHA protocol for use with hearing aids. Having significant hearing loss, HA's are a must. While many HA's function without streaming and control apps, the newer units pretty demand it (good thing, but there are times I leave the phone behind or what happens if the phone's battery is dead).

Anyway, I have to get the P5 up and running like it happened yesterday. Exchanging phones is, at this point, a non-starter. Grrr...

Beyond that, how can I be sure that a phone, from any source, has an unlockable bootloader?
 

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    The box's SKU's GAO1955-US doesn't match what's listed on eBay (GAO1355-US). Google searches don't come up with a hint of an idea about the pedigree.

    Sigh... there's a possibility this is a VZW phone, or maybe TM.

    There's no sign of any branded apps, only Google apps. IIRC even an FDR doesn't make VZW apps disappear. At least not when I rooted the S7 (yea for Titanium doing the job!).

    The immediate challenge is to run down whose phone this is. I suppose I can take it to T-Mobile in hopes a) it's a TM phone and b) they'll unlock the bootloader. AFAIK, short of taking someone hostage at gunpoint, VZW doesn't want to discuss the idea, let alone do it.

    I still think there should be a way to positively identify if unlocking is a possibility.

    About the eBay listing, look for item 284112075311

    It doesn't take much thinking to find the seller's phone number. Which I called. Whoever answered the phone hasn't visited the clue store in many, many years.
    The listing specifically says Verizon - TMobile. They also have a return policy if you bought it within 30 days. You might want to take advantage of that.
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    I've posted the question: "Can the Google Store Pixel 5 bootloader be unlocked?" in rooting threads and gotten no reply.

    The model number is the GD1YQ
    Go to this website and enter your IMEI. It will tell you if it's a Verizon branded phone or not.
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    The sim has nothing to do with the ability to unlock the bootloader. If you buy a Verizon device I don't care what sim you put in or if you never put in a sim, you can't unlock the bootloader. I always buy Google devices and before I turn it on I put in my Verizon sim. OEM unlock is always active.. always! If you want flawless ability to unlock and root never buy a carrier branded device. Some make you wait until you pay off the device, some make you wait 30 or 60 days, and some like Verizon don't care what you do they'll never allow unlock.

    So if you're worried then flip the OEM unlock switch and put in your sim and enjoy the device. I'm not sure what you're waiting for.
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    A) My P5 isn't tied to VZW, or anyone else. B) OEM unlock isn't active (greyed out) & no response to touches - USB Debugging is active, and set to ON. Whether OEM unlocking is active hinges on the bootloader being unlocked. Bootloader locked, no OEM unlocking, no rooting.

    My current phone (Sammy S7) is rooted, and it's an ex-VZW device, with a locked bootloader. I don't remember how getting past the locked bootloader happened, but... SuperSU, RootChecker, FX, Titanium are alive and running as su. My hope is the same magic applies to the P5, but it doesn't look as though it does. Sigh...
    Your P5 is tied to something whether you know it or not. If you didn't buy it from Google, Fi, or another company as unlocked then it's tied to a carrier. Whether OEM unlocking is active has absolutely nothing to do with the bootloader being unlocked other than allowing it to be so. You've got it backwards, you're basically putting the cart before the horse. You cannot unlock the bootloader if the OEM is grayed out. If the bootloader is unlocked at some point the switch was active and the bl unlocked in fastboot. Just curious, where did you get the device from? If you bought it 3rd party someone sold you a bill of goods. If you got it from Google and the switch is not active then return it for a replacement.

    Sorry, I'm not familiar with the S7. I do believe there was/is a way to bypass the security and get into download mode or something of the sort but I just don't know.
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    See below for the reason why OEM Unlock has to be available before unlocking the bootloader.
    Or...
    Catch-22: Need an unlocked bootloader to get OEM unlock, need OEM Unlock to unlock the bootloader.

    That the OEM Unlock option is greyed out means no OEM Unlock, period.

    And that's what I'm trying to sort out.

    [Guide] Root Pixel 5 XL Android 11 (R)



    The same requirement appears in

    [Tutorial] Unlock Bootloader, get root and valid Safetynet

    That's not a catch-22. The first part of your statement and the guide is correct. You need to be able to toggle the OEM switch in order to perform the bootloader unlock. As far as the bootloader being unlocked first, that's false. It needs to be unlockable. The OEM toggle is the gateway to unlocking the bootloader. The carriers block access to that gateway. Verizon is permanent. Other carriers I believe can be temporary after a period of time. I don't know because I've never bought a carrier phone.