Is it possible to downgrade and unlock bootloader?

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tornado6

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Jul 28, 2010
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Hello all,

first off, i apologize as i made a mistake when i purchase a used unit of Pixel XL and only checked that it is unlocked and that no other usual problems (microphone working, camera working etc). so, i happily paid for it since it is unlocked (network) and working good. Went home, i tried the unlock and it did not allow me to proceed. Then i need to enable OEM unlock, only then i did my research and the used unit i purchased is a Best Buy unit, (basically Verizon unit?). so, i ended up unable to unlock my bootloader to perform root to do some volume tweak and kernel change :(

I am not from the US and Pixels here is usually imported in by resellers or people who have friends in US and they ship it here.

Is it possible i downgrade my factory image to a 7.1 version and perform the bootloader unlock? Was hoping this will work before i proceed as I have already setup my Pixel :(
 

wyrdtrtle

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The exploit used to toggle the OEM unlock in dev settings was patched.
And I'm pretty sure that the locked bootloader won't accept a downgrade, so if that is a Verizon pixel your basically stuck. But, I could be wrong, sadly, I don't think I am.
Hope you find a solution, but not likely to happen.
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tornado6

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Jul 28, 2010
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The exploit used to toggle the OEM unlock in dev settings was patched.
And I'm pretty sure that the locked bootloader won't accept a downgrade, so if that is a Verizon pixel your basically stuck. But, I could be wrong, sadly, I don't think I am.
Hope you find a solution, but not likely to happen.
Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk

I see, this is a bit tough, i am considering to sell off this unit (might have to wait a bit) and get another unit that is from google store :( I am so far happy with the phone, except for the phone volume and some tweaks

It's not exactly Verizon unit from my own assumption. I believe it is Best Buy unit (which is technically Verizon unit with locked bootloader but faster update?)
 

cam30era

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I see, this is a bit tough, i am considering to sell off this unit (might have to wait a bit) and get another unit that is from google store :( I am so far happy with the phone, except for the phone volume and some tweaks

It's not exactly Verizon unit from my own assumption. I believe it is Best Buy unit (which is technically Verizon unit with locked bootloader but faster update?)

Best Buy sells only Verizon units (Pixel and XL).
 

southernstyle

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Does Google warranty the Verizon phones? You might be able to get them to swap the device? They also might only swap it with another Verizon model though. Just a thought
 

wyrdtrtle

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I remember someone saying they had rma'd a VZW pixel to Google, but I don't recall any ending. Think I read that in here, or XDA, or G+

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tornado6

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Jul 28, 2010
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Does Google warranty the Verizon phones? You might be able to get them to swap the device? They also might only swap it with another Verizon model though. Just a thought

I wish I can do that, but I am not from the US and there won't be anyone to assist me with the device swapping :(

Just wish that there is an exploit out of the blue to enable me to unlock the bootloader :D

I just need to tweak the audio volume, use Franco's kernel and tweak the screen display a bit. the rest, I am good with the phone
 

Allync

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hey

well im in the us if you wanna ship it to me i can get you rma up to you i am supposdly getting one from google since its a google phone