OEM Unlocking grayed out

MArtyChubbs

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If your phone is unlocked, please leave it greyed out and spend the time with your kids or call your mother. Time better spent... Unless your OCD, it will bug crap out of you, [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]. Phone is unlocked, you won't unlock it more, no?

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MArtyChubbs

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I think he is referring to OEM unlock, that slider not being accessible is most def a serious problem.
Why? His phone is unlocked. Am I missing something?

Unless, he is referring to a non-vzw as unlocked (to a carrier?) and he can't unlock the bootloader cuz it's greyed out..? If so my bad and the answer posted already worked for me too.

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krabman

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Which unlock slider do you imagine he would be referring to when there is only the one? Lol Ya screwed up man. And no, I'm not busting your balls. It happens, done it myself.
 
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I had this issue at first. I had to do a factory reset after putting in my sim card. See if either or both of those work.

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Done several resets and set up with and without SIM. Still Grayed out.

Why? His phone is unlocked. Am I missing something?

Unless, he is referring to a non-vzw as unlocked (to a carrier?) and he can't unlock the bootloader cuz it's greyed out..? If so my bad and the answer posted already worked for me too.

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Correct... Sorry, I should have clarified. It is Play Store purchased, non-VZW, non-project FI device running on AT&T.

This isn't my first rodeo so I knew what should have happened (I have 6p, Pixel 1 and have been running customs long before that) when I fired it up. It just didn't behave as expected so I was polling to see if others had a similar experience.

Sorry for the confusion... I shoulda been more explanatory in the OP.

Several non-xl users have said they experienced the issue (posted there as well) so I'm thinking it isn't device specific but rather an OS issue. Found Google support threads that reference the exact same described issue that was resolved by an OS hotfix. We'll see. RMA arrives tomorrow.
 

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Done several resets and set up with and without SIM. Still Grayed out.



Correct... Sorry, I should have clarified. It is Play Store purchased, non-VZW, non-project FI device running on AT&T.

This isn't my first rodeo so I knew what should have happened (I have 6p, Pixel 1 and have been running customs long before that) when I fired it up. It just didn't behave as expected so I was polling to see if others had a similar experience.

Sorry for the confusion... I shoulda been more explanatory in the OP.

Several non-xl users have said they experienced the issue (posted there as well) so I'm thinking it isn't device specific but rather an OS issue. Found Google support threads that reference the exact same described issue that was resolved by an OS hotfix. We'll see. RMA arrives tomorrow.
Same here with a Verizon sim. I had the greyed out OEM and reflashed stock image or reset like you (can't remember cuz my brain is old) and then I was able to toggle it. Well, cool beans on the RMA!

If someone else has the problem, post here and maybe a fix can be documented.
 

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Same here with a Verizon sim. I had the greyed out OEM and reflashed stock image or reset like you (can't remember cuz my brain is old) and then I was able to toggle it. Well, cool beans on the RMA!

If someone else has the problem, post here and maybe a fix can be documented.
Wait... You have a VZW pixel 3( or xl) and you managed to bypass the OEM unlock? how?
 

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No, from Google but I put my VZW sim I got with my Pixel XL in my P3XL. Sorry, like the OP, we had a weird problem unlocking BL with it being greyed out.

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Just to be clear, you didn't 'flash' anything originally, correct? Just a factory reset? Since the bootloader is locked, if you flashed something please share. I saw the or in your post. Just making sure that I read that correctly.
 

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I think I wanna say I DID flash leaving the -w in the bat file.

Locked bootloader means you can't flash non stock images, no? You can srill upgrade the bootloader even if it's still locked, right? What I mean is, I can still use the fastboot images on a locked phone or can't I?

I erased the data partition at least and then the OEM unlock was not greyed out. But I am in the habit of fastbooting (that's what I ment by flash) with or without -w so I am pretty sure that is what I did. Maybe not, I dunno...


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MArtyChubbs

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You can flash a factory image with a locked bootloader as long as it retains the signature, which would be broken the second it gets modified.

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Thanks for the confirmation I felt like I was inventing a memory for a moment there.

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bobby janow

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You can flash a factory image with a locked bootloader as long as it retains the signature, which would be broken the second it gets modified.

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Are you sure about that? I don't believe you can flash anything other than sideload an OTA with a locked bl. But I could be mistaken, just like to confirm.
 
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ridobe

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Are you sure about that? I don't believe you can flash anything other than sideload an OTA with a locked bl. But I could be mistaken, just like to confirm.
This is correct. This is why you can't lock the bootloader while having non-stock firmware. You can't boot because it's "corrupt", you can't flash because you are BL locked and you can't boot to toggle "OEM unlocking".

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This is correct. This is why you can't lock the bootloader while having non-stock firmware. You can't boot because it's "corrupt", you can't flash because you are BL locked and you can't boot to toggle "OEM unlocking".

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By firmware do you mean a ROM? Because if the rom is signed even if it's not Google's signature then you can lock the bootloader. All it looks for is that signature so it can perform checks to make sure that signature stays the same.

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