These are instructions on how to unlock the bootloader of Google Nexus 5X using the adb and fastboot tools on Windows Computer.

Caution: Unlocking the bootloader may void your device warranty and will erase the user data including the contacts, images, apps etc.

Unlock the bootloader of Google Nexus 5X

  1. Download and install Google ADB Driver on your Windows Computer.

    USB Driver

  2. Now, you have to Enable USB Debugging on Your Nexus 5X. To enable Developer Options: Open Settings > About Phone > Tap on the Built Number for 6-8 times until developers option is enabled.
  3. Now, Again Go Back to the Settings > Developer Options > Enable OEM unlocking and USB Debugging.

    usb debugging marshmallow

  4. Now, Power Off your Nexus 5X smartphone.

    Power Off

  5. Now, you need to boot into the Fastboot Mode. To Boot into fastboot mode: Press and Hold Volume Down + Power Key until fastboot mode is enabled.

    Google Nexus 5X fastboot mode

  6. Now, Connect your smartphone to the Computer.

    Mobile USB Computer

  7. Download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tools on your Computer.

    Minimal ADB Fastboot Setup

  8. Once, Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tools is installed on your computer you need to launch it.

    Minimal ADB Fastboot Setup Finish

  9. Now, in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tools CMD Window, Give the following Command: fastboot devices

    minimal command fastboot device

    The above command will help you to verify that your device is successfully connected to the computer or not.

  10. Now, Give another Command: fastboot oem unlock

    minimal command fastboot oem unlock

  11. Now, you will get a confirmation screen on your smartphone screen, asking you to confirm this action. You can confirm using the Volume Keys to Scroll and Power Key to Confirm.
  12. After Confirmation, again give another command in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot CMD Window: fastboot reboot

    minimal command fastboot reboot

    The Above command will reboot your device into the normal mode.

    Thats All. Your device bootloader is successfully unlocked. Now, you can flash any custom recovery on your device without having any issue.


    [*] Caution: Unlocking the Bootloader will erase your personal data, so take a backup of your important data before following the above tutorial.

    [*] Unlocking the bootloader will also void the device warranty. So, Beware.

    [*] How to Root Google Nexus 5X: If you wish to root your Google Nexus 5X smartphone then follow How to root Google Nexus 5X tutorial.

    [*] Google Nexus Pixel Stock Firmware: If you are looking for the original firmware for your device, then head over to Download Google Nexus Pixel Stock Firmware page.

    [*] Google Nexus Pixel USB Driver: If you are looking for the original USB Driver for your device, then head over to Download Google Nexus Pixel USB Driver page.