How to unlock HTC bootloader on any HTC Device

Updated on April 1, 2015

These are the instructions to unlock the HTC Bootloader on any HTC Device using the fastboot tools on Windows Computer.

Requirements: Your device should have at least 20 percent or above battery to follow the instructions.

Unlock HTC Bootloader on any HTC Device

Step 1: Download and install HTC USB driver on your computer. If HTC USB drivers are already installed on your computer then skip this step.

USB Logo

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging on your HTC Device. To enable USB Debugging: Open Settings > Developers Option > USB Debugging > Tick to enable.

Enable USB Debugging on HTC

(Developers Option is hidden for Android 4.2.2 or above, to show this option Go to Settings > About Phone > Built Number (Tap on it for 5-8 times).

Step 3: Now, Power off your HTC Device.

Power off HTC

Step 4: Now, you need to boot into the bootloader mode. To boot into bootloader mode, Press and hold the Volume Down Key and Power Key (for 4-5 seconds) and release the power key but keep holding the Volume Down key until bootloader mode is visible on the screen.

htc boot into fastboot

In the Bootloader Mode, Highlight Fastboot (using the volume up and down) and press the Power button.

htc highlight fastboot

Step 5: Connect your HTC Device to the computer.

Connect Android Device with Computer

Step 6: Download and install the Minimal ADB and fastboot tools on your computer.

install minimal adb fastboot

Step 7: Once, Installation is completed Launch the Minimal ADB and fastboot tools.

minimal adb fastboot setup complete

Step 8: Now, you will be able to see the following command window.

HTC Bootloader minimal command window

Step 9: Now, In the command Window, give this command: fastboot oem get_identifier_token

htc fastboot oem get identifier token

Step 10: Now, you will be able to see the unlock data (string) that you have to copy. To copy, right click in the command window and select Mark.

Mark identifier token HTC One

Using the Mouse select the whole unlock data (string) as shown in the below picture:

Select identifier token HTC One

Once you have selected the unlock data (string), left click the mouse button to copy.

Step 11: Now, Open HTC Dev website and create a new account (If you dont have HTC account then you have to create it).

Step 12: Sign In to your HTC Account and Open the HTC Dev Unlock Bootloader Page.

Step 13. On Unlock Bootloader page, you will find the Supported Devices section on the left side. Under Supported Devices, Select “All other supported models”. After that click on the Green Begin Unlock Bootloader Button.

Unlocking HTC Bootloader

Step 14. Now you will be able to see pop-up confirmation message “Are you sure you wish to continue?“, click on Yes to continue the unlocking process.

HTC Bootloader confirmation

Step 15. Again you will see a pop-up which prompts to accept legal terms. Tick both boxes and click on the Proceed to Unlock Instructions button.

HTC Bootloader Legal Terms

Step 16. On the next page you will be able to see instructions to enter into Bootloader mode on your Phone, which you have to ignore as you have already entered into the bootloader mode in Step#4. Simply, scroll down the page and Click on Proceed to Step 5 button.

htcdev bootloader proceed step5

Step 17: On the Next Page Enter the Copied Unlock Data (string) into the My Device Identifier Token Area and click on Submit Button.

HTC identifier token

Step 18: Now, HTC will send you the Unlock_code.bin file on your registered Email ID (through which you have logged in Step#14).

HTC Unlock code.bin

Step 19: Download Unlock_code.bin file on your computer and Move it to the Minimal ADB and Fastboot Folder (C:Program Files > Minimal ADB and Fastboot).

Unlock code.bin placed in root folder

Step 20: Once you have successfully moved the Unlock_code.bin file, Open the Command Window and type following command: fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin

HTC unlock token command

Step 21: You will be able to see some processes on your HTC Device and your HTC Device will reboot automatically.

Step 22: Now you will be able to see the Warning Bootloader Unlocked Message (this confirms that you have successfully unlocked the bootloader on your HTC Device).

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[*] Unlocking the Bootloader will delete your personal data, pictures, apps etc from your device. So, backup your personal data before following the above tutorial.

[*] Once you have successfully unlocked the HTC bootloader of your HTC device you will get the Warning Bootloader Unlocked Message every time whenever you start or restart the device.

[*] HTC USB Driver: If you are looking for the original usb driver then head over to the Download HTC USB Driver Page.

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