Google fixes Pixel 2 disabled bootloader unlocking issue, here's how to enable it

Google's latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been accompanied by quite a few issues. A few days ago, we reported that a number of Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store were arriving with bootloaders that can't be unlocked. Fortunately, it seems that the problem was quickly noticed by Google and should be resolved now.

As you might know, having an unlocked bootloader is a big plus for tech-savvy users, as it allows them to flash custom software on their handset without the risk of voiding its warranty. All Nexus and Pixel devices have the option available, except for the ones distributed by Verizon.  

So, how can you resolve the issue? According to an official post on Google's issue tracking website, all you need to do to enable the OEM to unlock toggle is to factory reset your phone. 

This is done by going to Settings -> System -> Reset options -> Erase all data (factory reset). Also, make sure that your Pixel 2 is connected to the internet during the initial setup. That's all there's to it, so feel free to give it a go (if you know what you're doing, of course).

source: Google via GSMArena

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh


1 Comment

1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While a factory reset isn't as big of a deal as it used to be, there can still be games that you have played which you will lose all of your progress. Not the end of the world, but it's a first world problem, nonetheless.

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