Huawei shuts down bootloader unlock program

Huawei shuts down bootloader unlock program
In an attempt to "provide better user experience" Huawei, and Honor by extension, is pulling the plug on its bootloader unlock program. Citing "issues caused by ROM flashing," the company will stop sending out bootloader unlock codes in 60 days for existing devices, while all new smartphones under the Huawei and Honor brands released after May 24th won't be eligible at all.

Huawei devices have never been dear to the heart of the custom ROM community, but in recent times the company has been trying to provide enthusiasts with the means to do with their phones whatever they please. However, this endeavor seems to be on the course of a premature closure, and while this won't affect the majority of users, those who wanted to embrace the freedom will no doubt rile against the decision.


So, if you own a Huawei or an Honor phone, and you've been mulling over the possibility of unlocking the bootloader, you'd better do it within the next 59 days. The page for generating bootloader unlock codes was temporarily down, but Huawei has now restored access to it. You've got until July 24 to claim your code.

Update: Huawei has reached to us with an official statement on the matter:

"In order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, worsened battery performance, and risk of data being compromised, Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after May 25, 2018. For devices launched prior to the aforementioned date, the termination of the bootloader code application service will come into effect 60 days after today’s announcement. Moving forward, Huawei remains committed to providing quality services and experiences to its customers. Thank you for your continued support."

source: Huawei via XDA

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6 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Seeing how easy it is to update the OS via Project Treble; It shouldn't come out as a surprise! I've said this before and now say it again: Project Treble is going to do squat unless Google itself enforce OEMs to support their devices for at least TWO years. Before, flashing a custom ROM on a Huawei was next to impossible thanks to Kirin SoC with an unknown source code. And now when its finally possible to flash ROM on even a Mediatek Phone, Huawei is shutting the door. Greed at its finest, eh? And yet people blame Apple all the time! Oh well, G'Day!

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Because it a big known China company who doesn't want to let people outside china know about its kirin soc devices structure and software,harware bootloader unlock source code.

2. swarai

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

so much for me ever buying a Huawei again. thanks

3. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Still can't find any option on provided link

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

This affects 0.001% of phone owners. I know it's hard to swallow but the majority don't even know what a bootloader is.

6. ajsmsg78

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

You can use that excuse over and over but the fact is that if it's only 0.001% of phone owners as you state then it shouldn't be a big deal nor should it matter to Huawei if those power users unlock their bootloaders. The point is that there is a freedom being taken away from the power user which is never a good thing.

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