Verizon is an exclusive carrier for the first generation and second generation Google Pixel devices. Those who own a Verizon Google Pixel Device must know that Verizon doesn’t like its users tinkering with the phone. Therefore, they don’t allow users to unlock bootloader on devices which are shipped by the Verizon. This unfriendly behavior of Verizon has kept many from modifying and unlocking the true potential of their Google Pixel Devices. However, it’s not like that it’s not possible to unlock bootloader on Google Pixel device, a clever bypass has been discovered by XDA Members LeoTheRomRasta and Qu3ntin0. This method works fine on first generation’s Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. So, in this Android Tutorial, we will tell you How to Unlock Bootloader On Verizon Google Pixel/Pixel XL.
NOTE: Unlocking the bootloader will wipe not only any app data on your phone but ALL data stored in /data/media. Please back up any documents, images, music, and more if you haven’t already.
If you have taken backup of all your data then it’s time to proceed further and heed the instructions given in the guide to unlock bootloader on Verizon Google Pixel/Pixel XL.
How to Unlock Bootloader on Verizon Google Pixel/Pixel XL
- Remove Google account and any kind of screen lock (fingerprint, PIN, pattern, etc.) from your device.
- Eject sim card from your device.
- Reset your device. In setup wizard, skip everything, don’t connect to WiFi, don’t add a fingerprint or any kind of screen lock.
- Go to Developer Options and enable USB debugging.
- Connect your phone to PC.
- Open CMD in adb directory and type: adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.android.phone
- Restart your device.
- Connect to WiFi, open Chrome and go to google.com (or any website really).
- Go to Developer Options and enable OEM unlocking.
- Reboot into bootloader and via CMD run: fastboot oem unlock OR fastboot flashing unlock
This method also works on Android Oreo and Android P Developer Preview.