How to Check if your Bootloader is Locked or Unlocked

by Maitreya PatniAugust 15, 2015

Check and Verify whether your Android Smartphone’s Bootloader is Locked or Unlocked

If you are an Android user then you might came across a term called bootloader, well in simple language bootloader is a code that executes before any operating system starts to run.

In case of Android devices many manufacturers provide their smartphones with locked bootloader which  makes them virtually impossible to install a custom Rom or firmware on those devices, so before flashing any custom Rom or firmware on Android it is necessary to unlock its stock bootloader.



So today we are not providing a tutorial on how to unlock bootloader but providing a tutorial on how to check if your bootloader is still locked or unlocked if you have tried to unlock it.


 

 

How to check if your bootloader is locked or unlocked?

This tutorial is suitable for all versions of Android. We are provoding two different methods to check the status of your bootloader, use the one that works for you.

Method 1 :

This one is the easiest method and works with many device out there, you don’t require any use of PC, you just need to enter a spacial block of numbers in your keypad to check your bootloader’s status.

Step 1 : Open your device’s dialer (App where you enter telephone numbers to call someone).

Step 2 : Dial the below code, it will automatically open a new windows. (if it doesn’t opens anything then use the second method).

*#*#7378423#*#*

Step 3 : Now in that window go to Service Info >> Configuration, and see if there is :

Bootloader unlock allowed - Yes >> This means that your Bootloader is Locked 
Bootloader Unlocked - Yes >> This means that your Bootloader is unlocked


Method 2 :

Step 1 : Download and install adb & fastboot package & drivers in your system (Google it for your device).

Step 2 : After successful installation of adb & fastboot, connect your device to your PC via USB cable in fastboot mode.

Step 3 : Now open the folder where your adb & fastboot package is extracted, press Shift key on your keyboard and right click in the folder and select “Open command prompt here“.

Step 4 : It will open a Command Prompt window.

Step 5 : Type the following command to check if the device was detected in fastboot mode.

fastboot devices

Step 6 : if you don’t get device it or anything it means that the drivers weren’t correctly installed or the device wasn’t connected properly, if this happens try reinstalling your drivers.

Step 7 : Next run the following command to check the status of your device’s bootloader.






fastboot oem device-info

 

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About The Author
Maitreya Patni
Maitreya is the Founder and Chief Editor at Broodle. He loves helping people around him to get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+.
  • Nilesh

    Ref step2, “connect your device to your PC via USB cable in fastboot mode.” What do you mean by in fastboot mode and how to do it.

    Also can you clarify if the phone needs to be ON or OFF. For example my phone Panasonic P81 is not booting, it gets stuck at logo screen. Will this method work for me?

    • Chandu72

      Try key press combinations in power off.. Like volume down+ power or volume up+ power….

  • Yo Yo honey Singh

    your 2nd method is the mother of all fails.