How to Unlock Bootloader on Vivo X50/Pro


In this guide, we will show you the steps to unlock bootloader on your Vivo X50/Pro. This budget-level offering from Vivo sees a decent spec sheet. The likes of a Snapdragon 765G chipset under the hood, a 90hz screen, 8GB of RAM, and 33W fast charging are enough to justify the price bracket it belongs to. But if we turn our attention to custom development, until then, there were quite a few hurdles.

This is because the main path of the bootloader unlocking process was a complex method beyond the reach of even geeks. However, thanks to some amazing work done by the developer community, the way is now cleared for tech enthusiasts to delve deeper into the modding domain. So without further ado, let us walk you through the steps to unlock bootloader on your Vivo X50/Pro. Follow along.

Benefits Unlock Bootloader

Unlocking the bootloader is the gateway to getting the most out of Android’s open source ecosystem. For example, you’ll be able to install a custom ROM or flash a custom recovery like TWRP. Similarly, by rooting your device through Magisk you will be able to access the system partition as well as gain administrative privileges. This will allow you to flash Magisk Modules, Xposed Framework, Substratum Themes, and Viper4Android among others.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Vivo X50/Pro

STEP 1: Download Modified ADB & Fastboot

  1. To begin with, download and extract the modified ADB and Fastboot Tool.
  2. Then download the modified Fastboot Binary.
  3. Now extract it inside the same folder where you had extracted the above tool.
  4. It will now ask you to replace the AdbWinApi.dll and fastboot.exe files, reply YES

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

STEP 3: Downgrade Vivo X50/Pro to Android 12

  • Download the firmware and transfer it to your device’s Internal Storage, but not inside any folder
  • Now open CMD inside the ADB & Fastboot folder.
  • Then execute the below command to boot your device to recovery mode
adb reboot fastboot
  • Now performs local update using the firmware and wait for the process to complete.
  • Once done, your device will boot to the Android 12 OS.

STEP4: Boot Vivo X50/Pro to Fastboot Mode

  • Now connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Then head over to the ADB & Fastboot folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.command prompt
  • Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to FastbootD Mode
adb reboot fastboot
  • After that, use the below command to reboot to the FastbootD Mode.
fastboot reboot fastboot

STEP 5: Unlock Bootloader on Vivo X50/Pro

  • To begin with, download any partition IMG file and transfer it to the ADB & Fastboot folder [Why? See FAQ below]. For this guide, we are using the vendor.img.
  • Likewise, make sure you have two CMD windows opened in the ADB & Fastboot folder.
  • Now execute the below command in the first CMD window to initiate the unlock process [it will fail as of now, not an issue]
fastboot vivo_bsp unlock_vivo
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  • Then switch over to the second command prompt window and execute the below command [Since your bootloader is currently locked, the flashing will give an error, that is completely normal]
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
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  • Now switch back to the first CMD window and keep on executing the below unlock command until you get the Okay Finished message
fastboot vivo_bsp unlock_vivo
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  • Your device will undergo a data wipe, unlock the bootloader, and finally boot to the OS. You may also use the below command to boot the device to the OS
fastboot reboot

That’s it. These were the steps to unlock bootloader on your Vivo X50/Pro. We will contact you with a solution as soon as possible.