How to Unlock the Bootloader on Google Pixel 6A

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In this guide, we will show you the steps to unlock bootloader on your Google Pixel 6A device. So it’s finally here. After months of leaks and speculation, the Silicon Valley giant’s latest offering has just been released. Compared to its bigger brothers the 6/Pro, on the one hand, you’ll still be getting the same Tensor chipset.

But on the other hand, the camera will take a slight hit and you’ll only get a 60Hz refresh rate [the latter has annoyed some users, and understandably so]. However, the real reason we’re here is to talk about custom development. For that matter, the kernel source and device tree are already live, so custom ROMs and custom recoveries won’t take long [although Android 12 has messed up the latter].

Then if we turn our attention to gaining administrative privileges, the factory images are ready for capture and hence you can root your device via Magisk right away. But before you can perform any of these tweaks, the bootloader on your Pixel 6A needs to be unlocked. And in this guide, we’ll show you how to do just that. Follow along.

Pros and Cons of Unlocked Bootloader on Pixel 6A

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.

However, performing these adaptations also poses some uncalled-for risks. To begin with, it will erase all data and may even void the device’s warranty. Along those same lines, it will downgrade Widevine L1 certification to L3, thus preventing you from streaming content in HD [FIXED]. SafetyNet will also be activated [FIXED], thus preventing you from using banking apps [FIXED]. So if that’s fine and good, let’s start with the steps to unlock bootloader on your Google Pixel 6A.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel 6A

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on Pixel 6A

STEP 3: Boot Pixel 6A to Fastboot Mode

  • Now connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  • Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
adb reboot bootloader
  • To verify the Fastboot connection, type in the below command and you should get back the device ID, as shown in the image.
fastboot devices

STEP 4: Unlock Bootloader Google Pixel 6A

  • Finally, type in the following command to unlock the bootloader on your Pixel 6A
fastboot flashing unlock
  • You might get a confirmation message on your Pixel 6 device at this point in time. Use the Volume keys to select Unlock the Bootloader option, and the Power key to confirm your decision.
  • Your device will now reboot to Fastboot Mode, but this time, the Device State will be unlocked. This verifies that the process stands successfully completed.
  • You may reboot your device to the system (if that doesn’t happen automatically). For that either press the Power key once or use the below fastboot command:
fastboot reboot

That’s it, these were the steps to unlock bootloader on your Google Pixel 6A. If you have any queries regarding the above steps, let us know in the comments section below. We will contact you with a solution as soon as possible.