Unlike previous generations, Samsung is shipping Galaxy S10 smartphones with locked bootloaders which disallows any system modification. However, there is still a way to unlock it and we have listed it ahead. Fortunately, new Galaxy S10 phones don’t need a computer utility to unlock rather it is just a tedious process which needs to be followed. Our guide is designed to work with all 2019 Galaxy S series phones: Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e.
Enthusiasts mostly went with Samsung phones due to the fact that they shipped with unlocked bootloaders right out of the box. This is also why we saw so much third-party ROM and mod development for previous Samsung phones. However, new smartphones have changed that narrative. Now, users must go through the unlock process. Despite this hurdle, developers are still eagerly developing for the Galaxy S10. Plus, a locked bootloader is something all other phones already had. Read ahead to unlock bootloader of your Galaxy S10.
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If you are a developer and would want to unlock the bootloader, we recommend doing that before you set up the Google Play Store, install apps or anything because the security feature in Android clears out everything from your phone when unlocking bootloader of a phone.
Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below to unlock Samsung Galaxy S10 bootloader.
How to Unlock Bootloader on Samsung Galaxy S10 Series:
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to unlock bootloader on Galaxy S10. If you are used to unlocking bootloaders on any previous Galaxy devices, then this should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for Galaxy S10 Series (Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e). Please don’t try this on any other variants of the phone.
- Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as it will erase all data.
- You will void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader.
- Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+ / Galaxy S10e
- USB cable (Preferably the one that came out of the box)
Step 1 – Go to Settings app, browse to About and then find Build Number. Tap on this multiple times until “You’re now a developer” notification pops-up. For a detailed how-to, you can also read: Enable Developer Options on Android
Step 2 – Allow bootloader unlocking in Developer options > enableOEM unlocking.
Step 3 – Power off your device. Press Bixby + Volume Down and plug in your device to a PC to boot into download mode. [Tutorial: How to Enter Download Mode]
Step 4 – Long press Volume Up button to unlock the bootloader. This will wipe your data and automatically reboot.
Step 5 – Go through the initial setup. If you are looking to flash a ROM or mod after this, check if that requires a data-wipe, if it does, you can skip through the setup as you would be prompted again.
Step 6 – Enable developer options, and confirm that the OEM unlocking option exists and grayed out.
That’s all! After these steps, your device should now be running an unlocked bootloader. Further, this will enable you to root your phone, install mods and more.
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