Here is how you can unlock Galaxy Note 20 bootloader to install and flash custom ROMs, root and other system modifications. Samsung, just as on its previous Note series phones, allows enthusiasts to unlock Galaxy Note 20 bootloader officially. This then allows for installation of system mods such as TWRP custom recovery flashing and more.
Not everyone would be looking to modify the software of their expensive new Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra which is why, out of the box, all Note20 phones have locked bootloaders. This means, you can boot into download mode but are only allowed to flash official binaries or firmwares. However, once unlocked, owners can then proceed to install any system files they like.
How to Unlock Galaxy Note 20 Bootloader
Samsung is one brand that has always allowed its users to unlock bootloader of its phones. Similarly, the new Note 20 series also supports official unlock. Even better, to unlock bootloader, you don’t need any utility or program rather the phone has the script built-in.
Before we start with the actual process, there are few key points that each owner should know before unlocking Galaxy Note 20 bootloader:
- This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Please don’t try this on any other variants.
- 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 and also trip Samsung KNOX.
Configure USB Drivers
Before we dive into the actual process, we recommend installing correct USB drivers on your computer. Since entering download mode requires you to connect a USB type-C cable, correct USB drivers will ensure your computer properly recognizes your Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
We have already covered a detailed download and install guide for USB drivers on Galaxy Note 20 right here: Download Galaxy Note 20 USB Drivers.
Bootloader Unlock on Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra
Now that you have made sure that your computer is configured with proper USB drivers, here is the complete unlock process:
Step 1 – With your phone turned on, make sure you are connected to the internet. Check for any updates and, if available, install them.
Step 2 – After checking and installing, proceed towards the Settings app.
Step 3 – Browse until you see About Phone. Tap it and then from the resulting page, tap Software Information. Finally, continuously tap Build Number row until it says Developer Mode has been enabled.
Step 4 – Go back to the main Settings page and now scroll down till you see Developer Options. From these, browse and enable OEM unlocking.
Step 5 – Power off your phone. After it completely shuts off, hold Volume Up and Volume Down while connecting a USB Type-C cable that is connected to a PC to enter Download Mode.
Step 6 – Right when you enter the download mode, your Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra will display a splash screen. From this menu, keep holding Volume Up.
Step 7 – Now, the phone will ask for bootloader unlock confirmation. Confirm by pressing the volume up button.
Step 8 – The phone will now unlock the bootloader and wipe all user data. Once it is done, it will reboot automatically.
That’s all to it! Your phone should now boot up with an unlocked bootloader. As the unlock process wipes user data, you would now have to reconfigure your Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra just as it arrived out of the box.