Last year with One Plus 3, the OnePlus company has finally made a strong impact on the Android world. Just because of its amazing specs, the One Plus 3 ruled the Android market and users had a new brand to fall in love with. There’s no One Plus 4 this year, but instead the One Plus 5 takes things up another level which is also considered as a perfect smartphone in the market right now. Amazing camera, premium design and a phenomenal performance combined makes this handset a fantastic buy for anyone looking for a more affordable flagship phone.

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Launched in June 2017, the One Plus 5 comes with a 5.5 inch touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution. Powered by 1.9 GHz Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, it has 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. As far as the cameras are concerned, the One Plus 5 packs a 20 megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16 megapixel front shooter for selfies. The One Plus 5 runs the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and is powered by a 3300 mAh non removable battery to always remain charged.

Since Android is an open source project, many geeky users will definitely want to try some tweaks like changing, customizing or optimizing the internal system and OS, so as to root, install custom recoveries or flash custom firmwares etc. But before entering into any of the unofficial stuff, the first thing an user should do is to unlock the bootloader of device.

The bootloader is locked as well as encrypted by the manufacturers in order to make sure that users stick to their official Android OS. But if you unlock the bootloader, you can not only gain root access but can also install custom firmwares, flash modified system, kernel, increase internal memory, flash custom recoveries, .img files and much more. Today in this detailed tutorial we’ll discuss some easy steps on how to unlock bootloader of One Plus 5 smartphone using fastboot.


The process mentioned below is quite risky and can affect your device if implemented incorrectly. We at will not be held responsible if your phone gets damaged by following this guide. Although the chances that your device will be damaged are least, still we highly recommend you to follow all the given steps at your own risk and without performing anything by your own.

  • Unlocking the bootloader will void your device warranty.
  • Charge your One Plus 5 at least up to 60% so as to minimize the risk of interruption during the process.
  • Backup your phone data and settings as everything gets wiped out in the last step of this procedure. You may use any backup app from Google Play Store.
  • Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone. To do so, follow the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you don’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developer option appear in the Settings menu.

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  • Also enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.

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  • Install mobile specific USB drivers on your computer so as to detect your One Plus 5 when connected via USB data cable. You can manually install them from link given below:
  1. Download One Plus USB drivers for Windows.
  1. Download One Plus USB drivers for Mac.
  • (Optional) Temporarily disable all the security related tools as well as antivirus that is installed on your computer. They might cause interruption.

Procedure to Unlock Bootloader of One Plus 5:


  1. Download ADB and Fastboot files.


Step 1: Download and install ADB and fastboot files on your computer.

Step 2: Then using USB data cable connect your One Plus 5 to computer.

Note: Make sure that One Plus USB drivers are installed on your computer.

Step 3: Go to the location C:\Program Files\Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder (where you’ve installed the adb and fastboot). Then by holding shift button of your keyboard, right click on empty space. From the list, choose Open command window here option. This will launch the command window.

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Step 4: In the command window, type the following commands and hit enter key:

adb devices

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As soon as you hit enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with random numbers. This will confirm that your One Plus 5 has successfully connected to your computer.

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Note: If such thing doesn’t happen then re-install the USB drivers. If the problem still persists then change the USB cable or USB port.

Step 5: Now type the next command and press enter key:

adb reboot bootloader

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This will reboot your One Plus 5 into fastboot mode as shown below:

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Step 6: Next type the fastboot command and press enter key:

fastboot devices

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This command will again confirm the successful connection with some random numbers.

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Step 7: Lets begin the bootloader unlocking process. For that, type the following command and hit enter key:

fastboot oem unlock

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As soon as you press enter key, the following screen will appear on your phone:

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Note: Use Volume Up and Down keys for navigation and Power key for selection.

Step 8: So using Volume keys navigate to the Yes option and press Power key for selecting it.

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This will begin the actual bootloader unlocking process.

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Note: This step will clear out entire data on your phone. Hence make sure you have backed up everything before implementing this step.

Step 9: As the process completes, your One Plus 5 will automatically restart itself.


Great Job! You’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader of your One Plus 5 smartphone. Now you are free to gain root access, flash those unofficial custom recoveries, custom ROMs, take nandroid backup and restore, increase internal memory, remove bloatware and do much more on your One Plus device. Do share your views and experience after implementing the process. Lastly if you face any issues while going through the process then do let me know via the comments section mentioned below. I’d love to help you out. Till then Enjoy and Peace out! 😎🤘🏻

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