How to unlock bootloader and root OnePlus 6T (TWRP)

Ever since OnePlus 6T has been launched, we couldn’t stop looking at its gorgeous display and futuristic fingerprint reader. The technology is still in its early stages but I’m fairly certain that we will achieve that level of success (compared to the regular fingerprint reader) in the next two years. If you’re curious about whether there’s any way to unlock bootloader and root OnePlus 6T, you’re in the right place. Generally, it is extremely easy to unlock the bootloader and root OnePlus smartphones. Let’s get started –

This tutorial is for non T-mobile OnePlus 6T.

We’ll update it once there’s a reliable tutorial available for rooting t-mobile specific OnePlus 6T.

Steps to Root OnePlus 6T

Step 1 – Enabling OEM Unlock

Before you start rooting OnePlus 6T, it is necessary to enable the OEM Unlock from the developer options. This is a mandatory step because, without it, you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader. To do this, open Settings app, go into About phone section. Tap on the build number seven times to enable Developer Options. Go back to the Settings and open Developer Options, and tap on the Enable OEM Unlock option.

Here’s the screenshot for your reference –

OnePlus 6T - Enable OEM Unlock

Step 2 – Unlocking the bootloader of OnePlus 6T

In order to unlock the bootloader, you need to install adb and fastboot.

Once you have those tools setup, let’s first make sure that your device is being recognized by your computer. To do that, enter this command (make sure your phone is connected to the computer via USB cable) –

./adb devices

Do you see your phone listed with some random number as id? If so, you’re good. Let’s reboot to the fastboot mode.

./adb reboot bootloader

Next, let’s once again make sure that fastboot is able to recognize your phone.

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./fastboot devices

If it does recognize your OnePlus 6T, you will once again see it in the command prompt. Fire up this command and unlock the oem.

./fastboot oem unlock

Here’s how you can check if the bootloader is unlocked.

Step 3 – Installing TWRP recovery and rooting OnePlus 6T

Since OnePlus 6T has A/B partitions, it is a little bit tricky when it comes to installing TWRP. Nonetheless, let’s start the process –

Download TWRP Boot Img file and zip file

Download Magisk

Copy and paste the img file under the same directory where you were running the adb and fastboot commands from. Boot into bootloader/fastboot mode (if you’re not there already)

Enter this command to –

./fastboot boot twrp-3.2.3-x_blu_spark_v9.86_op6.img

This will boot your phone into TWRP recovery. Once it has booted into this recovery, select ADB sideload and enter the following command.

./adb sideload

Next, reboot into recovery from the TWRP window. You can usually use power button to make the selection and volume buttons to scroll up and down. As soon as it is done booting into recovery, sideload magisk zip the same way.

./adb sideload

From the recovery, reboot your phone and you’re good to go.

Note – In the future, we may have an official version of TWRP recovery. Currently, we are using the custom version borrowed from OnePlus 6. In that case, use that version instead of bluespark one.

Let me know if you’re stuck somewhere and I’ll try to resolve your issues as much as possible.

credits – xda forum.

Featured image from MKBHD

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