How to Enable OEM Unlock on Android (Marshmallow & Lollipop)


OEM Unlock feature became a permanent part of Android OS from Android 5.0 Lollipop and later versions. This OEM Unlock performs many useful functions on Android devices. It helps you to root Android device, flash device firmware/custom recovery or ROM, to unlock bootloader. If you have performed any of the above tasks on your phone then chances are that you must have been asked to enable OEM Unlock on Android device or make sure its enabled. OEM Unlock is vital in performing custom recovery tasks on Android devices. Here we will show you how to enable OEM Unlock on Android devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to flashing custom recoveries and other Android development tasks.

What is OEM Unlock

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer Unlocking Option) restricts flashing of custom images and bypasses bootloader. In Android Lollipop and Marshmallow powered device OEM feature has become necessary to directly flash images and custom recoveries.

This OEM features gets even more handy in case your device is stolen and the other person tries to get into your password protected device by flashing custom files or images to steal device data, but it won’t be possible until the person get to the developers options in the device to enable OEM Unlock.

Only way to flash custom images and files on your Android Lollipop or Marshmallow is to have OEM Unlock option turned ON. If your device is password protected no one else will be able to get pass the security features to steal data. Wiping out entire device would remain the only possibility for unauthorized person to use your device but still since all data has been removed it won’t get in wrong hands.

Now that you know what is OEM Unlock and how it could be of use to you, now let’s move ahead and see how to enable the option on Android devices.

How to Enable OEM Unlock on Android Marshmallow and Lollipop:

1 – Open your Android device running on Android Lollipop or later version and go to Settings.

2 – In Settings, scroll down to About Device option and tap on it.

3 – Note down the build number of your mobile device in About Device setting. If you can’t see device number then go to About Device > Software, it should be there.

4 – Now quickly tap 7 times on the device build number to enable Developer Options.

5 – When Developer Options is enabled go back to main settings menu and new developer option should now be showing above About Device option.

6 – Open Developer Options and tap on the OEM Unlock option to enable it.


7 – All done. You have successfully enabled OEM Unlock option on your Android device.

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