Android Hardware

Huawei will no longer allow bootloader unlocking

Huawei and Honor will stop providing unlock codes completely. All phones sold after today, May 24, won’t have unlockable bootloaders. All phones sold before that date will have 60 days before unlocking won’t be supported. This information comes from a tweeted screenshot of a Huawei message.


Why they stopped supporting unlocking the bootloader?

In order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, worsened battery performance, and risk of data being compromised, Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after May 25, 2018. For devices launched prior to the aforementioned date, the termination of the bootloader code application service will come into effect 60 days after today’s announcement. Moving forward, Huawei remains committed to providing quality services and experiences to its customers. Thank you for your continued support.

Needless to say, the custom ROM community is not happy about this decision. Threads on Reddit and Twitter are running hot with comments from Huawei fans who now declare they will jump ship to other brands. Some users are even claiming they will return their brand new Honor 10’s and Huawei P20’s due to the change in policy.

On the flip side, unlocking the bootloader puts the device in danger of being rendered unusable if a mistake is made. One can understand that a company wouldn’t want people tinkering with the fundamentals of a device because it leads to product returns and bad reviews.

Closing Words

This obviously isn’t something that’ll affect the majority of users, but for those that like digging into Android’s more technical side of things, this is disappointing news, to say the least.