OEM Unlocking means you are freeing yourself from your manufacturer, that is the next actions you will be doing will alter your firmware to a huge level and only you are responsible for any malfunction and not your manufacturer. OEM unlock is kind of like breaking the agreement between you and the manufacturer. After OEM unlocking you can do many great things like flashing your phone with custom build ROM, Recovery etc.
If you are running your device on Android 5.0+, you will find an option under the “Developer Options” of the “Settings” app stating “Enable OEM Unlocking” which will be switched off by default. And this holds true for almost all the android devices running Android 5+. Unfortunately, this procedure is no longer the same for some of the Samsung Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Galaxy Note 8. I am not sure why Samsung removed the OEM Unlock option from the phone.
How To Get Back OEM Unlocking on Samsung Devices?
If you were able to find the OEM Unlocking option in your Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, S9/S9+ and Note 8 and it disappeared suddenly, this article is of no use for you because I have no idea about what happened in your device. This for those who are not able to find it since the day of purchasing.
The reason why you are not able to find OEM unlocking feature in your device is that Samsung added an extra layer of security with its software regarding the option which gives freedom to unlock the OEM. Samsung just wants to stop its users from modifying the new phone right away. One has to wait f0r 7 days after registering their device in order to unlock the bootloader. However, there’s still a number of users who are unable to get this feature even after 7 days. If you are someone who is suffering from the same problem or is not willing to wait for 7 days, stay tuned as I will guide you to find OEM Unlock option in your Samsung Galaxies.
- Open the “Settings” app from your app drawer.
- Search for “Date and Time” using the search icon which can be found on the top right corner of your settings app and once found tap on it.
- Toggle off automatic date and time update.
- Set the date to a something a month back.
- Developer Options:
- If “Developer Options” is not enabled previously by you, enable it by going to “About Phone” in your settings app and tap on the “Build Number” seven times. Go back to the home screen of your settings app.
- Tap on “Developer Options” and scroll down to find the “Auto Update System” option.
- Toggle it off.
- Now, on Setting’s home screen, tap on “System Update“
- Disable the option to auto update the system and opt for the manual system update. You may receive an error message. Do not worry.
- Restart your device.
- Go to “Settings” and tap on “Developer Option“, you shall find “OEM Unlock“
Congratulations. You can now find OEM Unlock option on your Samsung Flagships. Let us know about your experience during this process. In case I missed to mention anything, please let me know in the comments section down below.
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