How to Unlock OnePlus 2 Bootloader and Install TWRP: In-Depth Guide

OnePlus Two received great response from the Developers. But not like as LG Nexus 5 and OnePlus One.  After the releasing of Marshmallow Kernel Source by OnePlus, the development may get Speed up to twice as of now.

The Phone comes with great specifications and a Bloat free Oxygen OS. If you love tinkering things, you might get bored of Oxygen OS. If you want to Install Custom ROMs, Kernels, Mods & other stuff like customizing System files, you need to have root access. For rooting, you need to Unlock the Bootloader of your OnePlus 2 because this phone is factory locked out of the Box. You can easily unlock the bootloader of the OnePlus 2 with the detailed steps given below in this tutorial.

OnePlus 2
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OnePlus 2 have a fully optimized, certified and tested version of Android, and unlocking the bootloader may change the firmware. So, it is important that you take time to read and that you keep the following in mind before unlocking the bootloader to customize your device.
  • Once your phone is unlocked, it will no longer be covered by OnePlus warranty (if Bricked).
  • When unlocking the bootloader, the DRM protection of your phone will become untrusted.
  • Once unlocked, it cannot be undone. 
  • OnePlus or Droidphoria.com will not be responsible for the damages caused by any custom software being flashed to your phone.
All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial below and Unlock the Bootloader of your OnePlus 2.

How to Unlock OnePlus 2 Bootloader :

We have put together a step-by-step instructions guide on how to Unlock OnePlus 2 Bootloader. This is a Detailed In-Depth tutorial. Please read the tutorial carefully. We request you to read the full tutorial once before actually performing in your device.

To Remember :
  • This unlocking bootloader tutorial is only for OnePlus 2. Please don’t try this on any other variants of OnePlus.
  • This tutorial has been performed on Windows, but anyone familiar with Fastboot on Mac or Linux can perform this as well.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding as it will erase all data.
  • You may void your warranty by unlocking the bootloader.
Download and Install the following file as per the Operating System of your Computer :

PlatformSDK tools packageSHA-1 checksum
Windowsinstaller_r24.4.1-windows.exef9b59d72413649d31e633207e31f456443e7ea0b
Mac OS Xandroid-sdk_r24.4.1-macosx.zip85a9cccb0b1f9e6f1f616335c5f07107553840cd
Linuxandroid-sdk_r24.4.1-linux.tgz725bb360f0f7d04eaccff5a2d57abdd49061326d

Step 1 : On your device, go into Settings > About and find the Build Number and tap on it 7 times to enable developer settings. Press back and go into Developer Options and enable USB debugging. (USB-Debugging is required for the commands “adb” and “fastboot” to work.)

Step 2 : Enable OEM unlock on your phone. Activating the “Enable OEM unlock” is necessary for the bootloader unlock. To enable OEM unlock, go to Settings >> Developer options and check Enable OEM unlock.

Step 3 : Switch off your phone. Once the phone is OFF, Hold Volume Up and Power button simultaneously until the phone turns ON in Fastboot mode.

Step 4 : Make sure you have backup your data as it will be erased (Not the Internal Storage). Connect your phone to your PC using Official OnePlus USB Cable.

Step 5 : Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

Step 6 : Type the following command and press Enter :
fastboot oem unlock
Once the command is run, the phone will roboot asking you to wipe all your data. Select "Yes" by using the Power button.

Now the phone will restart and all your data will be wiped. You can now restore your data after completing the whole process. You can now easily install any custom recovery in your Phone.

TWRP for OnePlus 2 is here:

TWRP Touch Recovery will allow you to install custom ROMs, advanced options like formatting the system partition, making backups etc. The entire tutorial has been given below for those who want to install this custom recovery on their phones. Here are a few details about TWRP:

Team Win Recovery Project, for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind. We started from the ground up by taking AOSP recovery and loading it with the standard recovery options, then added a lot of our own features. It’s a fully touch driven user interface – no more volume rocker or power buttons to mash. The GUI is also fully XML driven and completely theme-able. You can change just about every aspect of the look and feel. Some of the key features of Official TWRP Recovery are:
  • Touchscreen driven with real buttons and drag-to-scroll
  • XML-based GUI that allows full customization of the layout true theming!
  • Settings are saved to the internal storage and persist through reboots
  • Ability to choose which partitions to back up and which to restore
  • Ability to choose to compress backups now with pigz (multi-core processor support for faster compression times)
  • Onscreen keyboard
  • Decryption of /data
  • Easy selection of OTG storage 

NOTE: This Official TWRP Recovery is Only for OnePlus 2. Please don't try this with any other OnePlus Device.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 2:

Step 7 : Download Latest TWRP Recovery to your computer and rename it to 'twrp' and save it in your desktop by making a folder. (Folder name should be OP2 for this tutorial)

Step 8 : Connect your OnePlus 2 to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 9 : Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on OnePlus 2. How? Press Volume Up + Power keys simultaneously for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

Step 10 : Open the Folder from your Desktop now where you have TWRP Hybrid Image file and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

Step 11 : Type the following command and press Enter :
fastboot flash recovery ./Desktop/OP2/twrp.img
Step 12 : When finished, again type the following command and press Enter :
fastboot reboot-bootloader
Step 13 : Once completed, switch off your phone by pressing power button for 10 second. You can now access the custom recovery by pressing Volume Down + Power button during Power off mode on your OnePlus 2.

That’s it! You should now be in the Latest TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 2 from where you can choose whatever function you want to perform. You may Also like See to our Guide on How to Install Hybrid TWRP Recovery on OnePlus 2 which is supported in all custom ROMs.

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