Fix the missing OEM unlock button on Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S9/S9+ or Note 8

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Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+,S8+,Note 8

If you are familiar with rooting or modding an Android device then you also must be familiar with OEM Unlock button. In case you are not, on a device running on Android 5.0 or above there is an option for OEM unlocking in Developer Option. Toggling this option unlocks Bootloader on your device. By unlocking the Bootloader you can root your device, flash a custom ROM, install a custom recovery and much more. If you are using Samsung S8, Samsung S9 or Samsung Note 8 and  missing the OEM unlock toggle then you are at the right place.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Bootloader

Let me tell you that OEM Unlock option only becomes available after 7 days of activating the device and adding a Samsung or Google account to the device. If you cannot wait for 7 days or if even after 7 days the button is still missing then follow these steps to ‘unlock’ the OEM Unlock button :

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General management > Date and Time.
  3. Uncheck ‘Automatic date and time’.
  4. Click ‘Set date’ and select any date which is more than 7 days earlier to the actual date.
  5. Now goto Settings > About phone > Software information.
  6. Tap on Build number 7 times to activate Developer options.
  7. Again get back to Settings, go to the newly added Developer options.
  8. Uncheck ‘Auto update system’.
  9. Now go to Software update.
  10. Uncheck ‘Download updates automatically’.
  11. Tap on ‘Download updates manually’ and reboot your device.
  12. Now check the Developer Option

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By following these steps you will be able to find the OEM Unlock button in the Developer Option in Settings. This method has been tested on the Samsung S8/S8+ and Samsung S9/S9+ but not on Samsung Note 8. But it should work for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 too.

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