Hi everyone. First post here. I was wondering why both my Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy S10 have locked bootloaders? They're both the W variant and I have no idea why the bootloaders are locked. I was hoping there was some sort of way to unlock them, but I have searched high and low with no luck. Why are the bootloaders locked in the first place? I want to unlock them so I can get extra life out of my phones when they eventually go past the android update period.
Since this is the official Samsung troubleshooting forum I am not sure we can help you unlock that bootloader. That said, a particular model of device might be locked because it's from a phone carrier a country of origin that locks it, etc.
@useruSXBAjjEmW I'd reach out to your carrier here for further support!
I purchased a NEW, CARRIER-unlocked , G960U1 on Amazon (seller: SAMSUNG) for the purpose of loading a well-vetted custom OS on it. But I foolishly assumed it would have the same "OEM Unlock" feature that the international models have.
I know a custom OS it will void my warranty. I don't care. I'm a responsible adult and I know what I'm doing.
I know a custom OS supposedly exposes me to "vulnerabilities." I'm a responsible adult and will accept that risk. the custom OS is actually more well-vetted than anything cooming from the manufactrer or carrier.
Since I bought this phone carrier-unlocked, I can't reach out to the carrier. Can I pay Samsung to unlock this bootloader for me?