HTC has announced that it will soon released a web-based tool that you’ll be able to use to unlock the bootloader on your HTC smartphone. The company had already committed to offering users to unlock their bootloaders so they could have more control over their phones. By unlocking the bootloader you can install custom firmware, make deep changes to your phone’s operating system, and make or restore from a complete backup of your device.
But because you can also wreak all sorts of havoc when trying to make those changes to your phone, HTC wants to make it clear that unlocking your bootloader will void your warranty. The company will also continue to ship phones with locked bootloaders.
Those that want to unlock their devices will have to:
- Register an account.
- Acknowledge that they’re voiding their warranty.
- Install the Android SDK on their computer.
- Connect a phone to the computer to retrieve a device identifier token.
- Enter that token in a web tool to have an unlock key sent via email.
- Use the key on a phone to unlock it.