Fix Missing OEM Unlock button on the Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/Note8.

Fix missing OEM Unlock button on the Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/Note8 .

Smartphone running with Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher, you may find an option called ‘OEM unlocking’ in developer options. By this option, you’ll get the ability to unlock the Bootloader on your device.

What is OEM on Android System and it`s functions?

Unlocking the Bootloader lets you install a custom recovery such as TWRP, root your device to access system files, flash custom ROM`s, modify the kernel, and much more. If you own the international/Exynos version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, or Samsung Galaxy S9 and you’re missing the OEM unlock toggle.

How to fix if this option is missing?

Samsung allows unlocking the bootloader on the international versions of their phones. But on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the ‘OEM unlocking’ option only becomes available after 7 days of activating the device and adding a Samsung or Google account to the device. If you would rather not wait 7 days or if even after 7 days the button is still missing.

How to fix the missing ‘OEM unlock’ button on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, too.This process is tested on that model.

Let`s start the process.
First of all, open the Settings  on your Galaxy device;
Go to General management > Date and time;
Untick ‘Automatic date and time;

New options should appear. Tap ‘Set date’ and select any date from the last month, so that we can trick the system into thinking we’ve had the device for more than 7 days ago from the real date.

Back out. In Settings, go to About phone > Software information;

 Tap on Build number 7 times to activate Developer options;

 Back out. In Settings, go to the newly added Developer options;

 Untick ‘Auto update system.

 Back out. Go to Software update.

 Untick ‘Download updates automatically.

Tap on ‘Download updates manually’. It may throw an error, but don’t worry.
Reboot your device.This process that is really a good stuff that may help you to do that process in a clear manner.Try this.


That’s it! ‘OEM unlock’ option should be available in the Developer options now.

After following these instructions, you’ll be able to unlock the Bootloader on your brand new Galaxy device.This method has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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