How to Unlock Micromax Canvas A1 Bootloader

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Hell Yeah! Android One devices are out on the stores and we’re pretty sure most of you have already placed orders for one of the three Android One devices. In case you chose the Micromax Canvas A1, here’s a guide for the first hack-ish thing you’d do on it — unlocking the bootloader.

Rooting, custom recoveries, custom ROMs, mods and all things fun.. it all starts with unlocking the bootloader on your Android One device. And Google has made the bootloder unlocking process as simple as possible. It’s just a one line command and takes less than a minute to unlock the bootloader.

By unlocking the bootloader on Micromax Canvas A1 you’d be able to install root and custom recoveries on your device. And most important of all ─ Custom ROMs. There’s a great community of developers making custom ROMs for various Android devices and the Micromax Canvas A1 being a Android One device means you’ll have handful of great custom ROMs to flash, try and have fun with.

The process of unlocking the bootloader is similar between all Android One devices so this guide is not limited to Micromax Canvas A1 only, you could use it for all Android One devices.

WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page!

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

 icon-android GUIDE: MICROMAX CANVAS A1 BOOTLOADER UNLOCK

Before you begin with the instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be AQ4501!

This guide is for the Micromax Canvas A1 with model no. AQ4501. Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other device of Micromax or any other company that’s not an Android One device. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start as unlocking the bootloader on your Micromax Canvas A1 would wipe/delete every single file stored on your device. You’ll lose all your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and all the files stored on the internal storage of the device.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

 ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully unlock bootloader on your Micromax Canvas A1. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Micromax Canvas A1 on your computer.

 Micromax Canvas A1 Drivers (ADB and Fastboot)

  STEP 3: UNLOCK MICROMAX CANVAS A1 BOOTLOADER

  DOWNLOADS

Download the One Click Bootloader Unlocking file given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

  ONE CLICK BOOTLOADER UNLOCKING FILE

DOWNLOAD LINK | File name: Android_One_Bootloader_Unlocking_Script.zip (805 KB)

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

You may choose to unlock the bootloader on your Micromax Canvas A1 using either our one-click automated script OR manually by yourself. Both the methods are discussed below:

UNLOCK BOOTLOADER WITH ONE-CLICK SCRIPT
  1. Extract/Unzip Android_One_Bootloader_Unlocking_Script.zip file on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably)
  2. Turn on USB Debugging  on your Micromax Canvas A1
    • Enable developer options: Go to your device’ Settings » select About device » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options
    • Enable USB Debugging: Open device’ Settings » select Developer options » Tick the “USB debugging” checkbox (under Debugging section)
  3. Connect your Micromax Canvas A1 to computer with a USB cable and if a pop-up screen shows up on Phone asking you to Allow USB debugging for the computer, make sure to tick the checkbox and tap Okay Allow USB Debugging
  4. Now open the folder where you extracted the contents of Android_One_Bootloader_Unlocking_Script.zip file in Step 1
  5. Look for the android-one-bootloader-unlock.bat script file inside the folder and execute it by double clicking on it
    └ If the script hangs on < waiting for device > for a long time (say 2 minute) then that means you’ve a drivers or some other connectivity issue between your Micromax Canvas A1 and computer. To troubleshoot this, follow the drivers installation guide link provided above
  6. Follow the instructions on the computer screen now, your phone’s bootloader will be successfully unlocked.
MANUALLY UNLOCK BOOTLOADER

If for some reason the 1-click script doesn’t work, you can also unlock the bootloader manually by following the steps below:

  1. Extract/Unzip Android_One_Bootloader_Unlocking_Script.zip file on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably)
  2. Now, boot your Micromax Canvas A1 into bootloader mode:
    1. Power off your device and wait 4-5 seconds after lights go off.
    2. Press and hold Power + Volume Up button together for a few seconds and then release the buttons as soon as you see the boot menu screen
      └ In boot menu, use Volume Up scroll between options and Volume Down to confirm (OK) an option.
    3. Press Volume Up four times to select Fastboot Mode, and then press Volume Down to confirm (OK) booting into Fastboot Mode.
      └ “=> FASTBOOT mode…” will appear on screen.

    └ For more help, check out our page on → How to Boot into Micromax Canvas A1 Bootloader/Fastboot Mode.

  3. Now open the folder where you extracted the contents of Android_One_Bootloader_Unlocking_Script.zip file
  4. Press Shift key + Right click on any empty space inside the folder, and select Open command window here from the context menu Open Command Prompt
  5. Now connect your Micromax Canvas A1 to your computer using a USB cable, and then type fastboot devices in the command prompt to make sure your device is recognized
    └ In case if your device isn’t recognized and the fastboot devices command doesn’t list any device, then it means you don’t proper driver installed for your Micromax Canvas A1 on your computer. Follow the link provided above for troubleshooting driver and other connectivity issues
  6. And now to unlock the bootloader, type this in the command prompt window and hit enter:
    fastboot oem unlock
  7. You’ll see a screen asking you to accept the Bootloader unlocking request. Say Yes to it by pressing the Volume UP button
  8. Your phone will now show the bootloader menu again, but you’ll still be in fastboot mode
  9. Now issue the following commands:
    fastboot format userdata
    fastboot reboot
  10. Your phone will now reboot and you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader.

That’s all.

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It was easy, right? Let us know what you plan to do now, with the bootloader now unlocked on your Micromax Canvas A1.

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3 Comment

  1. Kiran says: Reply

    can you please upload the stock rom ?? with kernel files also…
    readback…

  2. Rishik says: Reply

    I also relocked bootloader by using the command ‘fastboot oem lock’

  3. SUBHAS says: Reply

    koi prblm toh nhi hoga na bootloader unlocked krne mein

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