Google Pixel has all but replaced the Nexus line while keeping most of the same features, including the easily unlocked bootloader and ability to tinker with the phone and use it for development purposes. All models that Google sells directly can be unlocked quickly without any hurdles to jump through, but if you didn’t buy it through Google and instead purchased it from your carrier (Verizon in the US or EE in the UK) you’re missing out on that unlocked functionality.
Here’s some good news if you made the jump with a carrier model: a new unlock method has popped up that will let you permanently unlock the bootloader to make your carrier device identical to the non-carrier models.
The process itself is pretty simple if you’ve ever done anything with ADB, but you will need a PC with a working ADB environment to use this method. There are only a few steps involved, the first of which is running the dePixel8 program then unlocking the bootloader like you would on a normal Pixel.
There’s one catch, however. Google pushes out monthly security updates on the first Monday of the month, which falls on November 7th. There’s a pretty good chance that this exploit will be patched after that update rolls out, so if you want to jump on the boat, now’s your chance.
You can hit the link below to get started.