Huawei P9 Lite: How to Root and Unlock Bootloader

Huawei is now focusing on gaining a slice of Android’s phones market share and they are somehow achieving their goals. After the successful launch of the Huawei P9, they have now released Huawei P9 Lite. It is kind of a mini version but with lower pricing. Better for people having low budget and with great specs such as HiSilicon Kirin 650 chipset, 16 GB internal storage with SD card slot to expand memory. The 13 megapixel camera to capture beautiful moments of your family and friends.

If you’re proud owner of the Huawei P9 Lite and thinking of an adventure to get most out of your device then probably you need to look forward to unlock the bootloader and root your Android.

Progeeks step-by-step tutorial will help you to unlock bootloader and gain root access on the Huawei P9 Lite Android device using the fastboot adb commands. In the first part of this guide, we’ll unlock bootloader and then flash the Chainfire’s SuperSU binary files to get root access.


Photo Credit: Huawei

Unlock Bootloader:

So let’s move on to unlock Huawei P9 Lite bootloader:

Step 1: First of all you need to create an account on the Huawei Official site.

Step 2: Fill out the form given on the site to your Unlock code that will be later required to unlock bootloader using adb commands. Once done you should get your code in email within couple of hours.

Step 3: Go to Settings > Developers options and enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking.

Step 4: Download and extract the zip file on your PC.

Step 5: At this stage I assume that you’ve the unlock code, connect your device to your PC using the USB cable.

Step 6: Open the folder you’ve extracted in step 4 and run maf32.exe.

Step 7: Now type the command to start the unlocking process. When device prompts for permissions, accept it.

adb devices

Step 8: Enter the ADB command which is used for unlocking bootloader:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 9: Finally enter the command with the unlock code you’ve received. The xxxx in the command below represents the unlock code, so you need to replace it with the code.

fastboot oem unlock xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Step 10: Reboot your device and continue to the next part of the tutorial.

Congratulations! You have successfully unlocked your bootloader.

Installing TWRP Recovery Huawei P9 Lite:

The second of the tutorial will help you to install custom recovery which is TWRP that can be used to flash SuperSU.zip in order gain root access on the device.

Step 1: Download and extract TWRP Root zip file.

Step 2: Type the following command to flash TWRP image. (You need to replace xx with the name of the image file)

fastboot flash recovery xx.img

Step 3: Done! Now reboot Huawei P9 Lite.

Rooting Huawei P9 Lite:

The final part will help you to flash SuperSU binary in order to have root access on your device.

Step 1: Go to the unzipped folder where you’ll find the SuperSU zip. Copy it to your phone.

Step 2: Type the following command will reboot your phone into recovery mode.

adb reboot recovery

Step 3: On the screen, tap on Install>Choose Zip> SuperSU.zip.

Step 4: Slide to confirm the action to be performed on the device.

Step 5: Within a minute the flashing process should get completed. Once done reboot.

Step 6: Congratulations! You have successfully rooted Huawei P9 Lite. To confirm the root process you can install root checker from Play Store to verify root.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. Hardware expert for Gaming & Crypto mining rigs. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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