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How to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP And Root Nokia 3

The guide below instructs you on how to easily root Nokia 3 Android smartphone right now.


Nokia came into the Android phone marketplace with HMD worldwide and now have launched the Nokia 3. The phone launched in February 2017, and we are finally here to help you to unlock the bootloader, install TWRP Recovery and root Nokia 3.

Nokia’s budget smartphone Nokia 3 is empowered with MediaTek MT6737 chipset. The Nokia 3 arrived with 2GB ram 5.0 inch HD display and 16GB internal storage. Nokia 3 is featured by MediaTek MT6737 chip and also a Non-removable Li-Ion 2630 mAh battery. This post is especially dedicated to the tutorial of how to unlock bootloader, install TWRP recovery and root Nokia 3.

Unlock bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Nokia 3
Unlock bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Nokia 3

Guide to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP Recovery And Root Nokia 3

Benefits of Unlocking Bootloader

All of the Nokia Android phones have been released with locked bootloader and bloatware. Hence, Nokia 3 is also released with locked bootloader and bloatware. Once you are done with unlocking the device, you can root the device and install Twrp Recovery.

Benefits of Rooting

After rooting the device, you can eliminate bloatware Stock apps, and it is also possible to customize your device in Android 7.0. TWRP recovery. That will help you to install custom ROMs and mods like ViPER4Android and Xposed framework.

This guide can help you to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP recovery and Root Nokia 3. The current version of TWRP recovery is presently in beta mode and it will work only with MediaTek variant of the Nokia 3.

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  • Install Nokia Drivers: Link
  • Latest SuperSU root package: Link
  • Download TWRP Recovery for Nokia 3: Link

How To Unlock Nokia 3 Bootloader

  1. Make sure to install the drivers listed above.
  2. Keeping in mind that you have already completed step #4 of “Prerequisites”, you will have your device connected to the PC and ready for ADB access.
  3. Now type the following command and then hit enter to switch your phone into bootloader style:
    adb reboot bootloader
  4. Use this command to Unlock Bootloader Of Nokia 3.
    fastboot oem unlock
  5. The device will prompt with a warning. Confirm the process by selecting “Yes”.

Guide To Install TWRP Recovery On Nokia 3

  1. Once you have unlocked the bootloader, you can go ahead and install TWRP recovery on Nokia 3.
  2. Copy the downloaded “cofface_twrp_recovery_markw_1121.img” file to the folder where the ADB and fastboot binaries are present.
  3. In the CMD window, type the following command to reboot the device into bootloader mode, again.
    adb reboot bootloader
  4. Now flash TWRP by entering the following command:
    fastboot flash recovery cofface_twrp_recovery_markw_1121.img
  5.  When the flashing process is done, reboot the device:
    fastboot reboot
  6. Great, so now you have unlocked the bootloader and installed TWRP, it is time to root Nokia 3.

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How To Root Nokia 3

  1. Transfer the root package ( to the Nokia 3’s internal storage.
  2. Reboot your Nokia 3 into TWRP – Power it off completely. Press and hold the Volume Up + Power buttons together.
  3. Proceed to the “Install” tab. Browser and select the file.
    Root using SuperSU 2.82
  4. Finally, swipe the button on the bottom of the screen to root the Nokia 3.
  5. Tap on the “Reboot System” button to boot into the rooted Nokia.

So, this was the comprehensive guide to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP recovery and Root Nokia 3. Hope you have successfully rooted Nokia 3. If you face any problems during the process, let us know via comments.

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Comments 2 Comments

  1. PS C:\adb> fastboot oem unlock

    FAILED (remote: ‘unknown command’)
    fastboot: error: Command failed

    it show me like this, while unlocking bootloader

    1. Hi Praveen, unfortunately, the method to unlock the bootloader won’t work on newer Android versions as Nokia blocked it. If you have the Nokia 3 with the TA-1032 model number, please take a look at the instructions in this XDA thread.

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