Major Update to Windows Phone Internals Tool Unlocks All Lumia Phones

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Rafael Rivera in Mobile, Windows Phones with 20 Comments

After nearly two years of reverse engineering work, Windows Phone hacker René (“Heathcliff74”) announced a major update to his Windows Phone Internals tool. This new update (2.2) adds a bunch of new features, most interestingly the ability to unlock access to the boot loader on all known Lumia devices.

In a video posted to his blog, René tours the upcoming update and walks through quickly unlocking an unmodified retail device. “The phone is now fully unlocked. It is also interop unlocked, capability unlocked, [and] privilege unlocked.”

But I know what you’re thinking: Windows Phone is dead. And it’s true. But this release is still important for a couple of reasons.

First, it opens a new, unofficial, channel for continued device and operating system support. That is, enthusiasts can continue using Lumia devices and install the latest Windows updates put together by the community. Or enable previously locked out features previously sold to mobile operators as exclusives. Or even breathe new life into end-of-life hardware for use in side-projects – these devices can run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps after all. Cliché warning: The possibilities here are endless.

Second, it bootstraps future reverse engineering work on Microsoft upcoming Windows Core OS work, expected to debut sometime around late next year, installed on the company’s upcoming “Andromeda” mobile device.

You can download Windows Phone Internals 2.2 for yourself “in a few days”, promises René, after he runs some final tests. And you can follow his progress via his blog or Twitter.

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Major Update to Windows Phone Internals Tool Unlocks All Lumia Phones”

  1. mercblue281

    So would this unlocking allow me to take an app that has been 'unpublished' from the store from an older device - and then copy it to another device that was unable to download said app?

    I'm specifically talking about "My Media Center" which was unpublished by Ceton.

  2. rameshthanikodi

    wait, if the bootloader is unlocked, does it open the possibility of a non-microsoft OS to be running on Lumia phones?

  3. rmlounsbury

    Dumb question, does anyone know if W10 Mobile will support PWA's? It should support PWA's added to the store at a minimum I'd think.

  4. AnOldAmigaUser

    Would this tool allow one to install a new hosts file on a Windows phone?

  5. Sprtfan

    I finally got around to selling my Icon on ebay a few weeks ago. Really wish I had kept it now.

  6. wolters

    This takes me back to my Windows Mobile 6.5 days and flashing the Raphael ROM on my HTC Fuze to keep up with the latest. I actually enjoyed Windows Mobile 6.5...crazy, right?

  7. jimchamplin

    This could open up older phones for modern - as in ongoing - versions? That's freaking awesome. I have a funny feeling that Lumia 950s and HP Elite x3s are going to get pretty cheap on the resale market pretty quick. This could turn them into fun little toys.

  8. rajadvamshi

    i have a question. can i install the full windows 10 on my Lumia in future as windows on arm is started picking up in the markets