How To Unlock The Galaxy Nexus Bootloader


Android 101 | How To Unlock The Galaxy Nexus Bootloader |

Well friends….it’s been a fun and crazy day. Late yesterday (Dec. 14th), Verizon finally announced the release of the long awaited Galaxy Nexus and for a guy like me, this was some exciting news.

So you can imagine my eagerness to get to the nearest Verizon store and get my hands on the new goods. Well, it’s been almost 12 hours since I’ve had my Nexus and I’m planning on a more comprehensive review after I’ve been able to use it for a while; but I can say that it’s lived up to all the hype.

Scrolling is smooth and video/picture quality is amazing. Admittedly, the size of it’s going to take some getting used since I’ve been using the much smaller HTC Incredible for the last year and a half. But the phone is light and I doubt the learning curve will be that long.

Of course, we’re big fans of ‘freedom’ here at Android-Does and we certainly like to tinker with new devices. And if you are at all like us, then you’ll definitely love this phone.

If you’ve just purchased your Galaxy Nexus one of the first things you’ll want to do is unlock the bootloader (we all know that’s why you have this phone). It’s a pretty easy process this time around, so do it and save yourself the data wipe later.

 Just remember, there are dragons ahead and you should proceed with caution!

 How To Unlock The Galaxy Nexus Bootloader

1. Install the Android SDK

  • Go to the Android SDK site and download the Windows installer version. Choose the installer version to ensure you get the correct drivers installed.
  • Save the SDK to your desktop, right click it and choose to “Run as administrator”.
  • Accept all the defaults and let the SDK install

2. Set your PATH variable

  • Click the Start button, right click Computer and select Properties.
  • In the window that opens, on the left, select “Advanced system settings”.
  • In the next window that opens, near the bottom, select “Environment Variables”.
  • Another window will open, in the bottom text box select “Path” and click the button labeled “Edit…”
  • You’ll see a new dialog where you can enter text. Navigate to the end of the existing text, and enter the following exactly as written (copy & paste):

;C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools;C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools;C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk

  • Click “OK” and the small dialog will close. Click “OK” in the Environment Variables window, and it will close, then click “OK” in the System Properties window and it will close. Also close the Control Panel window.

3. Download “fastboot.exe” for Windows

4. Boot your Galaxy Nexus into fastboot mode

  • Shut off the phone.
  • Press and hold both Volume Up and Volume Down, then press and hold Power.
  • When the phone reboots to fastboot mode. You’ll see an Android robot with his front panel open. Check to see that the text below it starts with “FASTBOOT MODE” in red.

5. Connect to the computer and unlock bootloader

  • Now plug the Galaxy Nexus into your computer with the micro USB cable.
  • Let any drivers install.
  • Once finished, open the Windows command prompt (Start button>All Programs>Accessories) and enter the following:

fastboot oem unlock

  • You will see a screen that asks you if you want to unlock the bootloader, explains the pros and cons of unlocking it, and warns you that ALL DATA WILL BE ERASED. It means it.
  • Choose Yes to erase all data and unlock the bootloader.

And that’s it.

Enjoy your freedom and keep the damage to a minimum.

via Android Central