How to Unlock the Galaxy Nexus Bootloader

nexusWith the release of the Galaxy Nexus today so are the instructions to unlock it’s bootloader. You don’t need to hack the bootloader to unlock it all you have to do is follow some rather simple instructions. The method below requires a Windows based PC and the Android SDK but should prove to be easy for almost anyone.

Unlock the Galaxy Nexus Bootloader:

  1. Install and setup the Android SDK on your PC
  2. Place fastboot.exe in your SDK/Tools directory (Download Link)
  3. Make sure that the AdbWinApi.dll file is also in the Tools Directory
  4. At this point adb.exe, fastboot.exe and AdbWinApi.dll should be in the same folder
  5. Turn on USB debugging on your Galaxy Nexus
  6. Plug your device into the PC via USB
  7. Navigate to your SDK/Tools folder on your PC
  8. Hold Shift and Right Click “Open command window here”
  9. In the command window type “adb reboot bootloader” press enter
  10. Wait for the device to reboot into the bootloader
  11. Type “fastboot oem unlock” press enter
  12. Use the volume keys to select yes and power button to select
  13. The bootloader is now unlocked and will reboot

After unlocking the bootloader you have full control over your Galaxy Nexus. You will also still get OTA (over the air” updates with the bootloader unlocked so no worries there. Please let us know if you have any questions or run into any issues along the way.