Tips to Unlock the Boot Loader of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE

Sanjana December 19, 2011 0

It’s time that you unlocked the boot loader of Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE so that you can proceed to customize your phone just the way you wish to. It is to be noted that unlocking the boot loader will void the warranty. Most users believe that after unlocking the boot loader, they won’t be able to push in the updates. This is just a myth as the OTA updates will still be available even after you have unlocked the boot loader. But if you have updated your phone with a different firmware version, only then you won’t get the updates as your phone won’t be able to check the current firmware version you are running on.

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We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the unlocking procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The unlocking procedure is only applicable to Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE so do not try it in any other devices as it might not be reversible and will harm the device by blocking it.


You ought to backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will help you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE DriversADBFast boot

Steps to Unlock Bootloader of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE:

Step-1: Make sure that you are running on a computer running on a minimum of Windows XP / Windows 7 and install Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Drivers from the Must Have section to your computer. Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

enable usb debugging

Step-2: Next install ADB and keep the fastboot.exe file in SDK / Tools folder. If you do not find the fatboot.exe file, download Fast boot from the Must Have section and place it in the SDK / Tools folder.

Step-3: Connect your phone to computer via original USB Cable that you got at purchase time then proceed to SDK / Tools folder in the ADB in your computer where adb.exe and fastboot.exe files are located. Click on “Shift” button then right click on the file and choose “Open Command Window Here”. Type in the command shown below after which the phone will power off and reboot into Boot loader mode.

adb reboot bootloader

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Step 4: Now type in the command as shown below

fastboot oem unlock

A screen will be displayed where you will be asked whether you want to unlock the boot loader or not along with the policy as shown in the screen capture below.

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Step-5: Choose the option of “Yes” using Volume keys then the Power button. The boot loader will successfully unlock but it may take some time to complete booting so wait patiently for the phone to get rebooted on its own.

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Step-6: If the phone boots up in lop mode, clear all cache from the Recovery mode and if the phone gets stuck somewhere in the middle of the unlocking process, repeat the whole process again from the beginning.

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Thus by following the  simple steps mentioned above you can easily unlock the boot loader of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE.

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