[How To] Unlock Bootloader & Root Galaxy Nexus

Discussion in 'Galaxy Nexus Development' started by sbenson, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Mont

    Mont Member

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    Skype was on my phone but maybe that carried over from my DX thats why it was on there my bad. I mean this device is really bloatware free it doesn't even got that stupid Verizon ensigna engraved permamently in the front, thats cool.

    I just read the whole thing(what I should had done in the first place I was ansxious) Im going to go through the whole step anyway right now.
     
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    Good luck. It's easy for most people from what I read (grrr) but it was a major pain in the ass for me. I've rooted a bunch of droids and started w/ the method w/ droid life the 2nd day. That brought me here and I can't say the method was easier, but ultimately it's the way I went. I had problems w/ the drivers so I removed both the samsung and pda net driver. PDA net didn't ask me to select a manufacturer of the phone and I've since determined that if that doesn't happen you need to update your samsung driver. I opened the device manager then found my galaxy. There was a question mark there so I right clicked and picked update driver. Once I did pda net installed.

    unfortunately it didn't install on my phone so I had to get it from the market then connect to verify it worked. Now I'm unlocked and downloading my apps. I'm getting a lot of login errors but I assume that will correct itself once I open maps, etc and login.
     
  3. Mont

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    I just did it and it work!!!

    That was instense, felt like I was in Mission Impossible or something.

    Only thing that didn't match for me was I never seen the "Andriod 1.0" driver. But I did a search in this thread before proceeding and he said he went ahead and it worked so I went ahead without seeing it and it worked.

    I did at first power up get sign in errors but it went away for now.

    Even though I already had the drivers for Samsung and PDNET(used for my DroidX) I choose to reinstall it anway

    Thats why I always had and only come to these forums, I swear this time around Im going to donate to my favorite free apps, I need to keep the Droid gods shining my way
     
  4. alpine

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    So when I start my phone up, the lock icon is closed. I have root access, did that day one but after seeing a question about the lock icon had me wondering.
     
  5. czerdrill

    czerdrill Silver Member

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    You wouldn't see a lock icon at all unless it was unlocked as far as i know. Are you sure it's closed? The icon is not completely open just looks like its barely open
     
  6. sbenson

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    This is correct. You'll only see the padlock icon if you're unlocked.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using DroidForums
     
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    Thanks for the quick response:p

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using DroidForums
     
  8. rubiksc00p

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    You can't be rooted yet unless you are unlocked. So first, are you sure you're rooted? Or 2 are you sure you aren't unlocked?

    I'm pretty sure that you will see the locked lock icon when you're locked. I don't think I ever rebooted with it locked just watched videos and I'm pretty sure its there! And yes, its not totally open, just a gap!
    It's open so you know it's unlocked but closed enough so the Vz employees don't know... >;-D mwhaha! xD
     
  9. sbenson

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    No, a locked bootloader doesn't have any lock symbol. Just a black screen with Google at the top.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using DroidForums
     
  10. rubiksc00p

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    ahh... :p. Thanks! I never actually rebooted while locked! ;) Came home and bam! unlocked! :)
     
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    I’m extending major thanks to the OP, and also to all who posted their experience with this process. It was incredibly easy and simple.
     
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    Thanks OP, worked like a charm.
     
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