How to Unlock Bootloader on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

In this article we will tell you how to unlock bootloader on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Here are the complete details.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the best phones launched by Samsung. It Contains 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual-Core processor with 1 GB RAM, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 5 MP Rear and 1.3 Front camera, and many more exciting features.

Android Bootloader

Bootloader is a sort of programming code that must be executed just before any OS begin to run. Every Android-based Smartphone has its own kind of Bootloader that orders and instructs its OS kernel to boot routinely or we can say ‘Normal Booting’.

But it should be noted here that since an Android is an open source operating system and is bundled with an array of different hardware, therefore we find different classes of bootloader on different kinds of hardware.

Although android is an open source operating system, still you will find a locked bootloader on the device. This is due to the reason that the device manufacturers want to keep the user on their particular Android OS version exclusively designed for that device.

They would not like to see the user playing around with their OS’s security. When someone desires to flash the Custom ROM of his device for installing another Custom ROM, then his first step is to unlock the bootloader of the device.


This tutorial will definitely work when unlocking the bootloader of Samsung Galaxy Nexus only. While working on it for latest android versions is not yet confirmed. On applying this update to another model or device may give an unwanted result.

Due to the unlocking of Bootloader, your Android device may lose its official Warranty and while applying this update we will not be responsible if anything occurs to your device, so continue at your own risk.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus


  1. For successful completion of this rooting process charge your phone up to a minimum of 75% battery.

  2. You must take a back-up of all your personal items and other important data.

  3. Please ensure that all your security suites, like a firewall and antivirus, on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as on the computer must be disabled.

  4. You must enable USB Debugging mode on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Just follow, Settings–>Applications–>Development–>USB debugging. There select the USB Debugging icon.

Just follow the simple steps given below.

Steps to be followed to unlock bootloader of Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

Step 1:

Download and install the driver of Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Step 2:

Download the Fastboot and ADB package and extract it.

Step 3:

Now connect your Samsung Galaxy Nexus to your PC.

Step 4:

Now in your PC, move to the folder where you have extracted the Fastboot and ADB package.

Step 5:

Now, hold Shift button and right click on a blank area and select “Open command window here”.

Step 6:

Now, type the command given below:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 7:

Now your phone will be turned off and will boot into bootloader.

Step 8:

After booting, type the command given below:

fastboot oem unlock

Step 9:

Now your phone will ask you for unlocking.

Step 10:

Use volume up and down key to select option Yes and then press power button to confirm.

So you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Hope this article about how to unlock bootloader on Samsung Galaxy Nexus helped you.


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Prashant Sharma

Prashant Sharma is a Delhi based Entrepreneur who spent most of his college days polishing his marketing skills and went for his first business venture at 19. Having tasted failure in his entrepreneurial debut, he turned a Tech-enthusiast, specializing in web technologies later. Join him on Google Plus

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