Friday, July 26, 2013

Unlocking the [New] Nexus 7 (2013) Bootloader

This is the same as any other Nexus device.

WARNING. As is normally the case, this WILL factory reset your device.

  1. Install the Android SDK (and Google USB driver).
    1. Android SDK
    2. Google USB Driver (Windows)
  2. Enable USB debugging on the Nexus 7.
    1. Unlock Developer Options by going to Settings > About Tablet and clicking on the build number seven times.
    2. Go to Settings > Developer Options and check USB debugging. Click OK on the warning.
  3. Connect the Nexus 7 and reboot the Nexus 7 into the bootloader.
    1. Open a command line / terminal and navigate to your SDK platform-tools directory.
    2. Enter adb reboot bootloader and hit enter.
  4. Once the Nexus 7 boots to the bootloader, unlock it
    1. At the command line / terminal enter fastboot oem unlock and press enter.
    2. On the Nexus 7, use the volume up button to select 'Yes' on the 'Unlock bootloader?' screen.
    3. Press the power button to save your choice and verify on the next screen that you see 'LOCK STATE - UNLOCKED' at the bottom.
    4. Use your volume keys to select 'Start' and click the power button to factory reset and reboot.
  5. Enjoy your unlocked bootloader!
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