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Unlock The Nexus 7's bootloader (Mac Version)

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Cory Streater #1

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Posted Jul 28 '13 @ 8:12 PM

Written for Mac users. Applies to both the 2012 and 2013 models of the Nexus 7.

Unlocking the bootloader is a prerequisite of both rooting and installing custom ROM's.

The following process will unlock the bootloader on the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013 models). It's super easy to do, and should take less than 5 minutes.

Before continuing, be sure and back up any existing data — such as photo's and documents. For security purposes, all data will be wiped when you unlock the bootloader.

Nexus 7

Unlock developer options:

  • Go to Settings > About tablet.
  • Tap the build number 7 times to unlock the Developer Options screen:


Enable USB debugging:

  • Go to Settings > Developer Options.
  • Check USB debugging to enable, and then tap the OK button.


Establishing an RSA Fingerprint.

  • Plug the Nexus 7 into the Mac.
  • A popup (similar to the one shown below) will display.


    This popup displays a generated RSA Fingerprint for the Mac and enables you to confirm whether a USB debugging connection is allowed.
  • Check Always allow from this computer, and then tap the OK button.

Use ADB to enter bootloader mode on the Nexus 7:
The screenshot below illustrates the steps that follow:


  • Download and extract the attached zip file to your desktop:

    Attached File  N7Unlocker.zip   832.23K   669 downloads
  • Open the Terminal application via the Spotlight menu:

  • Type the following to navigate to the directory where ADB resides (without the $):

    $  cd ~/desktop/N7Unlocker
  • Type the following command to confirm that ADB can see the Nexus 7 — you will not be able to proceed past this step until it can:

    $  ./adb devices

    If ADB is able to see the Nexus 7 — it will display the following. The number will reflect your device ID and will vary from the example below.

    List of devices attached
    08716648            device
  • Enter bootloader mode on the Nexus 7:

    $  ./adb reboot bootloader

    When the Nexus 7 enters bootloader mode, the lower left corner of the screen should indicate that the Lock State is locked:

  • Type the following:

    $  ./fastboot oem unlock

Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 will display a screen prompting for confirmation to unlock the bootloader. Press the power button to choose Yes.

The Nexus 7's bootloader is now unlocked!

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dmmarck #2

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Posted Jul 29 '13 @ 7:37 PM

Unlocked it tonight.  Easy peasy.  I used an old superboot zip and all is well.


For those who don't want to use ADB, you can do this:


  1. Turn the device off, connect it via USB to your Mac.
  2. Hold down the power button + volume down.
  3. Enter the fastboot command above.
  4. Reboot the bootloader.
  5. Reboot the phone.
  6. Market restore.
  7. ?????
  8. Victory.

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elliot #3

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Posted Aug 31 '13 @ 1:09 PM

Thanks for the info on Mac.   I have had the Nexus 7 2013 for about 3 days and was having difficulty finding simple and easy to understand directions with Mac.  Would you happen to have similar instructions for rooting?  I would be most appreciative.





Cory Streater #4

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Posted Aug 31 '13 @ 4:38 PM

Hi elliot — Ahowe125 addressed your question in the other thread you posted in, but just in case anyone else is looking, the thread for rooting is here. Good luck, and let us know if you have any questions!

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