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.
Unlock developer options:
Enable USB debugging:
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.
- Download and extract the attached zip file to your desktop:
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
- 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