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Unlock The Nexus 7's bootloader (Windows Version)

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Cory Streater #1

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Posted Jul 29 '13 @ 8:51 PM

windows.jpg This tutorial is written for Windows users. The Mac version of this tutorial can be found here.

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.


Windows

Install Nexus drivers:

  • Plug the Nexus 7 into your PC (if it isn't already).
  • Download and extract the folder in the attached zip file to your desktop:

    Attached File  N7ToolsWin.zip   19.65MB   332 downloads
  • Open the folder and double-click the Device Manager shortcut. devmgr.png
  • Nexus 7 should be listed under Other devices — right click and select Update Driver Software...

    update driver software.jpg
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the drivers installation.

Nexus 7

Unlock developer options:

  • Unplug your Nexus 7 from your PC.
  • Go to Settings > About tablet.
  • Tap the build number 7 times to unlock the Developer Options screen:


    developer.jpg

Enable USB debugging:

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


    enable-debugging.png

Establishing an RSA Fingerprint.

  • Plug the Nexus 7 into your PC.

    A popup (similar to the one shown below) will display.

    rsa-fingerprint.png
  • Check Always allow from this computer, and then tap the OK button.

Use ADB to enter bootloader mode on the Nexus 7:

  • Double click the N7Tools Shortcut icon: cmd-shortcut.png
  • 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:

    IMG_1817.jpeg
  • 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.

IMG_1820.jpg

Congratulations!

The Nexus 7's bootloader is now unlocked!


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Posted Aug 1 '13 @ 7:23 AM

Thanks for the write up. Now I just have to find time to do this.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta


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Posted Aug 1 '13 @ 8:05 AM

Thanks for the write up. Now I just have to find time to do this.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

 

It looks like it takes a lot longer than it does lol.



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Posted Aug 2 '13 @ 5:28 AM

Did not take long at all. The only thing that took a minute was establishing the RSA Key. For some reason the popup would not come up. So I unplugged it and tried a few more times then i clicked "Revoke USB debugging authorizations" and the next time I plugged it in it finally popped up. 

 

Unlocked, Rooted and ready for a custom ROM. :-)


| 32GB Verizon HTC One - S-Off, Unlocked and Rooted on NuSenseOne-Kitkat RC-1.4 |
| 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) - Unlocked and Rooted on Stock 4.4.2 |
| Jet Black Pebble Smart Watch (Red Slickwrap) - Official SDK 2.0.2 |