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Unlocking the Nexus 7 (2013) Bootloader

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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 via USB and reboot the Nexus 7 into the bootloader.
    Note: Users have reported failures and "Access is Denied" errors when connected via USB 3.0 ports so use USB 1.1 or 2.0 to be on the safe side.
    1. Open a command line / terminal and navigate to your SDK platform-tools directory.
    2. Enter
      Code:
      adb reboot bootloader
      and hit enter.
  4. Once the Nexus 7 boots to the bootloader, unlock it
    1. At the command line / terminal enter
      Code:
      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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26th July 2013, 06:41 PM |#2  
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Do you have the usb drivers installed? That happened to me ("old" n7) when I didn't have the usb drivers installed.
26th July 2013, 06:41 PM |#3  
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may need to update your drivers for it to be able to see the device.

when you try adb devices while it is on does it kick back the device id number?

i haven't tried yet as i knew the drivers out currently would be an issue.
26th July 2013, 06:42 PM |#4  
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Any ideas? I tried I tried the ol' fastboot oem unlock command and it just sits there with the < waiting for device > message.

Perhaps it needs new adb/fastboot drivers ? I'm still charging mine, so I haven't tried. Sorry. Maybe the new driver comes with the 4.3 SDK ?
26th July 2013, 06:47 PM |#5  
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Any ideas? I tried I tried the ol' fastboot oem unlock command and it just sits there with the < waiting for device > message.


First off (don't mean to be a d!ck) but this thread belongs in "General", or "Q&A", because you haven't posted a development thread.
Second, unlocking the boot loader is just as easy as the first Gen Nex7. I had mine unlocked within 5 minutes of getting it home.
As others have said, make sure your drivers are installed, or ADB won't even recognize the device.
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Perhaps it needs new adb/fastboot drivers ? I'm still charging mine, so I haven't tried. Sorry. Maybe the new driver comes with the 4.3 SDK ?

I updated my SDK when 4.3 dropped but I did have to go snag the Google USB driver and install it to get the N7 to be recognized.
26th July 2013, 06:53 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by ATGAdmin

First off (don't mean to be a d!ck) but this thread belongs in "General", or "Q&A", because you haven't posted a development thread.
Second, unlocking the boot loader is just as easy as the first Gen Nex7. I had mine unlocked within 5 minutes of getting it home.
As others have said, make sure your drivers are installed, or ADB won't even recognize the device.

1. You may be right (as far as my posts go) but how am I to ever make a dev post if I'm not allowed to make a first post in a dev forum?
2. This /is/ a dev-related post.
3. My feelings wouldn't be hurt if the mods felt the need to move the post.
26th July 2013, 07:09 PM |#8  
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Yeah I had to install the google usb drivers from the SDK in device manager of Windows to get the n7 recognized.
26th July 2013, 08:05 PM |#9  
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Thanx. Just got home with my new nexus 7....bootloader now unlocked
26th July 2013, 08:07 PM |#10  
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Nevermind it literally is that as the command.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
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Can you update it with the commands? So people don't have to search

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The commands are there...

Also, unlocked mine not 5 minutes after opening on Ubuntu 13.10.
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