How to Easily Unlock the Nexus 10 Bootloader

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As soon as you finally get the new Google Nexus 10 tablet, you might want to unlock its bootloader. Why to do that? Well, first of all, for unlocking the tablet internal system (you have more details below) and then, because by unlocking the bootloader all the data which is being saved (along with all the settings that you apply on your Nexus 10) on the internal storage memory will be wiped out, so it will be better to perform this operation when there is actually nothing important saved and installed on your device. Anyway, you have the proper step by step guide explained during the following lines; don’t hesitate and take a look over the same.

This procedure will show you how to easily unlock the Samsung Nexus 10 bootloader, meaning that you will make changes into the internal system of your tablet. Therefore, this operation has nothing to do with Samsung, or Google, so you will apply the tutorial at your own risk. This is a complex operation, but if you follow the steps from below you have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, once you start to unlock the Nexus 10 bootloader the warranty of your device will get voided. If you somehow manage to brick the handset, then you will be by yourselves. Anyway, for the future, as a final note related to this topic, if you will want the warranty back, all you have to do is to downgrade to the stock ROM, or to update with an official firmware released by Samsung and suitable with your Nexus tablet (an alternative is being also explained during the steps from below).

Now, the best part that comes with an unlocked bootloader is the unlocked system. Of course, nothing new so far. For those who don’t know, the bootloader is a small program that runs each time when you boot your Nexus 10 tablet. The same is loading the OS into the RAM memory and initiate the system for the first time. You can see the bootloader of your Google Nexus 10 similar as the one featured on your computer or notebook. You now know what is with this program. On the other hand, as you can already tell, for gaining access over the OS you will have to learn how to unlock the system and for that you have the present step by step guide.

After unlocking the bootloader you can look forward in applying other operations on your Nexus 10, such as the root task. After completing both you will obtain an unlocked device, meaning that you will be able to flash custom ROMs into the internal system, install apps that requires root access in order to work properly, add a custom recovery image and so on. In a few words, you will be able to power up the performances of your tablet by customizing and optimizing the Android Jelly Bean based operating system. As you can see there are numerous advantages that come with an unlocked bootloader, so let’s get started with the proper tutorial.

As already mentioned, completing this guide will wipe the data from your Nexus 10. For that you should first backup the tablet. You can save the contacts, the internet settings, the EFS folder, the text messages and even the current ROM. For suitable backup and restore guides you can anytime search through our how to section, as you have all the info needed there.

Finally, you have to prepare the device for the procedure explained below. Without taking care of the pre requisites you will not be able to unlock the Google Samsung Nexus 10 bootloader. First, the fastboot binary tool must be installed on your computer (you need to have access to a PC, so the tablet USB cord should also be near you). Then, on the PC and on the Nexus 10 uninstall the security tools (antivirus and Firewall protection included). Also, enable the USB debugging option on your handset. Charge the battery of your device or else it might get turned off in the middle of the operation. Do not apply the next steps for a similar device with the Nexus 10 because you can end up in bricking the same.

How to Easily Unlock the Nexus 10 Bootloader

  1. First, install fastboot on your computer. Extract the zip contents and place them in a folder on your desktop.
  2. Then, turn off the handset.
  3. Power up by holding the Volume up, Volume down and Power buttons together until you see the green robot, and the word “Start” displayed on the screen.
  4. This is the fastboot mode.
  5. Take the USB cord and connect the tablet with the computer.
  6. On the PC open command prompt. You can do that by going to “start -> run -> type “cmd” and hit enter”.
  7. Navigate to the folder where you have saved the fastboot tool.
  8. In cmd enter the following command: “fastboot devices”. The device ID should now be displayed.
  9. Up next, on the same cmd window enter “fastboot oem unlock”.
  10. On the Nexus 10 go and type on the “yes” option.
  11. The process will now begin; when the tablet reboots you are done.
  12. If you want to relock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 10, then follow the same steps, but on the last one type “fastboot oem lock” instead of “fastboot oem unlock”.
  13. You can now unplug the USB cable, as that was all.

So, there you have it: the how to procedure from where you could easily learn how to unlock the Nexus 10 bootloader. You can now install custom ROMs firmware on your tablet, along with many other complex tools, so you can use the device on its full power. Do tell us how things worked for you, or if you had encounter issues so that we can try to help you out. Also, stay close as we will bring more tutorials suitable with your Google Nexus 10 soon.

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  • Andy

    I followed these steps and unlocking the bootloader was easy as pie… but now it won’t boot past the nexus ‘X’ loader. I tried locking it again but it’s the same problem. Dang it. Any thoughts?

    • John-Smith

      I know that your post is 2 months old and you’re long gone. But this same thing happened to me. I fixed it by typing into fastboot “fastboot -w”

      Which wipes the device.

      I then put Supersu in the device through usb on the computer.
      Went into bootloader. fastbooted CWM
      Installed SuperSu from SD and rebooted, all within 5 minutes.

      Hope this helps someone.