How to Unlock and Root Google Nexus Q

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The Google Nexus Q device can now be unlocked and rooted by using a simple step by step method, so for the same you should check the lines from below. We all know that the Nexus Q is an extremely interesting device recently released by Google that comes with the Android 4.0 OS pre-installed and with other features that makes it the best alternative for Apple’s TV, or Roku 2 XS. Its price might be considered a little bit too expensive ($299), though its capabilities and performances are indeed high end ones. Anyway, for using the Nexus Q on its full performances, you must learn how to unlock and then how to root it.

For those who don’t know, Google Nexus Q is a “magic ball”, designed to be an audio and video streaming device. From its specs we have to mention the OMAP 4460 processor, 16GB of internal storage memory, 1 GB of RAM, no touchscreen display and the Android 4.0 operating system. Also, it features integrated HDMI and optical audio outputs, and an internal 25-watt Class D amp; furthermore, for being able to use this device you will have to own an Android “master” device. Anyway, for more aspects and details about the Nexus Q read our recent posts.

Now, during the next few lines we will be checking in how to root and unlock the Nexus Q. The procedure is similar with the ones used for rooting all the Nexus handsets, so you have nothing to worry about. Just ensure you have access to a Windows running computer and to the USB cord and then complete the steps. You should be done in just a couple of minutes, so you will be back on track in the shortest time possible.

You must unlock and root the Nexus Q if you want to obtain more from your device. For example after completing this tutorial you will be able to install apps on the Q, or update the system with a new ROM. Also you will be able to customize and optimize the system for obtaining more power and an improved Android experience, so this operation is no longer an option for you. Take note as you will remove the factory restrictions from the system, which means that the warranty will get void. So, if you are somehow messing things up and bricking the Nexus Q, then you will be by yourselves, nobody will help you out. Be careful in what you do and don’t perform the operation by yourselves without consulting a step by step guide. The warranty can be restored by downgrading to the stock ROM or by updating with an official update released by Google and suitable for the Nexus Q.

So, with that being told, you can head to the next section of this guide. We will first begin with the unlocking procedure and for being able to apply the steps from below you must first install ADB on your computer. Without ADB you will not be able to unlock or root the device.

How to Unlock and Root Google Nexus Q

How to Unlock

  1. The unlock process is the easiest one. First of all, ensure that you have installed ADB on the computer.
  2. Then, open the command prompt on your PC.
  3. For command prompt: “Start -> run -> cmd”.
  4. Up next, connect the Google Nexus S with the computer by using its USB cord.
  5. Then, in the cmd window enter the next lines: “cd platform-tools”, “adb reboot bootloader” and “fastboot oem unlock”.
  6. That’s it; you can now start the root procedure.

How to Root

  1. Take the USB cable and by using it connect the Nexus Q with the computer (ADB should be installed on it).
  2. Then, on the PC open command prompt: “Start -> run -> cmd”.
  3. In cmd type: “adb reboot bootloader”.
  4. Now, the LED will stay as Solid Red; hold your hand over the mute LED when it boots up.
  5. Wait until the same is turning red.
  6. Next, return to command prompt and enter the command: “fastboot devices” followed by ““fastboot oem unlock”.
  7. Run the fastboot oem unlockaccepted (in the first 5 seconds after completing the above step).
  8. Pair the Nexus Q with an Android device and enter it in debug mode.
  9. Place the boot.img file that modifies default.prop with the following values: “ro.secure=0” and “ro.debuggable=1”.
  10. Then, download on your computer the Nexus Q boot image file from here.
  11. Return on cmd and enter the commands: “adb reboot-bootloader” followed by “fastboot boot nexusq-boot.img”.
  12. The Nexus Q will start with root permission now.

That was all for now. The Google Nexus Q is unlocked and rooted. You can learn how to install apps on it now (we will bring a suitable guide in the coming days so stay close) or perform other complex operations with its internal system. Share your thoughts with us and do tell us if you had problems while trying to complete the steps from above (use the comments area from below).

  • Buzzbox

    Thanks for sharing this. I am anxious for a decent ROM running on the Q that simply allows for Netflix, DNLA, and my BT keyboard. Cheers!