Nextbit Robin is a new Android Marshmallow based smartphone that impress with its 3 GB of RAM, with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware which comes pre–loaded, with a premium design and with an affordable price tag. Now, if you really want to take full advantage of your phone’s performance you should consider in unlocking its Android M system. In that respect, I am here to assist you. During this tutorial I will show you which is the first step to complete when trying to tweak your own Nextbit Robin. Thus, we will start by checking how to unlock the bootloader of your handset.

The bootloader is a small program that runs by default on all the Android powered device. It is similar with the program that runs on the Windows platforms – the one that is initiated each time you boot or reboot your notebook or device. Therefore, on Android the bootloader is the program that loads the start-up programs and which initiates the Android OS and other essential features from the ROM memory into the RAM partition. In a few words, your Nextbit Robin can’t run without the bootloader.

Also by default, the bootloader will come pre-loaded with various software restrictions, or carrier branded security patches which will limit your access – basically you cannot remove, customize or optimize the start-up programs, the bloatware and any other built-in programs and features. Therefore, if you want to tweak your Nextbit Robin, first you must unlock the bootloader. This is a dedicated operation which should be applied only by experienced users – the process is not supported by your OEM or by Google which means that it is also not official. As a result, if you choose to complete this step by step guide you will lose your phone’s warranty.

Now, once the bootloader is unlocked your possibilities are endless. For example, afterwards you can install a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery. You can also root your Nextbit Robin or install a custom kernel on your device. Then, you can even flash .zip files or custom ROMs and you can consider in overclocking / undervolting CPU frequencies. Of course, other operations will be available for you: removing bloatware, installing complex apps from Google Play or from any other source, making Nandroid backups for saving the current Android Marshmallow software that runs on your Nextbit Robin and lot more.

Since unlocking the bootloader is a risky operation, before heading towards the steps from down below, backup your personal data, info, accounts and files. Everything that’s personal can be backed up with ease – in that respect you can use various backup and restore methods: cloud storage platforms from Google Play or from your own Nextbit Robin, sync your data with your Google account or any other similar solutions. Through these methods you can store contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, internet settings, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, saved passwords and basically anything else.

After saving the data you have to ensure the general pre requisites; here is what you need to consider:

  • You have to use a computer: the Nextbit Robin USB drivers must be flashed on your PC and the Android SDK toolkit must be there too.
  • For getting Android SDK: learn how to install it on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • Your Nextbit Robin and its USB cable must also be near you.
  • On your smartphone go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times on Built Number until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message.
  • Next, from Developer Options (within “menu – settings”) check the USB Debugging feature. Then, check the OEM Unlocking option.
  • Charge your phone if the power that’s left is currently lower than the 50% threshold – otherwise you can skip this process.
  • If the power is low your handset can get turned off while you try to unlock the bootloader; also if that happens, various software related problems can be issued on your phone so be careful before resuming the steps from below.

How to Unlock Nextbit Robin Bootloader

  1. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  2. There, open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
  4. In the cmd window type: “adb devices”. Your Nextbit Robin must be listed there; if not, reinstall your phone’s USB drivers before repeating the process.
  5. Now, in the cmd window enter: “adb reboot bootloader” – your smartphone should be now rebooted into bootloader mode.
  6. Next, type: “fastboot –i 0X2c3f oem unlock”.
  7. From this point just follow on screen prompts in order to complete the unlocking procedure.
  8. When done, remove the USB cable and reboot your device.

Good; that’s all. The Nextbit Robin is now running on an unlocked bootloader. Starting from now you can consider in performing further tweaking operations in order to improve the performance of your Android Marshmallow based smartphone. Enjoy.

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