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-Unlock Bootloader and Root Galaxy Nexus Easily via Superboot

[How To] Unlock Bootloader & Root Galaxy Nexus

I have personally tested the method below and can confirm that it worked for me.

A lot of people are asking about unlocking the bootloader and rooting the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and there’s a bit of confusion over the different methods used with the GMS version. I’ll try to keep this as simple as possible and noob friendly. No ADB is needed with this tutorial. If anything changes between now and once the device is released, I’ll update accordingly. Feel free to submit changes to me.

Disclaimer: This tutorial is Windows only at this point (I may update for Mac and Linux at a later time). Use the following methods at your own risk. I am not responsible if you brick your phone. I did not develop these methods. This will void your manufacturer warranty. Good luck!

This entire process is based on Paul O’Brien’s Superboot.

What is Superboot?

Via Paul:

Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below and you’re done!

What do I need?

The Process:

  1. Download the above files and install the driver. For the driver, it installs Pdanet on both your computer and phone. Follow the directions carefully. Pdanet will be wiped from your phone once you run Superboot. After the driver is installed, feel from to uninstall Pdanet from your computer – the driver will remain.
  2. Extract the contents of Superboot and rename the folder “root.” Place this folder into C:\ (you may be asked for admin privileges).
  3. Power down the phone.
  4. Connect the phone to your computer.
  5. Boot the phone into the bootloader by simultaneously holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power.
  6. Open up the command prompt in Windows:
    • Click Start Menu, then in the search bar type: cmd (this will open the command prompt);
    • Type the following: cd C:/
    • Then type the following: cd root
  7. The next step will unlock your bootload - this will wipe all data on your device.
    • Type the following, in the command prompt: fastboot-windows oem unlock
  8. You will receive a warning about unlocking. Use the volume keys to select an option and use the power button to confirm.
  9. Your bootloader will now say: Lock State – Unlocked (near the bottom) as well as “Fastboot Status – Okay”
  10. Now, to root your device, simply double click: install-superboot-windows.bat that you originally placed in the root folder in step 2.
  11. Your phone should reboot on its own.
  12. Be patient while it reboots, and don’t worry – first boot may take up to 5 minutes.
  13. After phone set up, confirm Superuser app in your app tray.


All credit for this tutorial goes to:
Evostance and
Paul O’Brien

Useful root apps:

Rom Manager
Titanium Backup
Root Explorer


  • The above method unlocks your bootloader AND roots your device.
  • You do not need ADB.
  • This does not put a custom recovery on your phone.
  • This does not put a custom rom on your phone.
  • Yes, your phone is still stock.
  • Yes, you will still receive OTA’s from Google/Verizon.
  • This only puts Superuser on your phone, you need to install busybox yourself.
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  • Bledi

    Link dead for .android pls update

  • ZTE-skate

    Is there any possibility of Bricking my Phone??? ZTE -skate..????

  • Carlton Randolph

    All links working as of 5-3-13

  • chantal

    umm i dont see android. zip pack on my mac it doesnt show download button or anything like that