With the launch of Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE device, it’s now time to unlock the boot loader so that you can then proceed to customize the phone the way you want it. Over a course of this article we will check on how you can hack the boot loader. Please note that by unlocking the boot loader, the warranty will get void for which we should not be held responsible. Before proceeding, ensure that you have noted down on which exact firmware you are ON currently so that it will help you to restore the same if just in case anything happens to your device in an unlikely event. This will be very beneficial as only with the help of this we will be able to not only root the phone, install the custom recovery image but also one can easily install the custom ROMs which are available for this Galaxy nexus Phone.
Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of applying this procedure.
Q. Will I still get the Official OTA Updates after Unlocking Bootloader?
A. Most of the users have myth that after unlocking, the updates won’t be pushed but it’s not correct. The OTA updates will be available even if you unlock the boot loader. Only if you have updated your phone with different firmware version, you won’t be able to get the updates, the reason being is its unable to check the current firmware on which you are on.
There are two Quick List of pre Requisistes which you need to follow so as to facilitate the smoother firmware update.
- Backup all the data present in your phone memory so that the same can be restored back just in case if any data is lost or corrupted with the help of below mentioned tips. Please don’t use PC Suites to back up the data as after unlocking he boot loader the Galaxy Nexus may / may not support the PC Suite.
Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”.
- Close / disable all the Antivirus, Firewall and PC suites like KIES in your computer or else these tools will interrupt the process of firmware update.
So, let’s get started with the list of instructions which you need to follow in the procedure section in the next page.