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How to: Unlock the Motorola XOOM Bootloader

The Motorola XOOM bootloader has been easily unlocked using “fastboot oem unlock” and thanks to a bit of help from some key players (Koush, Pete, and Charlie) in the Android community, we’ve put together this simple guide for you.  If you run into issues, be sure to drop them in the comments.

Instructions:

*Warning 1* – This will void the warranty on your brand new XOOM.  It also means that you may not be able to upgrade to 4G LTE, but I can’t confirm that.

*Warning 2* – This will completely wipe and format your XOOM.  Many of you have had yours for a full day now, but it’s probably a good idea to do this now than after  you’ve had it for a month.

*Note* – This uses adb.  If you are into hacking on your Android devices at all, it’s time you learn at least some basic commands.  Not everything in this world is a 1-click breeze.

1.  Get the latest Motorola USB drivers.
2.  Get the newest Android SDK and install it.

*They’ve changed the location of some files from the Tools folder and placed them in Platform Tools.  Go into Platform Tools, copy everything, and paste it all in your Tools folder.

3.  Open a command prompt from within your Android SDK Tools folder.

*Make sure nothing is selected and hold SHIFT+Right click – select “Open command window here.”

4.  Type:  adb reboot bootloader
5.  Your XOOM will reboot into the bootloader showing “Starting Fastboot Protocol Support.”
6.  Type:  fastboot oem unlock
7.  Read the warning on your XOOM’s screen.
8.  You may have to tap Volume Down to switch it to “Accept.”
9.  Then press Volume Up to actually “Accept.”
10.  Once you accept, your XOOM will be unlocked and formatted.
11.  And now on to rooting instructions:  How to:  Root the Motorola XOOM.

+1 Motorola XOOM.

  • jared fulton

    Will this method still work wirh jelly bean?

  • http://www.sweetmontreal.com/montreal-escorts.htm Sweetmontreal Com

    Great feature…………

     Thanks
     

  • Sean Ottaway

    im stuck on the shift+right click command prompt i cant open one someone plz help me!

  • Darknessabides

    it won’t bring up the type….It’s just the Dual Core screen with Starting fastboot at the top…Someone help! I can’t turn it off

  • Shter26

    Hi,
    My XOOM cannot be power up. I already tried “volume up and power bottom” solution. Did not work.
    Any idea? 
    Thank in advance

  • Naj1978

    Okay well I hope someone might see this. I know it has been awhile but I just got a demo xoom and I’m unable to remove the demo software on it so I was going to try this and then eventually root it as well to fix my issue.

    I was hoping to find a video tutorial on youtube but they seem to assume that you already know what your doing. This has actually been the best written instructions I have come across.

    So here is my issue. I have downloaded everything I’m supposed to and I can get to step 5 with no problem but then when I type in fastboot oem unlock it pops up a warning saying there is no valid external or internal path or something along those lines, I’m not at my main computer right now. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong or how I could fix it?

    I read on another page that it is possible that the command won’t work if I’m not using the actual motorola cable that came with the xoom. I’m actually using the cable from my LG android phone. If that is the case it shouldn’t work for when I type in adb reboot bootloader right? However it does work and I get to the screen showing,  “Starting Fastboot Protocol Support.”

    Anyway if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

  • me

    when it comes to the “fastboot oem unlock” it doesn’t recognize it and does nothing

  • Chelun

    when i did step number 3 it gave me an error:
    C:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools>adb reboot bootloadererror: protocol fault (no status)
    But it reboot my xoom, but when i did step number 6, it said:
    C:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools>fastboot oem unlockand nothing happened!!!
    Please some help!!!!

  • Ghost Stalker

    I noticed something, The LTE modem status is off when you hold both volume buttons and the power button on power up.  I think there might be a way to turn it on without sending it in.  Why would they put in a hardware slot without supporting software?  With an unlocked bootloader, there might be a way to change the setting to on.  I will investigate and let y’all know what I find.

  • Jaybone5k

    i’m unable to connect my xoom to the sdk for some reason, it doesn’t see that i’m connect when i do the commands

  • Baitz4

    I did the unlock successfully and then when i try to go into the market i get an “your client is out-of-date, it should be updated automatically shortly.” error and it never updates… heelp please.

  • ColoradoTom

    I know this is rooting 101 type stuff but you may want to mention that usb debugging needs to be enabled first. (It stumped me for about 2 hours)…

  • Anonymous

    so I consider myself pretty well versed on performing functions like overclocking, custom roms etc on a rooted droidx but i used z4 to root. i would love to root my zoom but have a mac laptop. please excuse my ignorance but is it possible to perform the root from a mac, or will i need to borrow a friends pc? anyone in the rochester ny area interested in making a few bucks?

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  • droiddoes

    does anyone know how to fix a bricked iphone 3gs? stuck on the apple and circle logo. :(

    • JobsH8er

      Step 1. Throw your phone into the lake.
      Step 2. Buy an android.

      Your Welcome ! ;-)

    • Adecker246

      First this is a Droid/Android Blog not an iDevice service center.
      Second: Force recovery and restore.

  • Zeavott

    If we are concerned that this will void our warranty can we follow these instructions to re-lock the bootloader?
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=875630

    • Anonymous

      Motorola has very likely added some special switch that lets them know it has been unlocked, so they’ll know even if you re-lock it.

  • Zeavott

    Would these instructions from nexus s “relock” the xoom?

    “Lock Bootloader:
    1. Open command prompt
    2. Type ‘adb reboot bootloader’
    3. Type ‘fastboot oem lock’
    4. Done!”

    Can anyone confirm this will actually relock it? If so, couldn’t we just lock it before we mail for upgrade?

  • Knightcrusader

    *Sigh* And we couldn’t have this on the Droid 2/X because…?

  • STiK

    You all wanted choice… Now you got choice… Now choice isn’t good enough? lol

  • Timmah

    Warning 1 makes me not want to do this.

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty cool! Though as JUST an end-user, not sure what the advantage of rooting would be on a device like this?

    • Anonymous

      Considering this voids your warranty against any malfunctions, not to mention disables features according to the disclaimer, I would strongly urge against doing this.

  • Adecker246

    Can it be locked back to the point where moto wont know ??

  • Adecker246

    Can it be locked back to the point where moto wont know ??

  • Richard

    forget pete, he doesn’t respond to any for of contact when it comes to his work or programming or code related things… Also I doubt pete had any hand in unlocking a boot loader seeing that it was kush who did it first anyway… Stop giving praise to someone who just compiles others roms into his own… and he doesn’t even get it himself, others give him the info so there for he isn;t the real guy for the praise…

    • DroidzFX

      Thanks for the insight Richard. When is your ROM coming out?

    • DroidzFX

      Thanks for the insight Richard. When is your ROM coming out?

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    People don’t realize the open command window here command comes from a power toy that 90% of windows users never install they should start making that part of the instructions.

  • Porno

    !!!!! IF YOU DO THIS YOU CANNOT GET THE 4G LTE UPGRADE !!!!!

  • Porno

    !!!!! IF YOU DO THIS YOU CANNOT GET THE 4G LTE UPGRADE !!!!!

  • Porno

    Will the BIONIC come with an unlockable boot loader???

    If so, I’m sold.

  • Guest

    Anyone else go demo the product and notice that scrolling through the homescreen slows down noticeably as you add widgets, to the point where it’s just choppy (ie. not smooth)?

    • frankguest

      Bought it and…no

  • Anonymous

    The best part about having an OG Droid and getting the Xoom? Skipping all the locked bootloader hassle, oh yeah.

  • DroidzFX

    This will be the OG droid of the tablet world. I will be waiting till after my upgrade to perform this procedure.

  • DroidzFX

    This will be the OG droid of the tablet world. I will be waiting till after my upgrade to perform this procedure.

  • Mike

    Did anyone else hear that the LTE upgrade wouldn’t be free if you didn’t sign a contract for the Xoom?

  • Mike

    Did anyone else hear that the LTE upgrade wouldn’t be free if you didn’t sign a contract for the Xoom?

    • Anonymous

      That would be false information.

  • Anonymous

    Friend works at Verizon, getting this puppy for $500!

    • Anonymous

      Not likely. VZ employees don’t get discounts on devices, just accessories

      • Anonymous

        Yes they do. I would be glad to give you a copy of the invoice.

        -sent from my Droid X

  • Anonymous

    This, I have to admit, is heavily laced with rad.

  • Chris Nimon

    It would be nice if we had this option on all moto devices.

    • Anonymous

      Indeed.

    • Stephen D

      Even nicer if it came unlocked out of the box.

  • charlie

    I’ve herd once you do this no free lte for you…but that’s just what I herd

  • charlie

    I’ve herd once you do this no free lte for you…but that’s just what I herd

  • charlie

    thanks for the shout out kellex :) now give me a xoom lol

  • Mike

    Number (2) is a Kick Why should it void any hardware warrenty….Oh well

  • Gg101

    Will this affect your ability to get the LTE upgrade from moto? Can it be easily relocked to factory state?

    • Anonymous

      Ooh, there’s a good question. :| I would hope that you would still be eligible for the free LTE upgrade.

    • Porno

      If you void your warranty they will NOT upgrade you to 4G LTE.

      • http://www.facebook.com/invader.elyh Elyh Lapetina

        thats not true anymore…

    • Porno

      If you void your warranty they will NOT upgrade you to 4G LTE.

  • Ecffighter7232

    Why couldnt it just be this easy for the Droid X…. :-(

    • http://smartrevu.posterous.com/ Wes Campbell

      it’s easier than this… z4root…

  • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

    Why do we want to unlock it?

    • Anonymous

      Bryan Wolfe, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent post were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • http://twitter.com/bkwolfe Bryan Wolfe

        I should’ve said why do we want to unlock it now.

      • The Revolting Blob

        If there is any attempt for either contestant to cheat, especially with my wife, who is a dirty, dirty, tramp, I am just gonna snap. Do I make myself clear?

        • C4blimtizle

          Billy madison is classic stuff lol

      • nepholex

        Whaaaaatt?

    • Anonymous

      Honest questions deserve an answer…not a smartass response. Plus…I have the same question. Soon there will be new launchers which we’ll be able to customize. What benefits does unlocking give the normal Xoom user?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Lyle/100000757560208 Aaron Lyle

        I agree.

        • Anonymous

          I stand informed from where the reply was taken…lightening up will now commence

        • Anonymous

          I stand informed from where the reply was taken…lightening up will now commence

      • Muddy B00ts

        haha his answer was from billy madison. Lighten up.

      • Mr Carteratl

        i agree bro, tmex kick rocks

      • 022579

        “normal” users maybe shouldn’t have their device unlocked. I unlock mine because it gives me that much more to go for, to reach for. I am not satisfied with what someone gives me and tells me that’s what I get (which is the #1 reason I’m not an Apple fan)

    • DroidzFX

      As of right this moment there is not much of an incentive to do it. Once some Roms and custom kernals come out it will be worth the trip down the rabbit hole.

    • DroidzFX

      As of right this moment there is not much of an incentive to do it. Once some Roms and custom kernals come out it will be worth the trip down the rabbit hole.

    • Niteperson

      The ONLY benefit I could see at this point is if there are certain apps that can be used only with a rooted Xoom. This thing appears to be lightning fast with a very nice UI. Not seeing any real advantage.

    • Niteperson

      The ONLY benefit I could see at this point is if there are certain apps that can be used only with a rooted Xoom. This thing appears to be lightning fast with a very nice UI. Not seeing any real advantage.

    • Anonymous

      Because you BOUGHT it and no OWN it. You should be told what you can and can’t do by the company you BOUGHT it from.

      Anger not pointed at you, but Motorola. The fact that it voids the warranty is BS but not a surprise. Add on that it states “many” features will be disabled ( I know it only lists 911 dialing) and I am back to boycotting Motorola. I’m sure the Xoom is a great device and I’m not arguing that, hell I had to force myself to not buy one yesterday. I don’t like the stance Motorola has taken or the way they’ve gone about it.