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How to: Unroot the Galaxy Nexus, Re-lock the Bootloader and Return to a Factory State

Unlocking the bootloader and rooting your Galaxy Nexus is really only half the battle. There may come a time when you need need to lock everything back up, including that bootloader. Thanks to the Android team, we have the factory images that can not only fix a bootlooping or soft-bricked device, but make it look like you just pulled it out of the box.  


*Note – These instructions will work for any Nexus device, you just need to swap out files and filenames in the command lines.

1.  Download the newest factory images to your PC.

[Download (4.0.2)]  [Download (4.0.4)] [Download (4.1.1)]

2.  Unzip the file and its contents into your SDK/Tools folder (wherever your adb.exe and fastboot.exe files are).

*Make sure they are not in their own folder, but have all been extracted to Tools.

3.  From within your Tools folder, open a command prompt (SHIFT + right click – “open command prompt here”):
4.  Type the following commands, allowing each to finish before moving onto the next:

*If flashing 4.0.4 or newer files, you will want to swap out to matching file names in the commands below.

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio radio-toro-i515.ek02.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio-cdma radio-cdma-toro-i515.ek05.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot -w update image-mysid-icl53f.zip
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot oem lock

5.  Reboot your phone by highlighting “Start” and pressing the lock switch.
6.  It really is as simple as that. Your phone is now back to a 100% stock, unrooted and locked state.


    Still iam facing WIFI slow and Touch screen multi-touch issue …How to solve this ???? IF there is no solution for this plz mention

  • morgan

    my phone is brick how adb mode dont turn my phone!! :S sorry but i dont speak english

  • bqluong

    I was having a really tough time flashing the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus because Win7 64-bit kept disconnecting and adb didn’t show any devices. There is a file in the zip file called flash_all.bat. So Step 1: adb reboot bootloader. Step 2: flash_all.bat. Then sit back and relax and watch magic happen.

  • George

    I get this..PLEASE HELP

    sending ‘radio’ (10496 KB)… OKAY [ 1.370s]
    writing ‘radio’… FAILED (remote: Write Fail)
    ished. total time: 1.956s

  • Luiz Felipe Maximiano

    Hello, I am new at this thing and need ur help, please !! My Galaxy Nexus is from France (SFR mobile operator). My phone is running Android 4.0.1 but it fails when updating to 4.0.2. And more, doesn’t accept others sim cards except the original french sim card.
    Will this operation solve my problem ? What should I do ? Thx a lot !

  • Aidan Follestad

    Thanks, this was very useful while preparing for the Jellybean 4.1 update

  • Todd Swanson

    Why does it say ”
    fastboot -w” is not an external/internal command, and wont do anything. All other commands were working just fine.

  • Blueman88

    I did the method above twice successfully but now have lost the ability to use WiFi. Any suggestions? The network names all have worked before. Thanks for any help that you can give 

  • After doing fastboot -w update image-mysid-icl53f.zip, my phone rebooted and brought me to the original welcome screen.I never got a chance to enter in the last two steps. When I tried to restart it again, the phone just keeps bootlooping at the google logo. I tried the Recovery Mode, but it did not help. Can someone help?

    • nm.. i used ODIN to push new image. It works fine now

  • goph_chuck

    I dont completely understand the second step…Is there anyway someone could elaborate for me?

    • android

      Unzip the .tar file you downloaded, then rename that resulting file to .zip and unzip it.

  • Christopher Riner

    thank god.  saved my skin twice now.  Thanks, kellex, for bringing me back from bootloop hell after none of my nandroids worked.

  • Newb here and I want to uninstall a ROM but can not seem to do it. PLEASE  HELP!

  • Mholton12

    ok all im getting is waiting for device when i do the fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.img and i really need help

    • Jerome

      Your phone isn’t seen by your computer correctly. Check u have USB debugging enabled. In linux, you might need to run using sudo

  • Darkmagshin

    you REALLY should mention that this wipes the data partition of your device. i lost a lot of important pictures thinking this was like flashing any other rom.

  • This makes the phone stock again. If you just left it rooted though, they can very easily tell if they look for it.

  • james craig

    The speaker is much lower than the Epic Touch Galaxy 2, Droid original, Rezound abd Razr.

  • Rydell_hall

    This guide kinda sucks. What state does my phone have to be in after plugging in? Off? On? Debugging mode? What has to be open and running? SDK? ADB? What’s required to be installed with SDK for it to work?

    None of these questions are answered and makes it impossible to make sense of the guide. I was able to get SDK and ADB installed, I downloaded what I think are the drivers for it (so my computer can detect it while in debugging mode), still not being detected in my computer. However, it does make a ding when plugged in for debugging, which leads me to believe it’s being detected to some extent.

    But regardless, I attempted those commands in the tools folder after downloading said file, I then get “error: device no found” obviously. I tried all combinations of what’s not exactly specified here, and I’ve wasted about an hour on it. So as far as this is concerned, the guide falls way short. 

    You write this like we don’t understand simple directions, yet there are tons of missing steps.

  • Raptor2679

    Hi, been looking for the answer on google and android forums but can’t seem to find the answer. what is temporary vs permanent recovery? is one suggested over the other?

  • nickname

    I wasdownloading the factory image and when i tried to open it…..it said that
    windows cannot open this file…and i should choose which progrmam i want to
    open it with…but no program seems to open it properly…..(download it as one
    file only). Also noticed that on the end of the file name that you show on the video in red…it says ZIP….and when i try to download..at the end of the file it says TAR  thought maybe you can help me out??? thank…nice and simple video

    • Anonymous

      .tar is another compression type seen in unix/linux environments. You can use a program like winrar to unpack .tar, .tgz, .zip files in a windows environment.

  • I can’t load the Nova launcher because I can’t get into recovery. I really don’t want to go all the way back to locked bootloader because I don’t really want to wipe all my data again… Thanks for any help.

  • I have unlocked/rooted the new phone and the wi-fi mac address has not changed this time. Must have been something about that particular phone.

    • Anonymous

      I had the same experience. My first Nexus kept changing the MAC address on each reboot. I swapped it for a new phone that has not had that problem.

  • Anonymous

    Just got my Nexus yesterday. Followed the unlock/root steps without any issues and then discovered that every time I reboot the phone it comes online with a different Wi-Fi MAC address. Has anyone else seen this on their phones? I ended up swapping it at the Verizon store for a new one but now I’m a little nervous about unlocking/rooting again. Curious about others experiences. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      I have unlocked/rooted the new phone and the wi-fi mac address has not changed this time. Must have been something about that particular phone. I did call both Verizon and Samsung and both are aware of the issue, though neither would comment on root cause or when/if a fix would be available.

  • Anonymous

    Just FYI, I’ve done this twice now and after flashing the stock image YOU WILL go into bootloop.

    Unplug the phone, battery pull and go into reboot into fastboot mode, select recovery, then you will get the error ! image. Again, just tap both volume up/down, and power at same time. Tap and release, it may take a couple tries. Then select wipe data / factory reset. 

    That should take 5 minutes or more. Then you will boot into fresh stock state with a clean slate. This is something that was totally missed in the instructions above.

    But remember, you still have to fastboot oem lock if you want the bootloader relocked. So battery pull and reboot into fastboot mode, plug back in, enter to fastboot oem lock command. 

    NOW your phone is stock and ready for new business, warranty return, etc.

    • Guest

      I have been at my wits end with the bootlooping.  I thought something terrible happened to the phone, or that I installed a bad image.  I’ve been dealing with this for 4 hours now.  I finally read this post, and my fingers are crossed that this solves the problem.  I really just want this phone to work again. 

    • From what I understand, if you do a clean install like this, the device reboot twice and reboots do take a longer while than normal. It took me about 4 minutes before I reach to my lockscreen. If it’s around or under 4, it’s all good. If it’s taking above 7 minutes, now that could be bootloop.

  • Hey guys after this:

    fastboot -w update image-mysid-icl53f.zip

    My phone rebooted on it’s own. Is this bad?

    • Anonymous

      Mine did the same thing. I shut the phone off and booted into the boot loader using the volume up/down + power press. Once there I issued the ‘fastboot oem lock’ and it locked just fine. Hope this helps.

  • Italia1918

    after i unzipped the factory images… i get these files …bootloader / flash / radio and there is another folder that is”image-mysid-icl53f” with 5 image files inside of it  do i have to pull those files out also?

  • Mike Woods

    I can adb reboot bootloader and get to the bootloader but when I try the next command. fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.img I get an error. Fastboot devices shows the GNex connected but I can’t flash the stock images. Any clues?

  • Cefx359

    I keep getting device not found after attaching usb cable and typing first line…I have updated the usb driver…any ideas?

  • Jared Kirk

    What if you just want to unroot but not re-lock?  For example if you want to receive an official OTA update (which requires you to be unrooted, correct?) 

    • Anonymous

      To receive the official OTA, you don’t have to be unrooted. As long as you didn’t modify anything else (custom kernal, ROM, possibly some other modifications) than you should be fine.

  • Eric

    Also, I’m not rooted, only unlocked. Is there a shorter version to just relock or do I just do all of the above even though I’m not rooted??  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      This is for the verizon version. No you do not need all the steps above. You do need adb reboot bootloader, next fastboot oem lock and then press the power button to restart the phone

  • Eric

    Is the link above for the Verizon version of the system image?  Kind of important, might want to label which version!  I need to relock my bootloader and exchange my phone.

  • RJFrank

    How far should I go in these directions to just unroot but not lock the bootloader. I rooted with an img file before I saw the img file here and now I keep getting the droid with a triangle with ! in the middle when I try to boot into recover. I can’t load the Nova launcher because I can’t get into recovery. I really don’t want to go all the way back to locked bootloader because I don’t really want to wipe all my data again… Thanks for any help.

  • Anonymous

    I am not seeing a zip file when I download this. It is only showing up as a tar file and I cannot extract the files. Anyone have any ideas as to what I am doing wrong?

    • Mikewoods94

      use 7zip to extract that then extract the archive inside of that one.

  • Anonymous

    I have unzipped the file to where my sdk folder are. I am able to use fastboot devices and find my phone. I also am able to fastboot reboot bootloader. I am not able to flash the bootloader  image. What am I missing? This is what I get

    C:UsersJadeDesktopandroid-sdk-windowstools>fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.imgerror: cannot load ‘bootloader-toro-primekk15.img’

  • Fake

    FYI, the 2nd to last step should be “adb reboot bootloader” not “fastboot reboot-bootloader.”


    • Anonymous

       Funny no one else has mentioned this but you’re right.

    • Juan Uribe

      still not working for me

  • Anonymous

    I have a grainy screen and I have the bootloader unlocked. I did not root the phone. Do I have to lock the bootloader in order to exchange it at Verizon?

  • Hamster12696

    what program can unzip 4.0.2 imges tar file?

    • Anonymous

      If you’re on Windows I would try 7-Zip. Free and can extract basically anything.

  • Hamster12696

    i have a problem return back to stock i downlaod the 4.0.2 imgaes file try push the command fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.img say cannot load this file

    • did you figure this out? i’m having the same problem.

  • Jeremy Morrison

    Is there a way to just unroot instead of doing both unroot and locking the bootloader? I’d really like to get away with wyping the phone again. Or will unrooting it wype it as well?

  • Nick

    I unlocked and rooted and saved a backup.  Was then prompted to install the OTA for 4.0.2.  I attempt to install, it reboots and is stuck on ” ! “.  Anyone have any assistance on this?  Dang, I just redownloaded all my apps, am I gonna have to unroot and start over to get the OTA?

  • If this phone is so good, how come their telling you to root it first? Root is beyond my knowledge and I”m looking into the phone

    • Rizheno

       Because once you root, the phone is reset back to a factory state. If you are planning to root the phone, you might as well do it before you set it up to you liking. As long as you don’t mind setting up your home screens again, you can go ahead and wait.

      • Mikewoods94

        Rooting does not reset to factory/wipe, unlocking does.

  • SoggyP

    I already unlocked and rooted and wanted to see how easy it was to get back to being unrooted and locked. Once I completed fastboot -w update image-mysid-icl53f.zip, my phone rebooted on it is twice and brings me to the original welcome screen. I went through all of that and i am still rooted. I never got a chance to enter in the last two steps. Can someone please help out here? Thanks

    • SoggyP

      meant to say rebooted on its own twice

      • SoggyP

        Nevermind. It looks like the second time around it decided to work. But it did get stuck on logging into my account. Battery pulled. Restarted and now Im back to stock…Hopefully it doesn’t do this all the time..

  • Italia1918

    do you save directly to sdk/tools then unzip or do save to another folder unzip and copy and move the contents to sdk/tools?

    • Whett Phartz

      Unzip first. Then move.

  • um the file I download is not a zip file how do I unzip it to the tools folder?

    • Italia1918

      same here ?

      • Whett Phartz

        You unzip it using IZArc or WinRAR (or whatever). Then, you move the files to the tools folder. If you’re running the latest version of the Android SDK, then it is the platform-tools folder.

  • Anonymous

    I like ICS, but samsung failed, this device is huge.

    • Angelface77daddy

      Maybe you’re having issues because you have small girly hands.

      • Guest

        He’s a loser faggitt! Love the name man!

      • Anonymous

        lol still crying that is amazing :)go and post your dirty pictures on here. Your soul is mine forever.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree. I think the size is great. Then again, I’m a big guy with big hands.

    • Guest

      Nexus rules the razor faggo. Now run along and suck your fathers cock.

  • Baker881

    not working for me.  keeps saying cannot load  bootloader-toro-primekk15.img

    • Can you copy and paste what you getting and what you typing? I just went through all of this so I might be able to help.

  • So I already screwed my phone. Trying to 
    fastboot flash radio-cdma radio-cdma-toro-i515.ek05.img and it just sits at the writing radio stage. Waited over 10mins. Any ideas

    • OK, for future people, it does take sometime for it to run. I just unplugged it and started from scratch and did all steps over and now Im back. THANK YOU DROID LIFE SO MUCH FOR SAVING ME FROM A 300$ PAPERWEIGHT LOL

    • Anonymous

      It can take several minutes, up to 15.

  • xvortexx

    Is there a way to lock the bootloader without a USB connection. My phone wont charge for some reason unless its off, and it wont connect via USB or charge via USB either.

    • xvortexx

      Im managed to get it to charge when connected to usb, although im not sure what changed. Still doesn’t show up on my computer, just says its charging through AC.

      • xvortexx

        I’ve managed*

  • ok just tried it but the phone just keeps bootlooping at the google logo. The unlock icon is gone, good! bootloop bad! tried going into the bootloader and fastboot reboot-bootloader and then the images but it doesnt work. Saying I need to unlock it now. I need to return it becasue of a dead pixel  right in the middle of the screen, now it wont even boot

    • ok, fixed it. I went into recovery and did a wipe and that took care of it. everything is good, now to go and exchange it. 

  • If you guys are seeking hero status, how about an article exactly like this one, but featuring the OG Droid?  Many of us new GNex owners upgraded from that device.  Many rooted it once a long time ago, and who knows/remembers how to roll back to stock on the OG?  Or is it just me who needs this?

    • Tsteege

      I had a heck of a time finding my old stock ROM images for my OG.  I had a backup to DVD that contained them.  I was only successfule using the SPRecover method, but I have a cool OG Droid WiFi, Google Music, and game tester device.

      • Tsteege

        Crap, I need to figure out this new keyboard.  LOL!

  • Guest

    Is there any reason you’d want to re-lock the bootloader, other than to return the phone?  

  • Gooncityfl

    Does this only work with the verizon galaxy nexus? I have the gsm version. Please help..

  • jnt

    do any of those steps also replace a custom recovery with stock?  I know the simple way, but just curious if it would be necessary after doing those steps…

  • Gooncityfl

    Does this work for the gsm galaxy nexus ????

  • After I rooted my phone, I cannot upload photos to Facebook.  Anyone else having this issue?  I uploaded before rooting no problem.

  • Thanks for the info, got mine unrooted and packaged up ready for return.

  •  I usually wrap the tether around my hand to take the tension off the phone – that lets me feel the device’s weight a bit better.  But I accidentally let the tether go, and it snapped back, pulling the battery cover right off the Nexus! 

  • Back to my Razr

    Thanks for the info, got mine unrooted and packaged up ready for return. BTW, for anyone wanting to know the instructions work fine on a Mac, just be sure to add ./ front on the commands.

  • Thanks.  Just.  Thanks.

  • df2rools

    If i unroot/relock and return it to a factory state will my warranty return?

  • My nexus had its first drop today. Landed on its side on marble. You can’t even tell it dropped. :]

  • Hey, Off topic, but hon long did the 4.02 update take?  Mine has been going for a while now, and is not booting up.  Just keeps showing the google name, and then the animation.

    • Battery pull fixed it.. got impatient.

    • Mine took maybe 15 or 20 seconds to install.

  • Anonymous

    Welp, I have to wait until Monday. Damn you Verizon for choosing 2day shipping. 

  • mike

    dude you are amazing.  thank you so much for these simple clear instructions.  Wow.  And thanks  amending your instructions on unlocking the bootloader after idiotic windows 7 couldnt find my phone.   After I did adb reboot bootloader- it kept saying waiting for device.  One of the posters helped fix this problem, then you changed your instructions.  incredible.

    • Lady Minnie

      How was the problem fixed, when it keeps telling waiting for device?

  • Anonymous

    Can’t help but being jealous…Anyone buy a Nexus and find they can’t live without a physical KB?  I have a D3 I’ll trade for it with some cash thrown in 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Just came over from D1.  Love this new virtual keyboard – much improved prediction algorithm and accuracy (thanks to Goog’s acquisition of BlindType, as DL reported…)

  • QtDL

    YES! This is what I need…..I know I will F up something when I try unlocking/rooting.

  • Why do we encourage people to download files and not check the md5 sums? Especially when they are provided by Google. You didn’t even provide a link to the download page. Seems like you are just futzing with Google search results now.

  • i have a question, i downloaded the above factory image and moved it to my platform tools folder but it is a single file, i cannot unzip it into the folder, what am i missing??

    • figured it out….if anybody else runs into the same question you just need to download winrar and your problems will be gone

  • Anonymous

    anyone else have a problem with the notification light not working?

  • Any chance we could get these instructions for a Mac?

    (inb4 “herpa derp get a windoze”)

    • Finger

      First, you go out and buy a windoze…

      But really, this forum post has the instructions for Windows, OSX, and Linux. But remember that these are fore the HSP version of the phone and the file names are different. Just be sure to transpose everything correctly.

  • Anonymous

    Blasphemy. Why would anyone want to do this?  :p

  • Michael Forte

    So I went to my local Verizon store to look at the Galaxy Nexus.ICS was very nice. Very fast and the browser was awesome. It was thinner than I thought it would be. The screen looked very nice too. Now for the cons :the battery cover was coming off the display unit and was being taped on. The camera app crashed every time I tried to open it. Also the signal was weaker on the Nexus than my Bionic. I looked in the settings at actual dBm too, not just going by the signal bars. Now I see why they say the hardware is just the shell for ICS. I’ve never been a fan of Samsung’s hardware and I’m still not. But I was impressed overall with the phone, just not enough to switch. I’ll wait for my upgrade next November and I’m crossing my fingers for a Motorola Nexus. MOTO, Y U NO UNLOCK BOOTLOADER!!

    • Flyinion

      I noticed the battery cover issue too, but the sales guy told me it’s a problem with the new tether style they’re using.  It interferes with the battery cover on the Nexus. There’s not really a problem with the phone itself.

      • Michael Forte

        Yeah I realize it’s more the fault of Verizon, but just something I noticed. 

        • Anonymous

          That store phone might not have the 4.0.2 update.  My camera’s been flawless, no force closes in 30 hours.  No 4G issues either (except for when I come up out of the subway… takes a few minutes to re-acquire the connection).  Generally the 4G connection is quicker than wifi – I’m getting up to 16000bps on the Upper East Side.  I’m at 45% battery with 7.5 hours of heavy use, mostly on wifi though.

          Battery cover – yeah, you got a point.  Samsung seems to have skimped there.  Might have to do something with the large NFC antenna & signal propagation – I have a BBerry Bold with NFC and it’s a similar peel-off type plastic-y cover.  Any NFC experts out there?

          • Anonymous

            I know this comment is old was grabbing files a deciding to read the comments. The covers are thin because the “fast pass” payment systems would have no way to read the NFC chips if they were any thicker. Plus, the GS2 battery cover is so rugged it can be bent,folded, crunched,etc.. without damage. I have the phone also and tried it myself. I also bent the G-Nex cover too with the same results, its just not as flexible as GS2’s, hope this helped.

      • Anonymous

        I had the same issue.  I usually wrap the tether around my hand to take the tension off the phone – that lets me feel the device’s weight a bit better.  But I accidentally let the tether go, and it snapped back, pulling the battery cover right off the Nexus!  I was left holding the phone, free and clear.  I was tempted to just walk out!  (Just kidding…)

    • Dmoto

      I went it to check it out too! I noticed the cover coming off too, but I noticed it was because the lock feature (so nobody can steal it)  is holding only onto the cover, if a few hundred people kept pulling the phone out, the cover it’s going to come off eventually.  Since nobody was in the Verizon store when I was there, I played with the white Razor, and HTC’s Rezound also, and noticed that those phones are pretty awesome too.  The Nexus Galaxy on display worked very well, I tested the camera, video, and reception was all good, worked perfect.  So I don’t know what is wrong with your display Nexus Galaxy, but it sucks you had a bad experience. 

    • Unique

      Yes, I went to store Yesterday and looked at the Galaxy
      Nexus and played with it for about a hour, I like the ICS but the phone looked
      cheap and was not as strong signal and said I waited this long for this phone? I
      was not impressed otherwise, so I got the Razr and the portable charger just in
      case (with my discounts).

    • NEXUS

      See you in a year while I’m enjoying my Nexus

      • Anonymous

        Enjoy your weak radios and plastic feel lol. The sound is horrible too.

        • Guest

          Time for you to go slurp your father’s cum gay boy.

        • Anonymous

          How is the sound horrible? It is far louder and clearer than my droid x was. My guess is you never used the nexus.

          • Anonymous

            The sound is vewy low and the radios sucks period

          • Kevdogg4

            My Nexus is absoluely amazing! Sound is awesome and radio too! I’m unlocked and rooted. No idea what you’re talking about. Guess you’re just being a hater. Beat it nerd.

          • Anonymous

            I am not being a hater turd, because i like the gs2, which blows this garbage out of the water. You are trying to justify your bad purchase lol.

          • Anonymous

            “Enjoy your weak radios and plastic feel lol”, you do realize the GS2 is also made by Samsung right? And we’re not trying to justify our purchases, it seems more like you are. If I really didn’t like my Nexus, I still have time to take it back and exchange it for another phone. I love my Nexus and have no complaints about it! You’re clearly a troll and have nothing better to do than come to a post about the Galaxy Nexus just to make stupid comments.

          • Anonymous

            If i type facts about your wacky nexus device and you get mad, that means that there is something wrong about it. You may not want to admit it but we all know nexus failed terrible. On the other hand i know the gs2 is made by Samsung. Even though, it has weak radios and the call quality is not as good as Moto’s devices, the gs2 did not take a step back like the nexus did. You are a stupid little girl that likes to cry about anything.

          • Anonymous

            The speaker is much lower than the Epic Touch Galaxy 2, Droid original, Rezound abd Razr.
            I’m trying to deal with it but it makes watching YouTube impossible if you are in a room with others, no fun when they can’t hear …. also the camera compared to the galaxy s2 is pretty bad ….

    • Anonymous

      Could not say it any better, ICS on moto’s droids will be similar to ICS.

      • Guest

        It will be sept or oct of next year before moto gets isc loser!

    • Anonymous

      Try rebooting the phone before testing. Do you have any idea of the abuse a cell phone takes in a VZW store. There is no telling how many apps have been executed and the phone just needs a reboot.

  • Anonymous

    I rooted and had to return back to stock more than once with my original droid to return it and they never knew it was rooted, however will they know that I rooted my Nexus?

    • If you converted it back, then no. This makes the phone stock again. If you just left it rooted though, they can very easily tell if they look for it. (If they just wipe the phone and restock it, then it really doesn’t matter.)

      • Anonymous


  • DroidzFX

    Saved for offline reading

  • Athomson16

    thanks for the info!!!! droid life rocks

  • Shop

    Cool, now I can return my GN and get the Razr!

    • Anonymous

      Good choice lol. The nexus was overrated. The white razr looks awesome.

      • Guest

        You dad called and wants you to hurry home so he can anal sex with you.

  • awesome… there go everyone’s worries about updates

  • Anonymous

    Just an FYI, the new version of the SDK has moved adb from /tools to /platform-tools. Thus, for people who’ve just installed it they should place fastboot (as well an the factory images above) in /platform-tools and change to /android-sdk/platform-tools before running fastboot commands as well as (if they haven’t updated their path environment variable) adb commands.

    • fastboot & adb files have been moved to platform-tools, yes. However if you copy unzipped contents under /platform-tools and start cmd there, it doesn’t work. Just extract contents under /tools and start cmd there. I have just done this and successfully restored to android 4.0.2 from Liquid Smooth 4.0.4.

      Thanks a lot whoever wrote this article. I was starting to freak out since my Liquid Smooth Rom screens were showing 24-bit color icons and there was no way to raise up the resolution.

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Sorry – didn’t see your comment. My thoughts exactly.  🙂

  • Andrew Akker

    Not only is flashing the bootloader and 2 radios unnecessary, it adds potential danger to brick users.  You should edit this to only make people run the fastboot -w update command.

    • Gooncityfl

      Does this process work with the gsm galaxy nexus? I got my phone over seas..

  • Gwwjpd

    Just bookmarked this page for future reference if needed. Thanks for the write up.

  • Finger

    These instructions will also un-brick your phone if you screw up and get the looping error mentioned in this post (like I did 🙂
    http://www.droid-life.com/2011/12/05/how-to-unlock-the-galaxy-nexus-bootloader/ To get to the bootloader screen while the phone is off, just hold down all three buttons (power, vol up, and vol down) until it vibrates.

    Kellex, if you could put a note to this effect in this post, it would probably help a lot of people in the long run, especially since so many are modding this very popular phone.

    • Gooncityfl

      Does this work with the gsm nexus ? Mines is with t mobile .

    • Jeremy Morrison

      FYI i had to go into recovery mode and do a factory reset before I could unroot. I kept getting errors in the command prompt when trying to flash factory images. After factory reset it finally took. Thanks Kellex!

  • No

    good to know…