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Simple Galaxy Nexus LTE Root/Unlock and Unroot/Re-Lock Tool Released

We tried our hardest to force you into installing the Android SDK and learning some simple adb and fastboot commands in order to unlock and root your Galaxy Nexus, but we know that not all of you have the time to do such a thing. So for those that need a quick option to unlock and root or unroot and re-lock, this is the tool for you. Created by long-standing Android mind WugFresh, this tool will get you all of the SDK files and Samsung drivers needed to begin, followed by options to get you on your way to your first ROM or return you back to stock. It doesn’t get any simpler than this.  

Download:  WugFresh’s Tool [mirror]

Here are WugFresh’s instructions for how to use this:

*Windows only.

1.  Install the program by double clicking the GnexRootToolkit.sfx.exe

  • This will extract the contents to %PROGRAMFILES%\GnexRootToolkit
  • Place shortcuts on your Desktop and Start Menu\Progarms
  • Launch the program for first use

2.  Use the Drivers + SDK option first to install and configure the necessary components to your system
3.  Click the “Unlock + Root” or “Unroot + OEM lock” buttons depending on what you want to do

  • Simply follow onscreen instructions; it should be self explanatory

4.  Note that the “Unroot + OEM lock” procedure can also be used to just flash back to stock without re-locking

  • Simply follow onscreen instructions, and when it gets to the re-locking procedure… just exit the script.

For reference or specifics on what this tool does, you will want to check out our bootloader unlocking instructions along with our instructions on how to return back to stock. After all, Wug did find his inspiration for the tool from our guides. :)

Via:  Galaxy Nexus Forum

  • Shane McKeever

    I don’t believe I learned anything from reading the comments. In fact, I had forgotten what story I had just read. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    Can I still back up my data to get all my apps etc… back onto my phone after unlocking the bootloader?

    • Shane McKeever

      Just copy it to your computer.

  • Birchoid

    Would love a GSM version. :/

  • Birchoid

    Really want a GSM version of this :(

  • Pkiefer131

    So glad a “one click” is out. My GNex has not been playing nice with XP so im finally upgrading my home pc to 7. After that im thinking I will try the manual method. I have been meaning to play with adb and commands but have been to weak to try. The instructions however seem clean cut for this phone.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    I am soooo glad for this! Trying to do it the other way has not worked. Ive tried over and over and over and over and over and over and over and it will not freaking work. Ugh!!! Hopefully my God forsaken PC wi actually freaking do this. Ive jailbroken an iPad, rooted, rommed, themed, overclocked, wiped, SBF’d and everything else to my OG and my DX, but cant get the SDK tk work on my PC. Freaking hate Windows/PC’s. Now I remember why.

    • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

      Nope, now this freaking method won’t work on my PC. Good freaking grief. I freaking hate PC’s. Would somebody please make this for Mac, since they are totally more stable, faster, better and actually do what they are su-freaking-pposed to do. UGH!!! And yes, I’m freaking mad bro!

  • Anonymous

    wow this download is taking forever!!!

  • Dshudson

    I am not trying to “pick” on anybody here, but I have noticed when I check out comments or leave one on this site 
    Mctypething 
    is always on the comments arguing with people.. I have no grudge against him.. just an observation 

    • Anonymous

      Don’t be that guy.

  • Josh

    D/L is taking forever and mirror link is down. anyone know any other links to get this?

    • Test

      same, looking for mirrors myself…

      • Anonymous

        New mirror from his site, 120kbps is better than 2kbps lol http://goo.gl/lTQhA

  • Bogart2482

    this is by far the slowest download ever….probably could of messed up a few times and did it the manuel way before this is done downloading!

    • Anonymous

      Tried the manual way and couldn’t get it going for crap! haha this is my best option but this download says another 16 freakin hours!? for 267 MB. I’m at 10.9 about an hour in.

    • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I’m just guessing this comment has been written a couple times, but the first link is slower than me taking a crap on fondue night, and the second link is dead than Michelle Bachmann’s presidential hopes. And that’s not partisan, she quit. I know it’s a somewhat larger file, but any chance of someone throwing this in a more reputable fileshare service or platform or whatever? Because as it stands so far, it’s going to take me 10 hours to download 267 MB.

  • Christopher Riner

    These one click methods have one big obvious “pro” going for them– They’re easier.  BUT!  They also have a very sneaky, slippery “con”– the fact is, that these types of programs are created for people aren’t necessarily familiar with files and how to get around on their computer.  Yes, its great for beginners to be rooted in minutes using programs like this, but I think I speak for anyone and everyone who has ever done it the hard way when I say that using these methods can get you into trouble.  Not because the software will (necessarily) ruin your phone, but just because of the simple fact that you are so much better off as a beginner to start learning the manual ways to do things.  The reason its important to set up the sdk and adb yourself is because there will more than likely come a time when you will at least pseudo-brick your phone.  If all you know about root access is “that it gets you free wifi tether and only took one click to get there,” then chances are you won’t be able to figure your options out once you wind up bricked or in a boot loop.  

    Hell I’ve bricked my nexus like 4 times already– the first time without clockwork mod.  Yeah, it definitely sucked, but it was a great opportunity for me to really learn how adb works with your phone and, well, how a lot of the software on your phone works in general. I had a rooted droid x about a year ago that had a one click method.  The only thing I ever did to it was give it a free wifi tether apk.  And I overclocked it, with a one-click oc program.  I had the phone for about 6 months and never realized the fun I could have had with it.  Now that I have this nexus and I’m becoming familiar with the phone, I just can’t seem to find enough free time!  Boot animations, soft key mods, and roms roms roms (btw, axiom 2.3 is a rom from one of the guys at cyanogen mod and it is awesome.  Definitely my favorite rom that I have flashed yet.  I get way better battery life than when my phone was stock and have a nice, bugless phone– while still being able to customize just about anything I want. 

    In short, there’s nothing wrong with downloading this program (hell, I am, just because I can never have enough tools) but at the same time, don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty.  In the end you might wind up walking away with an entirely different experience.   

    • Jason

      +100 This is exactly what I was saying earlier but it gets pushed to a back page because of some children that use this site for there petty sqaubling over nothing important. You put it in a better point though! Thanks!

    • Hamanj

      I agree with you to a point. I was excited for the manual method and tried it.  I could not get the adb set up properly according to the instructions.  I then posted here for help and got none.  Now this method looks pretty good.  I have waited a couple weeks already, what’s a few extra hours for the download.

    • Anonymous

      i agree 100% with u however i just dont have the time….

    • Canephins

      Also 1 click rooted my DX and then never did anything with it, so I agree that the method you’ve suggested is probably the best route for me to take regarding rooting my GN.  So, the question I have for you sir…IYO, where is the best jumping off point to start getting my hands dirty? As in, step by step guide for noobs written expressly for the GN.  Also, based on the research I’ve already done, had already decided axiom 2.3 is the first rom I’ll be trying, so I’m glad to see you mention it here.  Thanks in advance for you time!

      • Christopher Riner

        I would definitely start out by tinkering with clockwork mod.  Be careful diving into things like overclocking/undervolting (used to increase performance, while also increasing battery life, respectively).  Try to stay away from basically anything that you don’t understand much about, PERIOD.  Always try and find either a place where you can get your questions answered first before you try something, or at least find someone who has already messed with that particular setting or program.  Its best for us noobs to let someone else be the guinea pig– trust me on this one.

        But I would definitely say that your best bet is to start familiarizing yourself with clockwork mod.  Flashing roms only takes  a couple of steps.  Its always good to 1) backup your current rom, 2) factory reset, 3) wipe your cache (a lot of roms do this for you while they are being flashed, but I like to do it anyways) and 4) go to mounts and storage, and then select the format /system option.  Then you “install zip from sd card, and it will lead you to a list of your folders.  I keep all of my stuff in the downloads folder, so I know exactly where to go when I get to this point.  The only things that will show up in your download folder when you are in clockwork mod are files that are .zips.  Remember, anytime you want to flash anything you need to make sure it is a .zip file.  That is basically all you have to do to flash a rom, after you have downloaded it.  There are tons of instructions all over the place, and all of these steps can be done from clockwork mod recovery, or even from the clockwork mod app.  Roms give you tons of options and little extras that make a world of difference.  

        Also, I definitely recommend downloading the app Rom toolbox by jrummy16.  There are going to be a lot of settings in there that you dont want to mess with until you familiarize yourself with everything, but there are also a lot of one-click goodies that install by themselves like boot animations and softkey mods  (both of which are also flashable through clockwork mod after you download them– remember, only .zip files are flashable.  Also, definitely get the clockwork mod app, “rom manager”.  

        There really are tons of things to learn.  Titanium backup is going to be your savior, bc everytime you flash a rom (if you did a factory reset in the process) you are going to have to entirely set up your phone again, so once you’re rooted go ahead and get titanium backup (pro if you can shell out the few extra bucks– especially if you are going to flash frequently, because it will save all of your apps and keep you from having to redownload them every time you flash something.  

        This is a nice tidy little list of things to get you started out enjoying great roms with extra features and performance/battery enhancements.  I actually got 19 hours out of one charge the other day (without 4g, of course, and with plenty of idle time, but still) and even with battery life like that can still get almost 100 mflops on benchmarks in linpack.  The last thing I would suggest to you, would be forums, forums, forums;  rootzwiki, droid forums- there are plenty of apps to choose from.  Tapatalk lets you keep all of your forums in one app so its easier to keep track of everything.  XDA developers is also a great place to go to for tons of current stuff.   Hope you’re enjoying your nexus, and remember— Before you start playing around with ANYTHING—- make sure you have made your clockwork mod permanent, just in case you wind up in a boot loop.  It happens to the best of us.  

  • tjmonkey15

    They can’t spell “coming”

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else getting this error message that some installation files are corrupt?

  • Fallsgable

    Had my OG rooted, but lately enjoying stock GNex goodness…
    With the OG, once rooted OTA updates never worked, and I used ROMs to get updated…
    With the Gnex being a Google phone (technically), will I get the updates if rooted….I WANT the OTAs with ICS…

    • Anonymous

      I think you will get notified of the update, but if you install the update it will remove your root. 

    • Christopher Riner

      if you’re rooted I believe you can still be prompted for OTA’s, but if you go through with them you will lose your root access.  I found an OTA rootkeeper on the market, but I’m waiting for someone else to try it before I try using it. 

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  • Binglut9

    for people complaining about not enough other news..

    There really isnt any this is the calm bwfore the storm (ces) most pr people arw on vacation…
    Every year the couple wewks beforw ces there is not mich news .

    So chill evwryone will get there fix soon

    • Christopher Riner

      god, I know.  I can’t wait.  I’ve got a nice firm grip on my nexus, hoping and praying that it will be the first phone that I’ve ever had that I won’t get tired of when the next best thing comes along.  I’m sure we’re gonna see a lot of quad core goodness next week, and with htc unlocking their bootloaders there will be plenty of juicy stuff to appease us.  

      I have a lot of faith that I am going to love my nexus for quite some time, nonetheless.

  • Dshudson

    This account’s public links are generating too much traffic and have been temporarily disabled! lol HAHA

  • Robvanwinkle

    I think that if this site was moderated as well as droidforums.net is, it would be a better experience. We would all learn to talk constructively instead of telling each other to eat donks when we don’t agree with something. I wish more people commented on the news stories over there like they use to. It’s just hard trying to have an opinion over here.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, see, that wasn’t hard.  You provided constructive criticism with real indications pointing to your desires for this site.  I would actually agree that the comment moderation isn’t that great.  I would love it if we pulled all the u mad and we didn’t encourage “first” posts throught the history of this site.  I would really enjoy it if we didn’t have wang pics, and if flagging non-spam/non-offiive comments didn’t automatically censor comments.  Useful discussion and dialog within a community is a good thing.

      The one thing I disagree with is using droidforums.net as a comparison point.  That’s a heavily dev-focused forum site.  Droid life, as I see it, is focused on more news aggregation beyond just development.  Further Droid Life isn’t a forum.  It has a forum, but it seem to get much traffic.  If there is a desire for more open discussion about any topic rather than the individual news items posted, it might be time to see if Kellex can ramp up the forums (by himself, with a group, or through an appointee/group of appointees).

    • Binglut9

      You dont want it modified like droidforums they ban and suspend for swearing f that im a grown ass man i dont need kids telling me i cant say what i want this is why i likethis site you can speak your mind

    • Anonymous

      +10000 Been saying it for months that i yearn for the og Droid Life days when the comment sections were all help & good natured jokes about each other. I know there’s probably over 20x the traffic to the site now, but with greater power comes greater responsibility, so i totally agree on a little more comment moderation. Its pretty ridiculous that we have to endure months of nonsense from certain commentrs before they are banned bc it doesnt take that long to see who’s just constantly spewing rubbish. Just like Playboy ;) I really only come for the articles & find myself very rarely going through all the trash in the comments (although in the last month its getting better)

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna keep this in my back pocket.  Right now I don’t have a good enough reason to root.  I’m really happy with the speed and look of stock ICS so I’m not concerned about flashing a custom ROM or overclocking.  I’d do it for free wireless tethering, but I’m trying to take the high road on that.  I’m sure I’ll get bored eventually.  That’s when I’ll root.

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t say for all who don’t “have the time” as it takes 10-15 minutes to do the manual way and hell you might actually learn something!! More like to lazy or scared! Eventually peeps your going to have to dive in, do some reading and learn! I learned this stuff by finding the articles posted here and there in DL myself and reading and trying it out. There has never been a more safe time to learn as you can just revert back to stock if you screw anything up. Get titanium backup so you don’t have to download all your apps and data. Make a dang Backup up before you change anything even easier. Don’t be scared and lazy peeps! Get in there and learn something!

    • Binglut9

      Ive been rooting and flashing for 2 years and i have never needed to learn adb or anything

      • Jason

        When I first got my OG when it came out and then stumbled upon this sight shortly after I got into the rooting business after alittle hestitation. No, I never had to use the ADB way of doing things but I wish I would have gotten into back than instead of just recently with the GNex. Just because I hadn’t had to do it before doesn’t mean when I got in there and did some reading and learned some things I wasn’t proud of myself for doing it and better off for it cause I know more now and not in the least bit hesitant to dive in deeper with the knowledge I have gained. I have been on this site for a long time, I always see the same questions being asked over and over again and in a short period of time of the answers already being posted or out there! All I’m saying is people need need to do alittle research and reading to find there answers and not be afraid to get in there and get there feet wet!

        • Anonymous

          I hear ya.  I’m learning a ton from this GNex that I wish I learned with my OG Droid.  I don’t know that I would get to the point where I would actively release my own ROM, but I’m finally figuring out how to kang ROMs to do a few things I want.  It’s awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    Damnit, I see my excuses for not rooting are wearing thin. Oh the humanity!

  • RaptorOO7

    Can someone set up another mirror, its sloooooow to d/l the file.

  • Erkleehoo

    Can’t wait to get home!

  • Anonymous

    Forgive my ignorance.  I am not as technically savvy as most of you on here are.  I am a noob!  What is the purpose of “flashing a permanent recovery” and, I see someone posted that 4.03 is out yet I haven’t received the update.  Is this because I have unlocked and rooted the phone.  I have not put a different ROM on it.

    • mons

      Recovery is the screen you see if you hold the volume buttons and power button.  Lets you wipe data/cache, create backups, and install new roms.  So you want permanent recovery. Source for 4.0.3 is out, but it hasn’t been officially released.  There are 4.0.3 roms available.

      • Anonymous

        That helps.  I guess I should have done a permanent recovery then when i rooted the phone.  If I do it now will it wipe the phone?

        • Jason

          The big thing with the permenant root is you don’t have to keep flaching it through rom manager or manualy everytime you need to get to recovery to install a file or recovery or backup. It will not wipe your data, only the unlocking bootloader wipes your data

          • Anonymous

            Answers a big concern I had. Thank you.

        • Christopher Riner

          Go back to the page that droid life has (the original page) showing how to root your phone.  At the very bottom it shows how to make your recovery permanent.  You definitely want to do this FIRST THING before you take another step in your journey of learning what this phone is all about.  It can save you 50 bucks on a fraudulent insurance claim ;)

          Good luck, God speed, vaya con dios, y que la fuerza sea contigo!! (may the force be with you) fellow phone voyager.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      4.0.3 is in the AOSP dump from Google. Only some Nexus S phones got the update before it was halted. No other phones have the 4.0.3 OTA yet.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanSMiller Ryan Scott Miller

    Someone needs to get this up on another download site.

  • Robvanwinkle

    This site is really catering to only one audience. I haven’t been here in a while. I use to come here to  get valuable info and news. But apparently if you do not own a Galaxy Nexus you aren’t good enough for Droid Life.

    /Fail

    • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

      used to be the same with any other phone, like the Droid X or Droid 1. Whichever phone is more developer friendly. you should have kept that in mind when you purchased your phone other than the GNex… nub.

      • Robvanwinkle

        I didn’t purchase the GNex because I like my phones to have good data reception.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          Maybe if you knew what you were talking about you would have purchased a GNex. Because clearly you don’t. This has been reported on many, many times. GTFO Troll.

          • Anonymous

            u mad bro?

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            No but u jelly.

          • Christopher Riner

            i knew it was coming.  why in the hell has angelface not popped up in here to tell you guys that you’re all wrong and to complain about the lack of coverage on moto?  That’s all we’re missing now

          • Robvanwinkle

            Alright sorry. Android is an ecosystem, a community. The Android world doesn’t revolve around one phone. That goes against everything Android stands for. Android is open, not close looped like the iPhone.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah…Android is open.  That’s all the more reason to focus on a few premier devices.  I mean, Kellex could do some articles on the Droid Incredible 2, but why?  I see RAZR and Rezound articles on here too, but right now the Galaxy Nexus is THE phone to have.  It’s Google’s official developer phone.  Why WOULDN’T there be a ton of articles on it?

          • Anonymous

            But this site isn’t about the Android ecosystem.  It’s about  Verizon Android phones.  That’s a bit more specific.  If there’s something Verizon Android related that you’re missing, name it.  What valuable Verizon Android news or dev happenings  didn’t make this site that you’re finding elsewhere?  Actually name the content that you’re missing, that you got elsewhere, and help this site improve.  If you don’t want to do that, don’t troll the comments.  It’s that simple.

        • Robvanwinkle

          ….and there are plenty of phones that are developer friendly, most HTC phones are very developer friendly and have tons of Roms

          • Anonymous

            Right – and that exact topic was posted on this site yesterday, so what’s your issue exactly?

          • Anonymous

            What is your issue? Any time someone complains about G Nex news you have a sh*t fit. Get over it. Not everyone is going to agree with the content on this site.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah but it’s overbearing. This site reports non-GNex news too – but right now the GNex is the hottest topic, not to mention the most dev friendly device, period. Hence the type of post for this article.

          • Anonymous

            About 80% of the topics on this site are about one phone. A lot of people have different phones and would like to read about all things Android – not all things G-Nex. You honestly can’t expect people to not seek a variety in content. You seem to take it personally any time someone voices a complaint.

          • Anonymous

            If there was more news to discuss on other phones than it would be posted. Honestly, and I’m being honest – tell me straight up, what news do you want to hear right now? Bionic ROMs, etc?

          • Anonymous

            If you honestly think there is nothing in the entire universe of Android to talk about other than the Galaxy Nexus, then there is no point in responding to your question.

          • Anonymous

            but you see that’s exactly my point – you’re not answering the question. There’s other stuff going on the android world right now, but for Verizon Android devices the GNex is #1 right now, why is that so hard to understand?

            BTW – you didn’t answer my question.

          • Anonymous

            I have answered that question numerous times, so I’m not going to keep repeating myself. Besides, like I already said, you’re a G Nex sheep who can’t be reasoned with. There is no point in responding.

          • Anonymous

            BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA  :p    lol

            -still never answered my question

          • Binglut9

            Verizon android i would say prob not much this week is usually dead for news since ces is next week

          • Anonymous

            u Brad Mo?

          • Anonymous

            u think the gawker redesign sucks bro?

          • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

            The month or two after OG came out this site was only about OG.  No one talked about Eris.  And then When the D2 came… then when the…  Ya see a trend yet?  The next big thing will come and it still won’t be the Rezound.  

          • Anonymous

            Exactly.  When the Droid NextBestThing comes out, I’m sure he’ll be complaining about that content as well.  Such is the life for an Internet troll.

          • EC8CH

            “Not everyone is going to agree with the content on this site.”

            says the resident Droid-Life content whiner.

          • Anonymous

            Wow. That was a genius comment. What is your point exactly?

          • Christopher Riner

            hahahaha.  right?

          • Robvanwinkle

            Nothing I guess. I’ll stop my complaining. This site just isn’t a useful resource for me anymore. I miss the old days. I guess I have to search around for an alternative.

          • Anonymous

            how this this site not useful – they post tons of articles with step-by-step instructions on all sorts of Android stuff.

        • Owen

          There’s nothing wrong with the data reception.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanSMiller Ryan Scott Miller

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s why it’s called DroidLife, it was originally focused on the OG Droid. I think a good deal of the original fanbase went from OG Droid to Galaxy Nexus. I did.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          Yup, exactly.

        • Anonymous

          this site’s for all Verizon Android devices

    • Anonymous

      what’s wrong with reporting GNex news? What other news should the site be reporting? There’s been plenty of other articles lately

    • Anonymous

      Word to your mother!

    • Anonymous

      How is this a GNex focused site?  Looking over the news for the past couple days and the GNex doesn’t make up the majority focus considering we had news about the Holo theme, the Galaxy S, NHL Game Center, Droid 3 and LG Revolution EOL, Transformer Prime, the first batch of Rezound roms, the Rezound bootloader unlocking, ClockworkMod USB tether, XOOM updates, Modern Combat 3, etc… GNex news was overloaded during the release of the phone, at best.  Now, it’s just getting its fair share of news given the amount of development occurring on that phone. 

      If you’re actually getting great dev news for other Verizon phones, share it with Kellex and help make the site what you want instead of complaining.  When the site was pretty much OG Droid only, no one filled up the forums with complaints about the Droid Eris.  The phone wasn’t getting the same level of dev attention as the OG Droid, hence there wasn’t much to report.  All the posts about Liberty roms never made this site horrible even though many visitors still used an OG Droid.  And now that the Rezound is getting some dev attention, we’ll see more Rezound news.  Give it a rest troll.

      • Anonymous

        Mctypething, read this.

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t matter.  He’ll just call me an idiot or alter the subject matter just enough to avoid having to engage in a real discussion about his problems with this site and what it’s missing.  One day he might actually provide examples of news content this site missed, that would be valuable to DL readers, but I won’t hold my breath.

      • Robvanwinkle

        The word troll is seriously overused on this site.

        • Anonymous

          1) Your post does not deal in the topic of the article.

          2) Your activity history is near empty, showing only your complaint post about the site’s topic.

          3) It would appear, based on the above, that you only visited this site
          to make an off topic complaint that would reasonably illicit some level of an
          emotional response from the dedicated Droid Life regulars who have enjoyed this site since day one.

          4) Your replies to others don’t actually answer the questions posed to you.

          Seems to fit the bill.

          • Robvanwinkle

            A troll is a mythical creature that lives under a bridge.

          • Robvanwinkle

            …don’t hate the player, hate the game.

          • Anonymous

            LOL. Ok, I’ll cede to your point.

        • Anonymous

          I saw your other post and I would like to retract my troll statement.  I
          think you get to the point in that post and I appreciate that.  Hopefully the other people around here feel the same.

          • Robvanwinkle

            Thank you. I get kind of on edge here myself sometimes, but constructive criticism is best. Sometimes I stray from being constructive because this site is so volatile at times. I hope Droid Life can do a better job of moderating in the future.

        • TC Infantino

          I really agree.  I think we should start something along the lines of Goblin, Dwarf, maybe Elf.  Those would be a nice change, at least for a while.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you should expand your reach to more than “the past couple of days”

        • Anonymous

          The new major Nexus phone is big news.  I guess you spent all your time on cnn.com that the site is overly middle-east focused, using the Iraqi war news as your claim of proof.  As time passes from the release date of the new dev phone with the latest OS, the amount of news covering the topic will lessen.  Just look at this site when the Droid X and the Incredible came out.  The only difference is no one complained that the OG Droid was getting left behind.  If you want news for your Bionic, then tell Kellex what he’s missing.  Hell, tell anyone what it’s missing.  I know you don’t like the moderation of the site and the GNex focus, but you’re not actually saying what great news about your phone was left untouched.  Please, share it with the group, or do your usual cop out.  Whatever you want to do is your choice, but anything outside of actually contributing to the site instead of complaining is counter productive to your wants. 

          • Anonymous

            I come to Droid Life to get information. If I have to create and find that information myself, it sort of defeats the purpose of going to a blog for that reason. If you actually went to cnn.com, you’d see a wide variety of news topics sorted by the type of topic, so your comparison is idiotic.

          • Anonymous

            And that is a cop out response.  By changing the subject to my comparison of high-coverage news topics and their respective sites, you avoid answering the real question dealing in what news you’re actually  missing.  You also act to shift the comparison’s purpose, a secondary method
            commonly used to dismiss an argument rather than facing the core subject matter at issue.  The use of red herring words, such “idiotic” adds to the negative tactic by attempting to bait the other party into defending his or her intelligence rather than engaging in a continued debate on the subject matter.  This screams cop out. 

            Further, your response, combined with your past comments,  suggests that this site offers you nothing.  If that were true, then you wouldn’t bother reading and posting comments.  Instead, you spend your time engaging the site in means to bait others into arguments lacking any specific detail.  The fact still remains, your contribution to this site offers little to no value in resolving whatever defines your problems.  You do not request specific news items, you do not share the valuable news items this site apparently misses on a regular basis, and you only spend your time making vague complaints about this site not serving your needs without any actual clarity behind what those needs entail.

            But then again, I’m sure none of this really matters because you’ll continue to make vague complaints and engage in debate tactics that avoid focusing on your core issues.

          • Christopher Riner

            i am going to agree on everything you said, except for one little tidbit.  MCtypething has a very valuable contribution to this site.  

            Sometimes I get bored reading the articles and so I scroll through the comments to see some jerry springer-type action.  This always comes from mctypething and is often very amusing.  Don’t ask me how the guy seems to hate this site so much and keep coming back, but he’s loving every minute of…errrr, something.  Attention maybe?  Same reason my cats always get in front of my monitor when I’m trying to do something.  We all love to hate him.  It takes a man with a tiny p*ck*r and a one big left n*t to take all this flack, and keep coming back.

          • Anonymous

            You may think by cluttering your responses with somewhat high-fallutin language it makes you look smarter, but all it does is prevent you from making a point. There is so much unnecessary language in your response that I stopped reading it. Learn how to write moron.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, you proved my point.  It seems that you are the moron.  Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            In order to prove or disprove a point, a point has to be established. All you did was string some fancy words together in an attempt to make a point, but fell flat on your face. Back to your hole troll.

          • Guest

            you are the troll here

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for calling my words “fancy.”  I didn’t realize my writing contained an impressive level of diction.    I’m sorry that the my writing style leaves you unable to recognize the crux of this discussion.  It would see Guest, below, figured it out.

            Since I gather my other response to you is not something you will understand, I’ll restate just one element:  “You can call me and the other people here names all you want, you can call out the responses as idiotic and moronic, but at the end of the day, you have yet to pose anything beyond vague complaints.  Your behavior only servers to prove that you are indeed the true form of an Internet troll.”  
            In the case that you do not understand your behavior’s reception, I’ll clarify it by stating that your ability and desire to do more than complain and belittle others leaves you clearly exhibiting yourself as an instigator under the classic definition of an Internet troll.

          • Anonymous

            6 pack huh? Go drink some more, trailer trash. Seems like you’ve downed quite a few already.

          • Anonymous

            Kind of interesting that you repeatedly call me a troll, yet say I’m deflecting the topic by calling you a moron. Hypocrite?

          • Anonymous

            Hypocrite would be appropriate if the other party were also using avoidance tactics.  If I were a hypocrite, I would just call you a moron or make a snarky comment about the definition of hypocrisy.  

            You have yet to answer the question, and you continue to resort to name calling.  That’s in line with being a troll.   You can keep replying, but it’s only serving to prove that I’m long-winded and that you’re a troll.  I’m ok with being long-winded and I have no problem if you don’t like my writing.  You seem to have no problem avoiding the question and showing how big of a troll you are on this site.  I guess we’re all happy with our stations at DL.  I’m just glad I’m not the one getting my kicks out of trolling the comments section of a blog.

          • Anonymous

            do you think I’m a troll? It wasn’t quite clear in your novel.

          • Anonymous

            And you continue to avoid and deflect.

          • Anonymous

            1) I wasn’t changing any subject. You brought up cnn.com as a comparison, not me. You suggested that my logic applies to cnn and their coverage of the middle east. My retort is that cnn has a wide variety of topics listed separated out by the type of topic.

            2) You seem to be stuck on this belief that it is incumbent upon me to find the news myself. As I already pointed out, that is why people come to a blog, to get the news. Novel concept, I know.

            You disguise your idiocy by filling your responses with unnecessary language, hoping to disguise the fact that you really have no valid point at all.

          • Anonymous

            You’re still a troll, you’re still avoiding the defense of your position, and it would appear that is never going to change.  If I didn’t enjoy engaging this discussion I would just quit; However, I find your avoidance tactics entertaining.  It is as if you want to spell out how you are nothing more than an Internet troll with no real purpose at the DL site.

            Again, you turn the debate on name calling, which also acts as a means to change the subject.  It’s a baiting technique to avoid arguing the development of the core issue.  You shift the subject to my idiocy hoping I’ll defend my intelligence over engaging the actual subject matter of your complaints.  Since you fail to engage in actual debate, instead relying on these avoidance tactics, you did not realize that I’m responding to your comments by asking you to provide some level supportive evidence surrounding your complaints.  While I did mention that you could contribute to the site if you don’t like the content, I could just as easily tell you to make your own site or go to a different site.  Obviously playing a proactive roll is not something you wish to pursue.  So, instead, I’m asking for examples that prove the myriad ways in which you claim this site lacks value.  To your point, you did start your response by addressing one element of a previous comment, yet you continue to avoid the core mater.  You now even attempt to shift the subject to my use of language as a claim that I have no point, thereby avoiding the real question of what this site lacks.  Given that the concept the question and my “somewhat high-fallutin language” seems to make it impossible for you to address your complaints, I’ll rephrase the current state of the topic:Thus far, you’ve only shown that this site had an immense amount of GNex coverage during the phone’s release.  While the amount of coverage may not have been something you wanted, your claims suggest that the coverage of the GNex is causing DL to miss reporting other news stories.  You have yet to state what you wish to see included in the content by presenting the news DL missed during the GNex release.  What news did DL miss that you found valuable and would like to see in this site?  Any response other than answering the question is a cop out and a further continuation of your troll tactics.  Since I suspect that you’ll never answer the question, I’ll just raise a new point, or at least a point hinted during this entire discussion: that you have no interest in seeing a DL site that meets your need and all evidence points to you wanting a home-base for trolling.  You employ debate tactics meant to bait others in defending themselves as a means to shift the argument away from your opponent.  You can call me and the other people here names all you want, you can call out the responses as idiotic and moronic, but at the end of the day, you have yet to pose anything beyond vague complaints.  Your behavior only servers to prove that you are indeed the true form of an Internet troll.  

          • Anonymous

            LOL! Holy sh*t you’re a fool.

          • Anonymous

            There you go again not answering the question and playing the roll of a troll with baiting language.  I hope this gives you some level of satisfaction in life.

          • Anonymous

            By the way, it’s ‘role’, not roll. And myriad is a noun, not an adjective. This sentence contains numerous errors: “Since you fail to engage in actual debate, instead relying on these avoidance tactics, you did not realize that I’m responding to your comments by asking you to provide some level supportive evidence surrounding your complaints.”
            “Given that the concept the question” – is that English?

            Learn how to write before coming on here trying to act somewhat intelligent.

          • Anonymous

            There you go again not answering the question and playing the roll of a troll with baiting language.  I hope this gives you some level of satisfaction in life.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not even entertaining your question. I’m just pointing out your many mistakes in these ridiculously long posts. If you can’t even write coherently, why should I believe whatever your trying to ask is worth my time?

          • Anonymous

            If that were the case, then it wouldn’t be worth your time to reply at all.  However, you have to reply, in your usual avoidant fashion, so you can continue trolling.  That’s fine by me since it’s just providing you with the ability to further prove that that you are in fact a troll.  You don’t want anything good to come out of DL; you just want to troll the site’s visitors and nothing more.

          • Anonymous

            And you are somehow doing something different?

          • TC Infantino

            Uhm…Actually-
            myr·i·ad  /ˈmɪriəd/ [mir-ee-uhd] 
            noun 1. a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.
            2. ten thousand.
             adjective 3. of an indefinitely great number; innumerable: the myriad stars of a summer night. 4. having innumerable phases, aspects, variations, etc.: the myriad mind of Shakespeare.

          • Jason

            It’s as simple as going to another site and not coming here anymore clogging it up with your BS! If you don’t like it here anymore move on!

          • Anonymous

            Im just happy you started typing more than u were when u first appeared on here!!!

          • Anonymous

            In before u mad.

  • Anonymous

    NICCCCEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fady-Dizzle-Ibrahim/100001735039437 Fady Dizzle Ibrahim

    Is there a way to Un-root the device without locking the boot loader? I’m hoping to not have to restore back to when I originally bought it :( Work is requiring me to un-root though to use work email (have to since they paid for the phone haha).

  • http://profiles.google.com/ewhitak Eric Whitaker

    Everyone stop downloading so I can finish my download

  • Anonymous

    While I think this could be handy for repairs on the go, I really don’t want ANOTHER forum to sign up for to follow this…  Can’t we just all stick to the existing forums instead of a new one for each device?  

  • Anonymous

    awesome. This might actually urge me to root the gNex finally.
    What’s the difference between unlocking and rooting the phone? I know rooting gives superuser access, but i thought that was the same as unlocking the bootloader?Just for stupidity clarification. The unroot+oem lock is like having bought the phone from the factory software wise.

    • Nick

      Rooting gives superuser access, think about this like have administrator access to your computer. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to install custom ROMS to your phone, similar to installing linux on your PC.

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric Canoy

    Drop Box has shut down the drop box download site and the mirror

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, although future versions should probably include root only

  • Bob

    and crash.,..

  • Anonymous

    I need bootcamp. Eff me. What if you have already unlocked the bootloader and not rooted? Ia there a button fer dat?

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    As a lazy dude who CAN do it manually, what’s the down side to using the easy button?  

    • Jason

      Just adding to your laziness

  • viewthis74

    this is awesome, thank you kellex and WugFresh!

    • EC8CH

      yeah… thanks WugFresh…. nothing worse than a stinky Wug :-P

  • Something

    wow… slow download

  • http://twitter.com/TheCommishonher Robert Ulintz

    Great! Just in time to return it it. No 4G, intermittent 3G. Not worth the headache when my wife’s Stratosphere has strong 4G signal all the time! Going back to Rezound where it was a strong signal.

  • John

    It doesn’t get much easier than this folks

  • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

    Wish there was a method to just root.  I dont care about unlocking the bootloader.. I just want root without having to lose all my data.

    • Gino Fratto

      I’m already unlocked… just didn’t root yet… with this still wipe me out?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Im in same boat, unlocked, but not rooted.  I unlocked right away becuase i knew it would wipe the data and didnt want to lose everything once i started customizing and adding apps.  I dont see a “Root Only” button…..wonder if this is coming soon.  Either way, cool program, now all we neet is Cyanogenmod 9.

        • Worked for me

          I didn’t lose any information when I rooted. I believe when you install any custom ROM you do. I’m not sure if you lose your info when you have to relock for whatever reason and then re-unlock.

      • Mark

        Ditto that statement.  Can anyone answer this, will it wipe all my data and app data with the root? 

        • Gino Fratto

          i know rooting does not wipe out the phone.. but this is showing unlock and root as one action… unlocking does wipe… the question is will it skip the unlock step if you are unlocked already, NOT wipe the phone, then simply root…

          • Jason

            You could always just go over to the everything Gnex guide and just root yourself, would take you about the same amount of time. Don’t be sceeerd

        • Christopher Riner

          no, dont worry.  Unlocking your bootloader will be the only thing that wipes the data.  If you’re unlocked, might as well go ahead and root.  You won’t lose anything.

          • Mark

            When you “flash the new recovery image” in rooting, does that wipe you clean or is it only flashing custom roms which wipes data?

          • Basket Champion

            No it simply gives you the option to use Clockwork recovery the next time you boot into recovery mode.

            It has nothing to do with a custom rom and will not do anything to the data.

      • icedrop

        Agreed. Great tool, just needs a root only button, and an un-root only button. You really only need to re-lock the bootloader to handle possible warranty issues.

      • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

        In the forum, he says that it will not wipe anything if you are already unlocked. Unlocking the bootloader can only be done once (unless you relock it, of course), and any attempts to unlock and unlocked bootloader simply fail, without doing anything to the phone. Therefore, this tool will fail at unlocking the bootloader (since it is already unlocked), and go on with the process of rooting it.

        However, as other have said, if you already unlocked the bootloader, you have everything installed to root your phone, so you might as well just follow Koush’s method of rooting using a temporary recovery. It will be much faster.

        • Gino Fratto

          THANKS! ;)

    • Anonymous

      You want the bootloader unlocked so that if you break something when rooted you can fix it.

    • Default

      I believe there is. Look at this link and the screen shot. This is a Toolkit from XDA forums.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1400871 

  • ManualRootFTW

    Here comes all the “I need help” threads on various forums.

    • Anonymous

      And?…….
      Help a noob out if they need it, we were all in that position at some point

  • http://twitter.com/slole1 Slole One

    Be sure to use Titanium Backup to save your data before doing this. 

    • kJaggy

      You can’t use TiBu without rooting…

      • Domikinzu

        yes, you can.

  • Asjtks362061

    Sweet thanks!

  • tbaybe

    yay!

  • Patrick Craig

    Awesome

  • EC8CH

    So easy a Caveman, could do it!

    • Gino Fratto

      your words are hurtful EC8CH! 

      • EC8CH

        I’ll have the roast duck with the mango salsa!

        • T Hall

          I am no longer attending the pancake social!

          • Patrick Craig

            Orakpoed

    • Anonymous

      or a mechanical engineer!

      • EC8CH

        possibly… but this one typed the abd commands himself.

        You’re also in the wrong place… none of this will work on your Bionic.

        • Anonymous

          +1

          • Anonymous

            -1

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            front.

        • Anonymous

          Fine by me. My Bionic does everything I need it to do, and very efficiently I might add. Great phone, great build quality, and I get solid battery life.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            Lol @ bionic. you know you’re jelly. quit frontin’

          • OreoMan

            Speaking of battery life, I use my GNex moderately on 4G during the day for about 9 hours and then on Wi-Fi when I get home for about 5 hours.  I put my phone on the charger before bed and it still has about 13% to 14% left.  I’m getting anywhere from 16 to 20 hours of battery life a day.  Not sure what all the fuss is about!

          • Anonymous

            Dude same here. I was expecting to have to charge my GNex at least midway through my day but, nope, not once yet. I don’t have an extended battery either.

          • http://www.facebook.com/PEEACHES Adam Collins

            I get between 3-9 hours of battery… how do you do it?!

          • Apsmojo

            I am also getting 12 to 14 hours with fairly heavy play

          • droidrev71

            you must be the only bionic owner that states these things. my bionic creeks with the extended battery in. screen is nothing compared to my galaxy nexus. haven’t had good battery life on any 4g phone i have owned!! so how do you? what is your secret?..lol bionic is very old news..  sorry get over it.. i have.. the bionic isn’t as nice as it should of been!! so go to a bionic forum!! you will fit in

          • Anonymous

            Sucks for you. I have none of those problems. The screen is fine and I love how it works great outdoors. I get through a whole day easily on a single charge. The only time I get less than a full day is when I am streaming video.

          • TC Infantino

            Uh..actually this site is a Bionic site…along with Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Thunderbolt, etc…  And if the people who ran this site, along with all the ones who come to read and learn only cared about the latest and greatest, then it wouldn’t be the success that it is.  This site is for the VZW Android phones, news about them, and help for people who have questions about them.  The OG Droid was 2 years old and people still enjoyed reading articles about it.  You may not like a specific phone, but that doesn’t mean that someone who does should be quiet or leave.

  • Lumpysherman

    I so need a Mac version of this.

    • Anonymous

      Got a solution for ya… get rid of your crapple and get a PC:)

      • Ahsan

        Not the products that suck, just the company.

        • Anonymous

          And the fact that they are all overpriced and locked down?

      • Robvanwinkle

        Every Mac I have owned has outlived every PC I have owned by double.

        • Anonymous

          I will attest to that. My iMac is the last desktop I purchased – 4 yrs ago, and runs like it’s brand new.

          • Robvanwinkle

            yes they are great : ) I have never needed any type of virus scanning or adware removing software either on any of my Macs

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t say a Mac is virus-proof, any machine is. But I agree that I’ve never had an anti-virus app on my mac either.

            I actually prefer Linux and have used that since the 90s but wanted something better. OS X is great because it’s fully UNIX compliant so all my Linux commands and such worked in OS X.

          • lostsync

            This. 

            With OS X, I get all the stuff from Linux that I like (bash, GNU tools), am subjected to none of the stuff from Windows that I don’t like (basically the entire OS), and device drivers come in the box whenever I buy something and I can install and use software for work (Adobe suite) w/o any hackery or VMs. It’s a [I said 'a' not 'the'] perfect OS for a non-programmer technical professional. The iOS vs Android fanboy war makes it almost dangerous to mention that you’re a Mac user on a blog like this, despite the fact that OS X is a very good product which runs on very nice computers and can be the best option for people in certain fields. 

          • Richmelchr

            “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.” -Benjamin Franklin

          • Anonymous

            Its all about the user. I have a 4.5 year old toshiba laptop i paid $400 for. Runs better than most new consumer computers.

            I also spilled a pint of beer on it. It stopped working but after opening it up and cleaning the components its just as good as it ever was.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, true. I have two windows machines (XP and Win7) and they run fine. But OS X never slows down or hiccups ever. It is quite an amazing machine.

          • Anonymous

            I would say you’re lucky then. I’ve gotten a few errors and program crashes on my Macbook Pro and frequently get slow down with scrolling, opening programs or panning between workspaces. Could be that it’s Lion? I also usually have 8 or 9 tabs open in Chrome (and maximize that to a workspace). I’m figuring more RAM will help though. 

          • Butters619

            It took me 3 years to get the Gray Screen of Death on my MBP and that was after a dozen table height falls and a nasty tumble down a 14 set of concrete steps.

            Having said that, I am a .NET programmer so I have Windows on my mac and use it all the time.

          • Anonymous

            I am running about 30 iMacs on 10.4, multiple Macbook Pros and Minis (10.6 and 10.7) at my work and they all run circles around my Windows computers, except for the Quad Core i7 running Windows 7. 

            To cgalyon – I have also had no problems with the current dot release of Lion, running on a 2.66 Macbook Pro and a 3.06 iMac (both C2D and 4GB of ram). I am very bad about closing programs (usually 6-10 apps open at one time) and of course browser tabs (usually 2-3 windows with at minimum 5-7 tabs open in each) so I am constantly pushing the limits. I also don’t usually restart but every 20-30 days, but I do run a permissions repair about every month so I am sure that does help things a little.

          • Anonymous

            Your second paragraph explains why it still runs so well…….YOU GAVE IT A PINT!!! That machine was so greatful that you gave it a brew that its forever indebted to you. See, beer makes it all better!!

          • Anonymous

            There’s a lot of truth in that!

          • Meej

            My PC from 2004 is still running fine. Albeit slow by today’s standard, but still does what it did ~8 years ago.

            Apple is just more noob friendly, so people who have no idea what they are doing can’t mess crap up as easily. 

          • Anonymous

            I agree with that – but I still love OS X. It’s got the brawn of UNIX and the beauty of a nice UI on top of it. It’s hard not to like it.

          • Dshudson

            I wish I could “like” this comment 1000 times

    • Anonymous

      This is why I’m a proud PC owner, never been in a situation where I needed a mac to do something.

    • gregwilliams

      dual boot?

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Does this method wipe the phone?

    • BoyBlunder

      Probably.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

       Unlocking the bootloader will always wipe the phone.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Exactly, any time you unlock the bootloader, your phone is wiped. Also, reverting back to stock and relocking will also wipe your phone.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      This is something that will always happen. You should actually regularly back up your data on your computer since there is no removable SD card. If you have to get your phone replaced for ANY reason you’re out of all that info.