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Motorola Launches “Unlock My Device” Site – Bootloader Freedom Has Come At Last (Update)

Double check your calendars – is it April 1st? It’s not? Then there’s been a massive rip in the space time continuum as Motorola has officially published the new “Unlock My Device” page. On the site, Motorola device owners can finally unlock their device’s bootloaders and install 3rd party software. Naturally, there are about one million warnings and hoops to jump through, but it has finally come. 

To unlock your device, you will need the Android SDK and Motorola’s Drivers. Once you have those things set up on your computer, it’s merely a “follow the instrcutions” type of deal. Interestingly enough, when trying to find out which devices are supported by the Unlock Tool, it took us to an “Access Denied” page here.

Fantastic news going into the weekend. We’ll keep checking to see if we can get any more information regarding which devices can now be unlocked using the tool.

Update: Motorola has updated their list of supported devices. There is two phones and two tablets that are currently able to have their bootloaders unlocked.

  • Photon Q
  • RAZR developer edition
  • XOOM – Verizon
  • XOOM WiFi

We will continue to wait for Motorola to expand on this list.

Via: Motorola

Cheers Kixofmyg0t!

  • Droidlynn

    I wish the DROIDX could have its bootloader unlocked. It seems that people forget how well the X influenced DROID OS. The X still deserves some Dev love. The X is my all tiime favorite. Even if I upgrade next year I’m still keeping my DROIDX twins. If I got rid of them it would be like getting rid of my 2 feathered chidren (exotic birds). The X is special to me and probably many other people

  • xoom poo

    Never buying motardrola again xoom 2 is poo screw moto.

  • Mike Wyatt

    Bionic Pleaseeeee

  • Guestapo

    I NEVER thought this day would come. Somebody pinch me.

  • saha

    Why don’t you, like, give a link to the site?

  • wingedmantis93

    Come on Droid X!

  • sporty

    Developer edition, well DUH of course that one’s unlockable! What about my RAZR? Or actually my soon to be RAZR MAXX???

    • Martin Naskovski

      don’t. Wait for the HD.

  • i wonder if this will make the bootloader hackable now???? i mean if you ahve the before and after key and the device?? could we possibly see some sort of repitition. Lets face it they are not going to unlock any older devices or verizon devices.

  • Kevin

    If they can’t go back a year to unlock their stuff on all networks,then I think the program has no point. They would save more time just keeping all of their phones unlocked from now on.

  • CapnShiner

    For a lot of people, this is too little too late. It’s a step in the right direction but if they don’t expand that list of supported devices very fast and include pre-RAZR devices, they are going to piss off a lot of existing customers.

    That being said, it’s been less than 24 hours since they announced this. Let’s give them a chance to work on it before we start whining.

  • Bionic

    When the bootloader is…….. Ashes. Then you have my permission to root.

    • Ethan

      I’m not sure other people get the reference here.

  • Have that Fear for us Motorola… From now I may buy your devices again… But before that UnLock my International/GSM_only RazrMAXX first (I know u won’t do that for Verizon ones)…

  • KongRooo

    lol, everybody wants to be an iphone lol.

    Total-Privacy dot US

  • NorCalGuy

    The two tablets have been unlockable since day one so I don’t think those should really count. So they are unlocking two phones one that no one except devs will buy, so its really one device that they r unlocking. Might as well not have even wasted their time if these are the devices that they are “unlocking”.

    • Justin

      This is a giant step for Motorola though. This is just the beginning – any new phones will most likely appear on this list as well, and I wont’ be surprised when the RAZR devices and Atrix devices show up on the list in a few months.

  • Steve

    I just started laughing hard in a dead silent room. Hilarious!

  • Stewie

    Suckers … I’m sure that 50% of the Photon Q population of 6 users will be thrilled at this news, as for the rest of you, they might just place the newest Razr rehash into the tool, but you have to buy it first before they will tell you (that it won’t happen) ….

  • cheezer88

    Is this Google’s doing?

  • steve e

    Isn’t it illegal for carriers to block the use of unlocked bootloaders on their networks??

    from the moto site:
    “4. Your wireless carrier may prohibit unlocked devices from operating on their network.”

    • moelsen8

      it’s only questionable in reference to verizon’s 4g network and the Block C terms & conditions that went with it when they bought it. they just cry foul about network security and then it doesn’t matter to the people who should be enforcing it though.. completely disregarding the fact that computers with unlocked bootloaders can easily access their network through a hotspot etc. it’s bullsh*t.

  • So glad they included devices that already have an unlockable bootloader

  • moelsen8

    that updated list is a joke. three of them come with unlockable bootloaders. nice rickroll moto

    • They all come with unlockable bootloaders… that’s the point. This is what enables you to unlock them.

      • moelsen8

        user-unlockable, dude (well at least xooms). not through this site.

        • The three devices that you’re talking about are listed separately from the Photon Q, you can’t unlock them with this method. This ONLY works with the Photon Q.

          • moelsen8

            whatever man, then it’s a joke that there’s only one device unlockable for this tool. this is droid-life, most people care about verizon devices.

          • They gotta start somewhere. I agree it’s underwhelming, but we need to see where this goes. Granted it’s probably not to VZW but it’s anyone’s guess right now.

          • moelsen8

            Yeah definitely. Progress at least.

  • kauthor47

    Joke’s on us, they’ll start with the Photon Q and move forward but never do anything for existing devices older than the Photon Q.

  • RoadsterHD1

    REALLY??? one devise

  • Can you update the article? The Photon Q is the only device supported by “Unlock My Device,” and the others use the old system.

  • jnt

    here’s what the approved devices page says right now… not like this is a shocking letdown, and obviously it could change, but I doubt any time soon:

  • zepfloyd
  • Nate
  • J Nano

    Ill believe it when i see it. Fingers crossed hoping for razr to be unlocked.

  • Supported Devices page loads now — only supports PhotonQ at present….

  • Andrew

    The Photon, RAZR developer edition and the Xoom are the only supported devices?? This better be a work in progress motorola.

  • Joe

    Not sure why everyone is getting excited about this. The only phone that is unlocked is the Photon Q, we already knew that. RAZR/D4/Bionic will not be unlocked.

  • Supported Devices
    The following devices are part of our initial roll out of the bootloader unlock program; additional devices will be added progressively.Photon Q 4G LTE Sprint

    Other Supported Devices
    Previous devices released with an unlockable bootloader, and supported through Motodev at the following URL:https://developer.motorola.com/products/bootloader/Motorola RAZR developer edition Europe Motorola XOOM VerizonMotorola XOOM Wifi Worldwide

  • Senate9690

    Photon Q 4G LTE (sprint), Motorola RAZR (developer edition), Motorola XOOM (Verizon), and Motorola XOOM WiFi are the only phones supported so far… weak

  • smwandrie93

    looks like the motorola haters need to figure out a new way to hate on moto… lol

    • KleenDroid

      ? Why… do you really think they will really unlock the bootloader on any new phones? By the time they unlock the RAZR I bet most will be ready to upgrade. Developers won’t begin work on 2 or 3 generation old phones.

      • BlueLetter


        • KleenDroid

          Is that a Motorola phone? Is that a Verizon phone?

          • smwandrie93

            now your motohating because they didnt unlock all their phones overnight…

  • aplh8r

    Waiting for Apple to file suit since they will probably claim to be the ones that own the copyright to unlocking bootloaders… lol

  • gimmethelight


  • zizzybaloobah

    They finally figured out why folks held on to their the OG Droid’s for so long.

  • JustSayin’

    fastboot oem get_unlock_data; Verizon phone replies back with “LOLwut?” =|

  • J. Gilbertson

    I want to resurrect my droid 2 global!!! Shame that from what I hear this is only for the Photon Q

  • gimmethelight


    • Alexis

      God hear you, but is Not yet supported, but I hope that soon!

  • ed

    good thing I just unlocked my GS3 on VZW. Too late MOTO!

    • KleenDroid

      I agree… I will be happy if they truly follow through but it will drag out forever. There are plenty of options available without the aggravation and contempt for its users.

  • tyguy829

    Are they allowed to block it from their cdma network though? It would be essentially ueseless without voice or texting

  • guseppe16

    Yep, only supported device right now is Photon Q. Kick me squa in the nuts.

  • RedPoopCharly

    Anyone unlock their Bionic yet? Once its unlocked, we will have one one of the best 4G Droids on VZW! Cant wait!

    • Buy This

      dont get ahead of yourself. I already checked . scroll down. But yes I agree, it would become a fantastic phone (already a solid one I love mine)

  • Droidzilla

    Mind = blown.

  • moelsen8

    Wait say what

  • Congratulations to the guys that love to have their device unlock. Motorola is going on the right direction. They just need to put better lens and sensors in their flashy devices and also tweak the form factor design as well.

  • Buy This


    • Buy This

      Brenda: While we do not yet have specifics on future devices that will also have an un lockable boot loader, we do plan to offer this feature on many if not most of our smart phones moving forward, as long as our carrier partners allow and we can do so while satisfying regulatory requirements.

      Latest response.

      • KleenDroid

        So in other words you can forget about it… or at the very least don’t hold your breath. Your phone will be unlocked at a point when it no longer matters to you. The developers work with new phones not older phones that have been locked forever.

        • Justin

          I think this more focuses towards Verizon… They absolutely hate having unlocked phones because we can use any app we want (which, according to their LTE block 700 purchase, is what we are supposed to be able to do anyway).

  • This is excellent news. Would have been great when I had my Droid 2. Of course, Koush freaking rocks and did it ahead of time.

  • John Jenness

    Logging in using Google acct…

    PERMISSION DENIEDPlease try using a different browser. We apologize for the inconvenience.In Chrome…one big happy Google family I see!

  • I am from hong Kong using a gsm RAZR maxx, and when I clicked into the link provided above, I don’t see anything

  • Buy This

    I am chatting with motosupport right now regarding the Bionic…will post what I hear

    • Greg Morgan

      please do!

      • Buy This

        According to “brenda” in motosupport, the method/tool only works with the photon q currently

        • Greg Morgan

          LOL why am i not surprised.

        • EricRees

          Keep your fingers crossed that all the information hasn’t been passed out yet.

          • Buy This

            it’s definitely possible. She did not seem to know what I was talking about at first and was only able to start looking for an answer/answering after I copied and pasted the link to the page in the window

  • Havoc70

    WOW, awesome for all the Moto users out there congrats

  • jesterz

    Now I will be able to get JB version of BuglessBeast when Peter Alfonso has it ready. Woohoo!!!

  • Clint O

    Time to unlock the Droid X I have lay’in around…its out of warranty anyways

  • mustbepbs

    Is this real life?

  • trololo

    “WARNING: Motorola strongly recommends against unlocking the bootloader Doing so can have unintended, unforeseen, and dangerous consequences, such as rendering the device unusable…..including DEATH”


    • Bsody

      Doing so can have unintended consequences, such as making your device awesome.

  • IDK about this check these two provisions in the agreement:

    (12) User authorizes Motorola to disable the Device and/or its connection to a wireless network, or to authorize a Wireless Carrier to disable the Device and/or its connection to a wireless network, in the event such Device is, in Motorola’s sole determination, causing, or is likely to cause, harm to Motorola or the Wireless Carrier, the wireless network, or other subscribers on the wireless network, or has otherwise not been approved for use on a Wireless Carrier’s network.


    (4) User is unlocking the Device and/or altering the Device’s software or operating system for his/her own personal use; User agrees not to transfer (i.e. sell, lease, or otherwise receive compensation from any third party for the right to use, possess, or operate such Device) such Device to any third party

    I don’t like the sound of those.

  • Drew

    Don’t really want it on my Razr Maxx. But if we haven’t heard anything from Motorola about getting Jellybean until about December, I’ll unlock.

  • aford89

    get “unsupported command” when trying the fastboot oem get_unlock_data command with razr maxx

    • Same here with my Bionic. Bummer. Oh well.

      • Buy This

        Damn really…I am on with moto support chat right now asking about the Bionic

    • KleenDroid

      This is not for newer phones that people care about. They will not get around to unlocking the RAZR till most move on to their next phone already.

  • TomStieger

    Wow! just wow!

  • BlynkOfAnEye

    Is this real life???? O_o

  • cain’t wait to see if wifes razr maxx can be unlocked

  • j__h

    Must be Google’s doing 🙂

  • lmao check this doomsday warning!
    WARNING: Motorola strongly recommends against unlocking
    bootloader and/or modifying or altering a device’s software or
    operating system. Doing so can have unintended, unforeseen, and
    consequences, such as rendering the device unusable, violating
    applicable laws, or causing property damage and/or bodily injury,

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I wonder if this is because of Google.

  • S Bosworth

    Motorola instantly comes back to the top of the list for us U.S.A. peoples. Better build quality, radios, and unlocked bootloaders? I’ll take that over Samsung every day.

    • Jeff Simpson

      Well, the “THIS VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY” is concerning. If you even so much as request the unlock code and the screen falls off, they will refuse to replace it? It would be nice if they would differentiate software vs hardware issues.

      But I know at least a few people that tried to follow some online guide to root and had no idea what they were doing. They “brick”* their device and go directly to the carrier to just get a replacement instead of fixing the problem they created. Every time one of those people sends back a phone it gives carriers/manufacturers another justification for locked bootloaders. I wish the community would stop producing “one click rooting” apps for that reason. There NEEDS to be a threshold for entry.

      * I hate when people use “brick” to describe anything that prevents it from booting. It’s not really a BRICK until it’s unrecoverable without sending it back to the carrier or manufacturer. If you can fastboot flash recovery and restore to a backup, it’s not bricked, it’s just temporarily unbootable. Just because a person doesn’t know how to fix it themselves doesn’t mean it’s not fixable.

      • Justin

        To reassure you, you can “re-lock” your phone’s bootloader and un-root/restore to factory if something happens. All you need is access to the USB port and a computer.

        • Justin

          Disregard – just noticed that it requires you to register your device ID so the warranty can be voided.

          • akhnaten

            Last I heard these phones have up to a 1 year warranty, unless you buy the monthly extra warranty. So after a year, unlock away.

    • I could not agree more. They are also listening to the consumer want. They are putting better display, but lacking a great camera. I can imagine a Motorola device having the iphone camera, samsumg or htc.

      • Ban-Hammer

        My X2 has an 8MP camera, which I thought was pretty damn nice.
        Its a smartphone, not a DSLR.

        • QQpayne

          Megapixel ratings are not directly related to picture quality, just file size. Software, optics, and CCD quality/technology are significantly more important.

          • Ban-Hammer

            I understand that, but the image quality is still pretty good. The parent comment made it sound like it was garbage.

            Maybe I’m misunderstanding. I use my phone to make phone calls and send text messages, as well as do some development. I don’t go out and do professional photoshoots with it because THAT ISN’T ITS PRIMARY FUNCTION.
            I think you guys need to remember that these devices aren’t cameras with phones built in.

        • I agree with you, but it seems that Motorola always lack that feature on their devices.

  • This changes everything.

    • Havoc70

      Haha i see what you did there

    • Martin Naskovski

      nice “ripoff” 🙂

  • Pdiddy187

    Lol at the disclaimer. “…such as rendering the device unusable, violating applicable laws, or causing property damage and/or bodily injury, including

    • Adam Emshwiller

      wow… that’s how i wanna go out… #deathbyunlockedboatloader

      • yes. Those unlocked boatloaders are dangerous!

        • I feel there is no need to unlock their bootloader, but that is my opinion.

          • KleenDroid

            For those that don’t care or know why its useful you are right. For some including myself it is why I left Motorola. When they stated for those that want unlocked bootloaders to go elsewhere I did.

          • It seems that google is putting their noses on those Motorola employees lol. They are getting better and better. They just need to put better lenz and sensors in their devices. They have the power to do that. I can imagine the Razr HD with a great camera.

          • KleenDroid

            I want nothing more than for Google to do the right thing with Motorola. I would love to be able to buy another moto phone.

      • Paul Otto

        Rotfl – by the end of the weekend, that hashtag will be a trending topic on Twitter. 😀

    • Kyle Cummings


    • Mr. Furious

      Pretty sure that this is the same disclaimer that Samsung uses when installing a touchwiz corrupted OS.

  • pepe

    Where you trying with google chrome? Try with IE and you won’t see that error

  • Mike Yost

    This makes the October launch of the Razr HD a little easier to swallow.

  • First GS3, now this! Don’t they know school is about to start?!?!?!

  • guseppe16

    Pinching myself till blood comes out.

  • WARNING: Motorola strongly recommends against unlocking the bootloader and/or modifying or altering a device’s software or operating system. Doing so can have unintended, unforeseen, and dangerous consequences, such as rendering the device unusable, violating applicable laws, or causing property damage and/or bodily injury, including death.


    • Big_EZ

      Well I guess if you overclock it too high and the battery explodes it could cause to to veer into on coming traffic and BAM instant death. Thats why Verizon has been doing this all along, for our own safety. Thanks for looking out for us Big Red

  • picaso86


  • Daniel Maginnis

    hmm… the “supported devices” page takes me to a motocast login. i’m sure i have one, but dont remember what password i used. go to reset and the email launches a page that says “invalid token.” i guess i’ll try later. probably way later after someone starts putting together packages w/ custom kernals for my phone.

    • Guest

      working now…

  • its a trap!

  • Chris

    praise the lord perhaps hope for the bionic

  • kixofmyg0t

    You dont even wanna know how many christmas sweater RAZR HD backplates i had to wade through to get this info.

    • Mack

      Good tip man. Not surprised it came from you and as a Motorola owner, thanks.

      • kixofmyg0t

        No problem. I just hope everyone remembers that Moto said they would unlock the Photon Q FIRST then “other devices”. So dont go flipping tables yet that your X2 cant be unlocked……yet.

        To the Moto employee reading this, please dont forget about End of Life devices. They dont make the carriers any money anyway so what is it gonna hurt to unlock them? You wanna know how to make sure the RAZR HD outsells the S3 and steals…..noo lets not use that word….lets say “converts” S3 and G-Nex sales? Its pretty obvious…..

        • Mack

          Yeah I’m not expecting to have my cake and eat it just yet but it definitely is a step in the right direction.

        • Big_EZ

          Other than saying months ago that they would un-encrypt the RAZRs bootloader, they haven’t mentioned anything about already released phones. The way they have worded their announcements leads me to believe they are only unlocking new devices, and only at the carriers discretion. As a RAZR owner this makes me sad.

  • Scott

    “Sign a warranty waiver release”. Unless I’m misunderstanding, you could do this, have a hardware problem or something and then be out of luck?

    • Daniel Maginnis


      • Scott

        Smh…At least if I have a problem on the GNex, I can flash back to stock, lock the bootloader, without anyone knowing.

        • glennj

          The guys at my local Verizon store told me that if I dared unlock the bootloader on my Galaxy Nexus, that even if I flashed it back to stock and relocked it,they would still be able to tell it was re-locked and no more warranty. Sure…

  • Steve Wojciechowski

    Eff’n A!!

  • Jeff Stewart

    So it took them 2 years to get the site up now its going to take another 3 just to show which devices are supported. LOL still good news though. Maybe Google is really pushing the release of this hopefully.

  • Mark


  • Mario Mendez

    Motorola Droid X please!!! 😀

  • akazerotime

    Jokes on everyone. They are starting with the startac phone..

    • Scott

      I almost shot coffee out my nose.

      • beat ya….snot bubble came out i laughed so hard

        • Nah, they starting with the brick

          • akazerotime

            You should have used this image

          • akazerotime

            Wow, 2 down votes for my image. Must be people that don’t know who Zach Morris was.

          • I DO!!!

          • mbaldwin85

            It’s ok. It’s not like you’re getting Reddit karma or anything…

          • Benjamin Garbe

            zaCK. ZACK. ZACK.

  • 4. Your wireless carrier may prohibit unlocked devices from operating on their network.

    Thanks, Verizon.

    • Verizon is required to allow any LTE 700 capable device to work on their LTE network as part of buying the spectrum. They can’t deny you access.

    • Jeff Simpson

      That’s actually illegal, according to the rules Verizon agreed to when they bought the LTE spectrum. If a device is compatible with the network, they are not allowed to prevent it from being used.

      • michael arazan

        They don’t own it, they lease it from us the united states citizens, and from our government.

  • theentropic

    When someone reports that they’ve unlocked their VZW phone, I’ll believe that this is the end of days. Until then, it’s a step in the right direction.

  • Greg Morgan

    Supported Devices–>Error: Permission Denied…Hmm….

  • sgtguthrie

    Nothing VZW, that’s for sure 🙁

  • Steveindajeep

    IM friggin speechless

  • Buy This

    Shut the front door. Expectations regarding Bionic are low.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Wow. This is fantastic news. I don’t own a Motorola phone, but many of my family members do.

  • Finally someone might do something with the Droid X2 which is still a pretty decent device. Looks like I have to get to work porting Jelly Bean now if no one else will. Hopefully it is supported.

    • Wish I was at home though so I could try my X2, 2 hours is a hell of a long wait now.

  • Free at last, free at last! Hallelujah, free at last!

    (I’m a Nexus owner, but used to own a DX and feel for all my Motorola companions out there!)

    • cheezer88

      DX, Bionic, and now Nexus owner.I hope the bionic benefits from this

  • EricRees

    -insert Admiral Akbar image here- I don’t believe it.

    • John

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      • Pfigurella

        Assemble Planet Express crew!

    • Scott

      It’s a trap!

  • Bigsike

    This is the end of days period.

  • randomperson

    I am really curious to see what happens to the communities of older phones, such as the DX

  • An update saying “Every device but those on Verizon can be unlocked.” in 3… 2… 1…

  • Edwin M

    Wow, now if we can keep them from releasing 20 iterations of the same phone, Motorola might be on to something.

    • Google has kind of already addressed that. Something is finally getting done thank you Google.