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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!

  • 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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Cheng/1402836859 Ryan Cheng

    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?

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

      Or is this just fantasy?

      • steve0617

        Caught in a land slide

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277643194 Bryan Burch

          No escape from reality

          • Guest

            Open your eyes

  • 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”

    wat

    • Bsody

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

  • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

    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.

    And

    (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

    • http://twitter.com/nesdude nesdude

      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

  • http://twitter.com/macdaddybuff macdaddybuff

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

  • j__h

    Must be Google’s doing :)

  • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

    lmao check this doomsday warning!
    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.”

  • 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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey.Brito77 Jeffrey Brito

      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.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey.Brito77 Jeffrey Brito

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

  • http://twitter.com/AMPthe13th Adrian M. Petty

    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
    death.”

    • Adam Emshwiller

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

      • http://www.joshbroton.com KillaPenguin

        yes. Those unlocked boatloaders are dangerous!

        • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey.Brito77 Jeffrey Brito

          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.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey.Brito77 Jeffrey Brito

            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. :D

    • Kyle Cummings

      “HEY GUYS! I JUST UNLOCKED MY BOOOTLOA…..”

    • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

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

  • guseppe16

    Pinching myself till blood comes out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bmyton Ben Myton

    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

    FINALLLLLYYYYY THANK YOU BABY JESUS!!

  • 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…

  • http://twitter.com/G_C0ll1ns Garrett Collins

    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

      yes

      • 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

    WHAT WHAT WHAT???

  • Mario Mendez

    Motorola Droid X please!!! :D

  • akazerotime

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

    • Scott

      I almost shot coffee out my nose.

      • http://profiles.google.com/claytonpaul Clayton Burnett

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

        • http://www.facebook.com/soccermadman Allen George

          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.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

            I DO!!!

          • mbaldwin85

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

          • Benjamin Garbe

            zaCK. ZACK. ZACK.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

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

    Thanks, Verizon.

    • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

      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.

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

    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.

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

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

  • http://twitter.com/thehammerofthor Jeff Helget

    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

  • http://www.joshbroton.com KillaPenguin

    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.

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

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