Asus Google Nexus 7 - How to unlock Bootloader


Do you own a Nexus 7 Tablet by Asus powered by Google and don't know how to unlock Bootloader of it? Read out the article to know about Bootloader and why, to and how to unlock it on Asus Google Nexus 7.

Introduction


Asus under the banner of Google has introduced Nexus 7, the lightest ever Tablet. See the top features and specs of Asus Google Nexus 7 by clicking here. There is no doubt regarding the cool appearance and configuration of Nexus 7. If you have a doubt, feel free to go through Why to buy Asus Google Nexus 7 Tablet?

Bootloader is one of the most important aspects which a Smartphone/Tablet/Note/Phablet should have. Besides Nexus 7 do not have a preloaded one, yet it is to be unlocked. Hold your breath a while and then follow the guidelines below for unlocking Bootloader of Nexus 7 Tablet.

What is Bootloader and why to unlock it?


Bootloader is a kind of program which informs your smart device (especially Nexus 7) what to load on booting. In other words, it is a set of instructions for what to be switched and in what order, on turning the device on. On the other hand, Bootloader, if unlocked will allow your device (Nexus 7) to execute anything which the user wants to have on startup. Because of tinkering and other unwanted tasks, Bootloader is locked on Nexus 7 and needs to be unlocked for easy rooting and installing custom ROMs on your device.

Few things to be done first


Before executing the process of unlocking Bootloader of Asus Nexus 7 Tablet, you must ensure that:

1. Enable USB debugging mode. As this mode is not activated by default, you have to activate it manually for the purpose of connection and services.

2. Have Nexus 7 USB drivers installed on your Personal Computer (PC).

3. Check whether your Smart Tablet is charged near around 70-80%. Otherwise, it may run out of battery in the middle of the process.

4. Take a backup of your important data stored in the internal memory of Nexus 7. While the process is executing, your phone memory may be lost.

These are some precautionary things which you must take care of, before proceeding:

Unlock Bootloader of Nexus 7


You must proceed only after you have ensured the above recommendation. If so, unlock Bootloader of Asus Google Nexus 7 by following the steps given below:

Step 1 : First of all, download Android SDK by clicking here.

Step 2 : Download Fastboot by clicking here.

Step 3 : Extract Fastboot zip file and paste it into Android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.
You can also extract the file directly into that directory.

Step 4 : Power off Asus Google Nexus 7.

Step 5 : Hold Power + Volume Down button for 3-5 seconds to enter Fastboot mode.

Step 7 : Navigate to Android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory (where you have extracted the file).

Step 8 : Hold Shift key and hit right click to open Command Prompt.

Step 9 : Insert the following command, followed by enter:
fastboot oem unlock


Step 10 : Follow all the instructions appearing on the screen.

Step 11 : Reboot your device after finishing,

Conclusion


This was all about how to unlock Bootloader of Asus Google Nexus 7 Tablet. I hope that this guide will help you in getting the task done with flying colors. With this unlocking, you can now easily root Nexus 7 and install custom ROM on it.


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