How to Unlock Nexus 7 2013 Bootloader

So, you want to unlock Nexus 7 2013 bootloader? This should be pretty easy. For anyone who wants to customize their devices, unlocking the bootloader is the very first step, followed by rooting your device, installing custom recovery and then finally flashing the custom ROM of your choice. You can unlock bootloader of the new Nexus 7 2013 model although the device is pretty new to market and is hardly a week old. Here is the detailed step by step guide that will help you accomplish the task:

How to Unlock Nexus 7 2013 Bootloader

WARNING: Unlock Bootloader of Nexus 7 2013 at your own risk. Doing this will void the warranty of your device. We will not be held responsible for any damage done to your device as a result of following this guide.

Before you Begin:

  • Take a complete backup of your data as you may lose it during the process
  • Enable USB Debugging on Nexus 7 2013 (How to)

Step 1: Download and install latest version of Android SDK on your PC: Download Link

Step 2: Download Nexus 7 2013 USB Drivers: Google win-usb Drivers

Step 3: Connect your device to the computer via the USB cable.

Step 4: Navigate to the Android SDK directory and then move to platform-tools directory.

Step 5: Once in the platform-tools directory, hold the “Shift” key and right click anywhere.

You will see the context menu as seen in the screenshot below.


Step 6: Click on “Open command window here” to launch Command Prompt.

Step 7: In command prompt window, execute following command:

adb reboot bootloader

This will cause your connected device to reboot in bootloader mode.

Step 8: Now execute following command:

fastboot oem unlock

This command is used to unlock the bootloader. Soon as you execute this command, you will see a message popping up on your device.

Step 9: Select “Yes” option to confirm unlocking the bootloader.

You can use Volume up & down buttons to highlight an option and use Power button to select it.

This will unlock Nexus 7 2013 bootloader. You will now need to reboot your device.

Step 10: Now scroll to “Start” option using Volume keys and select it.

Allow your device to boot and be patient. Once your device boots up properly, you can start using it. The bootloader of Nexus 7 2013 model should now be unlocked. Enjoy!

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