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    In order to proceed with this tutorial, you must already have ADB installed and able to recognize your Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You can view a tutorial on how to do that here. You must have a PC, not a Mac, for this tutorial and remember that all files will be erased on your phone during this process; backup everything!

    Unlocking Bootloader and Rooting Device

    1. Download Modaco's Superboot files and save these in a folder on your computer.

    2. After downloading, extract the files using the 'Extract All' option.

    3. On the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, enable USB debugging by going to 'Settings – Developer Options – Turn USB Debugging On'.

    4. Connect your Galaxy Nexus to the computer via USB.

    5. Open the extracted 'SUPERBOOT' folder on your computer (until seeing the Fastboot-Windows folder), hold shift and right-click on an empty area.

    6. Select the 'open command window' option.

    7. Once the command prompt window is open, type the following:
    “adb-windows reboot bootloader
    fastboot-windows oem unlock”

    8. Note that in the above command lines, do not use the “ marks and be sure to type each entry on a seperate line as shown.

    9. Once running the command, a screen will appear asking if you are sure you want to do this. Select 'Yes' by using your volume buttons. The device will return to the bootloader screen and will say unlocked at the bottom.

    10. After this, locate the 'superboot-windows.bat' file in the main 'SUPERBOOT' folder on your computer and install it.

    11. At this point, you now have root access on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and can use apps outside the Android Market or ones that require root permissions.

    See More: Root the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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    jacob11 is offline
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    Re: Root the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    1. Download the Android 4.0.2 factory images to your PC. [Download]
    2. Unzip the file and its contents into your SDK/Tools folder (wherever your adb.exe and fastboot.exe files are).

    *Make sure they are not in their own folder, but have all been extracted to Tools.

    3. From within your Tools folder, open a command prompt (SHIFT + right click – “open command prompt here”):
    4. Type the following commands, allowing each to finish before moving onto the next:

    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-toro-primekk15.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot flash radio radio-toro-i515.ek02.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot flash radio-cdma radio-cdma-toro-i515.ek05.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot -w update
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot oem lock

    5. Reboot your phone by highlighting “Start” and pressing the lock switch.
    6. It really is as simple as that. Your phone is now back to a 100% stock, unrooted and locked state.
    This should also be able to help you unbrick the phone if you need to.

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    Flora_o is offline
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    Re: Root the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    Great post! Very informative! Thank you.

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