How to Unlock the Galaxy Nexus Bootloader (Verizon)

One of the special things about the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE on Verizon is that you can unlock the bootloader to open up greater customization and ROM possibilities down the road.

Read: Galaxy Nexus First Impressions

This process requires patience, a Windows computer and being OK with possibly voiding your warranty. If you are OK with that, this is the first step you should take before you try to root the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE on Verizon.

Warning: This will erase your Galaxy Nexus, so be sure that you have backed up any information you want to keep. I recommend MyBackUp to do this.

How to Unlock the Galaxy Nexus Bootloader

For now, you will need a Windows computer to complete these steps, borrow a friend’s or stay tuned for a Mac tutorial as soon as we find one.

Turn on USB debugging

Turn on USB debugging

Step 1. Go to to download the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE drivers.

  • Install the drivers by double clicking on the downloaded file and following the prompts.

 Step 2. Turn on USB Debugging on your Galaxy Nexus.

  • Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging

Step 3. Download the Android SDK (to get the adb program.

  • These directions will walk you through installing adb on you computer. This is the program you use to unlock and eventually root the Galaxy Nexus. (This can be tricky, but if you follow the directions closely you shouldn’t have any trouble.)

Step 4. Download fastboot.exe and save it to this folder “C:\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”

Step 5. Plug your phone into your computer.

Step 6. Hold Shift and Right click in your “C:\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools” folder and choose “Open Command Window Here“.

How to unlock the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE on verizon

Using adb to unlock the Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE on Verizon

Unlock Galaxy Nexus Verizon

Unlocking the Galaxy Nexus Verizon version.

Step 7. In the command window type:  adb reboot bootloader

  • This should restart your phone and send you to the bootloader.
  • If you get an “error more than one device and emulator” message, try restarting your phone and doing step 7 again.

Step 8. Type: fastboot oem unlock

  • The window will say waiting for device, be patient. Do not press the start button on your phone.

Step 9. When asked, use the volume keys to choose Yes. Press the volume button to select it.

Step 10. Your bootloader is unlocked.

Step 11. Use the power button to select Start to reboot your device.

  • If the phone loops during boot, do not remove the battery. You may need to unplug the USB cable or wait for the device to do a factory wipe before it boots

Now you are ready to root your Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

If you need additional help unlocking your Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE on Verizon, the video below from Droid-Life may be of help.

If you run into issues, please let us know and we will try to help. If you have successfully unlocked your Galaxy nexus please chime in with tips for beginners.