How to Easily Unlock and Root your Galaxy NexusMobile Tips — By Naveen Vaidhya on February 23, 2012 at 10:04 am
If you are interested in rooting your Samsung Galaxy Nexus but afraid of the terms and procedure, worry not because we are here to give you easiest way to root the ICS phone.
The unlocking of bootloader and the rooting process of your Nexus can be really tedious and if you are not comfortable with command process as well as the jargon process then you will have to carry out simple process given below.
The Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with an automatic way to unlock the bootloader along with rooting process. The rooting toolkit of Galaxy Nexus by Wug is now available for download that allows the rooting and unlocking of Nexus in few simple clicks. This process is only available for the Verizon version and the GSM tool will be coming soon.
After you download and have installed the rooting toolkit successfully it will take around 20 minutes or less to complete the whole process. Before we begin the process, download the toolkit (to download the Wug rooting toolkit click here). Install the file upon successful download on your Windows computer. The Mac version is not yet available.
After the successful installation double click on the application icon. After you open the application a launch screen will appear in front of your computer screen. Before your root your Nexus, you will have to go through the basic process, for that click on a button called ‘Drivers + SDK’ button.
On installing, the starting process will load the driver and files that are required to be installed to root. Let all this process run and after that you are done and ready to unlock and root you Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
To unlock the bootloader and for rooting, clock on the button with ‘Unlock + Root’ written on it. Now the main processes starts but fear not as the application itself will help you go with the step by step process to unlock and root the Nexus. Every new window will present you with information as well as with instructions, as to what to do next. Read all this thoroughly and closely, making sure you do exactly what is written on it. A time will come when you will be asked to wait, be patient at that time as the bootloader takes time to load. Unlocking the bootloader is no pain but there will be some minor issues while the rooting process is going on. When trying to reboot it into recovery mode, you phone will reboot automatically and show you a vicious triangle with the exclamation icon it. To fix this, unplug the Galaxy Nexus from the computer, close the rooting toolkit application; pull out the battery from your phone and do the process all over again.
If you have unlocked the phone and not rooted it, worry not, as the toolkit will know that the device has been unlocked and will directly jump to the rooting process.
Now enjoy the unlocked and rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus!
Note: If you ever wish to sell the phone or want to give it for service within the warranty period then even the unrooting process is also possible from the same toolkit. Click on the ‘Unroot + OEM Stock’ button and follow the easy process and you phone will have Android v4.0 installed in clean manner in matter of few minutes.