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Unlock Sprint Galaxy Bootloader Without “Waiting for Device” Issue

Before you root or install any custom recovery on your Android device first you’ll have unlock the bootloader of your device, once you’ve unlocked the bootloader of the phone, you can completely customize the device. But when some users unlock the bootloader, they face an issue “waiting for device”. But now they no need to worry now Chelsey Twigg has found a method to unlock the bootloader of Sprint Galaxy Nexus without getting “waiting for device” message.

Read on how to unlock the bootloader of Galaxy Nexus but first do keep in mind that unlocking bootloader will void the warranty of your device so think carefully before you proceed. This method is compatible with just Spring Galaxy Nexus model number SPH-L700, so don’t try it any other model or device.

Please use a Windows PC and Android ADB should be installed on PC, follow this guide to install, USB drivers also should be installed on the PC. Disable all system tools such as Samsung KIES, antivirus, firewall program, please make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps, and turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development.

DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.


Step #1: Download the fastboot package to your PC.

Step #2: Copy the download fastboot package to C:android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools.

Step #3: Plug the phone to PC using a USB cable.

Step #4: Now open the command prompt then navigate to  the Platform Tools folder from Android SDK installation folder, if you’re using Windows 7, you can easily do it, just open Android SDK folder then go to Platform Tools, there press the shift key from keyboard and press right key on mouse on any empty area of folder, a menu will appear, from the menu click on Open Command Window Here  to open the command from the folder.

Step #5: Enter following command to command prompt:

adb reboot bootloader

It will reboot the phone into Bootloader Mode.ADB drivers installation will start, if it doesn’t complete installation do the following procedure:

  • Open PC’s Device Manager.
  • On Other Devices, you’ll see something like “Android 1.0.” Reboot your PC if it doesn’t show it.
  • On your mouse click on right button on “Android 1.0.” From appeared menu click on Update Driver Software.
  • Now Click the Browse my computer for driver software, then click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  • At this point, leave the Show compatible hardware checked. The “Samsung Android ADB Interface” will show up in Samsung. If it show up more than once, update the first driver but it fails, try the next drivers until a driver installed on PC.
  • Click Next and a message will show up, from the message click OK and PC will tell the drivers after drivers installation.
  • Disconnect the device from PC and restart the PC.
  • Once the PC is rebooted plug the device to PC and wait until it connects to the computer. Your phone should still be on Bootloader Mode.
  • Now go back to the Platform Tools folder and once again launch command prompt window

Step #6: Enter the following command on prompt:

fastboot oem unlock

Step #7: A warning message will show up on device, use volume keys to yes and use power button to continue. It will start unlocking procedure.

Step #8: Once the everything is done, disconnect the device from PC.

Step #9: Reboot your Phone, if the device gets boot loops, do not pull out the battery from device, your device might perform a factory wipe, wait until it done.

That’s it, you’ve unlocked the device bootloader, you can comment below for queries.


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