Root and Unlock Google Nexus Q

This summer, Google came on the market with a brand new smartphone, called Nexus Q. After it was released, many bought it and remained impressed with its assets. If you use such a handset, you can easily root and unlock it. These two steps will help it deliver much more greatness. If you want to know how you can do it yourselves, just follow the steps we put together for today’s article.


In preparation of these two actions, you need to be fully aware that they are going to mess up with the phone’s warranty. The solution to that problem is to downgrade the actual version of the ROM or to update it to the latest version provided by Google once you are done. In order to be able to root and unlock the Google Nexus Q you need several things; such as using a comp or laptop that runs on Windows and installing the Android Debug Bridge on it. Then you need a USB cord and that’s about

The unlocking process

Unlocking this handset is one of the simplest and least time-consuming actions. Simply do what is written below and you won’t fail.

  1. First step is to open your laptop to check and see whether you installed the ADB we mentioned before. After which you need to access the command prompt from your PC. For that you must access the Start button, then run, then cmd in the window which will appear. You must to connect the phone to the comp via the USB cord.
  2. Step number 2 is also easy: once you access the command line you must enter the next commands. First “cd platform-tools“, then “adb reboot bootloader” and finally the “fastboot oem unlock” command to finish the unlocking process.

After you are done with this, you can proceed to the next phase: the rooting of the Nexus Q.

The rooting process

  1. Step 1 for this procedure requires the following procedure: you must connect the handset to the laptop that has the ADB installed via an USB cable.
  2. The second step tells you to access the command line once again via the same procedure: Start button, then run, then cmd. When you are in the latter, just type the “adb reboot bootloader” command to initiate the process.
  3. For the next step you have to check if the LED have the same red color and watch it boot up; when it does that, select the mute LED option until the color is changing to red.
  4. Step 4 instructs you to go back to command prompt; once there, enter “fastboot devices” followed by “fastboot oem unlock“. Then run the “astboot oem unlockaccepted” command very fast (you must perform this action in the first seconds) after you are done with the latter action.
  5. The fifth step sounds like this: pair the device with a gadget that runs on Android and then access the debug mode. This step requires the changing of default.prop with “” and “ro.debuggable=1“. This will be done using the the boot.img file which must be placed in this location.
  6. For step 6 turn to your laptop and download the image boot file of the Nexus Q. You can find this file on this page. Afterwards go back to cmd and enter “adb reboot-bootloader” command. In the end you must introduce the “fastboot boot nexus-boot.img” command via the same procedure.
  7. In the last step, the handset will permit the access to the root.

And voila, you have successfully rooted and unlocked the Google Nexus Q.

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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