Unlock Motorola XOOM Bootloader

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Motorola XOOM is the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet and is a powerful one too. If you are a Motorola Xoom user you must be knowing that it comes with the bootloader locked. Unlocking bootloader gives you access to install custom partitions on your tablet’s Android system and hence you can flash custom ROMs. With the help of these ROMs, you can also install Ice Cream Sandwich on Motorola Xoom. The whole guide to update Motorola Xoom will be updated into three parts. This tutorial explains how to unlock Motorola Xoom bootloader. If you have already unlocked the bootloader, you can skip to Part 2 which helps you root Motorola Xoom.

unlock motorola xoom bootloaderYou can do it with a few commands easily. Follow the steps given below carefully.


  1. Backup all apps using ASTRO File Manager.
  2. Back up all contacts to your SD card.


  1. USB Cable to connect your tablet to the PC.
  2. Motorola USB Drivers. Download 32 Bit | 64 Bit
  3. Android SDK installed with Fastboot tool.

Disclaimer: BlogoTech is not responsible for any damage that might be caused to your device during this process though the possibility of any damage is negligible. Try this at your own risk.

Steps to Unlock Bootloader

  1. Turn off your Motorola Xoom tablet.
  2. Boot into fastboot. This can be done by pressing the Volume down button and holding the Power button simultaneously.
  3. Connect your tablet to the PC via USB Cable
  4. Open Command Prompt or Terminal Window in your PC.
  5. Enter the following code:
    fastboot oem unlock
  6. Confirm the unlock on your tablet. Use volume keys to navigate and power button to select.
  7. Device will reboot on success.

This lets you unlock bootloader. You can now flash custom ROMs and install ICS on Motorola Xoom 🙂

How to Lock the Bootloader Back

If you wish to lock the bootloader back due to some reasons, follow the same steps above but instead of the command given in Step 5, enter the following command:

fastboot oem lock
  • The post is packed with great information and really it helps a lot. Thanks for sharing the Steps to unlock Motorola Xoom Bootloader. I will share it to my friends so that they will know how to unlock there tablets too.

  • bootloader will give access to user to install kind of applications and you can also customize the roms according to your need. 🙂

  • urvish

    after running this command “fastboot oem lock” it id root but and restarted. but then onwards my laptop is not able to reconginze it and hence i can not file any more command

    any input will be great.

    • urvish

      sorry it is not rooted i mean it just restarted successfully. but now i since it is not recoginzed by my laptop cant do anything further.

    • Do you see USB Debugging being enabled?

  • urvish

    Hi after restart twice my laptop is able to recognize it.

    but i stuck at recovery mode.
    i m trying to follow


    I have non rooted xoom wifi usa – with offical 4.0 OS (like to add read/write to usb (pendrive and external hard disk) functionality)

    I connect my xoom to laptol in USB debuggin mode
    at android sdk tool – dos command prompt i did run follwoing command successfully.

    1)adb reboot bootloader
    2)fastboot oem unlock
    3)fastboot flash recovery recovery-Tiamat-R4c-100611-1150-cwm.img
    4)fastboot reboot

    5)adb reboot recovery
    afeter this command on xoom screen it display “Reading ODM fuse:1” and then it just displayed on scree android icon with Red triangle with Exclaim-nation mark in that and then it just restart nothing happens.

    i m not able to move further what to do?

    • This tutorial is a part of ICS installation on Motorola XOOM. Since you already have the official ICS, this may not work. To proceed, you can perform a hard reset!