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.

Prerequisites

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

Requirements

  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