Advice for a 1st timer at unlocking bootloader
I have had the Verizon Galaxy Nexus since it was released in December, but have put off getting into unlocking the bootloader, rooting, etc. partly because of laziness and because of fear of screwing my phone up.
I am sick of waiting for Jelly Bean and want it on my phone asap. Do I just need to unlock the bootloader and then install a rom, or do I have to root before installing anything? Could someone point in to some good directions for all of this. I see the unlocking instructions and that seems fairly simple, I'm just a little unsure as to whether I need to root to install a version of Jelly Bean or not. Help?
- 07-21-2012, 07:41 PM #2
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Just look at this.
Dmmarck is one of the best to get help from in this forum.
Also you need to unlock to root. You can then relock and keep root if you want. I don't think you can install JB without root yet.
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- 07-21-2012, 08:05 PM #3
- 07-21-2012, 08:58 PM #4
- 07-22-2012, 02:28 PM #6Retired Moderator
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In theory, you don't need root. In fact, I haven't rooted my device the past few times I've re locked and unlocked.
You will, however, have root once you flash a rooted rom. Remember, all root is is access. Access granted by two files-an app and a binary.
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Ok, based on advice on here and further reading, I'm planning on using the galaxy nexus tool kit made by mskip to unlock my nexus and root and allow me to install jelly bean. I've chosen bugless beast as the Rom I would like, because I want to have a version fairly close to stock.
Here are some more newbie questions.
Bugless beast says it needs a radio and a boot loader as well. Do I have to download those or can I just download the actual Rom?
It says that it would back up my current system with CWM recovery and can be restored that way. If I want to go back to stock and update to the official jellybean release, is that all I have to do?
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