[GUIDE] Unlocking (& re-locking) the Motorola Xoom
The following will VOID your warranty but will easily unlock the Xoom for fast software flashes using a custom recovery and will allow flashing root files or manipulated system files on to your current software installation.
This will ERASE your Xoom.
1) Get the Motorola USB drivers MOTODEV > Documentation & Tools > USB Drivers (you need to sign up on their but maybe you can google this and find it as well)
2) Get the Android SDK Android SDK | Android Developers (you only really need the fastboot executable file for your host OS)
2.5) - I will soon put together a windows pack for usb drivers & fastboot so you don't have to download all this stuff just to do one task.
3) Power off your Xoom
4) Press and hold the volume down button while pressing the power button
Even after the Xoom turns back on keep it pressed down and you'll see some starting fastboot protocol text on the top left of the screen.
5) Open a command window in your sdk\tools folder (not platform tools and depending on when you get the SDK you may need to copy over some DLL files)
fastboot oem unlock
You're now free to put whatever data you want on your tablet. Cheers.
If you would like to re-lock your tablet:
Last edited by thefredelement; 03-05-2011 at 10:34 AM.
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The notice on the Xoom screen during this process says, "Any data you have previously saved on this device will be erased by pressing the 'VOL UP' key".
Does that mean that the data partition will be erased (assuming here that there is a "data" partition equivalent to a phone's SDCard) or does this mean that all partitions, including the rootfs (android FS) will be erased?
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Help please.... I keep getting an error somewhere along the liens of Adbwinapi.dll failed because it is not installed. I installed the whole SDK, and tried several times to run command promt, and then I opened command prompt directly from the file, and that did not work either. Any help would be appreciated!Ruling all machines... Completely [R3]BLURR3D, With Root access... An extended battery... NO Bloat... and NO Throttling!
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- 05-07-2011, 12:31 PM #21
first time android user here. i am interested in doing this (unlocking) but i have some quick questions.
after unlocking the xoom, does the home screen and icons remain the same as stock or will it be replaced by something else?
as this is my very first android device, i am a bit apprehensive as i might (most probably will!) screw it up somehow.
thanks to everyone for their patience and answers.
Check out the sticky guide with screen shots, its not that crazy of a process. If you run in to a problem just post it and ill help you out.
Welcome to android and android central!
- 05-07-2011, 08:40 PM #23
thank you for your reply. i managed to do the unlocking as instructed. i then tried to the rooting as per section 3 in
however, i encountered the following problems
1) my xoom now is stuck in the motorola logo.
2) my computer does not recognose the device anymore
3) no response on the hard reset.
4) it will not switch off if i press the power button.
btw, mine is the wifi only model
any help is very much appreciated
Last edited by bum99my; 05-07-2011 at 08:49 PM.
MOTODEV > Products > Device Software
To get back to the bootloader press volume up and power until the xoom resets. Then at the red m logo press volume down and the xoom will toggle through a few selections on the upper left, when it says fastboot hit volume up to enter and then follow the directions on that page.
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