It’s been just a week since the Google Nexus 4 and the bootloader is already unlocked. Unlocking a bootloader is one of the main things that you need to do in order to move on with root and other tweaking for your smartphone. However the tutorial is a little difficult if you haven’t tried it before on any of your smartphone but if you have then it shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Unlocking the bootloader will erase all of your data so if you are thinking about proceeding with the unlocking procedure then you definitely want to backup all of your data. So before you move on with the method to unlock the bootloader then you need to run the specific edition of fastboot that has been listed in your OS. You will also need the data cable and a little information about how to install the fastboot driver and if you don’t have sufficient information then you can always Google it. Now lets start with the method that will eventually unlock the bootloader of you LG Google Nexus 4:
Step 1: Power down your Nexus 4 before rebooting into fastboot mode. You can reboot into fastboot by holding volume down and power buttons simultaneously.
Step 2: Now connect your device to your PC via USB cable and open command prompt and browse to the folder that has the fastboot program.
Step 3: Now to make sure whether you have navigated to the right folder and setup the fastboot correctly or not, simply type ‘fastboot devices’ in the command prompt and then you should see your Device’s ID.
Step 4: After making sure that you are on the right path and have setup fastboot correctly, type ‘fastboot oem unlock’ in the command prompt and follow the prompts displayed on your device’s screen. As mentioned previously, your data will be wiped once you will press yes so backing up the data will be a smart option before proceeding.
Now reboot your device and you shall have a device that has an unlocked bootloader that gives you freedom to root, flash ROMs and other tweaks. However if you end up with some problem with your device and want to claim your warranty or for some other unknown reasons, you might want to lock the bootloader at some point, then you always can. For that, you simply need to follow the whole method again except the last command i.e. ‘fastboot oem unlock’. Instead of that command you only will have to type ‘fastboot oem lock’ and you shall have your bootloader locked again.
Note: Proceed with your own risk; ApplenMicro will not be responsible for any loss of data or damage done to your device during the process.