Guide To Unlock Bootloader On Nexus 5

If you are one of those who like deeper customization on their Android device and want to install custom recovery or certain powerful apps that requires root access, you should first unlock its bootloader, if it is a non-Galaxy device such as Nexus. Here is how to unlock bootloader on Google Nexus 5.


Warning: Unlocking bootloader, rooting and installing custom recovery on Nexus 5 will void your device warranty. Also, back up your data before doing below steps.

Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, we won’t take any responsibility.

Requisites: Download the Nexus 5 Unlock Bootloader files from here and extract the folder on your computer.

Procedure: Boot Nexus 5 into Fastboot mode. To access fastboot mode, you need the Android SDK installed on your computer as well as proper drivers for your device. Read this post for help.

1. If everything ok, turn off your device and hold Volume up Key + Volume down Key and then press the Power button. It’ll boot your Nexus into fastboot mode.

2. Open the extracted Nexus 5 Unlock Bootloader folder on your computer and open a command window from there (Press Shift key + Right click on any empty space inside the folder).

3. Turn on USB debugging on your Nexus and connect it to your computer via USB cable. Type fastboot devices in the command prompt window, this will list the connected devices.

Note: If your devices isn’t listed, check device driver installation and reinstall it.

4. If your phone is listed, type the following command:

fastboot oem unlock

5. Now, read the instruction carefully and select “Yes” on the device’s screen using the volume keys to move and power button to confirm.

6. Now, run the following command:

fastboot reboot

That’s all! Now you have unloacked your Google Nexus bootloader.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. Cgig

    Nov 8, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Nice to hear about the info. It may help me in the near future! Thanks.

  2. sammy

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:34 am

    It provided us with beneficial facts in order to unlock Nexus 5. You have given perfect guide on that. Thanks!

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