The bootloader is started shortly after the device's basic checks and is responsible for loading the Android OS. It can be used to boot different rooms besides the stock firmware, if the bootloader is unlocked.

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How to re lock bootloader on samsung galaxy s5?

I have Unlocked Rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 recently it has been giving me a lot of issues and I want to send it to Samsung for repair meant. I understand that once you root your device you loose the ...
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Flashed my phone without rooting and now it doesn't work

I have an international Samsung Galaxy SIII i.e. GT-I9300. Few days after the official upgrade to v4.1, it started freezing. So I removed the battery and inserted again and it did not boot and was ...
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What is meant by locked bootloader?

Everyone complains about locked bootloaders on phones. From reading the bootloader seems to be code stored on the partition which /boot is mounted. Once the phone is rooted why couldn't one just ...
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Does encryption, factory reset, encryption make a safer used phone?

I recently purchased a used Moto X. I know the person I bought it from so I'm not terribly worried but here is my idea to shore up the security on a used device. Don't put in your SIM card or log ...
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Is there any way to put a password to avoid someone from hard resetting my phone?

I have a Moto G, and I am very careful in protecting my data. I currently use CM Security App from the Google Play Store and it's very helpful in taking a photo to a person who tried unlocking my ...
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Help to understand working of powerbutton and volume rockers

I want to understand the workings of power button and volume rockers in Android devices, which are associated with the kernel driver of these keys. What happens in the kernel driver and boot loader ...
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Is it possible to unlock the bootloader without root access?

Is it possible to unlock the bootloader without root access? If so, is there another way to unlock the bootloader without using the command... fastboot oem unlock Now, for the background stuff ...
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Can I get back to root-able HBoot version by doing a factory reset

I have a HTC Wildfire (Buzz) that originally came with Eclair. I now have Froyo on it and the Unrevoked tool doesn't work as the HBoot version is not supported (too new for Unrevoked). At this point, ...
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adb does not reboot my Samsung Galaxy SIII I9300 to bootloader (download) mode!

My device is Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and I did a complete factory reset. Device is NOT rooted yet. It works properly. I can do all of following with my device: Power off using device keys. Start ...
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Can I fastboot flash a factory image without flashing the recovery?

Factory Images Using Nexus 9 as an example, the flash-all.bat contains: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img fastboot reboot-bootloader ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 >nul fastboot ...
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What is the minimum number of modifications in order to install a custom ROM?

I am planning to upgrade my wife's Galaxy Ace II from 4.1.2 (the latest official firmware offered by Samsung, installed via Kies) to 4.4.4, which is available via http://novafusion.pl/downloads/ as ...
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What is the difference between rooting and unlocking the Boot Loader in reference to Android? [duplicate]

I have heard these two terms the most, whenever people talk about Android OS. One of them is Rooting or root access, and the other one is unlocking the Boot Loader. Are these two terms exactly the ...
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Is it possible to compleately and utterly brick a phone with no chance of repair?

As i have recently gotten into some research about android kernel development and would like to fiddle around my phone and of course i have seen all the warnings about "bricking your device" but it ...
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fastboot flash = FAILED (remote: invalid bootloader image)

After breaking CyanogenMod on my Nexus 5 I want to flash it with a factory image but all I get is: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img sending 'bootloader' (2970 KB)... OKAY ...
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LG Optimus 4X HD - unlock bootloader?

I have just rooted the LG Optimus 4X HD using instructions I found at How to root the LG Optimus 4X (LG-P880)? I now need to unlock the bootloader, but for some reason the command adb reboot ...
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Android Lolipop broke my enyrpted nexus 7 (2012)

I just received the update and now my device does not boot any more. I comes to the point where I have to enter my encryption password. The first time it did this it said: “Unfortunately your ...
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Does having CWM mean bootloader is unlocked?

I flashed CWM using Rom Manager. Does this mean that my Galaxy S4 bootloader is unlocked? I'm using Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337M) (Canadian Telus)
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How to unlock bootloader on samsung devices?

Before you try to install any custom ROM on your device, you need to unlock the phone’s bootloader, which is a code executed before any OS (operating system) launch. The notion of a bootloader is ...
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GT-I9001 (galaxy S plus) not recognized in Windows 8.1

I installed the ClockworkMod Recovery v6.0.1.4 and tried to install a cyanogen mod on my Galaxy S plus (GT-I9001), but now my phone is stuck in a reboot-loop where the OS doesn't start and I just come ...
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HTC rhyme shows LOCKED when I turn it on

When I turn my HTC Rhyme phone, it just shows A page that's written ***LOCKED*** at the top and has three android icons at the bottom and have some menu items as below: Bootloader Reboot ...
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Can't get in recovery or normal boot HTC One M7

Please help me. I've done something really stupid. I flashed from ClockWorkMod to Android Revolution HD on my HTC One m7. I've got ClockWorkMod Recovery installed and when flashing was done i got ...
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Internal SD-card hardware erros. Is there a way to move partitions to external sdcard?

I have a device with hardware errors in the internal sd card and want to move /data entirely to the external sd card. I was thinking that it should be possible to create a partition in external ...
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Acer DA241HL - system reset from bootloader

The Acer DA241HL is a 24" Smart Display which has Android installed but also had HDMI input so you can use it as a second screen for a laptop or similar too. Anyway, I've been able to reboot into the ...
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where does default setting for Command Line Switches is set in kernel source code in android

My android device is quad-core . But during booting only 2 cores are up . CPU_HOTPLUG is enabled . In dumpstate i found : maxcpus=2 in command Line options. I wanted to make this maxcpus=4 . I have ...
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How to install ROM when bootloader is not unlocked?

Accidentally, on stock recovery, I selected wipe data/factory reset which could have uninstalled the ROM on it. So, now my mobile is showing company logo only. My mobile HTC Inspire A9192's ...
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How to put a ROM on read-only /sdcard, while adb shell not working (HTC One X)

I've been searching my _ off for two days now to find a solution for my problem, but I can't find one working for me. What I do have right now: NO working ROM (I believe because of a failed atempt ...
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Atrix 4G update via OTA with unlocked bootloader?

I am running 4.5.91 currently on a rooted and unlocked Atrix. Will I brick my phone by updating to 4.5.141 from OTA source? Can I re-lock the boot-loader if that is the issue?
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Unlocked bootloader, encryption

galaxy nexus unlocked bootloader no adb enabled rooted device encryption on with 10+ characters (Cryptfs Password - Google play) PIN screen lock with 6 characters Am I safe if someone wants to ...
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HTC ONE X: Rooting and boot loader [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to root the new version of the ONE X How to root HTC ONE X from AT&T? What exactly does rooting a phone mean? What is the boot loader? Is installing boot ...
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How to get setting information before booting Android devices like in BIOS?

Is there any method by which we could get the system information before booting android OS. Like wise in PC/laptop, we can get into BIOS setting before booting and get the system information. Do ...
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How to unlock Sony Xperia Z1C bootloader?

Is there any way in which i could unlock it if it isnt officially supported? I've managed to get the XZdualrecovery working...
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Unlock Bootloader MTK65xx

Does anybody know how to unlock the bootloader in MTK phones? Thanks in advance! ;)
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Does 'fastboot oem unlock' still work?

Does this command still work? fastboot oem unlock I ask this question because I am obviously trying to unlock my phone's bootloader and can't seem to auto-tab the option or see an entry for ...
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Nexus S Change Bootloader. Is it OpenSource?

Loved my Nexus S but it's now been decommissioned and replaced. I've got a job for it to do, but to use it I think I would have to make a minor change to the Bootloader. Basically I want the Nexus S ...
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Access Bootloader on VSD241

I'm trying to access the Bootloader on a Viewsonic VSD241, but the menu that comes up tells me to hit the "volume up" button to select Bootloader from the menu. There are no hard volume control ...
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Device freezes after trying to reboot with bootloader

I have been trying to unlock my bootloader as per the instructions found here. I already have installed the drivers from Google USB driver folder that comes in Android SDK "extras" folder. However, ...
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Update made my tablet Force Boot when completed

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7" tablet and when I had gotten an update it said in a toast notification Forcing Boot and when it succeeded in starting the tablet all apps that were on SD we're not ...
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Restoring personal data after bootloader unlock [duplicate]

I plan to unlock the bootloader on my OnePlus One device but from what I've seen in forums, personal data (media, app data etc) are lost in essentially what is a factory reset of sorts. Is there any ...
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How to unroot and lock bootloader in HTC desire 820?

I have unlocked the bootloader with windroid, then I flashed TWRP recovery, then I flashed supersu zip file through TWRP to root my phone. Now I want to Unroot and relock the bootloader, but when I ...
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How to unlock the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (GT- P5100)?

I have Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100. I would like to unlock the bootloader because I want to be able to upload a custom ROM. How to do this?
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Flash motoboot.IMG without computer

I need to upgrade my bootloader for lollipop, problem is my laptop is being repaired at the moment... Is there any way I can flash motoboot.img without a computer? I have root, Philz advanced ...
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Android Bootloop No recovery mode - only viberation

Phone: Huawei honor 3c I downloaded Emotion UI 3.0 for "probably" the wrong set form here offical site.But it was installed properly. Then there was an update of same emotion UI, which on ...
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Can I flash an unlocked G900T bootloader on a G900A?

I have a G900A and a G900T (short story: couldn't live any longer with the locked bootloader on G900A so I bought a G900T to use on AT&T). It's possible to flash a custom recovery/ROM onto the ...
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Asus memopad7 170C, unlocking bootloader fails

I'm trying too root my Asus memo pad 7 (170C), I've tried EVERY method, using KingoRoot, SuperOneClick, Frameroot, motochopper. None of them worked. So I decided to do the rooting stuff myself, first ...
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Enable framebuffer console in Android kernel source

Is it possible to somehow enable the framebuffer console in android kernel sources from samsung, to see kernel messages instead of just the bootlogo?
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“Locking” a Samsung Bootloader

In order to prevent cold-boot attacks against an encrypted Android filesystem, it has been recommended to keep your bootloader locked at all times with the original factory recovery installed. The ...
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HTC One M8 is stuck on bootloader and won't accept “adb * mods”

I have HTC One M8 that has been rooted, but relocked and S-OFF. I have also tried fastboot flash boot boot.img and then I get this message everytime. sending 'boot' <8624 KB> ... FAILED ...
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Rooted Nexus 5 lollipop GOOGLE start screen won' turn on

since I rooted my nexus I and couldn't make screenshots anymore. So I decided to go and check if I could fix it in Recovery mode. I couldn't find anything about it so i wanted to turn it back on. it ...
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device not loading into bootloader

I am trying to boot my rooted android device into bootloader to unlock it. I have tried following commands but none is working. adb reboot-bootloader adb reboot bootloader Even when trying to ...
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phone on bootloop with a problem in the cache

My phone somehow got stuck in a boot loop and I can't fix it. I don't know what to do. I cant get pass the start up animation no matter what I do. I've tried the fast boot commands to flash and keep ...