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 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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Serious doubt regarding rooting my Samsung Galaxy Note II [duplicate]

I went through some tutorials for rooting my Note II(GT-N7100-International version), and i could find people saying that bootloader unlocking is needed. I am not sure what bootloader unlocking is. ...
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Question about recovery and bootloader

I have following question about recovery and bootloader 1)How locked bootloader block custom rom to be updated via recovery? 2)As package verification code is in recovery then why we need to unlock ...
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What does HBOOT mean?

My best guess as of now is "partition and mount point layout". But it feels like there's more to it, since the bootloader can identify the HBOOT by name. I've been flashing custom ROMs for quite a ...
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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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Blank screen after logo

I was trying to install a custom ROM in a THL T11 from needrom.com. I managed to get into the recovery mode and wipe cache. However, I got somehow into the «ADB» menu and couldn't get out. I pulled ...
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adb/fastboot can't find device in bootloader, but they can do it when booted

I have worked on building Android from source code for few weeks. It used to be fine to me with my Galaxy Nexus, I can connect to my device via adb and fastboot and flash either the factory ROM or ROM ...
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How to upgrade HBOOT from 0.80.0007 to 1.01.0001

I own an HTC Wildfire with HBOOT version 0.80.0007 and S-On. How do I upgrade to HBOOT 1.01.0001? Can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction? I've been racking my brains for the last few days, ...
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Can't Factory Reset HTC Desire C

I tried unlocking the bootloader (which I apparently succeeded at.) I then tried rooting it, which I failed at. I just want to reset the phone back to factory settings but when I try to do a factory ...
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Can't access Recovery Menu Milestone a853

I'm trying to flash a Cyanogenmod 7.1.5 on my Motorola Milstone A853. I can access the Bootloader (version 90.74) and started RSDLite 5.7 and used a base sbf file, which flashes normally. When I ...
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How to check if bootloader is unlocked?

I'm about to flash a custom recovery, but I'm not sure if my bootloader is unlocked or not (phone is rooted, but I did it a while ago, so I can't remember the process I took), and I don't want to do ...
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Does unlocking the bootloader pose any carrier/network related risk?

I'm on Motorola's website, reading over risks and warnings related to unlocking the bootloader, two of which peaked my concern: You may lose some key functions like telephone, radio, and audio ...
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ADB can discover devices but not fastboot

I've searched on the web about this problem and it's usually solved by installing the appropriate drivers. Problem is I'm on a Mac. When I plug in my device, it can be discovered when I run adb ...
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Android hangs on boot image after changing boot loader [duplicate]

I changed the bootimage of an Android device and it bricked. It's freezing at the boot image. I try to install a ROM using fastboot but I have a permission error. I try to connect with adb but I ...
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What is the difference between aboot and boot?

I'm looking through my device and I noticed within /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name that there is boot and aboot partitions. What is the difference between them? Mainly what is aboot?
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Update heavly customized but stock rom Nexus 5 keeping data?

I have a Google Nexus 5 with Stock Rom 4.4.2 and: Unlocked boot-loader Custom recovery (TWRP) Custom kernel (franco) Root X-posed framework What is the best method to upgrade to the upcoming ...
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Samsung Galaxy 2 stuck at start up. Can I recovery the phone or at least the data?

My Samsung Galaxy 2 stuck every time when start up. It looks ok on the beginning, it shows "Samsung Galaxy S II ..." then change display to Vodafone logo then the shows word "samsung" and stuck here ...
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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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EFI-mode boot loader for Android

I have thinkpad tablet 2 which boots only UEFI 32bit OS I wonder if there is any EFI-mode boot loader for Android which will load Android X86 or any other android distribution on my tablet Tried: 1. ...
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Galaxy s2 will not boot, wrong bootloader

My Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I1900 won't boot. I tried to update to ICS with Kies which crashed, wherefore I unplugged the USB to start over. Now my phone had no OS, and wouldn't respond to Kies anymore. ...
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Bootloader has crashed, no any boot or even black screen

I installed the bootloader unlocker of g300 on my huawei p1. But now my phone doesn't even show any boot signs. I need help please..?
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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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Factory reset generic android device

I have a cheap generic Android tablet (a Groupon special) that won't boot. My theory is that the storage is full because this happened to two different tablets after installing apps. update: I learned ...
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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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How to and from where install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) on GT-P1000?

Currently I am trying to upgrade my Android OS from 2.3.3 to Cyanogenmod 9 not with "Odin" but via the bootloader and SD-card. Now I had a problem with "Signature verification failed" described here ...
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Trouble understanding this Cyanogenmod PSA

I've been using Cyanogenmod for over a year now, with my own modifications to the dalvik VM. I have teamwin recovery installed on my Samsung Galaxy S3, which I use to install new builds of ...
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How do I fix my NATPC M010SE (Allwinner A13) touchscreen/WiFi/camera?

My tablet wasn't booting at all but my dad managed to install this firmware update, now the touchscreen doesn't work, or the WiFi, or the (front) camera. Any help? I've tried installing some TS ...
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Enable bootloader screen for Lenovo Vibe Z

I pressed and held volume up key for sometime and my Lenovo Vibe Z is seems to be bricked (not charging or switching on). I would like to get into to the boot-loader screen to factory reset the ...
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How Can I Pass Bootloader (Huawei Y200 stuck logo/ Boot-Loop)

I have recently learnt a few things about Android and its system. I have a Huawei Ascend Y200, and I flashed it with ClockworkMod specifically for Y200 with a computer and it worked. I rooted my ...
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What does it mean to “brick” your phone?

I'm considering unlocking the bootloader on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535). However, a guide I was reading made this statement: Once you have unlocked your phone’s bootloader using this app, you ...
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HTC Desire HD stuck in boot loader - how to get contacts

I woke up this morning and I found my HTC desire HD (running stock android 2.x with HTC Sense) with the boot loader screen. I tried to choose Recovery and Reboot but its still stuck in the same ...
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Samsung Galaxy S Captivate stuck at the boot screen

I have a Galaxy S Captivate and it has been problematic ever since. I flashed various stock roms (with and without bootloaders) in download mode and the phone always gets stuck at the boot screen ...
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How can I unlock the boot loader on a HTC Magic?

After a lot of unsuccessful days trying to root my Android phone, I'll now post my problem here with every approach I already did. Maybe someone can help me. I am trying to unlock the boot loader on a ...
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Unlock Bootloader

Has anyone as of yet figured out how to unlock the bootloader on A Cricket Kyocera Hydro C5171? I really would love to know how if it's been done yet. Thank you.
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Strange chinese menu on Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 - how proceed?

Context I just skyped with my mother (far away) because her android-tablet (running 4.2) showed a strange menu with chinese/japanese/asian characters, almost like a bootloader. My short troubleshoot ...
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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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ZTE Nubia Z5 Problem?

I have a Zte Nubia Z5 ("2nd Hand") with a software camera problem (I think is a software problem because the camera works sometimes) The phone has Android 4.1.2. I tried to hard reset the phone but I ...
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Fastboot: Lock state - Locked on nexus 7

I am having trouble unlocking the bootloader on my Nexus 7. When I boot into fastboot I see the message LOCK STATE - LOCKED. I want to unlock the bootloader so I can re-install the stock operating ...
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Possible to do Nandroid Backup BEFORE unlocking bootloader?

I have a stock Atrix 4G with Froyo (2.2.2) (Version.4.1.83.MB860.ATT.en.US). It's past warranty, so I'm not worried about voiding the warranty. As one would expect, the stock recovery doesn't offer ...
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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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Unlocking the nexus 7 bootloader

I want to root my nexus 7 tab. The first step is unlocking the bootloader. I want to know that unlocking will wipe the os or just data? Can I start the tab after unlocking
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Disable splashscreen - BOOTLOGO disabled

First off all I must start by saying that I am not an Android Expert. I Have some android TV box ( not a phone ) which is of some unknown third party chinese vendor . it is already rooted . I need ...
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Xperia V can I relock my bootloader for Bravia Engine to work again?

I have unlocked the bootloader to try some roms, but too late I understand that this will make the Bravia Engine to stop working... If I relock my bootloader will that make the Bravia Engine to work ...
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Droid 2/R2-D2 Can't Load Beyond Bootloader

I picked up a DROID R2-D2 from a coworker who has given up on the device. Knowing I like to tinker with these things, she offered me the phone in whatever condition I can muster from it. A few weeks ...
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Unlocking Bootloader

Recently I've unlocked my sony xperia p boot loader. I am sure that it is unlocked. But is there any option to find out that is it unlocked?
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how to enter bootloader with moboot in HP Touchpad

I have a HP Touchpad that successfully installed webos and CM9 with moboot to select which to boot. Today, I want to update CM9 to CM10.1 or CM11, and here come the problems: it couldn't install the ...
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How do I authorize my Galaxy Nexus for adb usage

I have a Galaxy Nexus and the adb thingy isn't authorized. I also can't access into bootloader mode because my volume button is spoilt. =/ Is there anyway I can get into bootloader mode?
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Installing stock ROM - at 65% get error assert failed: write_raw_image(“/tmp/oemsbl2.img”, “oemsbl2”) Status(7), Installation Aborted

So, that is the problem. I tried to search at google but no luck, only responses were boot.img, and those are not the same. updater-script: assert(package_extract_file("boot.img", "/tmp/boot.img"), ...
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how to add a custom lock for the recovery and/or bootloader?

Unlocking the bootloader and/or the recovery is very popular discussion across many devices. But doing so exposes a very obvious and inevitable issue with security! An unlocked recovery means that no ...