I'm trying to unlock my phone using this tutorial. It stated that:


But there are no Linux driver, or is it not needed for Linux?

Why I need this? because I need to remove /system/app/VZWPhoneService.apk and /system/app/VZWPhoneService.odex. then reboot., because the other way already expired. So I could use this phone using another carrier.

The alternate method also requires Windows OS.

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    If your device is getting detected by ADB in your Linux box, then you don't need a driver. Well we don't really need a driver most of the time to detect a phone in a Linux PC. Just some UDEV rules sometimes for further interaction. There is a .zip file in that tutorial for exploit. It has a .bat file and .exe as well. You'll have to move the content of the .bat file to a .sh and provide the necessary files to it (if the script depends on them). I believe the approach should work. – Firelord Aug 27 '15 at 11:15
  • You're right, it works out of the box, just need sudo – Kokizzu Aug 28 '15 at 20:20

Assuming your device is rooted there is a ppa for adb and fastboot.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogardwebupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

Now you should open a shell/rootshell and type


followed by

adb devices

Then your Phone should show up. To delete the app and odex file type:

adb rm /path/to/apk

adb rm /path/to/file


adb uninstall [-k] packagename

The option -k keeps cache and data on your phone if you want to.

Then end this process by using

adb reboot


  • OP is trying to root the device which can be confirmed from the very first link: andromods.com/root-unlock/… What's the point in this answer then? Please explain. – Firelord Aug 27 '15 at 11:10

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