Questions tagged [bootloader]

for questions on the bootloader, which is kind of "BIOS mode" on Android devices

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Why does unlocking the bootloader wipe phone?

I understand that unlocking the bootloader will wipe my Android phone, but have been looking around for why. Seems to be by design, but what is the reasoning for that design? Is it some security ...
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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 x86 Marshmallow not booting on Virtualbox and VMware Workstation

I've downloaded the latest Android x86 (android-x86-6.0_20160129.iso) from here and tried to install it to the HDD on a VM in VMware Workstation and in Virtualbox. The installation seems to proceed ...
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Android boot-up messages for debugging?

I am trying to figure out if Android (i.e. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and/or Motorola Xoom) come with some sort of capability to produce a "boot-up" log. (kind of like Linux boot-up screen) It would be ...
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Do custom ROMs like CyanogenMod modify your bootloader?

Does a custom ROM like CyanogenMod come with their own bootloader or does it just overwrite the /boot kernel and /system? Does the bootloader take responsibility to lock your SIM card on a carrier? ...
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Is it possible to boot an Android phone from a USB drive?

Is there any way to boot an Android phone* from a bus-powered USB drive**? If so, what are the steps to achieve this? * E.g. one with USB OTG functionality. ** E.g. a flash drive.
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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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Is it possible to get multi-user support on Android with help from the boot manager?

I know that a common problem with Android tablets is that they lack multi-user support. I wonder if there isn't already a solution that allows me to select the user on boot by linking/moving/changing ...
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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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Nexus 5 stuck on “flying color dots lollipop” screen after Hard Factory Reset

I just did a wipe data/factory reset on my Nexus 5. I followed this YouTube tutorial. I'm stuck on the boot screen, which was my problem in the first place, and it's been on the boot screen for 25 ...
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Can I lock the Nexus 4/7 bootloader after flashing a non-stock ROM?

I know that doing a fastboot oem unlock will both unlock the bootloader and wipe the data on the device. Unfortunately, while this allows me to install a non-stock ROM like Cyanogenmod, my ...
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How to check if your 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 went with), and I don't want to ...
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What happens to the battery during bootloader/recovery?

I want to know what happens to the battery (does it charge/discharge/stay constant?) when the device is in bootloader or recovery mode. In both of these modes, a USB may or may not be connected. If ...
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fastboot not working on my Nexus 4

I'm trying to root my N4, and fastboot doesn't seem to work. Running it on linux, and the fastboot binary seems to run. 'Fastboot devices' produces info on my device, but 'fastboot oem unlock' just ...
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Nexus 7 Error: Failed to mount /cache

I had a problem with my Nexus 7 (2013, 2nd gen) tablet. I restarted my tablet and when it was rebooting again, it showed "Google" logo and then stood there. I wait it (around 20 minutes) but it did ...
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Unlocking the Nexus 9 bootloader

I'm trying to flash the Android M Developer Preview onto my Nexus 9 (volantis) following the steps from Google. However, when executing the unlock command, I get an error that permission is denied: $...
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Device boots normally, but cannot enter recovery or fastboot

I have secondhand Vodafone Smart Tab 4G. It seems to me that previous owner messed something up. The device boots normally but I cannot enter either bootloader, fastboot, or recovery. I have tried HW ...
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Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 on Galaxy Nexus showing droid

I've been testing the Galaxy Nexus with JB 4.1.1 and this is what happened yesterday. Has anyone seen this screen?
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Strange (unfamilar screen) on my Galaxy Tab?

I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1. It was powered off and charging when my nephew picked it up and turned in on. When he handed it to me on the screen was a graphic of an open box, the android logo with the ...
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Where does the code pertaing to fastboot mode reside?

Is it in the primary-bootloader (on the mb), or the secondary-bootloader(on the emmc)? My motive behid the question is to understand what other codes are executed before system can get into fastboot ...
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Where is the code for the Bootloader stored in an Android phone?

Where is the bootloader program on an Android phone stored ?
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What does rooting, bootloader, twrp and recovery mean? [closed]

I have just bought an android phone and I want to get the latest OS. However, I must root and unlock bootloader and recovery. I understand that to root something you gain administrative privileges. ...
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How does the typical Android boot process work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can somebody explain the boot process of an Android device? Windows follow some specific way to boot: Start System > BIOS > Load Boot loader > Load WIN Kernel > Load WIN Shell ...
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OPO stuck in “Erasing…” while unlocking bootloader

I've been following this guide about rooting my OnePlus One. All seemed fine - adb was good, fastboot as well - and I reached point 6.1. Typed in fastboot oem unlock and got this output: ... OKAY [ ...
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Fastboot doesn't see nexus 6p

Currently trying to unlock my bootloader, but cannot get my nexus 6p to determine that it's connected to my PC. I can use adb commands while it's on, but booting it into fastboot mode with the adb ...
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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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Nexus 10 stuck in bootloop after Lollipop flash no ADB and no Fastboot

So .... I flashed the mantaray-lrx21p image from Nexus Factory Images on my Nexus 10 (16GB Wifi) and it's stuck in a bootloop. No problem, I thought, I can get into fastboot and fix it, right? Maybe ...
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what is a bootloader unlocked phone?

What is a bootloader unlocked phone? How we can make use of it while creating or flashing ROMs? What are advantages of unlocked bootloaders over locked bootloaders? Why does not any OEM generally ...
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Debugging bootloop: Get an information log without ADB? Can an emulator help? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Android boot-up messages for debugging? Related to this post I created: Does the Android emulator generate some sort of log file I can access if it crashes? I have been ...
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Xiaomi Mi Unlock “Not connected to the phone”

I am going insane here and I need help now. I am trying to unlock my Xiaomi Mi Note 4's bootloader since almost 2 weeks, but I am stuck in this problem where the Mi Unlock tool can't recognize that ...
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Problem with unlocking the HTC Wildfire bootloader with HTC unlocker

I tried to unlock HTC bootloader by the official tool but I get to the stage when I issue the command: fastboot oem get_identifier_token Unfortunatly I get error ... (bootloader) [ERR] Command ...
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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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Adb commands from Termux

Is it possible to run adb and fastboot commands using Termux terminal emulator? I am wanting to run commands from one Huawei T3 7 to another using usb/otg cable. Need to unlock bootloader but have no ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there currently an easy way to root Sony Xperia S with stock ICS 4.0.4 ROM?

I'm looking for an easy way, which doesn't need Unlocking bootloader or flashing Roms, just like root solution for SE 2011 devices (one click). It's because I currently use my Xperia S for development ...
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Alternative ways to factory reset?

My Android 2.3 system my PMP3384 tablet somehow crashed so seriously that I cannot even do a factory hard reset, because I cannot get to settings, only the following message appears again and again: ...
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How is it that Rooting is always possible?

Having spent some time researching what actually goes behind rooting an Android phone, the main reason that leads to the ability root is an inherent vulnerability on the Linux kernel that leads to the ...
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What is S-OFF? Why would I want to do it?

I always root my android devices, but there's something called obtaining S-OFF for certain devices, and I have no idea what that means. What exactly does the term S-OFF relate to? Why would I want ...
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How do I unlock the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

I have a LTE (Verizon) Samsung Galaxy Nexus. How do I go about unlocking the bootloader such that I can root the device?
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Is my Android device booting into a “stealth” partition?

OK, this is a weird problem I’m encountering with an Android system I’ve been using without problems for several years now… and I’m practically out of ideas on how to potentially fix it. Let’s start ...
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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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Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader?

Does the Samsung Galaxy S II come with an unlocked bootloader as earlier promised by Samsung?
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How can I stop the bootloader unlock process?

My 4 year old turned on my phone (Nexus S, 2.3.4 I think) while pressing the volume button. Apparently, this triggers the bootloader unlock process, which I don't want. The phone is now stuck on the "...
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Can't unlock bootloader

I'm trying to unlock the bootloader of my tablet for hours now.. There's no solution out there that worked for me. I've already tried: fastboot oem unlock (the tablet responses with a question screen ...
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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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ADB app uninstall from bootloader

I have a Galaxy Core Duos that I was playing with. It is stock rom, unrooted. However, I installed one app which is crashing the phone after startup. So I cannot use the phone anymore and I need to ...
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Odin3 Bootloader button is greyed out

I'm trying to install the custom Rapture ROM to improve performance on my aging Note 4. I've rooted it and now in following the instructions I see I need to update my FW which involves loading ...
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Huawei bootloader: what is “FB Lock” and how to unlock it?

I was playing around with my spare Huawei phone trying to bypass the security without wiping data and came along this article: https://blog.salvationdata.com/2018/09/07/case-study-mobile-forensics-a-...
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remove apps with htc bootloader unlocked

Will just unlocking the bootloader per HTC website allow me to remove apps like Blockbuster, Nova, etc on an EVO 4G?