Motorola has added the Intel-powered Razr i to its bootloader unlock program. An unlocked bootloader is necessary, if you want to run custom software on your device. The process is similar to HTC‘s official unlocking process, with the only difference being that only a limited number of Moto devices are covered.
Unlocking the bootloader is the first step towards gaining root privileges, and experimenting with different Custom ROMs and software. XDA member mattlgroff has posted the process to unlock the Razr i bootloader in his thread over at XDA.
The guide below will take you through the steps that need to be carried out to unlock the bootloader on your Motorola Razr i:
This guide is applicable only for the Motorola RAZR i. DO NOT try this on any other device.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and should not be attempted if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. We do not undertake any liability for any damage that may be caused to your device. Also keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will render your warranty void
- Install Android SDK / ADB on your PC – You can download it from HERE
- Back up all of your data, before proceeding further. This Android backup guide should help you.
- Head over to the Motorola Website and sign in using your Google ID.
- Download the Razr i Rooting Tool to your PC. Drivers are included with the tool
- Enable USB debugging on your Motorola Razr i
***This guide is for Windows users only. You can visit mattlgroff’s XDA thread for MAC & Linux steps***
How to Unlock the Bootloader of the RAZR i
- Connect your Razr i to your PC, and fire up a command prompt window on the PC
- Type the following in the DOS prompt window: fastboot oem get_unlock_code
- Copy and paste the output of the above command to a notepad. There should be 4-5 lines of characters, each line beginning with (bootloader). Delete the text bootloader, so that you have one continuous string of characters. We will need it later
- Now go to the Motorola webpage for bootloader unlocking, scroll down the page, and paste the continuous string of characters from Step 3 here. Now click the Can my device be unlocked button. After you have agreed to a set of Moto agreements, the unlock code would be automatically sent to your Google ID/email address that you used to sign in.
- Now go back to your PC, and fire up a new command prompt window. Type in the command- fastboot oem unlock UNIQUE_KEY (UNIQUE_KEY stands for the unique code that Motorola should have emailed you from Step 5)
You should now have a fully unlocked bootloader, and can move on to Rooting your Razr i and experimenting with new custom ROMs which can help extend the functionality and improve your device performance. In case you come across any issues, or get stuck somewhere during the process, give us a shout in comments below, and we’ll do our best to help you out.