How to Perform Nexus 10 Hacks Safely

How to Perform Nexus 10 Hacks Safely

Karl Ehr December 29, 2012 3,423

Many people have gone out to buy the recently released Nexus 10 by Samsung. One reason why they’re buying this awesome device is that the hardware can be accessed by various nexus 10 hacks.

Though its default software alone already displays a high level of awesomeness, some people would still like to get around the tablet’s operating system in order to “improve” its performance and usability. In fact, even if Nexus devices come with locked bootloaders, unlocking the Nexus 10 should be a cinch for many techies out there.

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Performing Nexus 10 Hacks

Unlocking the Bootloader is one way of digging further into the device’s OS. It grants the users further rooting as well as to install custom recoveries and ROMs on their device. However, messing with the bootloader is not recommended for just anyone. When attempting to unlock a Nexus device’s bootloader, one must assume full responsibility as no one else is held liable should anything goes wrong with this undertaking.

If you wish to unlock the bootloader on the Nexus 10, take note that it is going to erase all personal data off the device. Moreover, this may VOID the device’s warranty, thus exposing you to repair expenses should troubles arise.

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Steps on how to do Nexus 10 Hacks

Before doing any nexus 10 hacks, here are some pre-installation tasks for you to perform. This ensures you seamless performance as you attempt to unlock Nexus 10’s bootloader.

  • If you’ve been using the tablet for a short time since purchase, you might want to create a backup of all the apps you’ve installed. You can do this using ASTRO File Manager or Titanium Backup, which is widely used by rooters. This software can also help you restore the apps later.
  • Make a backup of all your personal your data. Put all contacts in an SD card, while you can back up your SMS and call history on Android.
  • See to it that the tablet has at least 60% of power, so that the update will not be interrupted.
  • Disable or remove any Anti-virus software that you may have on the device.
  • Lastly, enable USB Debugging by checking it at Settings>Applications>Development.

Once the device is prepared, you may now begin unlocking the bootloader. Here’s the procedure in unlocking the Nexus 10’s bootloader.

  • Look for the program “fastboot.exe” under the directory in which Android SDK is also installed.
  • Turn off the device and turn it on again in fastboot mode. If you don’t know how to fastboot the Nexus 10, just Power button and the Volume Down key simultaneously.
  • Connect the tablet to the computer and open a Command Prompt window found in the folder mentioned in Step #1 and key in “fastboot devices”. The device should appear in the list of devices. If it does, then the fastboot setup is successful.
  • Now, key in “fastboot oem unlock” on the command prompt window. A pop-up may appear on the tablet’s display for confirmation. The tablet will then reboot with its unlocked bootloader.

That’s it! You now have customizable features on Samsung Nexus 10. You may now install customized ROMs and recoveries on the tablet. Now, issues are less likely to occur after you’ve done nexus 10 hacks. However, this may forfeit the device’s warranty and you will not be able to use it should problems arise.