Looks like the Atrix is not the only Motorola device with a makeshift bootloader unlock now. That’s right. The Motorola Photon 4G from Sprint today joins the original Droid and Atrix on the team of unshackled devices. Another developer system boot file from Motorola hid the “fastboot oem unlock” capability inside. Now it’s been made available for the general public.
Motorola Photon 4G users can unlock their devices with the easy flash of an SBF file using Motorola’s proprietary RSD Lite program. Check out the directions below if you’re interested in unlocking your own Photon 4G from Sprint. Make sure to thank Yay 4 Juggs for providing the developer SBF and the2dcour for creating the unlock files on the forums for their integral work on this unlock solution.
The folks at Motorola still plan to release bootloader unlockable devices later this year and in 2012. Check out our “how to” guide for unlocking your device after the break.
How To: Unlock Photon 4G Bootloader
Make sure to visit the original thread here on XDA-Developers.
- RSD Lite 5.3.1
- Unlock SBF
- Fastboot package
- Backed up /data partition
- You will lose all of your /data during this process!
- Power down your Motorola Photon 4G
- Take out your microSD card and SIM card for the flashing process
- While turning the phone on, hold the Volume Up button until it acknowledges RSD
- Your device will say “Starting RSD protocol support”
- Run “RSD Lite” on your computer
- Press the “. . .” button next to the box labeled “Filename”
- Load up the SBF file
- The SBF file is located inside of the .zip file, you must extract it out before loading it into RSD Lite
- Use WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the .zip file on your computer
- Plug your device into your computer
- Use the USB ports on the back side of your computer for safety
- RSD Lite should recognize your device and say “Connected…”
- Press the “Start” button
- Be patient while the phone reboots. It will take a long time.
- Open and extract the Fastboot package from above
- Open a command prompt window
- On Windows, press Start and type “cmd” then press the enter button
- Type the following command. Your directory will be the folder where you extracted the Fastboot package.
(Example: cd C:\Users\Kenneth\Desktop\fastboot-package)
- cd your directory here
- Power down your Photon 4G device
- Hold the power button and the downward volume button until you see “Fastboot”
- Let go of the buttons and press the upward volume button once
- You will now see “Starting Fastboot protocol support”
- Plug your device into a USB port in the back slot of your computer
- Front slots sometimes do not have enough power to stay connected to the device.
- Type the following command:
- moto-fastboot oem unlock
- You will now receive a warning along with a unique device ID
- Type the following commandsusing your unique device ID in place of the ####:
- moto-fastboot oem unlock ####
- moto-fastboot reboot
- Wait for your device to reboot. Congratulations! You now have an unlocked bootloader!
Once you’re done unlocking your Motorola Photon 4G, make sure to head over to the Motorola Photon root article to get your Superuser fix.