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How to Unroot/Unbrick Nexus 10! [Factory Firmware]

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For those of you who might have bricked your Nexus 10 or want to return your Nexus 10 completely back to a factory firmware, here’s how to unroot/unbrick your Nexus 10 completely back to factory firmware.  You can do this on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Step 1. Hold down Power, Volume Up, and Volume Down button together for about 20 seconds until your Nexus 10 reboots into fastboot bootloader mode.

Step 2. Connect a microUSB cable from your Nexus 10 to your computer.

Step 3. Next, download stock firmware and uncompress.  (You can use 7zip or Alzip)

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Step 4. Make sure you have drivers installed for Windows (Skip this step if you have Linux or Mac, no drivers needed), you should see something like “Android Bootloader Interface”. If you see “Android 1.0″ instead, update the drivers with these drivers.

Step 5. Next download fastboot.zip and unzip.  You should get a directory called fastboot with a bunch of files in it.

Download fastboot.zip

Step 6. Copy any files ending in “.img” or “.zip” from the firmware folder to the fastboot folder.

Step 7. Open a command prompt/terminal then type:

cd Downloads

cd fastboot

For Windows, type: (XXX may depend on the stock firmware)

fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-XXX.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash radio radio-XXX-XXX.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot -w update image-XXX-XXX.zip

For Mac OSX, type: (XXX may depend on the stock firmware)

./fastboot-mac flash bootloader bootloader-XXX.img
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac flash radio radio-XXX-XXX.img
./fastboot-mac reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-mac -w update image-XXX-XXX.zip

For Linux, type: (XXX may depend on the stock firmware)

./fastboot-linux flash bootloader bootloader-XXX.img
./fastboot-linux reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-linux flash radio radio-XXX-XXX.img
./fastboot-linux reboot-bootloader
./fastboot-linux -w update image-XXX-XXX.zip

*Note – If you do not have radio image, you can skip that one.
*Note for Mac/Linux – If you get permissions error, try “chmod 755 *” before doing all the commands and also try adding “sudo” in front of the commands if you still have trouble.

Step 8. If done successfully, your Nexus 10 will reboot and you should have 100% stock firmware with stock recovery.

Step 9. If you want to re-lock bootloader, simply re-boot your Nexus 10 back into fastboot bootloader mode and type this in command prompt/terminal:

fastboot oem lock

This will ERASE everything on your Nexus 10 so backup everything before re-locking the bootloader!!!

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34 Responses to How to Unroot/Unbrick Nexus 10! [Factory Firmware]

  1. sid says:

    Hello,
    I tried this on a mac,When I typed the last command ./fastboot-mac -w update image-XXX-XXX.zip.I get the following

    archive does not contain ‘boot.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘recovery.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘system.sig’
    ——————————————–
    Bootloader Version…: MANTALJ12
    Baseband Version…..: no modem
    Serial Number……..: R32CB01LGFE
    ——————————————–
    checking product… OKAY
    checking version-bootloader… OKAY
    sending ‘boot’ (4606 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘boot’… OKAY
    sending ‘recovery’ (5106 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘recovery’… OKAY
    sending ‘system’ (528847 KB)… ERROR: usb_write failed with status e00002be
    FAILED (data transfer failure (No such file or directory))

    But the zip file is in fastboot folder.Any help?
    I am stuck on the Google bootup screen.
    Thanks

  2. SiX-P4cK says:

    I do:

    C:\Users\SiX-P4cK\Desktop\fastboot>fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img
    sending ‘bootloader’ (1280 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.145s]
    writing ‘bootloader’…
    OKAY [ 0.140s]
    finished. total time: 0.285s

    C:\Users\SiX-P4cK\Desktop\fastboot>fastboot reboot-bootloader
    rebooting into bootloader…
    OKAY [ 0.001s]
    finished. total time: 0.001s

    C:\Users\SiX-P4cK\Desktop\fastboot>fastboot -w update image-mantaray-jop40c.zip
    archive does not contain ‘boot.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘recovery.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘system.sig’
    ——————————————–
    Bootloader Version…: MANTALJ12
    Baseband Version…..: no modem
    Serial Number……..: R32CA05DRGB
    ——————————————–
    checking product…
    OKAY [ 0.001s]
    checking version-bootloader…
    OKAY [ 0.001s]
    sending ‘boot’ (4606 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.571s]
    writing ‘boot’…
    OKAY [ 0.130s]
    sending ‘recovery’ (5106 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.625s]
    writing ‘recovery’…
    OKAY [ 0.137s]
    sending ‘system’ (528847 KB)…
    OKAY [ 62.670s]
    writing ‘system’…
    OKAY [ 14.800s]
    erasing ‘userdata’…
    OKAY [ 0.225s]
    erasing ‘cache’…
    OKAY [ 0.035s]
    rebooting…

    finished. total time: 79.201s

    C:\Users\SiX-P4cK\Desktop\fastboot>

    And still block in boot on the X with color move

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  4. Robert says:

    Hello Max, still on the nexus logo, can’t pass thru that, still bricked i guess… and i’ve done just as u said… help please…

    • admin says:

      Try a factory reset in stock recovery.

    • Pawel@Nexus10 says:

      Hi Robert,
      just like you I bricked my Nexus10, then I followed Max unbrick video and voila I unbricked my device!
      Now is the best: how to root succesfully – when you login to device/wi-fi network/google account Google wants you to update system – DO NOT APPLY update before you follow Max’s how to root video.

      Max,
      very first time Android user here, I bought ONLY for the screen (to watch my GH2 avchd files). I have a big issue trying to connect my WD Passport external drives (1/2 TB ntfs file system) to N10. Tried Paragon app, nothing, tried ntfs mounter, nothing – maybe it is bad USB OTG cable?
      Wouldn’t it be a big problem for you to make a tutorial for people like me. Want to love Android but so far only pain ;)

      BTW. Why Google won’t make Android compatible with ntfs is beyond my perception of “open system”
      BTW2. Thanks for N10 videos :)

      • XiR_ says:

        @Pawel@Nexus10: BTW. Why Google won’t make Android compatible with ntfs is beyond my perception of “open system”

        Maybe Google is tired of paying royalties for supporting FAT so won’t pay for supporting NTFS too.

      • Mike says:

        Hey Pawel… This is totally out of topic and I dont blame Max for not posting this up, however I ran into the same issue with the latest kernal updates as the CIFS mounting (a way Linux\Andriod connects to Windows Shares … My preferred way) command is not does not act the same as within the older kernal systems.

        I ran into this site which shows you their interpretation and how to trouble shoot CIFS on the updated Keral ….

        This is the site:
        http://www.netzgewitter.com/2013/10/troubleshoot-cifs-on-android/

        But in a nut shell, open up a terminal emulator and see if you have CIFS installed by viewing:
        ls -l /proc/fs/cifs
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 DebugData
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 LinuxExtensionsEnabled
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 LookupCacheEnabled
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 MultiuserMount
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 SecurityFlags
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 cifsFYI
        -r–r–r– root root 0 2013-10-07 19:47 traceSMB

        If you have the cifs system installed first try the old method which is:

        mount -o username=,password= -t cifs /// /sdcard/shares/nas

        NOTE: /sdcard/shares/nas could be what ever you like on your andriod system.

        However if you gain “Invalid argument” this actually means that there was an error with CIFS and will not mount.

        The site explains on how you can trouble shoot this by enabling a bit within cifsFYI however you could just try this alternate which worked for me using the UNC command.

        mount -o unc=\\\\\\,username=,password= -t cifs none /sdcard/shares/nas

        NOTE: remember the four backslashes (\\\\) as this will actually create \\ (back slash cancelling it out).

        Hope this helps you.

        • Mike says:

          Actually dont post comment… The guy was talking about the OTG connection to an external HDD… :/…. My bad..

          Will need to test this out with my HDD later.

  5. alexsandor says:

    For those of you having boot loop after unlocking, all you need to do is a factory reset from within the stock recovery. Hold all three buttons (power, vol up and down) until it resets into bootloader. Use the volume buttons to select recover and press power to enter it. Once it switches to the little robot picture you need to press all three buttons at the exact same time to bring up the menu. Just keep pressing (not holding, click and release) until you get the menu. Then choose factory reset.

  6. succisa75 says:

    Hi, I performed these steps but I’m getting an error when it tries to load the system image on a mac:
    ERROR: usb_write failed with status e00002be
    FAILED (data transfer failure (No such file or directory)) is there another option to try?

    Thanks

  7. sameer says:

    hey, i followed the instructions but no luck man. its stuck at the boot logo and will not boot up.

  8. sameer says:

    actually, i got it to boot up but how come whenever i try to install the ota update for 4.2.1, it always goes to an error screen and i have to reset/format by going to fastboot? did i not properly unroot? because i locked the bootloader and followed instructions to flash stock firmware and stuff. please let me know asap thanks

  9. Valtteri says:

    Is there no custom flash counter or anything like on my S2? So I wouldnt have to worry about that if/when I root it and if i have to return it to factory settings using this tutorial, it would be good to be returned for warranty purposes for example?

  10. Andre says:

    Thank you very much, I got my Nexus 10 back to its original state BUT I also cant get past that Nexus logo, I also can’t acces Recovery mode :( But well at least it’s locked again! Im just trying to find out what to do know…

  11. Thomas says:

    I followed your updated N10 presentation and got in a “boot loop” (as I’ve heard it described elsewhere). I followed XDA forun instructions to get the bootloader menu and then select recovery and get the android/red triangle on the screen. I’ve been told that I then need to simultaneously tap the power button and vol-up buttons to get the the factory wipe/reset mode, but no combination of taps or button holds gets me off the android/red triangle screen and into stock recovery/factory wipe menu.

    Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!

    • Thomas says:

      Found answer – a better description for getting the N10 to factory reset/wipe – thanks to Murphy2712 in the androidcentral.com thread for “226044-how-unlock-re-lock-google-nexus-10-bootloader-mac-pc”:

      “A better way of explaining it:
      – press and hold power,
      – press and release volume up => stock recovery should show,
      – release power.”

      I’m all set – Nexus 10 unlocked and rooted! Thanks for your video!

  12. Dave says:

    T h a n k u!

  13. James says:

    I may be missing something but I’ve got the same problem as above but I don’t know how to get to “stock recovery” from the nexus logo.

  14. Victor says:

    Hi Max, I’d like to get some help troubleshooting this problem.

    As with the first comment, I’m stuck on google X logo screen. It’s not frozen, but it is stuck. I’m running on a MacBook Pro 15, late 2011 updated to OSX Mountain Lion.

    after I run that last command,

    Victors-MacBook-Pro:fastboot VictorYork$ ./fastboot-mac -w update image-mantaray-jdq39.zip

    I get the fallowing sent back to my computer.

    archive does not contain ‘boot.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘recovery.sig’
    archive does not contain ‘system.sig’
    ——————————————–
    Bootloader Version…: MANTALJ12
    Baseband Version…..: no modem
    Serial Number……..: R32D101WGSW
    ——————————————–
    checking product… OKAY
    checking version-bootloader… OKAY
    sending ‘boot’ (4608 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘boot’… OKAY
    sending ‘recovery’ (5108 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘recovery’… OKAY
    sending ‘system’ (522703 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘system’… OKAY
    erasing ‘userdata’… OKAY
    erasing ‘cache’… OKAY
    rebooting…

    It’s similar to what one would get on Windows, I think, comparing it to your screen shots. I’ve tried your alternatives, but I’m still running running into this error. If you can help me at all, I’d appreciate it. I really want to do some app development for scientific research, but I really need something that isn’t bricked, haha.

  15. shawn says:

    Hey thanks for the guide but I keep getting an error when I try to flash the bootloader the error says
    error cannot determine image filename for ‘bootloader-manta-mantlj12.img

    Have you ever seen this before?

  16. Brianna says:

    This isn’t working for me. I get this error “could not clear input pipe; result -536870163″. Any solution? My Nexus doesn’t make it past the Google screen anymore. I’ve tried everything. Thanks.

  17. Max says:

    My Nexus 10 is brick and when I am connecting in terminal appears: waiting for device
    what can I do?

  18. Rahul says:

    Hi max, great video. I have a bricked nexus 10 and I’ve tried flashing the stock factory image, but every time, i kinda get stuck on the “writing ‘userdata’ ” step.
    it just doesn’t seem to finish that step at all…
    What should i do? Please do help……….

  19. Pat says:

    I am following this but I don’t see any IMG file with the name “radio” in it. Am I missing something?

  20. Aker says:

    Hi,

    My Nexus 10 is running into bootloop even though I haven’t rooted it or anything like that. Now I am trying to flash it back to stock so I can resolve the bootloop issue.

    I have followed this tutorial precisely, but when I am typing: “./fastboot-mac flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantamd03.img” I get the following response:

    sending ‘bootloader’ (1280 KB)… OKAY
    writing ‘bootloader’… FAILED (remote: partition table update fail!)

    I have tried to google this, but it doesn’t seem like there is any concrete answer to this issue.
    Thanks for any help!

  21. Tragik Magik says:

    Thanks, worked for me.

  22. Kim says:

    Is it working on JellyBean 4.3? Because When I entered stock firmware I Just saw 4.2 and 4.2.2.

  23. bequi says:

    I never rooted or bricked my nexus10 – (is locked). A few days ago I accept the official OTA update (from Android 4.3 JellyBean to 4.4 KitKat) I realized a bit too late that I don’t like it and now I want to go back to 4.3. what can I do?
    I’ve tried in several ways to do a factory resets and once even a flash factory image, but I cannot erase Android 4.4

  24. Chad says:

    I think I bricked my Nexus 10, doesn’t turn on and my computer wont recognize it enough to update the drivers.

    Any suggestions

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