Samsung Galaxy Nexus SPH-L700 (Sprint): Unlocking the bootloader without getting stuck at “waiting for device” bug

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Sprint has released Galaxy Nexus months ago and this is working pretty fine on 4G LTE network . Our readers reported that they are facing a message “waiting for device” while trying to unlock bootloader and root Galaxy Nexus. We have found the solution and created a detailed tutorial about the issue. Here is an easy way about how you can solve the issue.

Unlocking the bootloader without getting stuck at “waiting for device” bug

Warning: Carefully follow the below mentioned process as they can damage your brick your phone completely for which neither we nor the developer should be held liable. Therefore, proceed at your own risk.


  • The methods and process discussed herein should only be applied to Samsung Galaxy Nexus SPH-L700.
  • Please ensure that there is at least 70% charge with your device, in order to reduce the chances of Power interruption during the process.
  • You should backup all essential data’s on your phone, as they may be lost during the process.
  • Disable all security programs like Antivirus and Firewall from your computer and uninstall the same from your device, as these security suites generally tend to interrupt the process.
  • Enable USB debugging in your Samsung Galaxy Nexus SPH-L700 from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The option of USB Debugging should be ticked.
  • Download Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE drivers if you don’t have it already and Fastboot package from here to your computer.

Procedure to Unlock the Bootloader Samsung Galaxy Nexus SPH-L700:

Step1: First of all, connect your phone to the PC via original USB cable.

Step2: Now, open the command prompt and navigate to the Platform Tools folder inside the Android SDK installation folder. (Windows 7 users can easily open the command prompt from a specific folder. Open the desired folder and press Shift and right mouse button in any vacant part in the folder. A menu will appear. Click on “Open Command Window Here” and a command prompt will appear with the location of the selected folder.)

Step3: Type the command written below:

adb reboot bootloader

After which your phone will reboot into Bootloader Mode.

Step4: Your PC will now install the ADB drivers for your phone. If not, do the following steps:

  1. Go to the Device Manager of your PC. In “Other Devices”, you will see “Android 1.0” if not, reboot your PC.
  2. Now, right-click on “Android 1.0”. You will see a menu, select “Update Driver” from it.
  3. Further, click on “Browse my computer” for searching driver software.
  4. Now, click on “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”
  5. Leave the “Show compatible hardware checked”. The “Samsung Android ADB Interface” will appear under “Samsung”. If it appears more than once, try updating the first driver. If it fails, try installing the next drivers until a driver has been successfully installed for your phone.
  6. Now, click “Next”, a warning message will appear, you will have to accept it by clicking on “OK”, then the procedure will continue and after a few while your PC will display that the driver has been installed successfully.
  7. Disconnect your phone from the PC and reboot your PC too.
  8. When your PC boots up, once again connect your phone to the PC. But remember your phone should still be in the Bootloader Mode.
  9. Now, go back to the “Paltform Tools” folder and open the Command prompt.

Step5: Type the command written below in the command pompt:

fastboot oem unlock

Step6: You will see a warning on your phone’s screen. Confirm it by selecting “Yes” (Use the Volume keys for selecting) and press the Power button to continue. The Unlocking process will start.

Step7: When the Unlocking procedure has completed, unplug your phone from the PC and reboot your phone.

You’ve successfully unlocked the Bootloader of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus SPH-L700. Do let us know if you have any query, we will handle the same and suggest you measures to prevent those.

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