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Unlock the bootloader on your HTC DROID DNA

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Unlock the bootloader on your HTC DROID DNA
Unlock your HTC DROID DNA

Unlock your HTC DROID DNA

Sure, the HTC DROID DNA comes from Verizon with a locked bootloader. Surprised? The HTCDev tools will not work on the beastly device. Or will they? A method has already been devised to modify your phone so it comes across as coming from another carrier, allowing the HTCDev unlocked bootloader tools to work.

You will need some tools like a hammer and an anvil Android Debug Bridge, or ADB that will support backup and restoration of Android 4.0 or higher. You will also need 1GB of free space on your HTC DROID DNA to make this work. Click on the sourcelink for the instructions and make sure you handset is either plugged in or has more than 50% of battery life remaining.

For those new to the process, unlocking the bootloader allows you to root your phone and install custom ROMs. If you have never done this before, think twice because the warranty on your HTC DROID DNA will disappear faster than the New York Jets' playoff chances. And you could end up bricking your phone, for which we have no new metaphor.

source: AndroidPolice

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posted on 25 Nov 2012, 14:10 7

1. tedkord (Posts: 4247; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


XDA devs > Verizon schmucks. Always.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 14:10

2. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


i almost couldnt stop laughing when i saw the hammer or anvil crossed out lol

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 16:24 3

3. TGreg104 (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


I was/am pleasantly surprised by this phone. I bought it to replace my abused GNex and I must say, it is a beast. Not only is it fast as sh!t but the screen looks amazing and the battery life has been great compared to my GNex (16 hrs vs 7 hrs respectively). Being involved in the rooting community, I was bummed to see this had a locked bootloader, but now... this phone is limitless.

Good things are coming, people would be foolish to pass this phone up.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:01

4. mahsan88 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Mar 2010)


Man, I have the GNex and have been contemplating upgrading to this phone or the MAXX HD.

How good is this battery in comparison to the GNex, How much screen time to you typically get in a single charge?
My GNex never gives me more than 1 hour of screen time in 12 hours of being unplugged. How is the DNA?

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 18:12 1

5. TGreg104 (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)


Sense+ doesn't show screen time sadly. All I can tell you is with my DNA I can go a full day with out even worrying about getting to a charger. I always leave my 4g on with my dna and i get 12-17 hrs with normal use (lots of texting, decent amount of twitter/facebook, and some web browsing/games). With the GNex (oc'd to 1804) would get 8-10 hrs max if I would turn my data off when I wasn't using it.

If you're used to the gnex like i was (got it on launch day) then the dna will be an upgrade on the battery front.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:14

9. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Did you download the battery widget from Google Play? I find that's a nice app/ widget for keeping track of power usage.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 19:29

6. bobnnate (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


Lmao @ the jets

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:16

10. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


That Thanksgiving day game was really hilarious, more of a comedy than sports.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 19:30

7. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Was going to get this phone but I can't bite the bullet and eat Verizon's crappy ass data plans for smartphones, it's cost a lot more than the data plans for tablets which is a pack of crap. Looks like I will have to go LG Nexus on T-mobile as much as I dislike T-Mobile hit or miss Android updates at least won't have to care about that using the Nexus 4.
No idea who is coming up with VZW's plans but they are utter garbage, but with 4G anything less than $30 for 4GB of data is useless for anyone who uses the DNA or any SD card less phone. Lost of data shuttling with that small on board storage and everyone talking about cloud storage.

DNA is one beast of a phone though, you have to use it in person. Screen is luscious, and OS is leaping lizards fluid as hell and that screen is vivid and colorful, Super Amoled what? Yea whatever deeper blacks perhaps but this Super LCD is just so sexy. Now if HTC hurry up and release this phone as an unlocked GSM phone and I will snatch it up quickly.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 13:33

11. jbjr43 (Posts: 48; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


I used my "upgrade" from my new ipad to order this. Since my SGS III is unlimited, I am keeping that. The VZW sales lady told me pretty much to activate the DNA by calling, go online and do the switch device from my iPad. It will tell me it is incompatible with my plan (the one from the DNA). Then just swap the SIM card from my SGS III to the DNA and I would keep both my unlimited data and phone number assigned to it. The way it was explained to me, it's all about the SIM card.
If she is wrong, I'll send it back before I give up unlimited data. The DNA will be here Wednesday so I will know for sure then.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:12

8. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lolest at bricking out your phone which we have no other metaphor.. made my morning.

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