How to Unlock Bootloader and Install Permanent Recovery!

For those of you who want to install new ROMs like the rooted Gingerbread ROM (that I have right now), you will want to unlock the bootloader on your Atrix 4G and install permanent ClockworkMod Recovery.

This method is for Windows computers, if you don’t have one, I suggest to borrow your friend’s for couple hours.

Make sure you’ve rooted your Atrix 4g first!!!

To do this, you will need to download the file:


Unzip the downloaded folder into the root directory of your hard disk, such as c:\atrix4gcwm2.

Next, open up a command prompt by typing “cmd” under Start->Search.

Browse to the atri4gcwm2 directory by typing:

cd \atrix4gcwm2

Then type:

fastboot oem unlock

This will give you the unlocking code, which we will use.


fastboot oem unlock UNLOCKINGCODE

Replace UNLOCKINGCODE with the unlocking code you got earlier.

Next, flash the permanent ClockworkMod Recovery by typing:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-en-goapk-0630-1029.img

If everything went well, your bootloader is unlocked (meaning you can boot other ROMs) and you have permanent ClockworkMod Recovery.

You can check you have permanent ClockworkMod Recovery by rebooting your phone holding down both Power Button and Volume Down Button.

When you see fastboot, use the Volume Down button until you see “Android Recovery” then press Volume Up button.

Still don’t get it? ┬áDon’t worry, watch this video tutorial and you will know exactly how to do it right:

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36 Responses to How to Unlock Bootloader and Install Permanent Recovery!

  1. Connor Mcmillas says:

    I can’t unlock my bootloader. It says “failed”

  2. chago says:

    does it work for froyo as well as gingerbread?

  3. MyTomCatS says:

    I followed to steps and when I got to the:

    Then type:

    fastboot oem unlock

    The response comes back with ‘OK and how many seconds’, it doesn’t show me the unlock code.
    Do you know what can be the cause of it??
    Thanks for your time!!

    • clint says:

      for me the response includes what you noted and more:

      (bootloader) OEM unlock is not implemented
      OKAY [ 0.004s]
      finished. total time : 0.007s

      …. just enter at the command prompt “fastboot ?” to get a list of implemented commands for fastboot and you will see the “oem” is not implemented.

  4. silky says:

    does the unlock bootloader restricted to at&t users only………..because i have tried it for almost 30 mins and its still not working i need. i am in africa ghana. please help am stock with froyo i want to upgrade to gingerbread i love it

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  6. Tony says:

    When I type fastboot oem unlock it says OEM unlock is not implemented. Please let me know what im doing wrong

  7. manuel says:

    I did the root procedure as you say and in the end when reboot uts say “no os detcted” and thats is…. what i can do?

  8. Douglas says:

    This doesent work for me i type “fastboot oem unlock” and it come back and says “OEM unlock is not implemented” and does not give me the the unlock code. I tried capitalizing “OEM” in the command and it just gave me a list of commands amd options for the command. Is there another way to do this or is my Atrix not compatible.

  9. Toni says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial, it like it, but the issue, everytime i want to make recovery, i must ebter this code fastboot flash recovery recovery-en-goapk-0630-1029.img again.
    So, i can make recovery only if i am close to my pc

  10. Anton says:

    Same here when I type fastboot oem unlcock it says: OEM unlock is not implemented, what should I do?

  11. Greg says:

    Thanks, worked like a charm! YOU ARE AWESOME!!! :D

  12. Andrew Bob says:

    it said for me “fastboot”is not a recognized command

  13. Andrew Bob says:

    same here wtf he better reply!

  14. Visham says:

    im already on official ginngerbread
    will it wrk

  15. Visham says:

    im on the official 2.3.4 gingerbread
    will it wrk

  16. Visham says:

    will it work on tmobile as im not on at&t

  17. Visham says:

    My phone is original atrix will it wrk

  18. Visham says:

    it dont wrk
    when i type fastboot oem unlock it says oem unlock is not implented
    plz help me

  19. chalanga says:

    did you unlock the bootloader in your phone.Mine says the same thing.

  20. JulesThe4Th says:

    When i give the command fastboot oem unlock i just got a message saying waiting for the device… and hangs there…
    i have downloaded and installed the motorola drivers, and i have enabled the usb debugging on my device.
    what should i do now?

  21. Jim says:

    Help? Follow your step by step instructions and all I see is and nothing is happening. I bought the phone from a dealer so it has never been “rooted” and I am a nube to this. The phone is on and windows (vista) sees it under my computer. Any suggestions?

  22. Jim says:

    Did not post what I had said. The cmd prompt window states waiting on device and nothing is happening. Was I suppose to do something to the phone prior to running your zip?

  23. julian says:

    when i type in fastboot oem unlock it says oem is not implamented? what does that mean

  24. Natalie says:

    Same, I get the response:
    (bootloader) OEM unlock is not implemented

    Not sure what to do from here, researching still.

  25. corey says:

    when i rooted my phone the camera stop working any ideas why? thanks 4 ur time.

  26. mario says:

    descargue todo los zip y me prepare para comenzar el trabajo en mi atrix 4g pero cuando tip cd \ atrix4gcwm2
    me dice que el sistema no puede encontar la ruta especificada no se que pasa y no entiendo me pueden guiar para poder comenzar con el proceso por favor!!!!

  27. clint says:

    HA, HA! the “atrix-4g-root” zip file we downloaded does not include a “fastboot.exe” that implements the command “oem”. The whole exercise of trying to unlock the “bootloader” is a waste.

  28. Francisco says:

    I’m from Venezuela. I got an international unlocked Atrix 4G, I already root it but when I tried to unlock the bootloader I couldn’t.

    I did this…
    C:\Users\Francisco>cd /atrix4gcwm2
    C:\atrix4gcwm2>fastboot oem unlock

    and then:…
    (bootloader) OEM unlock is not implemented
    OKAY [ 0.001s]
    finished. total time: 0.001s

    Can you help me?

  29. sujit says:

    i also got same one pls help

    C:\atrix4gcwm2>fastboot oem unlockfinished. total time: 0.001s

    Can you help me?

  30. jay says:

    Hi I used ur method to install CWM Recovery. I am able to install CM7 and it works great, however if i install Aura Rom or any other rom for that matter the phone boots find but then reboots after like a min. any idea as to why this is happening? what can i do to fix it?

  31. JCNouel says:

    How do i download the files from the site, I don’t see any download link

  32. Thomas says:

    I wanted to ask if there is an executable. asked one does all the work?
    Just think after such a long time it should show this.
    I’m scared that I ruined what Install should if possible be in German and eg Battery save Webtop 3.0 have so KitKat new and fresh? I have it Android 2.3.4.
    And my English is very very bad. I type in the text with the help of Google
    ‘d Appreciate an answer.
    THX Thomas

  33. Arindam says:

    This process keeps repeating the restatrt some time… how ever i have fixed by installing the touch rom CWM room . But again the issue popped up of Unknown IMEI/Baseband. I suggest to keep your IMEI back up in some place before you start performing any thing. The baseband issue can be solved by installing the update from zip of base band files. “”
    Hope this will add some value :)

  34. pranav says:

    hello,i installed a custom rom for atrix 4g mb861 and after the installation it flashes and restarts..i tried clearing the dalvik cache and again installed the gapps and rom..but again its flashing and restarting..please any one HELP…:-(

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