Even though we reported yesterday that the Motorola Atrix would be receiving the option to unlock its bootloader, a group of dedicated developers on XDA have found a way to do, even on Froyo. The update involves flashing a specifically-coded SBF, and then running commands from the fastboot menu of the phone. If all goes well, you'll get the fabled "device is now unlocked" message, and you will be one step closer to killing that damned Motoblur.


XDA user  XLR88 reports his success

However, there are some limitations. The phone has to either be running the AT&T or OLYFR version of the phone; certain versions, like the French or Bell Canada Atrix have been reported to have less than optimal results (an error which stops the process, but no reports of bricking).

Users wanting to give it a try can follow the directions provided by BriefMobile below! As usual, Android Police will not be held responsible for the bricking of your phone in case something goes wrong.

You will lose your /data partition in this operation, so back it up!


Source: Briefmobile, XDA

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  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Congratulations to all the Atrix owners on the early present. Christmas came early this year!

  • thegreattaurus

    we are also able to flash gingerbread on our phones now thanks to a leaked build

    • Matt Demers

      E-mail more details to matt@androidpolice.com

      • Mgamerz

        Do you guys have a tip hotline? I know I tipped off (or sent one in at least) to android central, but I don't know of a tip line for AP.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

          tips@androidpolice.com is our tips hotline.

  • thegreattaurus
  • Mgamerz

    Gonna hold off on this one till it's more stable, don't want unintended side effects.

  • Rami

    CONGRATS to Atrix owners. I hope they port this unlock over to the rest of the Motorola Smartphones.

  • sweanisse

    will the bootloader be unlocked for desire hd as well?

  • alienwar

    Well now that I just unlocked the bootloader...now I just gotta wait for custom rom

  • axel

    Is there a way to install gingerblur on atrix with using fastboot? Can someone help me I am not really a pro I don't know what does commands do or how they work.