How to Root Google Nexus 7 Tablet – Tutorial

nexus 7 logoGoogle Nexus 7, the 7 incher tablet which recently Google has unveiled in the Google I/O 2012 developer conference can now be rooted with the most simplest procedure ever. This tablet is the World’s First tablet from the house of ASUS comes with the jellybean 4.1 update and the same will be rooted in the due course of this article. Please be informed that once you root the device, your Nexus 7 device will lose the warranty. The only way with which the root access can be revoked is by re applying the original firmware which we will be coming up very shortly. If you don’t have a Nexus 7 device, then you can Win Google Nexus 7 device by taking part in a simple contest.

Just in case if you haven’t then you can pre order this Nexus 7 from Google PLAY Store which boasts the latest Tegra 3 power. Please follow all the below mentioned instructions carefully so as to make sure that the Nexus 7 is rooted successfully and safely. Minimum battery life should be 60% plus so as to make sure that phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible for any damage caused to Google Nexus 7 device in any manner due to not following the instructions mentioned in this tutorial. It’s a very unlikely event that you may face any issues after following the instructions.

So to keep things simple, let’s directly slip into the procedure section below. Please note that this procedure will in a nutshell will guide you on how to unlock and root Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet powered by Jellybean 4.1 firmware.

Google Nexus 7

Procedure to Unlock & Root Galaxy Nexus 7 Tablet:

  • First up you need to Download and Install the Android SDK in your device from the mentioned link in your computer. Ensure that you are following all the on screen instructions. Assuming that you have installed the SDK in your computer, you now need to download the Superuser and Clock Work mod Package in your computer.
  • Place the CWM as well as Super User packages as it is in the “platform-tools” folder in “C:/Android” folder. Once placed, you now need to open the command prompt in your computer by pressing the “Win + R”, enter “cmd” and press enter to start the command prompt.
  • Connect your Nexus 7 device to the computer and enter the below mentioned command,

adb push path-to-zip/JB-SuperSU.zip /sdcard

Now, enter the below mentioned commands as it is one by one after the command processes the device,

cd platform-tools

adb reboot bootloader

fastboot oem unlock

Select “unlock” to unlock the Google Nexus 7

  • Now once the Nexus 7 is completely unlocked, you now need to enter the Nexus 7 in the recovery mode so that the clock work recovery mode can be flashed in the device. Now enter the below mentioned command in the command prompt,

fastboot flash recovery path-to-img/CWM-grouper-recovery.img

  • Make the Clock Work Mod recovery a permanent  one, boot the device in the recovery mode and then go to “Mounts & Storage” > Mount /System and then in terminal you need to type in the below mentioned command,

mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak

  • If you face any trouble gaining shell, try “adb kill-server” then “abd start-server”. Couple of my friends had this problem, and this should hopefully fix it. Now, go back by pressing the back key and then install the superuser package in your Nexus 7 or alternatively you can also download and install the Superuser application from the Google PLAY Store.

Rooting Check: To check on whether the Nexus 7 is been rooted successfully or not, you can check the same by downloading the “Root Checker” app from the Google PLAY Store. If it’s not rooted, then you need to again follow the instructions to root.

Tip: Just in a rare case if your Nexus 7 device freezes on the Nexus Logo or say gets in the boot loop mode, then you will have to re follow all the instructions mentioned in this tutorial from the start.

Congratulations, you have now successfully unlocked and rooted your Nexus 7 tablet. Do share with us in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.

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2 Comments
  1. Reply IceCream Cold July 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    The Google Nexus tablet is not even out for sale on Amazon or anywhere, how do i buy it and from where?

    • Reply Fink720 July 11, 2012 at 2:28 am

       it hasnt not officially shipped out yet. but you can pre order on play.google.com or wait a week or 2 when its released in stores and every thing

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