Nexus 7 (2013)

How to Root Nexus 7 (2013) on KitKat 4.4.1 KOT49E Firmware – Guide

For all those who have updated their Nexus 7 Android device with the Android 4.4.1 KOT49E firmware can now root the device in the simplest possible format. Once you root the tablet, you can then install the custom ROM firmwares along with the apps which needs root access. So before we proceed on to check on what are the instructions with which you can apply this update, you will have to follow the list of quick pre requisites which are mentioned below.


Quick Pre Requisites:

Before proceeding, make sure that your current firmware version of firmware from the path “Settings > About Tablet” where you will need to have the firmware version as Android 4.4.1 KOT49E. If there is any other firmware version, then you will have to update the same by following the instructions mentioned in the below link;

How to Manual Update Nexus 7 (2013) Official KitKat 4.4.1 KOT49E Firmware

  • It’s recommended to not to use the PC Suite tools for taking the backup as it may not help you restore the data. Manual backup will help you restore the data at any point of time.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log –Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”

  • Enable the USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.
  • Minimum battery life should be 40% so as to ensure that the phone doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of update.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible or liable in any manner for any damage caused to the device which is very unlikely if you follow the instructions carefully mentioned in this article.

So assuming that you are done with all the above mentioned steps, you need to head over to the next step where we have mentioned the detailed procedure which will help you root the device.

Procedure to Root Nexus 7 2013 on Kit Kat 4.4.1 Firmware:

  • Download Android SDK from here to your computer and install with all necessary drivers which are related to your device.
  • Now, up next make sure that you also download the Fastboot and extract the same into android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory. If this directory is not there, then you will have to create the same.
  • Download SuperSU for Nexus 7 2013 on computer and connect your device to the computer with the help of USB Cable and mount the same.
  • Copy/paste the file to the root folder on your tablet’s internal storage and power off your Nexus 7 tablet.
  • Download CWM  and save it to the android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory on computer.
  • Now, you need to Boot the Nexus 7 tablet into Bootloader Mode. To do so, press Volume Down and Power keys for a few seconds until some text appears on the screen, which confirms entry into Boot loader Mode.
  • Up next you will have to navigate to android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (press Shift and then right-click on empty space to open Command Prompt).
  • Open command prompt in your computer to enter the below mentioned commands;

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  • Once the command is executed, you will then have to choose the recovery option from the fastboot menu and boot the tablet in the recovery mode.
  • In recovery mode, select “flash Zip from SD Card” and press the power button for selecting the same. Press on the Power button to select “Choose Zip from SD Card”.
  • Use volume keys to navigate to and select it using Power button. Confirm the root installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.
  • Once the root installation is done, hit “+++Go Back+++” and reboot the device by selecting “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu. It might take around 3 -4 minutes for the tablet to boot the device completely and to finalize the installed firmware.
  • So there you go, you have now successfully rooted the device on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E. To check on whether your Nexus 7 tablet is rooted or not, you need to check the same with the help of Root Checker app.

Note: If at all your Nexus 7 2013 gets in the boot loop sequence then you need to turn off the device and then retry to root the device. To turn off you can reinsert the battery or say you can long press the power button.

Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of updating the firmware.

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