Nexus 7

How to Unbrick Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 Android Tablets – Guide

Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) users can now breathe easy when it comes to unbricking the devices easily. The unbrick method which we will be checking out in the due course of this article supports both Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 models of both WiFi and LTE devices. Basically, the process of unbricking is no mystery as it’s a process where core binary files are being replaced with the ones which are officially released by Google Inc. and not by any other third party developers / tools. So let’s check out the detailed process which will help you unbrick your Nexus 7 Android tablet.


Note: Please note that this process works better for devices which have unlocked boot loader recovery images.

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible in any manner for any damage happened to your Nexus 7 due to not following the instructions mentioned in the article. 

Procedure to Unbrick Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 7 2013 models:

  • First up, download Nexus 7 USB Drivers in your computer and unzip to install the same. Once the drivers are installed successfully, you need to install the same and reboot the system.
  • Navigate to the path Settings > About Tablet. Tap on Build Number 5- 6 times until a pop up toast appears saying “You are now a Developer”. Now enable USB Debugging Mode by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure that your device is kept for charging for around 30 minutes to make sure that the battery has been charged. Please note that in cases where you can’t see the charging status can continue to keep the device connected to AC charger for around 30 minutes.
  • Download the Android Factory images from the below mentioned links as per your device models;

Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi

Nexus 7 2013 LTE

Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi

Nexus 7 2012 LTE

  • You may choose to download the Android 4.3 or Android 4.4 depending upon your preference.
  • Now, extract the contents of the downloaded zip file and save it to the folder in your computer.
  • Assuming that your Nexus 7 is in the turn off status. Boot the tablet into Fastboot mode. For this press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons together. Release all the buttons when the Fastboot screen appears. You should see the Start option listed in the upper part of the screen.
  • Connect your Nexus 7 Android tablet with the computer using the original USB cable and navigate to the factory image which you have placed in the fastboot folder. Windows users should double click flash-all.bat file. Mac or, LINUX users launch file.
  • Once the above command is set, you will have to wait for around 3 -4 minutes. Once done, you need to press Volume Up until the Start next in the Fastboot Mode changes to Recovery mode and press Power button to boot into Recovery mode to choose the Wipe Data/ Factory Reset option.
  • Once download, you need to select “Go Back” and choose the option of “reboot system now” for rebooting the device in the normal mode. The restart process might take around 4 -5 minutes, make sure that you are not turning off the device in any manner.

Note: If at all your Nexus 7 gets in the boot loop mode, you need to turn off the device and restart the whole process from the start. To turn off you long press the power button and repeat the whole process again.

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



  1. target2014

    November 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    This us well known method and its not bricking in true sense. What if someone has deleted boot loader by fastboot erase bootloader

  2. someguy

    April 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

    This is based on an incorrect definition of “bricked”. You cannot follow these instructions if your device is truly bricked. These are just instructions for recovering from a botched attempt at installing a custom ROM. This won’t help you if your device is truly bricked, which, by definition, is an unrecoverable state.

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