rooting android 4.4 on nexus 7 2012

  • freak_warrior

    I have just updated my rooted nexus 7 2012 running android 4.3 to android 4.4. How do I root the new version? Thanks in advance.

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  • Liam W

    I am wanting to gain root privileges on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, running Android 4.1-4.2.1. How can I do this?

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  • namin

    The Nexus 7 is probably one of the easiest Android devices to root - and all you need is the Android SDK (and 2 downloads).

    Step 1

    Install the adb and fastboot commands. On Ubuntu these can be downloaded using apt:

    sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

    On Windows you should download the Android SDK, however you can just download this zip which contains the adb, fastboot and dependencies.

    Step 2

    On your Nexus 7, go to System Settings->Developer Options->Check USB Debugging (You may need to slide the toogle switch in the action bar to on). If you do not see the USB Debugging option, go to System Settings->About Tablet->Tap on 'Build Number' 7 times.

    Connect your Nexus to your computer.

    Step 3

    Make sure the drivers have downloaded and installed if you're on Windows - Windows Update should automatically find them.

    Once connected, open up a terminal window (Windows: Win+R, type cmd press Enter. Ubuntu: ctrl+alt+t) and navigate to where you have unzipped the fastboot & adb programs (no need to do this on linux - they are in the path).

    Step 3.5

    Type adb backup -all -nosystem to backup your userdata to the backup.ab file.

    Step 4

    Type adb reboot-bootloader and press enter. Your Nexus 7 will reboot into fastboot mode.

    Step 5

    When the device is in fastboot mode, type fastboot oem unlock and press enter. Read the information on the device, and touch the Yes option. Your bootloader will be unlocked. This will erase all userdata!

    Step 6

    Download the latest TWRP recovery image from this page. Save it in the same location as the fastboot binary. Issue the fastboot flash recovery twrp.img command to flash this recovery image.

    Step 7

    Almost done! Using the on-device fastboot controls, reboot into the recovery menu. Select Advanced then ADB Sideload.

    Download the latest SuperSU zip file and save it to the same location as adb and fastboot. DON'T UNZIP IT

    Step 8

    Issue the command adb sideload, and then reboot the device. You're now rooted!

    Step 9

    Type adb restore <backup file made in 3.5> to restore backup.