Android Mods

July 28, 2012

How to Root the Nexus 7

This tutorial will take you through a simple step by step guide to getting your Nexus 7 tablet rooted. As usual follow this guide at your own risk and make sure you read everything before diving straight in.

Disclaimer – Follow this guide at your own risk i am not responsible if you damage or brick your device while following this guide.

What you need : Windows PC

: A drink of your choice

: Google Nexus 7

:Google Nexus 7 Toolkit Download it and save it to your desktop

md5sum: 0558d6aad855d048bcb319bcff3271ce

: Backup all your Data before proceeding incase any data is lost.


With that done it is now time to Unlock your Bootloader

Step 1 – Launch the Toolkit you downloaded earlier

Step 2 –  Connect your Nexus 7 up to your PC via USB

Step 3 –  Check what the model number of your Nexus 7 is in settings and select that exact model number in the Toolkit.

Step 4 – Now hit the Unlock button and press OK to confirm.

Step 5 – Take a drink and wait a few seconds and your Tab will boot into Bootloader mode.

Step 6 – You will Now get a prompt pop up asking “Unlock Bootloader?”, Select yes and press your power button to confirm your selection.

Step 7 – Take another drink and wait a few seconds while the unlock takes place and the Tablet reboots itself.

Well done you have now Unlocked your Bootloader now we are going to Root your Tablet.

Step 1 – Launch the Toolkit again and click the Root Button to start the rooting process. you can also install ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery by selecting the permanent CWM option which is what I have chosen.

Step 2 – Press OK and the Toolkit will now begging rooting your Tablet so take another drink and chill. Your Tablet will boot into Fastboot mode while the program is running so don’t panic.

Step 3 – When it’s finished just disconnect your Nexus 7 from PC and your Tablet should now have the SuperUser App on it, so launch it to initiate a binary update.

Step 4 – All thats left to do now is launch BusyBox and get Root access on your device.

You are now fully rooted with custom CWM Recovery and can flash custom ROMS and Themes which you will find HERE along with any further assistance. Hope this helped you out and if you have any questions feel free to ask on Twitter or Facebook


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