Root Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.1 JellyBean Firmware

We did post a tutorial quite few days back where we told you how you could install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Galaxy Nexus (GSM). I’m sure it would have been quite easy and we also gave you access to a zip file that lets you root it. Quite a few of them might have been successful as that file may not work for many of them. So here is yet another tutorial which lets you root Galaxy Nexus on Jelly Bean firmware.

Obviously you need to have an unlocked bootloader. This can be done by the fastboot oem unlock command. After you unlock the bootloader, you can proceed with the tutorial to root Galaxy Nexus on Jelly Bean.


Backup Data & Prerequisites

The few points listed below will help you backup your data on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You need to wipe data to update your firmware and hence  it is always a good idea to backup before you proceed with any updating activity on your device.

  • Back up all apps using ASTRO File Manager. You can get the APK files using ASTRO and later restore it.
  • Back up all contacts to SD card.
  • Backup SMS on Android.
  • Backup call log on Android.
  • Make sure you have the recommended drivers installed.
  • Have minimum 60% charge on your phone else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.

Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage that your device may face during this process. The developer is also not responsible for the same. There are little chances that your device may face any issue. However, try this at your own risk.

Steps to Root Galaxy Nexus on Jelly Bean

  1. Download ROM Manager and using it, download any recovery image.
  2. Download from any one of the following mirrors:
  3. Copy the zip file to your SD card by connecting your phone to the Computer via USB Cable.
  4. Turn off your phone and boot into bootloader by pressing and holding both Volume buttons and the Power button.
  5. The phone actually boots into stock recovery and hence it is difficult to root it but you can flash custom recovery by connecting your phone to computer via USB and issuing the command:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-
    Please use the name of the file which you downloaded in step 1. Also, you need to have ADB installed along with mobile drivers to run these commands on computer.
  6. The Command prompt on your Computer should read the following:
    sending ‘recovery’ (5684 KB)…
    OKAY [  0.602s] writing ‘recovery’…
    OKAY [  1.123s] finished. total time: 1.728s
  7. So now you have Custom recovery installed. Enter into recovery mode by selecting it in the bootloader. Press the volume down button and then press Power button to select.
  8. Select Install zip from SD card>Choose zip from SD card and select the zip file you downloaded in Step 2.
  9. Flash it, go back and select “Reboot system now”.

Once you reboot you will see that your phone is rooted. You can check it by installing the root checker app from Google Play Store.

via Android Police