Do you love the Jelly Bean experience on your Nexus 7? Obviously one would, but it would be really great if you root the Jelly Bean Firmware on your Nexus 7. This would probably enhance your user experience on the tablet. As you know Nexus 7 comes only with 8 GB and 16 GB of memory. For me and for most of you, this would really not suffice. There must be some system apps on your tablet that you wouldn’t be using. Rooting your Nexus 7 can help you remove these stock apps which are normally not removable.
In this tutorial we will tell you how to root Nexus 7 but at the cost of losing warranty of your device, though you can gain the warranty back if you are successful in flashing the stock firmware on your Nexus 7. There are two methods using which you can root your device. The first method does not wipe any data on your tablet, but the second does. Nevertheless, we will mention some steps to backup data on your Nexus 7.
- Have minimum 60% charge on your device else you might get stuck while the update process is running on your device.
- Remove any security or Anti-virus app if you have them installed.
- Enable USB Debugging. This can be don by Settings>Applications>Development and making sure that USB Debugging is checked.
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. This process voids the warranty of your device.
Root Nexus 7 From CWM Recovery (No Wipe)
We did post a tutorial that helps you unlock the bootloader and also flash ClockworkMod Recovery in Nexus 7. If you have followed that tutorial, rooting is really easy. To root Nexus 7 using the ClockworkMod Recovery you have flashed, download this zip file to your computer and get it to your internal storage as Nexus 7 does not have an External storage. Boot into recovery mode and flash the zip file from the internal storage. It will be denoted as /sdcard just like how it does in Transformer Prime 😉 After you flash the zip file, you can see that your device is rooted.
One-Click Root for Nexus 7 (Windows Only/Full Wipe)
If you feel that the ADB method is something which is not your cup of tea, you can use this One-Click rooting tool for Nexus 7. You can use this tool only if you are on a Windows PC. Also, this tool will wipe all data on your device. You can not backup data as there is not external storage for this device. But there is an alternative for this. You will not lose data if you have unlocked the bootloader which will again require the ADB method we already mentioned. If you can afford to lose data on your Nexus 7, you can proceed with this procedure.
Download One-click rooting toolkit for Nexus 7 from here or here. After downloading, navigate to the drivers folder and install the drivers for Nexus 7 if you do not have them installed already. After installing the drivers, connect your device to the Computer via USB Cable with USB Debugging enabled and run the file “root.exe”. Follow the instructions on the screen and your Nexus 7 will be rooted.
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