Rooting your Nexus 7


  1. You have a nandroid backup, or you don’t care if your tablet is returned to factory state.
  2. You have the SDK installed on your PC (Win/Mac/Linux are all supported).
  3. You are familiar with the ADB and fastboot tools.
  4. You have debugging enabled on your Nexus 7 (Settings > Developer Options > USB debugging).
  5. Download SU to your PC.
  6. Download CWM to your PC.
Other prep:
Transfer the SU file from the PC to the sdcard of the Nexus 7 for later use.
  1. In a terminal or command prompt, cd into the directory where you installed the SDK, then cd into the ‘platform-tools’ sub-directory.
  2. Type adb push PATH_TO_ZIP/ /sdcard

PATH_TO_ZIP might look like “/home/user/” or “C:\Users\User\Desktop\”, dependent on your OS and setup.

Fastboot unlock:

  1. From the same directory, run adb reboot-bootloader
  2. With your Nexus in bootloader mode, type fastboot oem unlock on the PC (WARNING: this step will erase all the user data on the tablet!!!)

Flash Clockwork Mod Recovery

  1. With the Android still in bootloader mode, from your PC platform-tools directory, type fastboot flash recovery PATH_TO_IMG/CWM-grouper-recovery.img
  2. Navigate to the new Recovery by using the volume up/down buttons until you see “Recovery Mode”, then press the power button.
  3. Once in the Clockwork Mod recovery, go to “Mounts and Storage”.
  4. Mount the /system partition by using the onscreen menu.
  5. On your PC terminal or command prompt, type:
    1. adb shell
    2. cd /system
    3. mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak
(If “adb shell” doesn’t work properly, try “adb kill-server” then “abd start-server” first).

Flash Su

  1. Go back to Recovery Mode by pressing the power button.
  2. Install the SU zip from the sdcard using the onscreen menu.
  3. Reboot.

Your Nexus 7 is now rooted!!

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