Saturday , May 19 2018

How to root your Nexus 7 (2013)

New Nexus 7 - Pic

While the process for most Nexus devices is very similar, today I found that after an OTA update being installed (I know I’m slack and should have done it weeks ago) without root on my new Nexus 7 and referring back to my notes on the first time I rooted the device to do it again.

The process: NB this has been written on the assumption that users already have ADB/Fastboot installed on your desktop machine, if you don’t you can follow our instructions on how to setup ADB.

  1. You will need to download the TWRP recovery for either Wifi or LTE
  2. Ensure you have SuperSU from Chainfire ready also, download this to your tablet before booting into fastboot mode
  3. Ensure USB Debugging is turned on for your device.
  4. Boot your device into fastboot mode by turning it off, then holding the power and volume down buttons.
  5. Open a command/terminal window and type fastboot reboot-bootloader this ensures that your bootloader is not locked by any other processes
  6. Then the universal Nexus command fastboot oem unlock to unlock the boot loader
  7. The to flash the recovery onto the device fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.6.2.0-flo.img
  8. Reboot the boot loader again fastboot reboot-bootloader
  9. fastboot flash recovery

  10. Boot into the TWRP recovery and install the SuperSU zip from wherever you have stored it
  11. Reboot your device

The process really is as simple as that.

There are a lot of users who root devices for a wide variety of reasons, I would suggest however; due to the potential risks involved with rooting your device that if you don’t have a specific reason to root your tablet, you probably don’t need to and that you read “To root or not to root” before you proceed with doing so.

Have you attained root on your device? Let us know why you do so.

Phil Tann   Journalist

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

8 comments

  1. The issues with Koush’s SuperUser on 4.3 have been resolved, so I recommend that as it’s open source and has been adding features such a as PIN protection.

    And Koush is of course.

  2. There is currently no up to date SuperSU binary available for 4.3.1, so rooting will not work until then. Unless you can supply a link to an up to date SuperSU binary?

  3. I think it would be prudent to update this article to mention that “fastboot oem unlock” completely wipes your device. I realise that there is a warning presented before the bootloader is unlocked, but this might cause a few issues with people who don’t read such things.

  4. Quick question for you,
    I have a Nexus 7 (2013) , FHD, 7.2 , WTF, …. (More on naming after)

    I tried to get my Logitech / unifying keyboard working with it using an OTG cable and it wont work. (Just does not display the keyboard as an option in language settings)
    Its not the cable, keyboard, phone etc as it works fine in the One X, and a usb stick works fine in the Nexus.
    There are many others asking the same question. Any ideas? Im guessing that its the unifying driver missing from the kernel?
    Someone said in a post that if you root it and run OTG Helper (app) it works, but no luck for me.
    Love some direction there if you can…

    * Names *

    The only thing about the above driver issue that is annoying about this tablet is what to call the stupid thing… Such fun when searching on E-bay for cases, screen protectors etc.
    Ebay seems to have moved/be moving toward Nexus 7 FHD – which is Full High Def
    Interesting to see if there are any other names that people have seen around to give just that extra chance to find an elusive accessory on eBay. So far:
    Nexus 7 (2013)
    Nexus 7.2
    Nexus 7 FHD
    Nexus 7 2nd Gen

    any others?

    …And I highly recommend for everyone to steer clear of any retail store accessory that will be version dependant unless it specifically states one of the above. If It just states Nexus 7 then… “These aren’t the addons you’re looking for. Move along. Move along”
    If

  5. Ausdroid deleted some of my comments questioning whether an article of theirs breached their code of ethics. Very unprofessional imo. @RobPennefather should explain the situation.

    • Josh, if you have a problem with our editorial processes or our moderation of your comments, you can raise them via email to our team. Commenting (read: complaining) about your comments being removed on another post is not on, and won’t be tolerated. If you continue to comment in this fashion, we’ll disable your ability to comment in future.

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