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.
- You will need to download the TWRP recovery for either Wifi or LTE
- Ensure you have SuperSU from Chainfire ready also, download this to your tablet before booting into fastboot mode
- Ensure USB Debugging is turned on for your device.
- Boot your device into fastboot mode by turning it off, then holding the power and volume down buttons.
- Open a command/terminal window and type
fastboot reboot-bootloaderthis ensures that your bootloader is not locked by any other processes
- Then the universal Nexus command
fastboot oem unlockto unlock the boot loader
- The to flash the recovery onto the device
fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-220.127.116.11-flo.img
- Reboot the boot loader again
- Boot into the TWRP recovery and install the SuperSU zip from wherever you have stored it
- 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.