Nexus 7 root

We're big fans of folks learning just what they are doing when it comes to hacking at their devices. One click root applications are fine and dandy, but when (not if) something goes wrong one day and you're forced to manually connect and attempt to fix your phone or tablet you would be glad you installed the right tools and learned a little bit beforehand. This all goes double for a Nexus device -- they are built for unlocking and hacking.

AC Super Moderator ragnarokx, who is also one of those folks who isn't afraid to dive in and see how things work, feels the same way. He's put together what we think is the ultimate manual unlocking and rooting tutorial for the Nexus 7 you'll find on the Internet. He gives you every file you need (without forcing you to download a bunch you don't), and walks through each and every step with an excellent video. 

It looks like a lot of folks will be getting their Nexus 7 tomorrow, so it's awesome that Casey has things ready for ya. You can check out the video after the break, and visit the Nexus 7 forums to read through. Be sure to thank ragnarokx while you're there!

Unlock, Root, & Clockwork for the Nexus 7 Tablet

There are 31 comments

TidBit says:

THANKS!!!! for posting this. My N7 is arriving tomorrow and I wanted to do this but wasn't sure how.

mrjaymillz says:

Thanks, I too should be getting my Nexus 7 soon. Quick question a little off topic, would you be willing to make a video for unlocking the Nexus Q and how to push SU and Superuser to it as described on XDA:

tekchip says:

I don't mean to troll but was the giant pube in the lower left of the pic really necessary? Check your self before you wreck yourself. Please remove this comment when the image has been fixed. Thanks.

It's from a beard. Men have them.

tekchip says:

I get that. I have a beard and I get those hairs too. Nothing a quick photoshop couldn't clean up is my point. Also the reason I want this removed once it's been fixed. Not trying to poop on any ones post.

tekchip says:

For what ever it's worth I took the time to fix it.

apache2 says:

lol. first world problems. get over it

waynebeep says:

Fail at using cliches.

bleedblue says:

Apparently just your time. >_>

uranidiot says:

thanks for the video BUT ill wait for the 1 click version.

Kegman says:

GOOGLE WUGS nexus unlocking root tool. it exists

Kegman says:

I have a beard, her name is Mary, and she is for the purpose of plausible deniability

Adam Sawyer says:

ROFL Jerry

bayou bandit says:

If you have a beard, you shouldn't be wearing a skirt, Nancy. Put on your big boy pants and stop having the vapors over the presence of a whisker.

tekchip says:

I'm sorry is adding polish to a website or publication being a nancy? I hadn't realized. May be we should have just all been ok and complacent with Geocities websites and all those horrible animated GIFs on Myspace.

bleedblue says:

You're trying too hard.

And this is Android Central.


*camera pans audience*

coronaboy10 says:

Yes it is. And yes you are. Just get over it. If you knew it was a beard then why did you call it a giant pube? You need to go outside and get some fresh air.

tekchip says:

First you rocket scientists should learn how to reply instead of constantly posting a new comment separate from the discussion thread. Second I didn't put two and two together that the author had a beard. And last if I thought it was a particular type of hair then the general internet public will think the same thing. You may have noticed the internet is full of a bunch of dirty minded individuals. It's just the way it is. My bad for trying to help. You'll also note in the original thread I went ahead and did the touch up work my self because I'm a nice guy like that.

You didn't know the beard had a Jerry?! 

coronaboy10 says:

Or take a cold shower

RC46 says:

Looks pretty easy. What are the downsides? Are there still services and apps that wont work on rooted devices? Such as movies from Google play? How about google wallet? TIA

masterpfa says:

Thanks for the post, Rooting seemed so easy, they way you have portrayed it.

Nudo says:

Awesome vid! Getting my Nexus tomorrow, I hope :)

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horacenick says:

I've been the biggest Apple Fanboy for years but ever since these stupid ass hell patent battles I've backed the hell away from Apple for a little while

paradisimo says:

This guide came in extremely handy. Got my Nexus 7 today and thanks to the guide I had it unlocked and rooted in about 20 minutes! Thanks for the help.

TidBit says:

I got my Nexus 7 today and I followed the steps in this guide, I unlocked the bootloader. I also rooted it. Thanks a bunch!

KarlJ says:

Done and dusted! (Unlocked and rooted!)

Awesome work and thanks!

stronzo5 says:

Hello. I am trying to root my nexus 7 using this method, but when I get to the part where I have to update the driver with Universal Naked Driver it won't find it in the C directory. I saved it there just like the video but I keep getting the same message saying "Please enter another location the location you specified does not exist or cannot be reached." I have no idea why it is doing this, but any help around this roadblock would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

allmotor91 says:

Any chance you have a video on how to do root it from a Mac?

Joe-droid says:

I also used your guide to unlock and root my new Nexus 7. Thank you for these clear instructions.