How To Root Nexus 7 On Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Unlock Bootloader, And Flash ClockworkMod Recovery

The newly launched Nexus 7 tablet hasn’t even been released to the public, but the guys over at the RootzWiki have already achieved rooting the device.

Lets see a step by step tutorial on not only how to root nexus 7 tablet on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but also how to unlock bootloader on Nexus 7 and do flash ClockworkMod recovery. Try this out, when you get your hands on the device.

Note: By following this tutorial and rooting your device, you will void your Nexus 7 tablet warranty. Also, we will not be held responsible or liable for any damages which you might encounter by following this device.

Part 1: Unlocking Nexus 7 Bootloader

    • Download and install the Android SDK.
    • Now enable USB Debugging mode from Settings > Developer Options.
    • Once done, connect your Nexus 7 Android device with PC via USB cable. Launch the Terminal / Command Prompt and navigate to the fastboot folder which will be inside the location where Android SDK is installed (which will be on the “C” drive of Windows)
    • Now, enter the following command:

fastboot oem unlock

    • Once flashing is complete, enter:

fastboot reboot

    • Once the device is rebooted, download and place recovery.img (Download from in the fastboot folder and type in the following:

fastboot flash recovery CWM-grouper-recovery.img

    • Reboot again by entering:

fastboot reboot

Part 2: Making ClockworkMod Recovery Permanent

    • Once you unlock the Nexus 7 bootloader, you will need to enter the following command in terminal to make the ClockworkMod recovery permanent.

mount system

adb shell

cd /system

mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak

Part 3: Gaining Root Access

      • Once you made the ClockworkMod recovery permanent, download from ClockworkMod and transfer it to the sdcard on your device.
      • Switch off your device and enter into the ClockworkMod recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously until you see the iconic CWM logo on the screen.
      • Now from the main menu, select install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and then select The installation will being and it will be finished within 3-5 minutes.
      • Once the installation is over, select reboot system now from the main menu.

That’s it. Your new Google Nexus 7 tablet is now rooted on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Now, Go ahead and install your favorite root-only apps in your Android device!

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