Last month, Google launched the second generation Nexus 7 tablet, which became the first device to run the latest Android 4.3 version. The device is the successor to the old Nexus 7 tablet which was launched last year. The new device, which is thinner, narrower and lighter than the old one features a 7-inch, 1200 x 1920 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro quad-core chip, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
We have previously seen how to unlock it’s bootloader. This article will explain how you can root your new Nexus 7 and install custom recovery in it. Rooting a device has a lot of benefits as we have previously seen here. Installing a custom recovery aids in installing custom ROMs, creating and restoring backups and other useful things.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 7 (2013):
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Nexus 7 (2013) with bootloader unlocked
- Nexus 7 (2013) drivers installed on the computer
- USB debugging enabled
- Android SDK
- Fastboot zip file
- TWRP recovery image file (WiFi version tab or LTE version tab)
- SuperSU 1.51 zip
- Make sure USB debugging has been enabled on your phone. If not, go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Tap on Build Number 7 times to go to Developer Options. Now go back to Settings and you will find “Developer Option” there. Tap on it and tick the “USB Debugging” option.
- Download the fastboot.zip file and TWRP recovery file (according to your Nexus 7 version) to your computer. Rename the recovery file to recovery.img and place both the zip file and the img file to the same location where your SDK has been installed.
- Download the SuperSU zip file and copy it to the SD card of your phone.
- Turn off the device and boot into fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, then press and hold Power.
- Now connect your device to your computer via USB.
- Next open the command window (CMD) in your computer and navigate to the folder where the adb.exe and fastboot.exe are placed.
- Type the following code :
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- After the flashing is successful, reboot your device.
- Now reboot it into recovery using the volume down + power button combo.
- Tap on “Install”, then select the SuperSu zip file. Then perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Once the zip install is complete, tap on “Reboot System” and you have successfully rooted and installed TWRP custom recovery on your Nexus 7 (2013).