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.

New Nexus 7

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):

Requirements:

Steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Download the SuperSU zip file and copy it to the SD card of your phone.
  4. Turn off the device and boot into fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, then press and hold Power.
  5. Now connect your device to your computer via USB.
  6. Next open the command window (CMD) in your computer and navigate to the folder where the adb.exe and fastboot.exe are placed.
  7. Type the following code :
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  8. After the flashing is successful, reboot your device.
  9. Now reboot it into recovery using the volume down + power button combo.
  10. Tap on “Install”, then select the SuperSu zip file. Then perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
  11. 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).

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