Google Nexus 4 built by LG is one of the latest phones in the popular Nexus series. Some of the specs are just mind blowing. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, featuring four Krait cores and the class-leading Adreno 320 GPU. In addition to the fast processor, the Nexus 4 also packs 2 GB of RAM and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. The device also features a 4.7″ 720p display, delivering 320 ppi. Most importantly, the Nexus 4 is one of the two lead devices for Android 4.2, the revamped version of Jelly Bean.

Nexus 4

So if you have recently bought this smartphone and are thinking of rooting it then there’s an easy way to do it. This method is known as Superboot. Superboot is a boot.img that when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK). No need to flash any partitions, no need to mess around with ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just boot the boot image using the instructions below, and you’re done.

Disclaimer: Perform it at your own risk. If the device gets damaged the writer or the site is not responsible.

Steps:

  1. Download the Superboot zip file.
  2. Extract it in a directory on your PC.
  3. Connect your phone to the PC using a USB.
  4. Put your device in bootloader mode – Turn off the phone then turn on with the ‘volume up’ and ‘volume down’ buttons both pressed to enter the bootloader.
  5. WINDOWS users – double click ‘superboot-windows.bat’
  6. MAC users – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x superboot-mac.sh’ followed by ‘./superboot-mac.sh’
  7. LINUX users – Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x superboot-linux.sh’ followed by ‘./superboot-linux.sh’
  8. The phone will reboot, and it will be rooted successfully.
Note: If you are using a retail device, you may need to unlock the bootloader first, using ‘./fastboot-windows OEM unlock’ (or the appropriate version for your machine, included in this zip). Note that the OEM unlock sequence wipes your device, so consider doing a ‘adb backup’ beforehand if required!

 

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