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

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Google Nexus 7 tablet hasn’t reached the public yet, but the guys over at the RootzWiki have already achieved rooting the device on the Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

Lets see a step by step tutorial of Unlocking Nexus 7 bootloader, making its ClockworkMod recovery permanent and rooting it on Android 4.1 Jelly bean, which you can try when you get your hands on the Nexus 7 tablet.

Important: Rooting your Nexus 7 tablet by following the tutorials will void your device warranty. So proceed at your own risk. Also, we will not be held responsible or liable for any damages which might occur to your device while following this tutorial.

Rooting Google Nexus 7 Tablet On Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Part 1: Unlocking Bootloaded

    • Download and install the Android SDK.
    • Once installed, follow the path – “Settings > Developer Options” and enable the USB Debugging mode.
    • Now connect your Nexus 7 Android tablet to a PC using USB data cable. Launch Terminal/Command prompt and navigate to the fastboot folder which will be located inside the Android SDK folder (mostly “C” drive in Windows).
    • Enter the following command to start flashing.

fastboot oem unlock

    • Once flashing gets completed, enter this command:

fastboot reboot

    • Now download the recovery.img from and place it in the fastboot folder. Then type the following command.

fastboot flash recovery CWM-grouper-recovery.img

    • Now reboot the device by entering the following command.

fastboot reboot

Part 2: Making ClockworkMod Recovery Permanent

    • Once the Nexus 7 bootlaoder is unlocked, enter the following command in the terminal to keep from losing access to the ClockworkMod Recovery.

mount system

adb shell

cd /system

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

Part 3: Gaining Nexus 7 Root Access

  • Now download from ClockworkMod and place it directly on your device SD Card.
  • Turn off your device, and Press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously to enter into the ClockworkMod Recovery mode.
  • Now from the main menu, select “install zip from SD Card” followed by “Choose Zip from SD Card” and select the which you have transferred before to the device. The installation process will being and it will be completed within 2-5 minutes.
  • Once the installation is over, the device will revert back to the main menu. Now select “reboot system now”.

That’s it. If you have followed the steps properly, your Nexus 7 tablet will be rooted on Android 4.1 Jelly bean, which will enable you install your favorite root-only apps.

About Sarvesh Darak

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