The Google Nexus 7, without a doubt is the all-time best running Android tablet even today. It was hyped so perfectly, and Google has been doing a great job of providing it with software updates constantly. Its success marked a whole new look and perspective for not only Google, but for other tablet manufacturing companies too. The Nexus 7 2012 was one of the tablets that revolutionized the tablet market in the era of compact smartphones.
The fact that it runs on a solid Android build is the one beneficial factor which keeps it still alive. So, what comes with Android exactly? The boon that you get with an Android device is that there is never an end to possibilities. The Nexus 7 2012 sure does run on a fluid build of Android Lollipop, but the impatience and enthusiasm in us leads to the creation of some amazing stuff. Here we are with an ultimate guide on how to Unlock, flash Custom Recovery, and Root Google Nexus 7 2012.
Before we begin with the rooting tutorial, we recommend you to follow the below knowledge articles to learn about rooting, custom recoveries and their pros & cons.
Rooting a device and installing custom modules is deemed hazardous and you might end up with a bricked device in worst case scenario. Warranty may be void of your device either temporarily or permanently if you follow the procedure in this tutorial. You alone are responsible for the consequences, we won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device even though we’re confident that the process works and is tested by many users. However, you can reach us for assistance in the comments section.
- Charge your device above 60% to make sure it doesn’t die in the middle of the process which may be fatal sometimes.
- Make a backup of everything on your device so that you can restore the files if something goes wrong. Here’s the usual checklist:
- Install proper drivers on your PC. If you haven’t installed them already, you can follow our detailed USB driver installation guide.
- Setup ADB and Fastboot files on your PC. If you don’t know how, follow our detailed guide on how to setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
- Prepare your device:
- Enable developer options: Go to your device’s Settings » About phone » Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times to enable developer options.
- Enable USB Debugging: Go to your device’s Settings » Developer options » tick the “USB debugging” check-box (sometimes listed as Android Debugging)
- Download the latest CWM recovery for the Nexus 7 2012 → Download Link
- Download SuperSU zip → Download Link
Step-By-Step Installation Guide
In this guide, first we will unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 7 2012 and install a custom recovery of your choice. Then we will install the SuperSU file to obtain the root access on your device. So, without any ado, let’s start with the guide.
Phase 1: Unlock the Bootloader
Unlocking the bootloader on the Nexus 7 2012 would wipe the entire device, so it’s important that you take a thorough backup of your device before proceeding with this guide.
- Connect your Nexus 7 to the PC using a USB cable and make sure it’s detected. If not make sure that you’ve installed proper USB drivers and enabled USB debugging.
- Once detected, tap on the USB icon in the notifications panel and select MTP file transfer mode.
- Open the command prompt in the PC and type the below command:
- To confirm that your device is recognized by ADB, a message will appear “List of devices attached” along with your device serial number.
- Once you find your device’s serial number appearing in the message then type the below command in the command prompt to reboot into fastboot mode.
adb reboot bootloader
- Now, type the below command to unlock the bootloader.
fastboot oem unlock
That’s it. You have successfully unlocked the bootloader of your Nexus 7 2012.
Phase 2: Install a Custom Recovery
- Connect your Nexus 7 device to PC via USB cable.
- Open the command prompt in your PC and type the below command to confirm your device was detected by the PC.
If everything is good, a message will appear “List of devices attached” along with your device’s serial number. If your device is not visible, then try reconnecting your device again and type the above command.
- Now type the below command in the command prompt to enter into fastboot/bootloader mode on your device.
adb reboot bootloader
- Download the CWM file from the download section above and rename the downloaded image file to recovery.img for convenience.
- Navigate to the path where you’ve placed the CWM image and open a command prompt in that folder by pressing Shift + Right click in any empty space inside the folder, and select Open command window here from the Windows context menu.
- Now type the below command to flash CWM recovery on your device.
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Now you can reboot the device using the below command.
That’s it. Now you have successfully installed CWM recovery on your device.
Phase 3: Root your Device
Now all you need to do is to flash the SuperSU binary from the custom recovery to root your device. If you don’t know how, follow the step-by-step from below.
- Download the latest SuperSU zip from the downloads section and transfer it to your device’s storage.
- Now boot your device into the recovery mode. To do this:
- Switch off your Nexus 7 device.
- Now press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously until you see the recovery mode on your device.
- Now that you’re in recovery, it’s best to make a nandroid backup of your device. If you’re not sure of the procedure, follow our definitive guide on how to take a nandroid backup on various recoveries.
- In the recovery, tap the Install ZIP button and select the SuperSU zip to flash it. For more detailed instruction for flashing zips on different recoveries, follow our definitive guide here.
- Once the SuperSU zip is flashed, reboot your device by selecting the Reboot system option from the recovery menu.
- To verify if the device is rooted or not, install the below app and open it to verify.
That’s all! Reach us in the comments section below for any queries or assistance regarding the process in the tutorial. Also, do suggest any modifications or additions to this simple guide, your feedback is important to improve our content and services.
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