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For those of you who want to root the New Nexus 7 (2013 model), here’s how to do it easily.
This will work on all Android OS versions including Android 4.3, 4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4 KitKat and 5.0 Lollipop.
NOTE: For Android 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, and 4.4.2 KitKat, use SuperSU v2.30 instead in Step 8!
Before we begin, rooting New Nexus 7 involves unlocking the bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader will erase EVERYTHING on your Nexus 7 so make a backup of your personal files such as photos and videos by copying the contents of your storage to your computer before beginning!!! You’ve been warned!!! (I highly suggest to root your New Nexus 7 as soon as you get it for this reason. There is an experimental ADB backup method if you need to backup your apps and app data but I do not recommend it much, you can see it being done on Nexus 4 though.)
Step 1. Power off your New Nexus 7. Then hold down Volume Down and Power buttons together for about 5 seconds.
You should see the bootloader menu or also called “fastboot” mode.
Step 2. Connect a micro-USB cable from your New Nexus 7 to your computer.
Step 3. Download NewNexus7Root.zip and also SuperSU zip files:
Unzip the NewNexus7Root.zip and you should get a folder called NewNexus7Root with everything you need including USB drivers, ADB, and fastboot. (No need to download the whole Android SDK!)
Step 4. Open up Device Manager on your computer and install Nexus 7 drivers. If you don’t see “Android ADB Interface” you can use the video tutorial above to install drivers.
Step 5. Once drivers are installed, open a command prompt and type:
fastboot oem unlock
Step 6. You should now see a screen on your Nexus 7 to unlock bootloader. Use the Volume keys to select “Yes” and hit the Power button to unlock the bootloader. THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON YOUR NEW NEXUS 7!!!
Step 7. Once that’s done, go ahead and hit the Power button again to reboot your New Nexus 7.
Step 8. Once rebooted, go ahead and go through the setup process. Then copy the SuperSU zip file you downloaded earlier to anywhere on your Nexus 7 storage.
For Android 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4.3 KitKat, please use SuperSU v2.30 instead!!!
Step 9. Put your Nexus 7 into bootloader mode by repeating Step 1.
fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-188.8.131.52-flo.img
fastboot erase cache
This will flash TWRP recovery to your Nexus 7. You can also replace the file ending in .img with another recovery file such as CWM to install CWM recovery instead in the future.
Step 10. Go to your New Nexus 7 and choose “Recovery mode” using the volume keys and hit the Power button. This will enter you into TWRP recovery you just flashed.
Step 11. Choose “Install”.
Step 12. Choose the SuperSU zip file you copied over earlier.
Step 13. Swipe to flash the SuperSU zip file, this is what will actually give your tablet full root access. Once done flashing, reboot.
Step 14. If you end up in a bootloop like I did, try rebooting into TWRP recovery, then choose “Wipe” to do a factory reset. Then repeat Steps 11 through 13 to reflash the SuperSU zip file. I believe this is some sort of bug but doing a factory reset and reflashing SuperSU did the trick for me. If your Nexus 7 did boot up fine, you can simply skip to next step.
Step 15. Once rebooted, your New Nexus 7 should be fully rooted, go ahead and install/run app like Titanium Backup app to verify you have full root. Congratulations!!!
Also, if you did copy your personal files in storage to your computer, you can now copy them back to your newly, rooted New Nexus 7.
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Nexus 7 Reference
You will need a rooted Nexus 7 to install all ROM/kernels.
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