How To Root Android 4.3 On Nexus 4, 7, 10 And Galaxy Nexus
Android 4.3 came to life for Nexus devices earlier last week, and since then, it has received significant attention. For those lucky owners of these devices, the new version of Google’s smartphone and tablet operating system has a lot to offer, and then some more, in terms of fixes and improvements. Now that all of that’s settled and done, and the code has been rolled out to AOSP, it’s time for modifications and developer-community-driven enhancements.
Of the last category, the first are foremost that comes is rooting, i.e., gaining superuser access for your device. Luckily, thanks to developers such as Chainfire, that’s already pretty doable on the likes of Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Galaxy Nexus. In this article, we’ll guide you how to root Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013 – unstable), Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Before we begin, please note that you follow these instructions at your own risk. While tested and proven safe, any resulting damage to your device from following this procedure is on you. We cannot be held liable for a bricked/damaged device.
For the sake of this guide, we’ll be using two different methods. The first one uses Chainfire’s Auto Root that’s more suited for the Nexus 7, while the generic flashing of custom recovery and SuperSU for the rest of the devices.
Root Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi & 3G) using CF-Auto-Root
CF Auto Root package for Nexus 7 Wi-Fi [download] / CF Auto Root package for Nexus 7 3G [download]
Step 1: Download the SuperSU ZIP package and transfer it to the root of your device.
Step 2: (Optional) If you don’t have a custom recovery installed, do it now using your preferred method (ideally you’d want to do that via fastboot).
Step 3: Boot the device into recovery and flash the SuperSU ZIP file.
Step 4: After you’ve flashed the superuser package, wipe cache and dalvik cache, just to be on the safe side.
Step 5: Reboot.
That’s it – your Nexus 4, 10 or Galaxy Nexus is now running rooted Android 4.3.
It’s worth noting that while this same method can be used for Nexus 7 as well, it’s more safe and reliable to use CF-Auto-Root for that tablet, since Auto-Root is free from firmware limitations and will pretty much work on any version of Android for Nexus 7.
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