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Nexus 7, Android 4.1 Root: Unlock Bootloader, And Flash ClockworkMod Recovery

As expected, it did not take long for resourceful developers to Root Google’s latest Android OS, Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 tablet. The Nexus 7 tablet is yet to be launched in the market but Google had distributed Nexus 7 tablets and other goodies to everyone invited over to the recently held Google I/O.

Now, Rootzwiki has published a tutorial, not just to root a Nexus 7 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but also unlock its bootloader and flash ClockworkMod Recovery permanently. If you plan to hack your Nexus 7 tablet as soon as you lay your hands on it later this month, go ahead and save this page .

The root process, as always is a risky process and you run the risk of bricking your device and also void your warranty. So, root the device at your own risk.

“Part 1: Unlocking Bootloader

Step 1: Download and install Android SDK.

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging from Settings > Developer Options.

Step 3: Connect your Nexus 7 with PC via USB cable. Launch Terminal / Command Prompt, navigate to the fastboot folder which will be inside the location where Android SDK is installed (On Windows, it should be in C:\)

Step 4: Enter the following command:

fastboot oem unlock

Once flashing is complete, enter:

fastboot reboot

Step 5: Download and place recovery.img [] in the fastboot folder and type in the following:

fastboot flash recovery CWM-grouper-recovery.img

Step 6: Reboot again by entering:

fastboot reboot

Part 2: “Making ClockworkMod Recovery Permanent”

Step 7: Now, in order to keep from losing access to ClockworkMod Recovery, enter the following commands in terminal:

mount system

adb shell

cd /system

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

Part 3: Gaining Root Access

Step 8: Download [ClockworkMod] and place it directly under /sdcard on your device.

Step 9: Enter ClockworkMod Recovery by shutting off your device, pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons until you see the screen flash with the iconic CWM logo.

Step 10: From the main menu, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard >

Step 11: From main menu, select reboot system now.

If you followed the steps correctly, your Nexus 7 tablet will now be rooted on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Go ahead and install your favorite root-only apps!”

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