The latest Nexus 7 (2013) tablet of Google which was released last week can now be rooted easily thanks to the efforts of TeamWin. Their developers have updated their TWRP custom recovery to accommodate this new device. If you already own the latest Nexus 7 and want to gain root access then you can do so easily right now. Be aware though that rooting your device may void its warranty and if done incorrectly may even brick it.
First you will need to unlock the bootloader of the device. Unlocking the bootloader can be accomplished by following the easy steps below.
Unlocking the Bootloader of Nexus 7
- Install Android SDK (you only need the fastboot.exe and adb.exe)
- Install Google USB Drivers
- Enable USB Debugging on the Nexus 7
- Open a command line from your platform-tools folder
- Type the command “adb reboot bootloader”
- Once Nexus 7 boots into bootloader type the command in the same terminal window “fastboot oem unlock”
- On Nexus 7 use volume up to highlight Yes then hit the power button to select it
- Once you confirm lock state says Unlocked you will want to scroll to “Start” using volume buttons and select it with power button
Rooting the Nexus 7
You will need two files to gain root access
- TWRP image
- SuperSU zip file
- Download TWRP file to your PC
- Download SuperSU to Nexus 7 internal storage
- Reboot to bootloader with either turning device on and holding POWER + VOL DOWN or under “About Tablet” > Tap “Build Number” 7 times > Back out > “Developer Options” > Check USB Debugging. Then in CMD Prompt/Terminal, type “adb reboot bootloader” without quotes
- In CMD prompt/Terminal type fastboot boot openrecovery-twrp-188.8.131.52-flo.img
- Click Backup – Backup boot, recovery, system and data
- Install > Download > UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip
- Reboot system
The Nexus 7 has now been rooted.