Root Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery [GUIDE]
Root Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Nexus 7 (2013) has recently received the most eagerly-awaited KitKat bug-fix update with Android 4.4 KRT16S official firmware from Google.

The update reportedly includes patches for common bugs and issues found in the previous release (KRT16O).

Those who have already updated their Nexus tablet to the latest official KitKat firmware either via Over-The-Air (OTA) update or through manual installation can follow our step-by-step guide to root the same using SuperSU.

NOTE: Rooting is essential to regain full system access to the device, which enables the user to install third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks for enhanced performance.

Interested users can follow our step-by-step guide to root Nexus 7 (2013) using SuperSU via CWM or TWRP recovery.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after root installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.


    • The SuperSU root package and instructions provided in this guide are meant for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model only. Do not attempt using this procedure on any other model, as you may inadvertently brick or damage the device.
    • Ensure the device is factory unlocked (carrier SIM unlocked) with CWM or TWRP recovery installed on it.
    • Verify that the phone's bootloader is also unlocked.
    • Back up important data and settings on the tablet via one of the custom recovery tools such as CWM or TWRP to prevent data loss during firmware installation.
    • Ensure the device has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) during firmware installation.
    • Enable USB Debugging mode by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.

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Steps to Root Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat and Install CWM/TWRP Recovery

Step 1: Download and Install the Android SDK package which includes the necessary drivers for connecting your tablet to computer.

Step 2: Extract the file using winrar, 7zip or winzip and then copy its contents to the android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory on computer.
Step 4: Then copy the CWM or TWRP.img file to the android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory on computer.
Step 5: Connect the Nexus 7 to computer using USB cable. Then copy the file to the root folder of your tablet.
Step 6: Turn off the Nexus 7 and then boot it into fastboot mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons together.
Step 7: Browse to android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory and launch Command Prompt (press Shift key and Right-click >> Open Command Prompt). Then run the following command:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

Step 8
: Once the command is executed, choose RECOVERY option from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.
Step 9: In CWM Recovery, select "install zip from sdcard" and then click "choose zip from sdcard". Now, navigate to the file that you copied earlier and confirm the root installation by choosing Yes on next screen.
Step 10: Once the root installation completes, return to main recovery menu and hit "reboot system now".

Nexus 7 (2013) LTE running on official Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat firmware is now rooted successfully. Check for SuperSU app in the apps list to verify the root installation. Verify if root is working correctly by downloading Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

[Source: Honai of Android]