The Google Nexus 7, the first tablet from the Internet search giant to feature a 7in screen, has received the latest iteration of Jelly Bean Android 4.3.

Now, Nexus 7 users who have upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean may root using the CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire. The CF-Auto-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock firmware and is the quickest and safest way to root. Additionally, the root package adds SuperSU binary and APK.

Nexus 7
Google has rolled out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to its first Nexus 7.

The CF-Auto allows users to root the Nexus 7 without depending on firmware. It supports Android 4.3 and future firmwares as well. Check out the development thread to learn more about the root package.

Nexus 7 users who wish to root tablets running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean may follow our guide.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers it will not be held responsible for damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify their devices meet the following requirements.


  • Install USB drivers for Nexus 7, to transfer files between Android device and computer.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on tablet to connect Android device with computer and use Android SDK [Press Menu > Settings > Applications. From there navigate and click on Development and check USB Debugging Mode]
  • As the tutorial might wipe out all data, create a backup. If the device has a custom recovery like CWM/TWRP then backup data using recovery.
  • The Nexus 7 should have above 80% battery charge.
  • The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.
  • The CF-Auto-Root file works only with Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G. Applying this to an incorrect variant is likely to brick the device. Therefore, verify model number of Nexus device by navigating to Settings > About tablet.
  • Rooting the device will void manufacturer warranty. Users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the device later.

Note: If device has not been unlocked before then this procedure is likely to wipe out all data.

Steps to Root Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with CF-Auto-Root

Step-1: Download and install Android SDK from Android Developer site. The Android SDK package includes necessary drivers for connecting device to the computer, which is necessary for the rooting process

Step-2: Download CF-Auto-Root file for the Nexus 7 to the computer

Download Links: CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/ CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 7 3G

Step-3: Extract downloaded CF-Auto-Root package using winrar/7zip/winzip or any other extracting tool

Step-4: Switch off Nexus 7

Step-5: Boot Nexus tablet into Fastboot Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons

Step-6: Connect Nexus 7 to computer using USB cable. Wait till Windows finishes installing drivers

Step-7: Head over to folder which contains the extracted CF-Auto-Root files and then run following commands

  • Windows users: Run root-windows.bat
  • Linux users: chmod +x
  • Run
  • Mac OS X users: chmod +x
  • Run

Step-8: Follow on-screen instructions to root tablet. Once rooting process is complet, tablet will boot into normal mode. Users may now safely disconnect the device from the computer

The Nexus 7, running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware, should now be successfully rooted. Open app drawer of tablet and look for an app called SuperSU. To ensure aforementioned root method is installed and working properly, install Root Checker app from Google Play Store.

[Source: Honai of Android]