The latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat software update with build number KTU84L is now rolling out for Google's Nexus 7 2013 model (Wi-Fi variant). A similar update for the LTE variant should be coming soon. Along with performance improvements, the update brings several bug fixes for the Nexus tablet.
Those who have already installed Android 4.4.3 KTU84L KitKat on their Nexus 7 2013 and are currently looking for a root method may follow the step-by-step guide below.
The method below uses SuperSU package for rooting the tablet. Besides, it explains how to install the latest version of custom recovery. There are two custom recoveries; CWM and TWRP. Users may flash either of the recoveries.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify their devices meet the following requirements.
- Install USB Driver for Nexus 7 to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.
- As the tutorial might wipe all data of the tablet, create a backup. If the device has any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed then back up data using the recovery.
- If the Android device powers off due to lack of battery during the process, it could damage the device. Therefore, the Nexus 7 should have above 80% battery charge.
- The SuperSU root file and the custom recoveries used in the tutorial are compatible with Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 2013. As applying these on any incorrect variant is likely to brick the device, verify the model number of Nexus 7 by navigating to Settings>> About tablet>> Model number.
- The tablet should be on Android 4.4.3 KTU84L stock firmware.
- Rooting the device will void manufacturer's warranty. Users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting it later.
Steps to root Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 4.4.3 KTU84L KitKat and install CWM recovery
Step-2: Enable USB Debugging mode on Nexus 7. Navigate to Settings>> Developer options and check USB Debugging from there.
Step-3: Download Fastboot and extract it in android-sdk-windows platform-tools directory
Step-4: Download SuperSU v1.99 and copy it to the internal storage of the tablet
File name: UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99r3.zip
Step-5: Download the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery and copy it in android-sdk-windows platform-tools directory
CWM recovery: recovery-clockwork-touch-188.8.131.52-flo.img
TWRP recovery: openrecovery-twrp-184.108.40.206-flo.img
Note: You may use either of the recoveries. If one fails, you can use the other one.
Step-6: Switch off the Nexus 7 and go to Fastboot Mode. Press Volume Down and Power buttons together for a few seconds until some text appears on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode
Step-7: Navigate to android-sdk-windows platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt [Shift + Right click>> to open Command Prompt]
Step-8: Type in the following command and press Enter
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-220.127.116.11-flo.img
Step-9: Choose RECOVERY from Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode
Step-10: Navigate to flash zip from sdcard and select it using Power button. Then select choose zip from sdcard
Step-11: Using the Volume keys scroll down to UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99.zip which was copied earlier to the SD card. Select it using Power button and confirm installation on the next screen
Step-12: When the installation process is completed, go to +++++Go Back+++++ and reboot the tablet by selecting reboot system now from the recovery menu. The nexus 7 will boot now
Nexus 7 should now be rooted successfully on Android 4.4.3 KTU84L with custom recovery installed. Check for the SuperSU app from the app list of the device.
[Source: Team Android]