How to Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP Recovery and Root Nexus 7 2013

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Google has recently launched new edition of Nexus 7 which comes with a 7 inch “LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It is powered by 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait processor running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

So if you owned the device and want to root it, then you have come to the right place. In this post we are rooting the Nexus 7 2013, unlocking the bootloader and installing TWRP Recovery in it. We have divided the post in three steps. In first one you have to unlock the bootloader, in second one you have to install TWRP Recovery and in the last one you have to root the device. After rooting your device you can install custom rom’s and various system apps which need root access.

Tip – How to Backup Android phone Apps and cache data using Helium


Pre Requisites 

Step 1: You should fully backup your Android device before rooting it. Backup all your SMS,Backup/Export ContactsBackup APN settings. You can take help from our article on Tutorial for creating backup of Android device without root access.

Step 2: You should Backup all apps on your device, unrooted users can follow this method procedure to backup apps. If you have already rooted your device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.

Step 3: You should enable USB debugging on your device, to activate USB Debug go to “Settings>Developer options” and check the USB debug option box. Problem enabling USB Debugging you can follow article on How to enable USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.

Step 4: There should be 50% or more amount of battery juice on your device. To know how much charge your device is having you can use our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.

Step 5: You should disable security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as they may interrupt the procedure.

Before you proceed, please download the essentials given below.


How to Unlock Nexus 7 2013 Bootloader

Step 1: First extract the fastboot file and save it in the same location where ADB is installed.

Step 2: Now connect the device to the PC through a USB cable with USB Debugging turned on.

Step 3: Open a command prompt window where you had saved the fastboot file. To do this press and hold Shift button on your keyboard and Right click on an empty space. A popup menu will appear, then go to Open Command Prompt here option. On opening the window, run the following command: adb reboot bootloader

Step 4: When the device is rebooted into bootloader mode, run this command in command prompt: fastboot oem unlock

Step 5: Now follow the instructions displayed on the screen. When done reboot the device and the bootloader is unlocked.

How to Install TWRP Recovery on Nexus 7 2013

Step 1: Unzip the appropriate recovery.img file for your device in the same place where you have placed Fastboot.

Step 2: Connect your handset to the PC through a USB cable. Make sure that the USB Debugging is enabled.

Step 3: Launch the command prompt window where you have placed recovery.img file and reboot into bootloader mode using:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 4:  Now run the following command, replacing recovery.img with the actual name of the recovery file:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Step 5: When the process of flashing is complete, reboot the device again.

How to Root Nexus 7 2013

Step 1: Copy the SuperSU ZIP file at the root of your device’s internal memory/SD card and reboot it into recovery mode by pressing the volume down + power button simultaneously.

Step 2: Press Install and go to the place where you saved the SuperSU binary.

Step 3: Now flash the ZIP file and wait for few minutes to complete the process.

Step 4: After the flashing is completed, restart the device.

Now, you have successfully unlocked the bootloader, installed TWRP Recovery and rooted your Nexus 7 2013.

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