[How-to] Unlock and Root Nexus 7

Learn how to unlock and root your Google Nexus 7!

Check the step-by-step "jailbreak" guide!

FadedLite posted a awesome guide to root the new Google Nexus 7!


  1. SDK installed and be are able to access and use adb and fastboot.
  2. Debugging enabled on your Nexus 7.
  3. Su (Download here)
  4. CWM (Download here)


Put the su zip on the sdcard for later.

  1. In terminal, cd to the directory you have your sdk in. Then cd into platform-tools.
  2. Type adb push path-to-zip/JB-SuperSU.zip /sdcard

Unlocking Your Nexus 7

To unlock the device

  1. cd to platform-tools
  2. Reboot to the bootloader - adb reboot bootloader
  3. Unlock your device* -  fastboot oem unlock
*You will have to accept and erase all the user data on the tablet.
*You must run this as sudo in Linux

Flash Clockwork Mod Recovery

(You're still inside the bootloader)
  1. Flash CWM - fastboot flash recovery path-to-img/CWM-grouper-recovery.img
  2. Make CWM Permanent -
    1. Boot into recovery
    2. Go to Mounts and Storage
    3. Mount /System
    4. Type in Terminal mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak

If your having trouble gaining shell, try "adb kill-server" then "abd start-server". This should hopefully fix it.

Flash Su

  1. Go back by pressing power button
  2. Install the zip in the sdcard 
  3. Reboot and your device is now rooted!!

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