Jul 22, 2012
Though there are some reported incidents of touch screen display problems on the newest Google tablet, Android fans were still eager to get their hands on the first Jelly Bean tablet. And based on my observation, most of the local distributors (here in the Philippines) were already out of stock because of high demands pouring in. Knowing this it seems that only small fractions of the Android population were aware of the of touch screen display issues. Or better yet, only small fractions of the manufactured GN7 are affected by the touch screen display problems. It’s better safe than sorry so conduct some tests after buying a new Google Nexus 7. After performing some tests and finding out that your tablet is not affected, you might want to get root access on your Google Nexus 7.
I’m persuading you to perform some tests on your GN7 so that you can avoid dealing with your local distributor about device warranty in the near future. Without the touch screen display issues and device warranty getting in the way, you can now proceed to rooting your Google Nexus 7 tablet.
With root access you can now forget the SD card problem associated with the GN7 that limits you to only 8GB and 16GB configurations. By using StickMount from the Google Play Store you can connect USB storage devices on your Google Nexus 7 tablet allowing you to expand your GN7’s storage capacity.
- Backup SMS,call logs,Gmail,Google calender using SMS Backup +.
- Your GN7 should be at least 60% remaining battery.
- USB debugging should be enabled by going to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging” and ticking the USB debugging.
- Install Android SDK on your PC by reading this post.
- Download and install Clock Work Recovery (CWM).
- Download rooting package.
WARNING: Do not blame anyone if something happens to your device. The instructions presented here are for those people who understand what they are doing with their device.
Install Clock Work Mod (CWM)
Step 1. Connect your Nexus 7 tablet to your PC and enter bootloader mode.
Step 2. Place the Clock Work Recovery(CWM) zip file that you downloaded above in the fastboot folder present in the Android SDK.
Step 3. Now open command prompt/terminal and navigate to the fastboot folder.
Step 4. Now type the following command:”fastboot oem unlock“.
Step 5. Once the unlock is complete type:”fastboot reboot“.
Step 6. Again enter into bootloader mode and type in the following command to flash CWM:”fastboot flash recovery path-to-img/CWM-grouper-recovery.img“
Step 7. Now,boot into recovery and navigate to “Mounts and Storage” and then go to “Mount /System“.
Step 8. Now enter the following commands in order:
- mount system
- adb shell
- cd /system
- mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak
Root your Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Step 1. Place the rooting package you downloaded above in the root of your SD card.
Step 2. Now turn off your device and boot into recovery by pressing Volume Up+Volume Down +Power buttons.
Step 3. Now navigate to “install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > JB-SuperSU.zip“.
Step 4. After the flashing is complete select “reboot system now“.
Step 5. You have now successfully rooted your Google Nexus 7 tablet!
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