Unlock Bootloader, Flash TWRP Recovery & Root Nexus 7 2013 Edition (flo)

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The plot began two days from now when the Google event took place with the major aim of releasing the new and improved Nexus 7, which comes with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. Jelly Bean 4.3 was announced officially and the source code was pushed to AOSP. We’ve already instructed the Nexus users on How to flash JellyBean 4.3 Factory Image (JWR66V) on Nexus 4/10/7/Galaxy Nexus & Root It. And now lies the turn of the new baby to go custom and explore the world without limitations. For any of this to be projected, you’ll need to unlock your device’s bootloader first.

TWRP or TeamWin Recovery Project is one of the most common and unique custom recovery. It was the first one to support touch interface on Recovery mode. TWRP has made a long way since the last two years, evolving and improvising beyond the limits, supporting more features and devices. And so today, TeamWin has released the very famous recovery for the new Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) too.

As far as rooting is concerned, for now the best method is to root using the SuperSU binary by Chainfire. The package is to be flashed via a Custom Recovery and so we can do it today via the latest TWRP. So here we will help you root Nexus 7 2013

Warning!

  • This guide and its guidelines are meant only and only for the new Nexus 7 (2013 Edition). Do not attempt to try this on the older Nexus 7 or any other device.
  • Read and understand the instructions carefully before proceeding any further.
  • DroidViews or any of its community member will not be held responsible for any kind of damage. Do at your own risk.

Prerequisites

  • You’re going to lose all your data on the device including the internal storage. So back everything up.
  • Android SDK Installed [Link]
  • At least 60% battery power to avoid uncertain shutdowns during the process
  • Fastboot binary, download and drag the binary to your Android SDK (<android_sdk>/platform-tools)
  • WinRAR or any other archive manager Installed
  • USB Debugging enabled [Link]

Unlock The Bootloader

Unlocking the bootloader erases your device’s data including internal storage, make sure to backup everything first.

  1. Open a Command Prompt window and type the following command to reboot the device into bootloader:
    adb reboot bootloader
  2. Connect the device to the PC via USB cable
  3. Type the following command to initiate the unlock process
    fastboot oem unlock
  4. You will now be prompted with a dialog to confirm the process, read it for your own concern and use the volume keys to highlight Yes and select it using the Power key.

Once done, your device will reach back the bootloader screen. Select Start using the Power button to reboot into the unlocked device. If you wish to Install TWRP and Root it, do not reboot, let it be at the same screen.

Install TWRP Recovery

  1. Download the latest TWRP Recovery image file, current version is 2.6.0.0 [Click to Download]
  2. Open the folder where the image file has been downloaded. Press Shift key and right click on an empty space inside the folder, a menu will pop-up, select Open Command Prompt here.
  3. Type the following command to flash the recovery image file. Look on the next step as an example to flash.
    fastboot flash recovery <recovery_image_name.img>
  4. Example to flash the downloaded 2.6.0.0 TWRP (openrecovery-twrp-2.6.0.0-flo.img):
    fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.6.0.0-flo.img
  5. The Recovery will be flashed and the progress could be observed in the CMD window itself.

To boot your device into Recovery, press the volume key (+/-)  until Recovery Mode is displayed. Then use the power button to select it and the device will reboot itself into the TWRP Recovery Mode.

Root Nexus 7 2013

  1. Download the latest Jelly Bean 4.3 supported Super SU Root package (UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip)
  2. Connect your Nexus 7 to the PC via USB cable.
  3. Drag the downloaded UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip to your device storage on a secure location that is conveniant for you to remember
  4. Open a new CMD Window and type:
    adb reboot recovery
  5. Your device will reboot itself into the TWRP recovery mode.
  6. Go to Install. Select the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip and slide the button to flash it.
  7. Once the flashing process is done, go to Reboot > System and slide the button to reboot your device

Congrats! you’ve just rooted your newly bought Nexus 7 tablet. Enjoy, more Apps, mods and tweaks. Issues while rooting or any further queries, post ’em right here. We’ll bring more new stuff for the new Nexus 7, so just keep reading. Also visit the Nexus 7 (2013) Section at XDA-Developers.

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