The Nexus 7 has been able to get root access for some time now, however, this guide is the one you will want to follow as it is much easier. The reason for that is because the new Team Win Recovery Project has been released for the 2013 version of the N7 tablet. By using this recovery, root access is really simple. All you need to do is upload the zip file.
For those familiar with this type of recovery using a Nexus device before, this should come as no surprise to you. It’s always been an easy thing to do and when you see a new release, it’s always a good idea to check it out for that very reason.
We are not expecting this to be an issue on a normal day, but there’s always the chance of a mess up. Backing up is the easiest way to avoid having any regrets what-so-ever, because if anything does get wiped like your contacts, then it will able to be restored again without any trouble. As a side note, once you have finished the guide you should always back up the EFS folder. This is mandatory after rooting a device every single time. All too often people rush into downloading things that they didn’t have access to before, but it’s important to keep a cool head for a minute and do things the right way.
Something we don’t often see read is having a computer with a working internet connection. Granted, for most of us this was normal to have this already, but if it isn’t listed people might not have their wireless turned on for whatever reason and then wonder why it’s not working. A connection to the web is needed.
Deactivate any security like anti-malware or antivirus that you might be running on the computer. It doesn’t matter if it’s something free like AVG or if it’s paid for. Both can lead to us not being able to do what we are trying to do. The firewall is also another thing that needs turning off for now.
Make sure USB Debugging mode is enabled from the Develop Options menu. In addition, get the up to date USB Drivers. Without the drivers we cannot establish a connection.
Don’t start unless you have enough battery on the handset. The exact amount if arguable because we all have batteries that last a different amount of time due to the general health varying. Furthermore, it can change from device to device so there is no exact amount. If yours is relatively fresh out of the box and in good pecking order, then anything over half or 60% is fine. When you read these percentages elsewhere, they are not set in stone amounts required. It’s an estimated guess to make sure you are well in the clear. This whole process isn’t expected to take as long as what would normally use that much of the battery life. Bearing in mind that all of our phones also switches off at different times too. Some are able to drain theirs all the way down to around 1% and another could shut off around 10%. It’s important to know your mobile so you can make the necessary adjustments yourself with your own knowledge.
You will need an unlocked bootloader before continuing.
There’s two things you will need to get this done. Number 1 is the TWRP image and number 2 is the SuperSU zip file. Once you have them both put the SuperSU on to the Nexus 7 internal storage. Shift the TWRP image in the same place as the ADB and fastboot.
1. Flash the new TWRP from the bootloader.
2. Reboot the tablet into recovery. This is done several ways. The easiest from here is too simple adb reboot recovery. The other option is holding the power button and volume down. From here select the option when it comes up on-screen.
3. Now flash the SuperSU on. Do this by going to install> the download.
That’s it. It is finished.
Feel free to fill us in on how your experience went with the operation. Did you manage to install it successfully? Was there anything that could be improved to make your experience better? These are all types of things we love to hear in the comments.
Download the Root Checker app from Google Play to prove it worked.