As you know, Google just released the new Android 4.4.1 OTA update for the Nexus devices, the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 being one of the first handsets to receive the KOT49E KitKat firmware. Even though this is not a major OS improvement, the best will be to flash the same as there are some relevant stability improvements added. Therefore, if you want to enjoy a stable Android 4.4.1 KitKat experience, you need to update to official KOT49E OS. But, what interest us the most is what you will do after flashing the mentioned platform.
Basically, the most users will want to gain root access. If you are considering in doing so, then during the present tutorial I will explain you how to gain root access on 2013 Google Nexus 7 that has been recently updated with Android 4.4.1 KOT49E OS. As you know, if your tablet was rooted when you have installed the official Android software, the root access has been revoked. That’s why, after updating you need to re-gain root. Unfortunately the old root solution that you have applied for stock Android 4.4 KitKat system can’t be used no more.
This is happening because each root method is designed to work only for one version of the Android system. So, now you will have to perform a root procedure that is compatible with the new Android 4.4.1 KOT49E firmware and also suitable with the new Asus Nexus 7. This operation can be performed only if your Nexus 7 is installed with the last version of CWM recovery (once more, when flashing an official Android OS, root is being revoked and the stock recovery image reinstalled). Because of that, on the same tutorial (on this one – just check the guidelines from below) I will also show you how to install CWM recovery on your Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Good; so in order to conclude, here is what you need to know so far: Google released the new KOT49E Android 4.4.1 KitKat OS for your new Nexus 7. But when applying the firmware, the root access has been revoked. Also, the stock recovery image has been reinstalled. So, now by using this step by step guide you can flash the latest version of CWM recovery and also root your Asus Nexus 7 2013 that runs on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E software. Just be careful when completing the lines from below as this is a complex and risky operation.
But why should you gain root access? Well, that’s quite easy and if you are an advanced Android user you know the answer already. Anyway, gaining root access is extremely important especially if you want to tweak your Android device. By rooting you are removing the factory and default restrictions and you are also gaining access to the internal system of your handset. Therefore, on a rooted Nexus 7 2013 you will be able to add / remove in built programs, remove bloatware, install apps that requires root access, install a custom recovery image (also included on this guide) like CWM or TWRP recovery, flash a custom kernel, overclock the CPU, install a custom ROM firmware and lot more.
As you can see, the advantages of root are many. Well, the same can be applied when talking about a custom recovery image. Basically, the custom recovery offers an intuitive user experience from which we can access the internal system of our Android based handsets. CWM recovery is the most popular custom recovery for Android, this being the app that we will be installing on the new Google Nexus 7 by using the steps from below. With CWM recovery you will be able to flash a custom or unofficial update like CM 11, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid and so on, make a Nandroid backup, wipe the data, clear the cache and lot more.
Unfortunately, rooting and installing CWM recovery represents unofficial operations that have nothing to do with Google. So, by completing this tutorial, the warranty of your Asus Nexus 7 2013 will get void. Don’t worry as nothing bad will happen if you stick to the steps detailed on this guide. Also, you should know that the warranty can be easily restored. All you have to do for achieving the same will be to downgrade to stock Android OS, in our case to Android 4.4.1 KOT49E firmware. Do note that on rooted handsets the OTA updates can’t be received. So, on a rooted Nexus 7 2013 the official updates can be installed only manually.
Good; now, before heading to the proper step by step guide, you need to prepare your tablet. In this way you can avoid the unpleasant situations and you can ensure that everything will go as planned. So, first of all read and complete the tasks that are mentioned and described during the following list.
- Backup the Google Nexus 7 data. By rooting and installing CWM recovery your data, personal saves and accounts might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, if you have something important stored on your tablet or if you just want to save the market apps, then use suitable backup and restore tools and ensure the same.
- From path “menu – settings – developer options” enable or check the USB debugging option. A connection between your device and a computer must be established.
- So, make sure that you can use a computer, or notebook.
- IT is recommended to disable the antivirus protection from your notebook; usually the security protection is interfering with the installation procedure and you don’t want that to happen.
- Take a look on the battery status of your tablet. If there is less than 50% power left, before starting the steps from below plug in the charger. If your Nexus 7 gets turned off in the middle of the root process you will risk in bricking your handset.
- Use this tutorial only for gaining root access and installing CWM recovery on the 2013 version of Asus Google Nexus 7 that has been updated with official Android 4.4.1 KitKat KOT49E firmware – the guide is compatible only with the mentioned Android based device.
How to Install CWM Recovery and Root Nexus 7 2013 on KOT49E Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware
- On your computer Android SDK must be installed; you can learn how to flash ADB and Fastboot by using one of these tutorials: “how to install ADB on MAC OS X / Linux” or “how to set up Android SDK on Windows”.
- Now, on your computer download the SuperSU file from here.
- Connect your Nexus 7 2013 with your computer.
- Plug in the USB cable in order to establish the connection.
- Place the downloaded file to the root folder on your tablet’s internal storage memory.
- Turn off your tablet.
- On your computer download the recovery image file from here.
- Place this file on your computer, to path “android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools”.
- Reboot your Google Nexus 7 into bootloader mode.
- The bootloader mode can be accessed by pressing on power and volume down buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
- On your computer go to path “android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools” and from there open a command prompt window.
- In order to open cmd window you need to press shift hey and while pressing it right click on a empty space to open Command Prompt.
- In the cmd window enter the command: “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-126.96.36.199-flo.img”.
- Then, from the fastboot menu choose the “recovery” option.
- Your Nexus 7 2013 should be rebooted into recovery mode now; if you can’t achieve the same you will have to use our dedicated tutorial.
- From recovery select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the root file you have placed before on your device.
- Flash the same and then return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “reboot system now”.
- In case your handset gets stuck on a boot loop, you will have to return to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Reboot as you are done.
Perfect; that was all for now. So, now you know how to root and install CWM recovery on your 2013 version of Asus Google Nexus 7 that runs on official and latest Android OS, KitKat 4.4.1 KOT49E firmware. Stay close as more guides will be developed for your tablet and also use the comments field from below for sharing your experience with us and with other users too.