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Root Android 4.3 Jelly Bean JWR66V for Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 (TWRP Recovery included)

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been released for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250. If you have applied this new JWR66V Jelly Bean OTA Update for your Galaxy Nexus I9250 device, then you can use this article and learn how to successfully apply root for your device.

Rooting your smartphone is easy and you can learn how to do it by taking a look at this tutorial. After you root the Galaxy Nexus you will be able to flash new custom ROMs and install applications that usually require root access. Usually, after rooting a device you might be running a security vulnerable device, but you can add new apps and functions that should improve your overall Android experience.

Before starting the root process, you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below. These guidelines will teach you what you need to do before getting to the How-To Root part of this post:

  • Use this tutorial only for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 smartphone.
  • Both Takju and Yakju versions of Galaxy Nexus will work with this tutorial.
  • Use the guide if your device is currently sporting the Android 4.3 JWR66V Jelly Bean Firmware version. Though, the SuperSU by Chainfire will most probably work with previous Galaxy Nexus firmware versions.
  • Enable the USB Debugging option from your device’s Developer Options menu.
    > if the Developer Options menu isn’t listed in the Settings menu, then you will need to enable it by opening the About Phone section, scroll down to Build Number and tap this menu 7 times to enable Developer Options.
  • Download and install Android SDK for your PC. Link here.
  • Your computer should have the Google ADK SDK Fastboot drivers from here.
  • Make sure that there is enough power left in your device’s battery, as you wouldn’t want for your smartphone to power off in the middle of the rooting process.
  • Read all the info that I’ve listed in this article and don’t skip any steps.
  • Note that we cannot be held responsible in case you brick your device in the process.
  • This root process shouldn’t remove any important applications from your smartphone.
  • Your Galaxy Nexus should be running on an unlocked bootloader and it should be running the TWRP Recovery image.
  • Your device needs to run the TWRP Recovery image before starting the root process, as otherwise you won’t be able to apply any changes.

If you didn’t install the TWRP Recovery image for your Galaxy Nexus, then you can use the next few steps and learn how to do it successfully:

  • Download the latest Galaxy Nexus ‘maguro’ TWRP Recovery image from here.
  • Place this img file where you have stored the adb and fastboot folders.
  • Power off your smartphone.
  • Boot the Galaxy Nexus into Bootloader Mode.
    > press Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons all at the same time and the Bootloader / Fastboot mode will appear.
  • Connect your device with your PC using the USB Data cable.
    > If you have the correct drivers installed, then the Bootloader scren will say FASTBOOT USB.
  • Launch the Command Prompt window where you’ve place the TWRP Recovery img file.
  • Enter the following command line:¬†fastboot flash recovery¬†openrecovery-twrp-
  • Wait for the installation to complete.

When the TWRP Recovery is successfully installed you can continue with the rest of this tutorial steps. If you have any other questions, please use the comments section listed at the end of this post.

How to root Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 on Android 4.3 JWR66V Jelly Bean firwmare with TWRP Recovery:

  1. Download Chainfire’s SuperSU zip from here.
  2. Save this zip on your computer or download it directly to your smartphone’s internal SD card storage.
    > if you choose to download the file on your PC, then you need to move it to your phone after that via USB data cable.
    > make sure to place the Update SuperSU zip in an easy to find folder for faster access.
  3. Now you need to make sure that your Galaxy Nexus is not connected with your computer.
  4. Boot your device into Bootloader Mode now.
    > do it by pressing and holding simultaneously Volume Up, Volume Down and Power.
  5. Next, when you’re seeing the Bootloader screen, press Volume Up until the Recovery Mode option is listed.
  6. Press Power to boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
  7. Press the ‘Install’ button in TWRP Recovery.
  8. Find the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip file and select it for installation.
  9. In order to begin installation and root process, slide the blue bottom to the right.
  10. The root shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to finish. Return to the main TWRP Recovery screen when the root is complete.
  11. Press Reboot, then ‘System’ and wait for your device to load the Android 4.3 JWR66V home screen.
  12. Next, open Google Play Store and then install the Root Checker Basic tool. Link here.
  13. Launch the Root Checker tool.
  14. Press Verify and you will be told that your Galaxy Nexus is now rooted.
  15. Start installing new ROMs or any other tools that you think that it will enhance the overall performance of your smartphone.

After you’ve done with this guide you can begin to look for custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, AOKP or Paranoid Android builds, as these are some of the most popular versions currently available for your Galaxy Nexus phone.

I hope that you found this guide helpful and that you’ve managed to successfully root your device. If you have any other questions, then you should post them below in the comments section.

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