If you want to root your Google Nexus 10 that runs on Android 4.4.3 KitKat KTU84L firmware, then you are in the right place. During the guidelines from below we will be checking on how to easily complete the root process and at the same time we will also check how to install the latest CWM recovery on your Nexus 10, all being compatible with the new Android 4.4.3 platform. So, if you want to learn more about these operations, don’t hesitate and take a look below.
Gaining root access represents a popular operation that is used by almost all the Android users out there. So, if you choose to root your Google Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.3 you will be able to unlock the internal system of your tablet. Basically, after gaining root access you will be able to change the default settings for improving, customizing and optimizing the performances and the looks of your handset. Furthermore, rooting your Nexus 10 will be the first step to make when considering in updating your tablet with a custom ROM firmware or when thinking in performing other custom operations such as installing a custom kernel or flashing a custom recovery image.
At the same time, CWM recovery represents a custom recovery image that can be used on your Google Nexus 10 for various reasons. As you know, when you first buy a new device, it will be delivered with the stock recovery. Unfortunately, the stock recovery can provide only limited possibilities, so if you want more from your handset, flashing a custom recovery, such as CWM recovery is a must. Basically, with CMW recovery running on your Nexus 10 you will be able to hard reset your device, to clear cache, save the current ROM by making a Nandroid backup, to install .zip files, to update with unofficial updates and to “communicate” with the internal system of your device easier and faster.
As you can see, gaining root access and installing CWM recovery are basic operations that must be performed on your Google Nexus 10, especially if you want to use your Android tablet on full power, without dealing with factory and default restrictions or if you want to power up the performances of your device. So, if you have decided to complete this tutorial, don’t hesitate and apply the steps from below – but first read all the guidelines from below in order to make everything as it should (else, by messing things up you can end up in soft bricking your handset).
Gaining root access and installing CWM recovery represents unofficial operations, so completing this tutorial will imply in voiding your Nexus 10 warranty. This is the only negative aspect that is related to this tutorial, so if you’re not comfortable with the same, maybe the best will be to stop from going any further. Anyway, for performing the steps from below you don’t have to use complex or risky operations so it is unlikely to mess things up – therefore everything will be fine as your device will be in safe hands.
The best will be to save your data and everything that’s important for you before starting the root operation. Do that because your data might get wiped out, or corrupted and you might end up in losing precious info such as your personal accounts, internet settings, videos, audio files, market apps, text messages and so on. For completing a safe backup and you can anytime download and install free distributed apps from Google Play.
After taking care of the backup, ensure that you can use a computer, or notebook on which first deactivate – only temporarily – the security protection (tools like antivirus and antimalware might interfere with our work). On your Nexus 10 from “menu – settings – developer options” enable the USB debugging options – else you won’t be able to connect your device with your computer. Connect the charger if on your tablet you notice that there is less than 50% power left, or else your device might get turned off (and bricked) in the middle of the root process.
Complete this step by step guide only if you own the Google Nexus 10 tablet that runs on Android 4.4.3 KitKat KTU84L firmware because the root and CWM recovery process is compatible only with the same.
How to Root Google Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.3 and Install CWM Recovery
- First of all, on your computer, install Android SDK and Fastboot: install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- On your computer also install Google Nexus 10 USB drivers.
- From here download the SuperSU file – transfer this file on your device (first connect your Nexus 10 with your computer via USB cord and then transfer the file).
- Download the recovery image from here. Transfer this file to the android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory from your computer.
- Turn off your tablet (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for 15 seconds or less).
- Enter bootloader mode on your device by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
- Connect your tablet with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- On your computer go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and from there open a command prompt window (press and hold keyboard shift key while right clicking on any blank space within the mentioned folder).
- In the cmd window type the following command “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-18.104.22.168-manta.img” and in the end press enter.
- On your device, from Fastboot mode select “recovery” and enter the same (similar, learn how to enter recovery mode on your Android device).
- From recovery select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the SuperSU file and install the same.
- In the end, from recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
- In case your tablet gets stuck in a boot loop, return to recovery and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
So, there you have it; that’s how you can root and install CWM recovery on your Google Nexus 10 that runs on official / stock Android 4.4.3 OS. If you have questions or if you need further details don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below. We will assist you as soon as possible and we will try to resolve your problems by coming with new details or why not with a new tutorial.