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Root Google Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware

As you know, all the Nexus branded devices received a new OTA update as Google released the Android 4.4.4 KitKat KTU84P firmware. Well, since the update is out for a couple of weeks, now maybe you are looking for a compatible root solution that can be applied on the new KitKat 4.4.4 KTU84P OS. In that matter, if your own the Google Nexus 10 tablet, you can use this step by step guide, as during the following lines we will be checking on how to easily root your Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat official firmware.

As you already know, the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update was released in order to fix related bugs and lags that were present in the previous versions of Android system. So, if you want to enjoy a stable Android firmware then flashing KTU84P is a must. Furthermore, if after applying the OTA update you still think that you can improve the Android experience on your Google Nexus 10, then you definitely have to root your tablet. Thus, gaining root access should be the first step to make when thinking in tweaking your Android device.

Basically, root access must be ensured if you want to install custom and complex apps from Google Play or if you are considering in performing unofficial operations like: installing a custom ROM firmware, installing a custom kernel, overclocking your Android device, installing a custom recovery image, removing bloatware and so on. Therefore, if you want to unchain the internal system of your Google Nexus 10 for improving the speeds, upgrading the battery life, personalizing and customizing the looks or for optimizing the performances, gaining root access isn’t an option for you.

Of course, as you can already tell, completing this operation implies in applying an unofficial procedure on your Nexus 10. So, yes gaining root access isn’t official – due to same reasons, the warranty of your tablet will get void once you complete this step by step guide. Do note that rooting your Nexus 10 represents a complex and risky operation – if you choose to apply things without consulting the guidelines from this tutorial you can even end up in damaging or in soft bricking your Android tablet and since the warranty is void you will have to unbrick your device by yourselves as taking your handset back to service will be quite expensive.

As you will see during the steps from below, by rooting your Nexus 10 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat KTU84P OS you will also flash a custom recovery image on your device. As you know the custom recovery image can be used for various procedures, procedures that can’t be completed by using the stock recovery that comes pre-installed on all the Android devices. Therefore, this tutorial is teaching you how to complete two separate operations at the same time as you will manage to install TWRP recovery and root your Google Nexus 10, everything being explained during the steps from below.

But before heading to the proper root operation you should backup your data. Since installing a custom recovery image and gaining root access represents custom operations, it might be possible to lose all of your data which is saved on the internal storage memory of your Nexus 10 – the data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, due to same reasons, take your time and use suitable apps for saving your contacts, your text messages, internet settings, market apps, audio files, images, videos, movies along with your personal data, info and accounts – in that matter you can also check out our how to section for using compatible backup and restore tutorials.

You will also have to ensure that you can use a computer or notebook, your tablet and its USB cable. On your computer you need to install Android SDK and Fastboot (in that matter you can use: how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux) and you have to temporarily deactivate the security protection (the antivirus programs might interfere with our work). Then, on your handset first of all you need to enable the USB debugging option from path “menu – settings – developer options (else you might have problems while trying to connect your devices) and then you will have to plug in the charger (especially if the battery status is showing less than 50% power left – if your tablet gets turned off in the middle of the root process, it might also get bricked).

This root and installation process is compatible only for the Google Nexus 10 that runs on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. This is happening because the KTU84P firmware has been OTA released only for the mentioned tablet. Using this guide for a similar or different Android based device might make you damage your device (see how to fix it), so be careful and try not to mess things up.

How to Root and Install TWRP Recovery on Google Nexus 10 that runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware

  1. On your computer download the SuperSU app from here and the TWRP recovery file from here.
  2. Connect your tablet by plugging in the USB cord and transfer the SuperSU package from your computer to your device.
  3. Unplug the USB cord.
  4. Turn off your Nexus 10 (press power button and select “power off” or press and hold power key for 10 or 15 seconds).
  5. Enter Fastboot mode on Nexus 10 by pressing on Volume up and Power keys at the same time for a few seconds.
  6. Select the TWRP recovery file and transfer it to the Android SDK folder within “android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory”.
  7. Connect your tablet with your computer; navigate to the mentioned path (“android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory”) and from there open a command prompt window: press and hold shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space within the specified directory.
  8. In the cmd window type “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-” and in the end press enter.
  9. From your device highlight recovery and select the same.
  10. Then from recovery select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  11. Pick the SuperSU package and flash the same.
  12. In the end from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now”.

Note: in some cases, rare ones, after completing the steps from above, your Nexus 10 might get stuck in a boot loop. If that happens, on your tablet go back to recovery mode and from there select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Of course in the end choose “reboot system now” as everything should be working fine now.

So, there you have it; that’s how you can anytime root and install TWRP recovery on your Google Nexus 10 that runs on stock / official Android 4.4.4 KitKat KTU84P firmware. Stay close for further step by step guides and use the comments section from below in order to share your thoughts and experience with us and with other users who might need a second opinion before using this tutotial.

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