If you want to use your Nvidia Shield Tablet on full power and install the latest games and apps, then you first need to unlock its Android system. In that matter, during the following guidelines I will show you how to easily start the tweaking process by ensuring root access and by flashing CWM Recovery on your tablet. Both operations will be applied quickly and safely so you have nothing to worry about (even if you are a newbie who is on his first root experience) – for further info, don’t hesitate and check the lines from below.
Unlocking the Android OS and the internal system of your Nvidia Shield Table is required due to various reasons. For example, let’s say that you want to install a custom app from Google Play, but root access is prompted. Or, let’s say you want to try a custom ROM such as CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid. Also, let’s think about customization and optimization operations such as removing bloatware, unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom kernel, overclocking the CPU and so on. All these operations can be performed only after ensuring root access and in addition by using CWM recovery. So, we will make sure that you can use your Nvidia Shield Tablet on full potential.
By gaining root access you will remove in built factory restrictions and default settings that are limiting your general access. Thus, important changes will be added, changes that will unlock the Android system of your tablet. As you can already tell, these changes have nothing to do with Nvidia or with Google, which means that rooting and installing CWM recovery represents two unofficial and custom operations. Therefore, by completing this step by step guide you will lose your Shield Tablet warranty – taking your device back to service will imply in paying for the technical assistance (it can get quite expensive, especially if you have bricked your Android device).
Anyway, this root method is safe and secured. All you have to do is to use a dedicated tool, developed by those of xda-developers – we should thank them for the same – which will do all the work for us. In the end, you will unlock your Nvidia Shield Tablet in a minute or less, without using complex apps or risky procedures. But, before starting the root operation, first you have to complete the pre requisites tasks, which are a must (else you can end up in damaging your tablet or in messing things up).
Start by backing up your data because you can end up in losing everything from the internal storage of your Nvidia Shield Tablet. Your personal data, info and accounts might get corrupted or even wiped out during the root process, so the best will be to save the same before doing anything else. In that matter you can anytime use compatible backup and restore apps or cloud services which are available for free on Google Play – also you can search for compatible tutorials by using our how to section.
After saving you data you need to head your attention to more general aspects. For the beginning, you need to make sure that a computer is near you and that you can use the same. Of course, your tablet and its USB cord should also be near you as you will have to establish a connection between your devices. On the computer you will use, you first have to turn off the antivirus protection along with any other security tool – do that only temporarily as the security features might interfere with the root process. Moreover, on your tablet you need to enable USB debugging option from “menu – settings – developer options” and the Unknown Sources option from “menu – settings – security”.
Finally, you should start the steps from below only if your tablet is charged – the battery level should show at least 50% power left; else plug in the charger before doing anything else or your device might get bricked (if it gets turned off in the middle of the root operation).
Do note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Nvidia Shield Tablet and with no other Android based smartphone or tablet – be careful in what you apply and try not to mess things up.
How to Root and Install CWM Recovery on Nvidia Shield Tablet
Gain Root Access
- Download the root tool from here and save the same on your computer – on desktop if possible.
- Connect your tablet with your computer via USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded file from desktop to your device.
- Install the .apk tool.
- Tap on the “make it ra1n” button.
- In the end, go to Google Play and download SuperSU.
- That’s it, root access has been achieved.
Install CWM Recovery
- Download the CWM recovery file from here.
- Transfer the file on your device as you did for the root app.
- Also go to Google Play and download Flashify.
- Open Flashify and follow the on screen prompts for flashing CWM recovery on your Nvidia Shield Tablet.
There you have it; that is how you can root and install CWM recovery on your Nvidia Shield Tablet. Now you can consider in updating with a custom ROM or in performing other custom operations for customizing or optimizing your Android device. Do use the comments field from below for sharing your personal experience with our team and with other users who might want to complete this step by step guide.