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Unlock Bootloader, Root and Install TWRP Recovery on New Google Nexus 7

The 2013 version of the Google Nexus 7, the new Nexus 7 has been released and as expected now we have suitable methods for tweaking Asus’s latest tablet. The device is a great one as it comes pre-installed with the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.3 firmware, which means that custom ROMs will be developed based on the AOSP platform. Anyway, if you want to learn how to tweak your Android device, then start by unlocking the bootloader, rooting and install TWRP recovery on your Google Nexus 7 2013 edition.

All these methods will be explained during the present step by step guide, so do check the same for unlocking and unchaining your Google tablet. The guide is complex and risky which means that you have to read all the lines from below. Don’t head right to the root operation as you can end up in bricking your Nexus 7 2. Also, on your way, you should stop and thanks the xda-developers team as they are “responsible” for this tutorial.

Unlocking the bootloader must be achieved if you want to gain root access. Both operations are linked meaning that you cannot root without unlocking the bootloader. The bootloader is a small program that runs each time you power up your New Nexus 7. The program is loading the OS and in-built apps from the ROM memory into the RAM memory. So, without the bootloader, your tablet can’t perform. Now, when you first buy an Android based handset, it will be delivered with a locked bootloader which means that it’s your job to unlock the same.

Unlocking the Google Nexus 7 2013 edition bootloader is not hard, though you should be careful as the warranty will get void while completing the same. This is happening because the process is unofficial, so it has nothing to do with Google or Asus. If you mess things up you will end up in bricking your tablet – be careful in what you do and follow the guidelines from below.

After unlocking the bootloader you need to install a custom recovery image and root your Jelly Bean 4.3 based Nexus 7. By gaining root access you will remove the factory restrictions from your device and you will gain access to the internal system of your tablet. That’s why, after rooting, you can update with custom ROMs, overclock the CPU, remove in built programs and a lot more. Basically the root operation is the first thing to do when looking forward in customizing and optimizing the performances and looks of your Android device.

The custom recovery image represents the interface between your New Google Nexus 7 and the tablet’s internal system. By using a custom recovery you can apply unofficial updates, perform maintenance, backup and restoration procedures and a lot more. Now, TWRP recovery is the touch version of CWM recovery. Furthermore, TWRP recovery is one of the most used custom recovery by worldwide Android users so you have nothing to worry about.

As mentioned the warranty will get void as these operations aren’t official. The best is that you can restore the lost warranty anytime you need to. All you have to do is to re-flash the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS on your Nexus 7. Then the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the factory restrictions reinstalled.

Another aspect to consider before starting the proper tutorial is related to a backup. It’s more than recommended to backup your data, personal saves, info and accounts as the same might get corrupted. Don’t worry, the backup can be easily performed, all you have to do is to download backup and restore apps from Google Play store. Then, check out the rest of the pre requisites by completing the list from below.

  • Enable the USB debugging option on your tablet; do that by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
  • Charge your tablet if you notice that there is less than 60% power left.
  • A computer will be required; on the same there should be installed any security tools like antivirus or antimalware programs.
  • On your computer the Google Nexus 7 2013 edition drivers should be installed.
  • Also, fastboot must be installed – you can get it via Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.

Good job, now you can begin the proper step by step guide; remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the New Asus Google Nexus 7 so don’t try the next steps for unlocking the bootloader, rooting and installing TWRP recovery on a different Android based device.

How to Unlock New Google Nexus 7 Bootloader

  1. Connect your tablet with the computer via USB cable.
  2. On your computer open a command prompt window.
  3. On the cmd window enter “adb reboot bootloader”.
  4. Your handset will reboot in bootloader mode.
  5. Then, type the next command: “fastboot oem unlock”.
  6. If an alert message will be displayed on your Nexus 7, agree with the same.
  7. The bootloader will now be unlocked.

How to Install TWRP recovery on New Google Nexus 7

  1. Download the recovery image from here.
  2. Save the file on your computer.
  3. Open the recovery image folder and open a command prompt window there (press the shift hey on the computer’s keyboard and while pressing the same right click on an empty space -> select open command prompt window here).
  4. Connect your device with the computer by using the USB cord.
  5. On the cmd window type: “fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-”.
  6. TWRP recovery will now be installed on your tablet.

How to Root New Google Nexus 7

  1. On your computer download the rooting package from here.
  2. Connect your tablet with the computer.
  3. Take the downloaded root file and place it on your tablet; remember where you place the file.
  4. On your computer open a cmd window.
  5. On the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
  6. Your device will reboot into recovery.
  7. From recovery go to “install” and select the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.43.zip file”.
  8. Flash the package.
  9. Then return to recovery and reboot your handset.

Congratulations you have completed the tutorial. Now your Asus Google Nexus 7 2013 edition is rooted and installed with TWRP recovery not to mention that you have successfully unlocked its bootloader. So, now you can easily update with custom ROMs, flashing custom kernels and overclocking the CPU for increasing the speeds. Stay close for further step by step guides and use the comments are from below if you have something to share with us.

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