Android 5.0 Lollipop will soon be OTA roll out for the 2013 variant of Google Nexus 7. But, until then you can choose to update your tablet with a ported firmware. This software is still official, stable and smooth as we are talking about the developer preview of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update process can be easily completed (learn how to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Google Nexus 7 by using our dedicated tutorial), though afterwards, for being able to properly test the new ROM you will also have to gain root access.
Gaining root access is an operation that should be applied only by advanced users. Also the developer preview release of Android 5.0 Lollipop should also be flashed only by advanced users of Google Nexus 7 or by developers – don’t worry, the firmware is stable enough for a daily use thus it can also be used on a daily basis. Just note that ensuring root access is a risky and complex operation – if you think that using stock Android OS is enough for you, then you shouldn’t complete this tutorial; else don’t hesitate and apply the guidelines from below.
Rooting an Android device is a dedicated though custom operation. By applying the same you are removing default and in built restrictions. Therefore, we are dealing with an unlock process. After performing it, you will be able to use your 2013 Asus Google Nexus 7 on full power. Also, on a rooted tablet you can customize, optimize and personalize the Android Lollipop system and you can also improve the general performances. How is that possible? I will detail that is a second, so be patience.
The best when talking about rooted smartphones or tablets is that you unleash the true potential of the same. Bottom line, on an unlocked handset you can complete other custom operations such as updating with custom ROMs (CM11, AOKP, PAranoidAndroid and more), installing custom recovery images, flashing custom kernels, overclock the CPU, remove bloatware, add new features that cannot be found on the default Android system and so on. In the end, you will be able to bump the speeds, upgrade the battery life and improve the performances of your Google Nexus 7.
But, as you can already tell, this is not an official operation. By completing this tutorial you will lose your Asus Nexus 7 warranty and you will not be able to reclaim the same if something bad happens – like if you soft or hard brick your tablet. So, returning your tablet back to service for technical assistance will imply in paying for the mentioned services. Thus, the best will be to try to fix your bricked Android device manually, by using dedicated troubleshoot tutorials – check out our how to section for further details on that matter.
So, gaining root access is good as you can take your Nexus 7 on a higher level of performance, while it is also bad since the warranty will get void. It is up to you, if you choose or not to complete this step by step guide.
Now, before heading towards the proper steps from below I recommend you to read and to apply the pre requisites the will be detailed during the following guidelines.
A backup is a must, even though your data should be in safe hands during the root process. But don’t forget that this is a complex and risky tutorial, so if you have important data saved on your Asus Google Nexus 7, a backup is not an option. By using dedicated apps from Google Play or cloud services you can save everything you want, including personal data, info and accounts such as contacts, text messages, call logs, images, videos, audio files, market apps or internet settings.
A manual method will imply in using a computer. On our case on your computer you need to install Android SDK and Fastboot. Thus, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Moreover, on your computer you have to temporarily disable any security protection, including antivirus or antimalware as these softwares might interfere with the root process. Also, on your tablet, from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to check the USB debugging option – if you want to properly connect your tablet with your computer.
You need to charge your handset before doing anything else as if your device gets turned off in the middle of the root process, it might also get bricked. You should plug in the charger especially if the battery power is displaying less than 60% power left.
Also, you must complete the steps from below only if you own the 2013 version of the Google Nexus 7 that is currently running on Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.
How to Gain Root Access for Google Nexus 7 on Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Download modified boot image for your Nexus 7 from here.
- Unzip the file on the same folder as Android SDK.
- Also download the root file from here – save the file on desktop but don’t unzip it.
- Connect your tablet with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Go to the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space.
- On the cmd window first type “adb reboot bootloader” – now your device will enter into bootloader mode.
- Return to the cmd window; now type “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
- Wait while the modified image is being installed.
- Then, from bootloader select recovery and enter the same.
- From recovery select “install”.
- Follow the on screen prompts and flash the root package.
- In the end, select “reboot system now”.
- If a boot loop is being issues, enter recovery mode on your Android device and from there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. End the process by choosing “reboot system now”.
There you have it; that’s how you can easily root your 2013 Google Nexus 7 on Android 5.0 Lollipop.