How To Unlock Bootloader, Root, and Then Flash ClockWork Mod Recovery On Nexus Phones
Google’s Nexus line is a very popular line of devices that has a seemingly relentless support from the Android development community. They are known for their pure Google experience, meaning there are no modifications from carriers ruining the devices. Owners of the Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus, and the Nexus S, also get support directly from Google, should anything go wrong.
There’s one other thing those with Nexus devices love to do: They love messing with things! Nexus owners have been rooting their phones, flashing new ROMS, and spending hours customizing their devices in an attempt to make it fit their lifestyle more fluidly. In most cases, things work out just fine. These types of modifications offer you even more freedom with your device, but they offer come at a price of security as well.
There is always a potential for problems to occur, especially for those who are new at doing such hacks and mods. Luckily, there is a team of loyal developers in this community that are always ready and willing to help those who are less technically inclined then themselves.
Developers put together toolkits that end-users can understand, and with those kits installed on your computer, magical things can happen.
WugFresh , one of those loyal Android developers, has just finished working on the latest version of an all-in-one toolkit that will allow normal users to unlock the boot loaders, root, and then flash custom recovery on their Nexus devices. The latest update, version 1.5, supports the Nexus 7 as well as all version of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S phones.
The toolkit is extremely easy to use, and basically involves following the on screen instructions. You won’t get a one-click jailbreak like iPhone developers, but with just a small bit of time, the process presents itself in a great amount of simplicity anyways.
Step 1) First, you’ll simply download and install the Nexus Root Toolkit from our DOWNLOADS SECTION.
Step 2) Next, install the toolkit to the default location
Step 3) Once the install is complete, open the toolkit. When it launches, select your model type (example: Nexus 7)
Step 4) Configure your drivers using the guides
Step 5) Backup your data. Once you have a backup created, unlock the boot loader and root the phone (all the tools are right in front of you). The program comes ready to install Android 4.0.4 onto your device, but if you’d like, we’ve got a way for you to jump ahead to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean afterwards if you wish.
Step 6) You can feel free to play around with any of the buttons, but the process will complete eventually with you having a totally free device that’s ready for a ROM.
Once this process is complete, your Nexus device is ready for customizations beyond what Android offers by default. For example, you can feel free to put Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean On Your Nexus Device if you wish.
Got questions? Refer to the developer help file that’s included with the program download. If you need further assistance beyond that, try leaving a comment below. Please note that the help file contains a lot of information, and you should try to refer to that yourself before bringing up a question. It’ll go much faster for you.