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If you are one of those lucky users to have been running the latest version of Android – the Android 6.0 Marshmallow – on your Nexus 4, you would be glad to know that your phone on this latest version can be rooted.

Root has been achieved on the Nexus 4 running Android 6.0, and that means a lot to the users who cannot live without root access even for a second (’cause most of the apps they use utilize the root access).

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Once you are rooted, you are free to enjoy your favourite root-requiring apps on your phone. And if you have ever rooted your phone, you already know what these apps can do for you.

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

So, without further ado, here’s how to root your Nexus 4 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

Files You Need

  1. You must have a custom recovery installed on your Nexus 4 before you can do this tutorial. Please head to our guide here to learn how you can flash TWRP custom recovery on your phone. When you are done with that, return here and continue.
  2. This should flash a modified boot image to gain root access on your Nexus 4.
  3. Backup your data before you do this tutorial, to be in the safe side.
  4. Download Modified Boot Image to your computer. It should be in .img format.
  5. Download SuperSU to your computer. It should be flashed on your phone to achieve root access.

Rooting the LG Nexus 4 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  1. You are not supposed to extract files from any of the archives that you have downloaded to your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer using a suitable USB cable. Make sure your phone can receive files from your computer.
  3. Copy both Modified Boot Image and SuperSU from your computer over to the internal SD card storage on your phone. Place them in the root directory so they are easily accessible.
  4. When the files are copied, disconnect your phone from your computer.
  5. Turn off your phone completely.
  6. Reboot your phone into the TWRP Recovery mode. To do that, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together for a couple of seconds on your phone.
  7. Your phone should get into the recovery mode.
  8. Once in TWRP, select the option that says Install. It is for installing a custom file on your phone.
  9. Change the file type to images so that you can see .img files while browsing for the boot image file.
  10. Navigate to your internal storage, find the modified boot image, and select it to be installed on your phone.
  11. Confirm the prompt and wait for it to flash the modified boot image on your phone.
  12. When it’s done flashing boot image, choose the Install option once again.
  13. Change the file type to zip so you can now see the SuperSU .zip file located on your phone.
  14. Navigate to your internal storage, find SuperSU .zip, and select it to be flashed on your phone.
  15. Wait for TWRP to install SuperSU on your phone.
  16. When it’s done flashing SuperSU, select Reboot followed by System to reboot your phone.
  17. You are now rooted!

And there you go!

Your LG Nexus 4 running on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now rooted. You can confirm the root access by using a root checker app like the one given here. If it says you have root, you are all set.

Now that your Nexus 4 is rocking root access once again, head over to the Google Play store to find your favourite root-requiring apps and to install them on your phone. Well, those are the apps that made you root your phone, otherwise, why would you even go through such a long root procedure? So, go ahead and enjoy.

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