Opening up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250 on official firmware is a great idea, it opens up lots of doors to lots of possibilities.  We won’t get into that now because we could be here for hours.

However, I did write up a quick post on what to do after you root your Android device. By all means, go ahead and check it out. We will also be covering how to flash the Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250 firmware after we complete this. Hit up our firmware section for the latest.

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.

Details of Note

  • Make sure you have the Samsung Galaxy USB drivers. It is possible you have this already if you use the device regularly, in which case you can skip this step. This is necessary to connect the device to the computer, in order to upgrade the official firmware.
  • You will also need to have USB debugging mode enabled in order to complete this guide. You can follow the link that I provided and find out how to do that if you don’t know already.

How to Root Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250

Step 1. Download the CF-Auto-Root file for Galaxy Nexus I9250 ( CF-Auto-Root-maguro-takju-galaxynexus.zip) and also the Odin 3.07.

Step 2. Go ahead and extract the ODIN zip file.

Step 3. Turn off the Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250.

Step 4. Turn the device back on and put it into download mode. If you don’t know how to do this simply press home, power, and volume down simultaneously. Once you are inside, make sure you are running ODIN 3.07 as administrator. You will need administrator permission to get this job done.

Step 5. With the USB cable supplied, connect the Galaxy Nexus GT-I9250 to the Windows PC. You will know if it has been successful by looking for an “added” message appearing inside ODIN> If it was not successful try again. Subsequently, you can install the USB drivers again as this may be the issue.

Step 6. Inside ODIN click the PDA button and insert the CF-Auto-Root-maguro-takju-galaxynexus.tar.md5 file. Please ensure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset buttons are checked.

Inside ODIN sill be a start button. You can press start now to begin the flashing process. Wait patiently for it to finish. You will know it has finished when the phone reboots automatically. Upon reboot, your device will now have root access.

Now that you’re finished, you can instantly download rooted apps. Furthermore, you may be interested in checking our custom ROMs.