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We are still waiting for its release, but already we have the how to root Nexus 7 Android Jelly Bean 4.1 Unlock Bootload and Flash ClockworkMod Recovery methods thanks to the clever team at RootzWiki Developers and more specifically an individual who goes by the name of birdman.

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

  • You will need to make sure you have the Samsung Galaxy USB drivers. This is necessary for when you connect the device to the computer. You have to connect it to the computer in order to root the device.
  • You will also need to have USB debugging mode enabled in order to complete this guide. You can follow the link through that I provided and find out how to do that if you don’t know already.

How to Root Nexus 7 Android Jelly Bean 4.1 Unlock Bootloader & Flash ClockworkMod Recovery

Step 1. First we need to unlock the bootloader. To do this you will need to download and then install Android SDK.

Step 2. From within the ‘Settings’ menu select ‘Developer Options’. Then enable USB debugging.

Step 3. Using the USB cable, connect your device to your PC. Next launch the Terminal or Command Prompt, from where you stored the Android SDK find the fastboot folder (C:\ for Windows).

Step 4. You will need to type the command that follows:

fastboot oem unlock

This will flash the device, once done enter:

fastboot reboot

Step 5. You will need to download the following:

  • recovery.img HERE

put it in the fastboot folder then type the following:

fastboot flash recovery CWM-grouper-recovery.img

Step 6. You will need to reboot your device again, simply type in:

fastboot reboot

Step 7. Next we are going to make sure that when we install  ClockworkMod Recovery, it will be  permanent. To do this simply type in the following commands in the terminal:

mount system

adb shell

cd /system

mv recovery-from-boot.p recovery-from-boot.bak

Step 8. Now we can move onto gaining root access to the device. Download the following file and make sure it is saved on your device directly under /sdcard.

  •  JB-SuperSU.zip HERE

Step 9. Enter ClockworkMod Recovery. To do this simply turn off your device then hold down the ‘Volume Up’ + ‘Volume Down’ + ‘Power’ buttons simultaneously until the CWM logo flashes on the screen.

Step 10. You should now be in the main menu. From here navigate to ‘install zip from sdcard’ > ‘choose zip from sdcard’ > ‘JB-SuperSU.zip’.

Step 11. Then back in the main menu, select the ‘reboot system now’ option.

Now that your device is rooted, you can instantly download rooted apps. Furthermore, you may be interested in checking our custom ROMs.

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