Root Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.3 & Install Custom Recovery

Recently Google released the new Android 4.4.3 update for the LG Nexus 4 users, the new updates comes with some new features and improvement. You can get the latest Android 4.4.3 update got your nexus 4 here . If you have been looking for a guide, here is how to root Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.3 KitKat. With this guide you can easily get the root access on your device and install the CWM or TWRP recovery. Once the device is rooted you can enjoy lots of custom Rom and tweaks on your nexus. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. In this guide we will use the SUPERSu file to root the device and show you how to install TWRP or CWM recovery on nexus 4.

WARNING!

Your warranty is void if you follow the given instruction in this guide. We the Howtorootmobile.com team or the developers are not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards. Read all the instruction very carefully and Perform everything at your own risk.

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CHECK PHONE MODEL

This guide is only for the Nexus 4 android smartphone. Don’t try this method on any of other Android devices, It may hard brick your device. So, first confirm your phone model number in your android phone settings. To do this Go the Settings page of your device and check out the “About Device” option.

PRE-REQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

Before following the below Mention guide, It’s always recommended to follow our pre-requisites and requirement to stay safe.

1. BACKUP YOUR ANDROID DATA

Do take the Full Backup of your Android Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Bookmarks. This one is one of the most important step that you have to follow, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps. For help on Backup and Restore check out the below mention guides.

BACKUP ANDROID APPS, SMS, CONTACTS, CALL LOGS, & BOOKMARKS
BACKUP ANDROID DEVICE WITH THESE FREE APPS
BACKUP AND RESTORE WHATSAPP MESSAGES

2. INSTALL NEXUS DRIVERS

You need these drivers to connect your device with the computer to follow this guide. Without these USB drivers you can’t connect your device to the PC, first download and install these drivers on your system.

DOWNLOAD ANDROID USB DRIVERS

3. ENABLE USB DEBUGGING MODE

Now you need to enable USB debugging mode. Without enabling USB debugging mode on your device you can’t start the root, Custom ROM or Unlock process.

HOW TO ENABLE USB DEBUGGING MODE ON ANDROID DEVICES

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4. CHARGE YOU ANDROID

If your device switched off during this process, it could damage or brick the device. Make sure that your Android battery is full charge or near about 50-70% battery level.

After following the above mention steps follow the below mention guide one by one to proceed with the tutorial. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.

HOW TO ROOT NEXUS 4

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Step 1. Download ADB files (Windows , Mac and Linux) in your computer. Extract the folder on your desktop. In this guide we are using the Windows PC.

Step 2. Download the recovery for your device, From the below mention links. You can use CWM or TWRP recovery on your device.

Download CWM Recovery here or TWRP recovery here

Save the file on your desktop and rename the file to recovery.img.

Step 3. Now move the rename file recovery.img on the ADB folder that you downloaded and extracted on the step 1.

Recovery-Image

Step 4. Download SuperSU v1.99 (UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.99.zip) and copy it to your \sdcard on your Nexus 10.

Step 5. Switch off your Nexus device and boot in fastboot mode. Switch off the device and then press the Volume down + Power button. This should get you into Bootloader mode.

Step 6. Now connect your Nexus to the PC with the help of USB cable.

Step 7. Open the ADB folder on the desktop and hold SHIFT key on your keyboard and RIGHT CLICK and select “Open command window here” .

Step 8. Now you will see the command prompt window on the desktop screen. First you have to Unlock the bootloader of your device (Skip this step if already unlocked the bootloader and follow the step 10). Enter the command as “fastboot oem unlock” in the command prompt.

Step 9. On your Nexus, confirm with “Yes” using the Volume keys to move and the Power button to confirm.

Step 10. To flash the recovery on your device. In the command prompt window, enter the following command:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Step 11. Now this will install the custom recovery on your device.

Step 12. Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.

Step 13. Now from the recovery main menu, Choose the “install zip from sdcard” option. Select “choose zip from sdcard”. And press the Power button to select it.

Step 14. After the installation completes, go to “Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu. The phone will boot now.

That’s it. Now the custom recovery is installed on your device and the device is rooted too

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