Here is a simple and easiest guide to root Nexus 7 (2013) Android 4.4.1 KOT49E Firmware. This guide is only for the Nexus 7 users who are on the latest release of Android 4.4.1 KOT49E official firmware. If you are not, then read here How to Install KitKat 4.4.1 KOT49E OTA on Nexus 4, 5 and 7. Nexus 7 is one of the latest Tablet from Google powered with lots of new features, recently Google released the new OTA Kitkat for the Tablet. Once you root the tablet, you can enjoy lots of tweaks and custom ROM on your device. Read some of the benefits of rooting android phone and tablets here.
Before we proceed read all the instruction very carefully and follow them one by one on your tablet. And don’t forget to take the backup of tablet. For help on Backup and Restore, check out our Pre-requisites and Requirements section below. Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.
Pre-requisites and Requirements
a) Before following the guide do take the Full Backup of your Android Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Bookmarks. Looking for more ways to get the Backup your android device click here. So in case if you lost some of your important data and files in the update or rooting process, then you can easily restore them from your backup file. Read also how to take the backup of WhatsApp messages and restore it.
b) Once the backup files are saved on your device or on your desktop, Enable USB debugging mode on your device, read the guide here how to enable USB debugging mode.
c) Make sure that your Nexus 7 (2013) battery is full charge or near about 60-70% battery level.
d) Download the Latest Nexus 7 (2013) drivers on your PC and install it to start the update process. You need these drivers to connect your device with the computer to follow this guide.
After following the above mention steps follow the below mention guide one by one to root Android 4.4.1 OTA Update on Nexus 7. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.
Instruction to Root Nexus 7
Step 2. Download SuperSU v1.80.zip for Nexus 7 2013 on computer.
Step 3. Now connect your tablet to the computer with USB cable and move the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.80.zip file to the root folder of your Nexus 7 Tablet.
Step 4. Now Download CWM 220.127.116.11 and save it on your AndroidADB folder, that you created on Step 1.
Step 5. Now Switch off your tablet and wait for few seconds. Boot the Nexus 7 tablet into Bootloader Mode. To do so, press Volume Down and Power keys for a few seconds until some text appears on the screen, which confirms entry into Boot loader Mode.
Step 6. Now go on your PC and open the AndroidADB folder and open Command Prompt (press Shift and then right-click on empty space to open Command Prompt)
Step 7. Now enter the below mentioned commands and hit enter
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-18.104.22.168-flo.img
Step 8. Once the recovery is installed on your tablet, choose the recovery option from the fastboot menu and boot the tablet in the recovery mode.
Step 9. Now you tablet is in Recovery Mode. From here Select “flash Zip from SD Card” and press the power button to select. Now select “Choose Zip from SD Card” and install the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.80.zip file on your device.
Step 10. Once the the process is done. GO back to the recovery main menu and select “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu.
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