Google Nexus 7 – How to unlock & root the tablet | IT Gadgets Review

Though I did not manage to attend the Google I/O event this year despite having the ticket, I have managed to purchase the first Google tablet – Google Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store.

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Sadly, the only official cover is the grey one made by the same manufacturer partner for Nexus 7 – Asus. Unboxing the new Nexus 7 was pretty straightforward though I personally would prefer to avoid having the multiple inner compartments.

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One of the advantage of this Nexus 7 vs the other Android tablets in the market is the ease of unlocking and rooting of the device.

WugFresh has managed to developed a very straightforward tool to handle the preparation to the unlock / root and even restoring the OEM lock, all via a simple GUI.

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The key steps are:

A) Full Drivers installation on your terminal PC

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Once the drivers are successfully installed, you should be able to see the connected Nexus 7 as an Android ADB interfaced phone.

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B) Perform full backup of the tablet (if you have existing information, installed apps etc on the device)

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C) Perform bootloader unlock

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D) Initiating root access and install ClockModRecovery

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E) Finishing and restore your initial backups

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F) DONE! Verify your rooted Nexus 7

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There should be an inserted app to manage the Root Administrator rights (SuperSU).

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* Do take note that the warranty will be voided once the unlock and root are completed.

Keep a close look out on my next review post once I have played with it for a time period so that I can appreciate the key differences against the regular iPad.

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