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How to Root your Nexus 4/5/7 running Android 4.4.3 Kitkat

How to root Nexus running Android 4.4.3 kitkat

By today I hope everyone got your Android 4.4.3 OTA update, If not check now. As Google started rolling the new update for all the nexuses from the midnight of 10th june itself. But what’s new in this update? To be frank, nothing. Expect dialer everthing else are under the hood, fixing various bugs and improving security. Hope those unexpected rebooting of device and other camera bugs are fixed with this update. But here the things remain the same as the only front-facing change that I have noticed so far is the dialer app. Which got a bit of make over. If you are a guy looking forward for UI changes, Customizing Options, Screen Recording, Automation and more. Then don’t expect them from OTA. Just go ahead and root your device and tune it the way you want.

Why should one root their device ?

How many apps you were installing and how many of them seems handy for you all the time. Even for torch people used to download an app when an app could serve the purpose of not only the torch but also the quick panel tiles, notifications clean/pin, gestures and more. Guys, there is completely a different play ground out there not that which every one knows. Yes, there are apps which has the ability to unleash your phones inner abilities and the customization to next new level.

How -to Root ?

Here is a how to guide for all Nexus devices running the latest Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.

Prerequisites :

  • Nexus Device running latest stock android 4.4.3
  • Windows PC
  • USB Cable

Step 1 : Prepare your Phone/Tablet

Since this method will utilize Android Debug Bridge (ADB), you’ll need to enable USB Debugging on your device, which is in the Developer Options menu. If you don’t see that menu in your Settings, let’s unlock it now.

Head into Settings, then scroll all the way down to the bottom and hit About Phone. In here, scroll down to the bottom again and tap Build Number seven times in rapid succession.

Next, back out one level and you’ll see a new Settings menu titled Developer Options. Open this menu, then tick the box next to Enable USB Debugging and press OK on the subsequent popup.

Android USB Debugging

Step 2: Connect Your Phone/Tablet to Your Computer

This is a simple step, but it’s an important one. You’ll need to connect your phone to your PC to apply the update, but the USB cable you’re using to do that is important. Make sure there is no visible damage to the cable and the connection it makes at both ends is firm.

Step 3 : Install Nexus Root Toolkit

This is a superb tool which not only simplifies the things but also explains each and every option and its purpose. To download Nexus Root Toolkit click this link from your Windows PC.

When the download has finished double click the .exe file and hit RUN. From the next window, click Install.

Nexus Root ToolKit NRT

When the installer is finished, you’ll be asked to enter your device name and Android build number. Choose your device and its built number from the drop down and click Apply.

Nexus Model type NRT

At this point, you’ll see a dialog box instructing you to enable USB Debugging on your device. We’ve already covered that part in Step 1, but you’ll also need to allow your computer to connect to your device at this point.

Unlock your device and you should see a dialog box asking you to Allow USB Debugging. Tick the box next to Always Allow From This Computer and tap OK.

Computers RSA Key

Next, NRT will ask you to download a couple of files. Click OK to allow it to download all of the necessary files.

Step 4: Configure Nexus Root Toolkit (NRT)

At this point, you should be looking at the main screen of the Nexus Root Toolkit. First, you’ll need to install the ADB drivers if you haven’t already done so. Right up top, tap the button that says Full Driver Installation Guide to get things started.

Nexus Root ToolKit Initial Setup

On the next screen, click the Step 3 tab and take note of the Recommended Driver Solution. Click the corresponding driver solution below it, then follow the prompts for driver installation.

ADB Drivers installation

To check whether the drivers configured properly or not. Goto Step 4 and hit the Full Driver Test.

confirm your drivers configuration NRT

When finished, head back to the Nexus Root Toolkit’s main page.

Step 5 : Create Android Backup File

It is always advised to create of a backup of your current stock rom because if something fails in middle of the process you have an option to restore back, no worries. Nothing gonna happen. To create a backup of all your existing apps and data click that Backup button under Backup+Restore on main screen of the NRT and then the “Create Android Backup File“.

Backup System apps and Data NRT

Be patient, the backup process takes time to complete.

Step 6 : Unlock the Bootloader

If you haven’t unlocked your bootloader you may now have to. Inorder to root the device you first have to unlock it and this process erases all the data on your device. So, it is recommended to take a backup of all your apps and their data before you begin this process.

Now, just go ahead and click the Unlock button.

Unlock Bootloader NRT Nexus and Me

The phone then boots into bootloader and thus begins the process. At the end you may notice the “Lock State – unlock” which states, the phone has been unlocked successfully.

Step 7 : Root and Flash Custom Recovery

Now our purpose, full administrative access and that is possible only by root. So, from NRT’s main screen, under the Root subsection, tick the box next to And Also Flash: Custom Recovery. Then, just hit the Root button to begin the process.

Root and Flash Custom Recovery

On the next screen, click OK to begin rooting and installing a custom recovery on your phone. When it’s all finished, a confirmation box will let you know that the process was successful.

That’s the process involved in rooting your device. To gain full administrative access of your phone you have to go through each and every step. And one plus thing with the Nexus Root Toolkit is, it guides and explains each and every step and options. So, there is nothing to get confused. It’s a wonderful tool from WugFresh.

Ok, rooting done. Whats Next?

Nexus and Me recommends three must have applications, one should try on his/her rooted device. First comes the Tasker, second Xposed Frameworks and three Nova Launcher. Nova doesn’t require root but recommended over Google Now Launcher. To know about these three awesome apps go through the links down below.


Xposed Frameworks

Nova Launcher

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