Learn How To Root Nexus 4 – Guide
Rooting has been achieved on Nexus 4 just after the release, it’s great news for those of you who love to have full control over your Android device. Rooting makes you able to customize every aspect of your Nexus 4, thanks to XDA member HQRaja. He found a way to root Nexus 4 easily.
No doubt, there are a lot of rooting benefits, but it’s also important to note that rooting will void the warranty of your Nexus 4, so think twice before you proceed. However warranty can be recovered by unrooting the phone again.
As usual, we’re presenting a guide to learn how to root Nexus 4. The bootloader of your Nexus 4 must be unlocked, visit this guide to unlock bootloader. Use a Windows PC for rooting, Android ADB should be installed on your PC, you can follow our this guide to install it. Turn on USB debugging on your Nexus 4, you can visit this story to turn on it.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download Fastboot package (fastboot.zip) to your PC from XDA.
Step #2: Download the unsecure boot image to your PC, it will temporarily boot your phone into unsecure development where you’ll root the phone.
Step #3: Download the Rooting Package (Root_files.zip) to your PC.
Step #4: Unzip the fastboot.zip file into C:\, it will extract a fastboot folder having four files.
Step #5: Copy the downloaded boot.img file into fastboot folder.
Step #6: Unzip the downloaded Root_Files.zip file, files you’ll get from the .zip file copy to fastboot folder, now you should have eight files in fastboot folder.
Step #7: Turn your Nexus 4 off.
Step #8: Reboot your Nexus 4 into fastboot mode, to do so reboot the phone by holding volume down and power buttons until screen turns with “Start” message.
Step #9: Plug your Nexus 4 to PC using USB cable, the computer may ask for drivers installation, allow installation.
Step #10: Open up command prompt, you can find it under Start menu>programs>accessories. If you’re using Windows 8, right-click on left corner of task bar.
Step #11: Enter following command on command prompt to navigate to fastboot folder:
Step #12: Enter following command to make sure your phone is connected to PC properly, if it shows serial number, your phone is connected.
Step #13: Install the boot.img by entering below command:
fastboot boot boot.img
Once the installation is done, your phone will reboot.
Step #14: Once your phone is booted up into android, enter following commands one by one to root the phone carefully:
adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
adb push su /system/bin/
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
adb push busybox /system/xbin/
chmod 06755 /system/bin/su
chmod 0644 /system/app/Superuser.apk
chmod 04755 /system/xbin/busybox
busybox –install /system/xbin/
The last command will close the command prompt.
Step #15: Reboot your phone and disconnect it from PC.
That’s it, your Nexus 4 is rooted now, you’re able to install any root-required app on your Nexus 4, enjoy!