I'm trying to root a Nexus 7 with Android 4.2.2 (1st generation). I am following instructions here: http://honai-android.blogspot.com/2013/06/how-to-root-nexus-7-on-android-422.html?showComment=1377379346836#c8791363668077143555 I get to Step 4 in which it says to wait until windows has finished installing drivers. I am on OS X. The Nexus 7 is in fast boot mode. It has an image of the green Android lying on its back with a panel open, in the upper right is "Start > corresponding to the on/off button" and just below that up and down arrows corresponding to the up/down volume buttons. I plugged in the USB and nothing happens, ie no indication of drivers being installed.

I watched this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0MyTvgfO7s Which was somewhat helpful. Following the instructions enable me to see that the Nexus 7 was connected to the Mac in fastboot mode. So I continued on to step 5, Running root-mac.sh resulted in this error in the terminal window: ... FAILED (remote: (Nv3pBadReceiveLength)) downloading 'boot.img'... FAILED (unknown status code)

Then from here [GUIDE][MAC/PC/LINUX][4.2] Unlock, Root and Flash Recovery at Android Central (sorry it won't let me put 2 links), I did the commands:
./fastboot-mac oem unlock
./fastboot-mac oem reboot

It did a clean install and reboot, but it is not rooted. When it was rebooting, the padlock icon was showing that it was unlocked. I test for root by trying to run the app Z-ScreenRecorder, which required root access.

I got it. After the unlock and reboot commands, then I went back to the original instructions and ran CF-Auto-Root-grouper-nakasi-nexus7/root-mac.sh. Now the Z-ScreenRecorder app starts.

2 Answers 2


If you want to unlock the bootloader, root and add a custom/stock ROM, then you want to use Wugs Toolkit for Nexus. (Try to borrow or use a Windows PC or laptop, its not for OS X)

Here is XDA forum link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1766475

Here is the download link (this is for Windows, not OS X) http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/

Its pretty self explanatory, but try to read it all anyway.

As far as I know there isn't a version for OS X

I have used this method on my 2 Nexus 7s and my friends Nexus 4 & 5!!!

Happy rooting everyone!!!!

  • If I was wrong about OS X having a version, my bad.
    – HasH_BrowN
    Sep 3, 2014 at 19:50

Try to install framaroot, it's support many devices :) :)


  • The Nexus 7 is not on the list of compatible devices, though. Aug 28, 2013 at 19:37

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