I have a Nexus7 Tablet (2012) with Android 4.4.2. I'd like to root it, so that I can use some Apps, that need superuser rights.

I just found tutorial that explain how to root this device using a Custom ROM. Is it possible to root without installing a Custom ROM? Why is it not possible to just install "su" on the Tablet as I did with my Phone?

  • Have you seen How do I root my Nexus 7? The description there does not use a custom ROM (just a custom recovery, which you will find useful if only for its extended features like Nandroid backup and additional wipes being available). As for why it's not possible by "installing su": Vicious circle. To install su, you need root. – Izzy Jun 24 '14 at 12:19
  • Thank you for your answer. If I understand correctly, I have to wipe all data by this installation, isn't it? Have I a possibility to just root without wiping the device? – Luca Bertoncello Jun 24 '14 at 12:53
  • I have no Nexus device, so I cannot say for sure. But AFAIK the "oem unlock" part is only required if you plan to install custom ROMs – rooting itself should not require this (I've rooted my Milestone 2 and my Optimus 4X, and never did an "oem unlock" – but it might depend on device and rooting strategy). – Izzy Jun 24 '14 at 14:59

Yes, you can root it without installing a custom ROM. The rooting instructions on this site just tell you to install a custom recovery, which can install su for you.

  • Thank you for your answer. Just a question: I see, that I need to install a flash, and this is what I don't want... Can I just apply the step 7? – Luca Bertoncello Jun 24 '14 at 8:17

Yesterday I tried with the HowTo (How do I root my Nexus 7?) and now I have a rooted Nexus 7! Well, I discovered, the "oem unlock" is not necessary, since the device was already unlocked... :)

Thank you all for your help!

Luca, with a rooted Nexus! :)

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