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How to root and unlock Google Nexus 7 and install ClockworkMod Recovery [Guide]

[1]This guide will help you to unlock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 7, the first device to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and to root your device and install ClockworkMod recovery, to gain access to advanced features such as blocking ads, or installing custom ROM’s such as Cyanogenmod.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended as a helpful “how to”. dotTech and its writers are not responsible for any gain or loss (including but not limited to bricked devices) incurred as a result of following this guide. Root your device at your own risk. Rooting may void your warranty. Unlock bootloader of your device at your own risk. Unlocking the bootloader may void your warranty.


This guide will reportedly work good for all Google Nexus 7 devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of Android.

Before We Begin

Before starting with the procedures to unlocking the bootloader of your Google Nexus 7 and rooting it, make sure that you are ready with the following packages:

Before beginning, make sure that your device has USB debugging enabled under Settings -> Developer options.

How To Unlock the Bootloader and Root Google Nexus 7 and Install ClockworkMod Recovery

WARNING! All user data on your device will be cleared!

Take note we must unlock bootloader before we can install ClockworkMod recovery, and we must install ClockworkMod recovery before we can root. This guide shows you how to do three, in the proper order.

To unlock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 7, install ClockworkMod recovery, and root the device, follow the steps below:

For most users, the ClockworkMod recovery would have been permanently flashed to your device after this step. If not, ONLY IF NOT, follow the steps below:

Follow the steps below to root your Google Nexus 7:


Enjoy your rooted Google Nexus with unlocked bootloader and the extensibility of ClockworkMod recovery. Now you can do things such as block ads [7] or deny apps Internet access [8].

[via XDA [9]]