How To Root Nexus 7 Android 4.3

Alright, most of the Google Nexus devices (Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10) are getting Android 4.3 updates. You might or might not lose your root status after the official Android 4.3 firmware. In case you lose it, we are here to help you gain back your root on Nexus 7 2013 version. Android 4.3 update is a must firmware upgrade due to great improvement of TRIM as well as greatly improved Jelly Bean platform. If you yet to upgrade Nexus 7 to Android 4.3, follow our guide here. Else, follow us to root your lovely upgraded Nexus 7 Android 4.3. Root tutorial is available for both Nexus 7 Wifi and 3G version.

In this tutorial, we will use CF-Auto-Root method which is the easiest method to root Nexus 7 Android 4.3. With CF-Auto-Root method, you can simply enjoy the very pure stock experience of Jelly Bean on Nexus 7 without major change but with root access added. Tutorial below covers root method for both Nexus 7 3G and Wifi version. For your information, CF-Auto-Root will not install any custom recovery for you. You have to manual install custom recovery like CWM Touch or TWRP in order to flash custom ROM. With CF-Auto-Root, you can root your Nexus 7 with Windows, Mac or Linux.

First and foremost, no matter what status of your Nexus 7 before upgrade, we need to check now whether you are still with bootloader unlocked. If your bootloader is locked again after Android 4.3 upgrade, do a backup and prepare to unlock again with CF-Auto-Root tool. You are good to go for rooting if you have bootloader unlocked. For first timer, surely you need to unlock bootloader of your Nexus 7 and unlocking process will erase everything on your Nexus 7. Follow our backup guides below before start. Ok, let’s get started.

Android 4.3 Features On Nexus 7 2012

How To Root Nexus 7 (2012)

Disclaimer: It’s always a risk to modify your device. We, Android Teen are not responsible for any damage or bricks on your device. Your device warranty may void with any mod. Check your devices warranty’s term & conditions before start. (HTC,Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola). Use this guide on your own risk, contact us for help if you face problem.

Pre-requisites & Requirements

  1. Nexus 7 2012 3G or Wifi version (Ensure correct device model and firmware; Check device model – Go to Settings -> About Device -> Model Number)
  2. Windows-based computer or laptop
  3. Download Nexus 7 USB driver for Windows and install in your computer. (Installation guide)
  4. Connect device to computer with USB cable to complete installation.
  5. Skip this step if you have installed the USB driver.
  6. Enable USB Debugging on your device. How to Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android Devices.
  7. Make sure your phone is charged to 60% 80% to avoid battery blackout and interruption during this tutorial.
  8. We recommend you make a backup on your data and media files before the tutorial. You may restore the data and files if necessary.

Reminder: If you are first timer and Nexus 7 with bootloader locked, you need to make a full backup else you will lose all data. Ensure you meet the requirements before proceed. Contact us if you face problem.


  1. CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 7 Wifi  ( | 6.7MB)
  2. CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 7 3G ( | 6.7MB)


  1. Download the correct flashtool above for your device into a folder in computer.
  2. Download and extract the downloaded zip file. You should see root-windows.bat. (Choose for Linux and choose for Mac)
  3. Power off your device and boot to fastboot mode.
  4. Boot up your device into Bootloader Mode by press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power button until Fastboot menu and Start appeared.
  5. Connect your device to computer.
  6. Double clock and launch root-windows.bat.
  7. Read and understand the instructions. First is to unlock bootloader (optional if you have unlocked bootloader) and follow by root.
  8. Press any key to continue.
  9. Check on both computer and device screen.
  10. You should see a red Android logo during rooting.
  11. Wait device to reboot.
  12. To check whether you have root access, download root checker below to test.
  13. Enjoy your rooted Nexus 7 2012.

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