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How to root your Google Nexus 4: XDA-Devs member HQRaja ready with the solution

How to root your Google Nexus 4: XDA-Devs member HQRaja ready with the solution
Google's Nexus 4 posterboy for Android 4.2 has already received the root treatment by XDA-Devs member HQRaja, it seems, as we were expecting and rooting for, pun intended. The Nexus line is one of the most heavily modified Android gear, so rooting the LG-made Nexus 4 is just the beginning.

Now the floodgates of custom ROMs, modifications and numerous tweaks will open, squeezing the last breath out of the hardware and interface performance, and the Nexus 4 is no slouch, so we fully expect wonders here.

Moreover, the ROM modding community is able to prolong the usable life of a Nexus device way beyond its hardware prowess usually warrants, and with the latest Android updates coming to it first, you are covered for the foreseeable future with just a little effort on your side to download and install the latest stuff, as the root instructions for novices you can find in the Addictive Tips source link below, or following the steps below for more experienced users:


  1. Grab the insecure boot image by Harry GT-S5830 from this thread.
  2. Also download these root files. This package includes the latest SuperSU 0.98 (all credits to Chainfire), latest su binary that comes with it, and working busybox (not sure if latest).
  3. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file to your computer.
  4. Enable Android Debugging from Settings > Developer Options. (If you can't find developer options, go to 'About' and tap 'Build number' seven times.)
  5. Connect the device to your computer via USB, and install the required drivers (Thanks Stryder5).
  6. Reboot into fastboot/bootloader:
    Code:
    adb reboot bootloader
    You can also power off the phone and then use power + volume-down key combination to get into bootloader.
  7. Unlock the bootloader if you haven't done so already:
    Code:
    fastboot oem unlock
  8. Get back into bootloader mode and boot into the downloaded insecure boot image:
    Code:
    fastboot boot boot.img
    Don't worry, this will not replace your existing boot image and will only boot from the insecure one once.
  9. Once booted into Android successfully using the insecure boot image, simply enter these commands one by one in command prompt (making sure you are in the directory where you downloaded the files):
    Code:
    adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
    adb push su /system/bin/
    adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
    adb push busybox /system/xbin/
    adb shell
    chmod 06755 /system/bin/su
    chmod 0644 /system/app/Superuser.apk
    chmod 04755 /system/xbin/busybox
    cd /system/xbin
    busybox --install /system/xbin/
    exit
    exit
You will now have root access. Tested and confirmed working by Stryder5 and many others.
source: Addictive Tips via HQRaja (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:27 3

1. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That was fast :)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 11:31 2

9. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


What? Already! Nexus is the best :)

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:41 3

2. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I think all Nexus phone should come rooted and bootloader unlocked out of the box , because most users are gonna root them anyway why dont google root them for us ?
Besides , it could be used as a selling point .

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:03

11. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


but not alot of people would agree with that.and ALOT of people don't root their phones.besides the procedure is so simple if you know what you are doing their seems no reason to have root by default.unlock the bootloader and push su.then flash CWM and you're good to go.atleast it isn't as complex as motorola's phones :|

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:15

14. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


Just like you said dude "most"
But not All
So google just being moderate but still open

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:51 1

3. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Why do we experiment with our android phones. I am so happy with stock touchwiz android on my S3. This makes me sad! The phone already has cool features. It's already blazing fast, why go to a rom?

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 08:39 7

5. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Because there is always something that can be tweaked out - sound, color, rooting...it is not a requirement, so if you question why? then it is not for you..and that is ok.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:04

7. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Why overclock if your phone is fast? (Exception: htc one series) why boost your screen when you have a 720p display? Why cyanogenmod? Buy a nexus.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:26 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


this is a nexus. durka.

and again, its about options. a nexus lets us do pretty much anything we want... well.. some times we want more than pretty much.

This is rooting a phone, not changing the ROM. Root gives us access to dozens of things without changing the rom.

I have no intention of getting away from stock with stock updates. . however there are alwyas things to tweak.
The manufacturer doesnt always know best.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:00 6

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im about to root my 10 minute old nexus4. Why? Because there's things I want to do to it.
I like stuff from touchwiz like the spiral gallery app on the note2. With an rooted phone I can add that and other things to my device and make it truely "mine"

This is a first edition root method. If you give it a day or 2 there will probably be a "one click root" of sorts for those that are a lil more shy about doing such things.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 02:37

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Try the cosmic flow live wallpaper from xperia . It's nice . But make sure you download the ics version if not its pretty laggy
I think you may like the touchwiz launcher from the GS3 but I like stock more .
I also using sony's Walkman music player it looks better

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 11:57 1

10. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


the name of the person who did this root has my phones model on it:D GT-S5830 the samsung galaxy ace, i now the model by memory ;)

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:23

12. maestro1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


If only I could get my hands on a Nexus 4. On launch day, too many bottom feeders on Fatwallet and slickdeals made multiple orders to resell on eBay.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 15:19

15. jspy619 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Question - I had an AT&T phone I had rooted, and a newer Rom put in, that I use with Straight Talk. An AT&T update was pushed to the phone, and the update screwed it up. I had to have a new ROM put on. I am thinking about getting the nexus 4. If I rooted it would I have the same problem if an over the air update came, or is that only if you modify the ROM?

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