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:

source: Addictive Tips via HQRaja (XDA-Devs)

Related phones

Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That was fast :)

9. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

What? Already! Nexus is the best :)

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 .

11. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 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 :|

14. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

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

3. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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?

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

7. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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

10. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 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 ;)

12. maestro1

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

15. jspy619

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 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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