LG Nexus 4 has been launched recently and not many have bought it, but those who have it are enjoying it at par. Google and LG’s combined effort are said to a success in the market. Like ever since, the Android community has found out a way to root this device (LG Nexus 4).
All these have been made possible by XDA forum member HQRaja, so the credit goes to him. You should understand that rooting your device will unlock the Bootloader on your Nexus 4. But, this way you will be able to access the system files and make changes that are otherwise not possible.
Read below carefully to learn on how you can root your LG Nexus 4.
Warning: Rooting of your device will void its warranty. The only way with which you can reclaim the void warranty is by reapplying the stock firmware. Therefore, please proceed at your own risk.
- The methods and steps mentioned in this article should only be tried on LG Nexus 4.
- Ensure that there is at least 70% charge with your device, so that there will be no Power interruption during the process.
- You need to backup all essential data’s on your phone, to assure that there will be no data loss during the process.
- The Bootloader of your LG Nexus 4 must have been unlocked before proceeding with this article.
- Disable all Security programs like Firewall and Antivirus from your computer and uninstall the same from your phone, as these security programs generally tend to interrupt the process.
- Enable USB Debugging in your LG Nexus 4 from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The option of USB Debugging should be ticked.
- Also enable “Developer options”, to do so, go into the Settings » About phone menu. Then, scroll down and tap on the “Build Number” field 7 times. This will enable the “Developer options” menu in the main Settings screen.
Download Android SDK, Fastboot, Boot Image and Root Files from here to your computer. First of all, install Android SDK onto your PC; this will install all the necessary drivers for your phone onto the PC. Now, extract the Fastboot file into a folder onto the desktop. Copy the “Boot Image” file to the Fastboot folder. Finally, extract the “Root Files” and copy the Fastboot folder. These files should go into the Fastboot folder directly and should not be inside another directory inside the folder. That is, there should be a total of 8 files in the Fastboot folder.
How to Root LG Nexus 4:
Step 1: Reboot your phone so as to enter it in Fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons together until the screen turns ON and shows “Start” written in big green letters.
Step 2: Now, connect your phone to the PC via original USB cable i.e. the cable that came with it.
Step 3: Now, Click on Start menu » All Programs » Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator. For Windows 8 users, this can be done by right-clicking on the extreme bottom left corner of the taskbar, then selecting “Command Prompt (admin)”.
Step 4: Next, to flash the unsecure boot image on the phone, boot it into unsecured mode.
Step 5: Now, Navigate to the Fastboot folder. For example, if the Fastboot folder is in drive C on your computer, enter cd C:\Fastboot in command prompt (and press Enter) to navigate to the folder.
Step 6: Then, enter “fastboot devices”. If your Nexus 4 has been detected properly, you will see a device ID show up in command prompt. If nothing comes up, make sure you have installed the drivers.
Step 7: Now, flash the boot image on the phone by entering “fastboot boot boot.img” in the command prompt.
Step 8: As soon as the boot image is flashed, the phone will reboot. Keep the phone connected and keep the command prompt open as well, then go to the next step.
Step 9: Once the phone boots up into Android, enter the commands that follows in the command prompt, pressing Enter after each command to root the phone:
adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
adb push su /system/bin/
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/
adb push busybox /system/xbin/
chmod 06755 /system/bin/su
chmod 0644 /system/app/Superuser.apk
chmod 04755 /system/xbin/busybox
busybox –install /system/xbin/
Step 10: As soon as you enter the last command, the command prompt window will close.
Step 11: Reboot your phone and even you can disconnect it from the PC.
That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted your LG Nexus 4. DO let us know if you face any queries, we are here to help you always.
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