How to Manually Root the Google Nexus 4 for Free
The Nexus 4 is one of the most popular Android smartphones in the world today. It’s fast, clean, powerful, and cheap. Although the Nexus 5 is now on shelves, the Nexus 4 remains a very popular option for discount smartphone users looking for an affordable unlocked phone.
If you want to get more out of your Nexus 4, then I highly recommend rooting your phone. Every day, thousands of Nexus users around the world root their devices.
Rooting a Nexus 4 doesn’t lead to all of the same benefits as rooting other devices. After all, Nexus users already enjoy the latest Android updates and a pure Android experience – something that other Android users have to root to enjoy. However, there are still plenty of other rooting benefits to experience on your Nexus 4.
Benefits of rooting the Google Nexus 4:
-Install custom ROMs for the latest version of Android or other operating systems
-Install thousands of apps that only work with root access
-Enjoy better security features
-Uninstall unwanted Google apps and Google services
-Experience the fastest possible level of Android speed and performance
Warning: Before You Proceed
One Click Root does not currently support the Nexus 4. That means you have to rely on less trustworthy rooting methods. One Click Root is not affiliated with the rooting method listed below and takes no responsibility for any damages incurred to your Nexus 4 as a result of the instructions.
Manually rooting Android always comes with some risks. You may void your warranty and, if something catastrophic happens (like your power goes out at the worst time), then you may brick your Android.
With that in mind, you can easily root your Nexus 4 by following the instructions below.
-Nexus 4 with Android 4.4, an unlocked bootloader, and at least 50% battery life
-Internet connected PC
-USB cord/Micro-USB cord
-About an hour of free time
Note: the instructions listed below will work for a diverse range of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus.
Step by Step Guide
Step 1) Download and install the Android SDK package onto your PC from here: https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
Step 2) Connect your Android to your PC via micro-USB cable
Step 3) Download TWRP from here and flash it by typing in the following command on your PC:
fastboot flash recovery FILENAME.img
Step 3) Reboot your Android into recovery mode by holding the power and volume down buttons at the same time
Step 4) Flash the latest version of SuperSU
Step 5) Your device is now rooted
Rooting a Nexus 4 is surprisingly easy. Basically, all you need is an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery tool like TWRP or ClockworkMod. Then, you flash your recovery tool, reboot into recovery mode, and flash the latest version of SuperSU. That’s it.
There are other ways of rooting the Nexus 4, but this way tends to be the easiest. Which rooting methods worked for you? Let us know in the comments section below!
Android SDK: https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html