Root Nexus 7 2012 Running Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat Factory Image

If you have followed our previous tutorial of Nexus 7 being updated to Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat, then you must have guessed already as we have mentioned it a lot of times before, that flashing the official/Factory Image/Firmware, your device will loose its root access and everything will be turned back to Stock. So, no matter how much of customization you have done to your device, which Custom recovery you were using before, all will be transformed back to the Stock version of firmware, even if the update is the smallest one in terms of size and changes. And only thing left is to root your device again, use any method possible and what suits you best, we will be using the golden method of Flashing the Custom Recovery first and then Root the device using that Recovery.


Here are a little something to consider before rooting:

  1. Your Device must be running Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat, How Follow: Link
  2. Back-Up all your important ContactsCall Logs & Messages. It is highly recommended in case of any mishap or data loss to back up all your important data.
  3. Back-Up your Mobiles EFS Data. 
  4. Check your device model, Go To Setting > About and Make sure that it is Nexus 7 (grouper)
  5. Do not try it on Nexus 7  2013 , Nexus 4 or Nexus 5.
  6. Bootloader Must Be Unlocked.
  7. Enable USB Debugging Mode
  8. Download USB Driver For Nexus Devices: Link

Also See: Install Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat On Nexus 5

Also See: Root Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat

Also See: Install Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat On Nexus 7 2013

Also See: Root Nexus 7 2013 Running Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat


The methods involved in flashing custom ROMs and rooting your phone is highly custom which may result in bricking of your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturers . In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.

Downloads Required:

CWM Recovery + Super SU

Installation Process:

  1. Download Super SU to the root of your SDcard.
  2. Download the CWM Recovery Image and paste it in the Fastboot folder.
  3. Turn Off your Device.
  4. Now go to Bootloader/Fastboot mode, Press and hold Power + Volume Down Buttons till you see some text on-screen.
  5. Now Open Command prompt in Fastboot Folder.  How? Hold Shift Key and Right Click anywhere in the Fastboot folder.
  6. Connect your Device with PC.
  7. Now Type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img to flash the CWM Recovery on your device.
  8. Type fastboot reboot, to reboot your device.
  9. After a proper reboot, your device will be running CWM Recovery.
  10. Turn Off your Device again.
  11. Now go to Bootloader/Fastboot mode, Press and hold Power + Volume Down Buttons till you see some text on-screen.
  12. Choose Recovery From Bootloader.
  13. Navigate to ‘Install zip from SDcard’ another windows will open in front of you.
  14. Select ‘choose zip from sd card’ from the Options.
  15. Select the Super file and confirm the installation on next screen.
  16. Once the Installation is Over, Select +++++Go Back+++++.
  17. Select “Reboot System Now“,
  18. After the Reboot, check Super SU app in drawer or use any root checker app to verify root access.
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