How To Root Your Samsung Galaxy Nexus Using SuperBoot

by: Richard GutierrezNovember 30, 2011


You can now easily root  your Nexus with SuperBoot as soon as you have installed SU and Superuser app. With this file, you no longer need the ADB program. Also, it will save you the hassle of modifying  files in your phone.

Just follow the instructions below on how to root your device easily.

NOTE: You should have an unlocked bootloader. Be reminded that once you had your bootloader unlocked, everything in your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be erased.

Here are the steps to unlock your bootloader:

  1. First you need to download and install Android SDK.
  2. Next, if you’re using Windows or Mac, you’ll need the Fastboot tool. (Download for Windows, download for Mac.) If you’re using Linux, you can make your own Fastboot tool. (And if you’re using Linux, chances are you already know how to do all this anyway.) Paste it onto your sdk tools or platform-tools folder.
  3. Then, you must put your Phone into Bootloader/fastboot  mode by turning it off and turning it back  on. This can be done by holding the volume up + volume down + power on.
  4. After that,  check to see that there is a red text below that reads “FASTBOOT MODE.”
  5. Next, connect your phone to your Computer via USB Data Cable and let the driver install.
  6. Open a command line and type fastboot oem unlock. This will start the process and give you a screen such as the one below.  Choose YES  using the volume button and then press the power button. With these steps, your bootloader will be unlocked.



  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux)
  • USB Data Cable


1.     First download this file Superboot r2

2.    Extract the zip file to a new folder via winzip/winrar.

3.    Put your Phone into Bootloader mode by turning it off and turning it back  on by holding the volume up + volume down + power on.

4.    You should see this on your screen:

5.    If you’re using Windows computer, go to the extracted file and double click ‘install-superboot-windows.bat’

        For Mac users, open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x’ followed by ‘./’

       For Linux users, open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type ‘chmod +x’ followed by ‘./’

6.     Your phone is now successfully rooted.

Source: MoDaCo

  • Profico

    stupid question, but for what reason is this rooting? 3rd party apps? other firmware with new features?

    • ngukurr

      To get rid of Carrier IQ – a spy program that allows telcos to hack your phone and personal information – creepy, isn’t it?

      • wob

        The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t come with Carrier IQ btw

        • Webbsolution

          odd this is not working – I forced the driver to install and in fastboot mode the device is recognized by win7x64. I run the superboot r2 exe and the phone displays FASTBOOT status FAILBOOTLOADER LOCKED

  • Alb

    all kinds of stuff. free wifi hotspot for one

    • Anonymous

      yea free wifi hotspot alone is enough reason to root your device. otherwise, it takes the customization of Android to the next level.

      • Android-a

        I received my Nexus two days ago. No need to root it in order to get WiFi hotspot, it’s builtin.

        • Anonymous

          well I hope that holds true for the LTE version. I know its supposed to be stock but I just don’t trust Verizon not to tinker with it until I see it.

  • Dan

    Will the phone still receive OTA updates if its rooted?

  • Dutch Guest

    What exactly is the advantage of a unlocked bootloader and rooted phone?

  • AndroidKing

    Interesting, I might need this considering the recent news I read saying your Galaxy Nexus needs to be rooted to apply the volume bug fix recently released at

  • Joren

    Windows 7 doesn’t install the drivers for it. Device manager just says “Android 1.0” in other devices. Where can I find the driver for it?

  • Where can I download the Superboot r2? I cannot download it from FileSonic… :(