Kid-friendly Fuhu Nabi 2 tablet rooted to work with Google Apps

by: AdrianOctober 8, 2012

Although we don’t usually pay much attention to niche tablets oriented towards kids due to their usual modest hardware configurations, Fuhu’s Nabi 2 is certainly a whole different kettle of fish.

Not only is the 7-incher available for sale for just $200, but it also comes with a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 ICS, being perfect for running much more complex apps and games than just Angry Birds or Temple Run.

Still, the overall Nabi 2 user experience of anyone over 14 years old was seriously crippled until now due to the manufacturers’ not very smart decision of failing to include access to Google Play. This might have not been a major downside for a run-of-the-mill kid-friendly tab, but for one with such snappy specs that had the potential of being a family device more than a children-oriented one it was a bit disappointing.

Worry not, all you custom ROM lovers, because it seems we haven’t been the only ones noticing Nabi 2’s huge potential. Recognized XDA contributor jmztaylor has even decided that it was time for the tab to explore said potential, so courtesy of a root and custom recovery, you can get Google Play access, as well as all other Google apps you all depend on so much, like Gmail or Google Maps, on your Nabi 2.

The Google Apps installing is pretty easy and straightforward, but if you don’t have much experience with rooting Android devices or flashing custom ROMs you shouldn’t take the risk of bricking your tab. Also, do keep in mind that your Nabi 2 warranty will become void once you root it, so think long and hard if you need Google Apps and know what you’re doing. As jmztaylor himself says in the XDA thread dedicated to the subject, “YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.”

That said, the risk of harming your device is very slim if you have basic working knowledge of ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) and a working fastboot setup. If you do have these two things, you’ll want to download the actual root tool from here (, extract the files to your PC, plug in your tab and then follow the instructions. Finally, you can get the actual Google Apps package from here, courtesy of the CyanogenMod team.

There aren’t any bugs or glitches reported at this time by users who’ve tried the root and recovery tool, so again, if you play your cards right you should make the Fuhu 2 a very neat and cool all family tablet in a jiffy.

Any parents around who are now sharing their Fuhu 2 tabs with their kids? Happy with the experience? Is the rooted tablet as functional as you expected it to be?

  • Josh H

    I just bought 1 yesterday for my 6year old, pretty nice so far. It has “unknown sources” enabled by default so I just installed the amazon app store downloaded from the built in browser and wala.. Im not going to put google play on it at the moment, most of my kid apps are purchased from “free apps of the day” anyways. Its funny that this tablet is sooo quick, faster than my Asus transformer..

  • Qliphah

    Now, is it possible to remove the playdoughy red case?

    • alan peterson


  • Quad core 1gb ram ? THATS THE SAME AS THE NEXUS >.> they shouldnt be allowed to give kids something like that, maybe a cheap chinese £50 one, but not that

  • Spader

    I will have to look into this. I have not done it before, but Amazon is not available in Canada, and Nabi is very limited (as a family tab) without a decent market.

  • nikki

    Its not fuhus decision not to put google on there… they are fighting to get it but googlehallowed it as of yet because of the customeinterface upon start up and having the nabi appstore.both which breaks Google’s rule for the store

  • Symyn

    Is there a way to get the full Nabi 2 software to load onto another tablet?? I like all the features for my son, but i already purchased another tablet,, I want to make my tablet for him run the kid friendly and parent approved OS.

    • katie

      Not sure about the nabi software, but check out an app called zoodles.. It’s a kids lock program you can control what apps, Internet, etc. If you take the time to set up what he can/cannot access it’s great. On both parents phones in my house for our daughter.

  • do you need to have internet to access the aps or can this jump on any 3G hot spot?

    • Josh H

      Most of the apps can be used without wifi/hotspots. There are some that require network connection tho. Whenever I need internet I just turn on my hotspot from my phone and it works fine.

  • Pedro de Almeida

    Hy guys i just bought a nabi for my kid and i am looking into rooting it; can you guys confirm if all i need is the to root the tablet, run the software and follow on-screen instructions? Thank you in advance

  • lala

    I cnt download temple run!!!!!