The Google Nexus 4 E960 is no doubt one of the greatest phones that offers a true Google experience. With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as its OS, the Nexus 4 can definitely compete head to head with other phones in the market. The Android community certainly loves it and its already found ways to root the Nexus 4. With rooting, you can enjoy full control over your Nexus 4 and features such as better performance, more application choices, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tethering.
If you're excited to take full control over your Nexus 4, keep reading for our step-by-step rooting guides below. You can choose between the ClockworkMod Recovery rooting procedure, or the ADB and Insecure Boot Image method.
The guide shows you how to root the Nexus 4 E960.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the LG Nexus 4, model number E960. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- LG Nexus 4
- For the ClockworkMod Recovery method, you will need the following:
- For those utilizing the ADB method, you will need the following:
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers (usb-driver.rar, 8.27 MB) installed on the PC.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset. From the Settings menu, go to About Phone and tap the Build Number 7 times until a message “You are now a developer!” appears. Go back to the Settings menu and you will now find Developer options. Tap it and enable USB Debugging.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Also, disable other software that access your phone. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Android System Development Kit (SDK) installed and Android Debug Bridge (ADB) set up on your computer. Check out our guides on how to installed the Android SDK and how to set up and use ADB.
- Make sure your device's battery still has at least 70% power. You don't want the device to shut down in the middle of the procedure.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
ClockworkMod Recovery Method
- Copy the SuperSU package to your phone's internal SD card.
- Switch off your Nexus 4.
- Boot your phone to ClockworkMod Recovery. To do this, press and hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and the Power buttons until Fastboot boots. Using the Volume keys, highlight Recovery mode and tap the Power button to select it.
- Select Install ZIP from SD card.
- Select Choose ZIP from SD card and select the SU_Busybox_Package.zip file. Confirm the action on the next screen to root your phone.
- Select Wipe cache partition and confirm the action on the next screen.
- Go back and select Advanced. From there, select Wipe Dalvik Cache and confirm the action on the next screen.
- Select Reboot system now to reboot your phone.
ADB and Insecure Boot Image Method
- Extract Fastboot.zip to your computer. You will get a folder named Fastboot.
- Extract the contents of Root_Files.zip and copy the insecure boot image file to the Fastboot folder.
- Switch off your Nexus 4.
- Reboot your Nexus 4 into Fastboot Mode. To do this, press and hold down Volume Down, Volume Up, and the Power buttons until the screen turns on.
- Connect your Nexus 4 to your computer via USB Cable.
- Open the a command prompt and navigate it to the Fastboot folder.
- Type in the command
fastboot devices. Your phone's serial number will appear on the screen. If it doesn't, make sure you have properly installed the USB drivers.
- Type the command
fastboot oem unlock to unlock the bootloader. A warning message should appear on your phone. Using the Volume keys, select Yes and tap the Power button to unlock the bootloader.
- Type in the command
fastboot boot boot.img.
- Note: The phone will reboot. Leave the command prompt open because it will be used in the next step.
- Once the phone boots up, enter the following commands at the command prompt. Press Enter and wait after each command completely executes:
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/
- After the command prompt closes, reboot your Nexus 4 and you're done.
Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your LG Nexus 4 E960. You can now enjoy root-only apps.
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