Nexus 4 root already achieved, surprises no one

by: AdrianNovember 16, 2012

Not only is LG and Google’s newly released Nexus 4 a sight for sore eyes, but it’s also one extremely rare sight these days, what with its limited international launch and all.

But if you knew somebody that knew somebody that knew somebody at Google and managed to grab a Nexus 4 before it vanished into thin air, you might already be curious to take a peek in the phone’s internals and start tweaking that juicy buttery Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

We don’t know exactly why you would want to change anything about the new JB, but if you’re simply weird that way we’re glad to inform you that a root for the pure Google phone has already been achieved.

HQRaja from XDA has done the deed, and, as you’d expect, the root is pretty smooth sailing. All you have to do is unlock the bootloader, flash the insecure boot image that you can grab from this thread here, enable Android Debugging, hook up your phone to a computer via USB, and then use ADB to push BusyBox and Chainfires SuperSU to the device.

The usual set of precautions applies, so if you haven’t done anything like this before, it wouldn’t hurt to voice your doubts on HQRaja’s thread. Also, keep in mind that you’ll most likely be voiding your precious new phone’s warranty, so unless you’re planning to actually start working on custom ROMs we wouldn’t recommend rooting just yet. If you do end up rooting, have fun and let us know if everything goes okay.

  • IncCo

    Honestly, I think that rooting a nexus device should be built into the phone somehow.

    • Jesse Wilson

      I see it more like a “skill testing question”. It’s never a hard question, it just proves you can dress yourself in the morning.

    • annon

      I’d agree with…only we don’t live in the day and age where manufacturers are intelligent enough to realize that a lot of android users flash custom roms/use root access…. they only care about the majority of users that just use the devices the way they function out of the box

  • You need root to over/underclock to save battery, pretty mush everything in tasker requires it, titanium backup, recovery backup in case you ever lose your phone, etc. LOL i know somebody that has a touchwiz rom on his one X, some people are just weird