The Google Nexus 7 tablet has finally been released and if you’re one of the many users who have bought the tablet and want to install custom modifications, then you’ve come to the right place.
Google’s brand new tablet is powered by a quad-core processor and runs on a Tegra 3 chipset. If you are planning on installing custom ROMs or modifying the tablet to enhance its capabilities, you need to first have ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
ClockworkMod Recovery is a custom recovery that lets you modify any Android device by installing custom ROMs, hacks, and kernels. And, if you are planning on modifying your Nexus 7 tablet, then this is the first step.
Check out our tutorial if you want to learn how to install ClockworkMod Recovery 22.214.171.124 on the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Google Nexus 7. 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.
- Google Nexus 7 with unlocked bootloader and with root access
- A Windows PC
- Handset USB drivers installed on the PC.
- Enable USB debugging on your handset.
- Disable antivirus, firewall, and other security software. Such software can interfere with the procedure in this guide.
- Download one of the following files to your computer:
- Download the Fastboot package (Fastboot.zip, 404.46 kB) to your computer.
- ES File Manager installed on your tablet. You can get it for free on the Google Play Store.
- 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.
- Extract the Fastboot.zip file and save the contents to your computer’s desktop for easy access. You should acquire four files.
- To simplify the file name, rename the downloaded ClockworkMod Recovery image into recovery.img.
- Copy recovery.img into the Fastboot folder that you have extracted. You should have a total of 5 files in the folder.
- Open ES File Explorer File Manager on your tablet.
- Select the menu button on your device and click on Settings. Check the Up to Root option, then also check the Root Explorer option. After which, press the Allow/Grant button when prompted for root privileges. Check the Mount File System option as well. Once all the three options are checked, head back to the app’s main home screen.
- Press the Up button on the navigation settings until you reach the root directory that says / at the top. Go to the system folder and long-tap on the recovery-from-boot.p file and delete it. You need to delete this file so that ClockworkMod Recovery won’t be overwritten by the stock recovery after a reboot. If the file is not present there, ignore this step.
- On your computer, open a command prompt and navigate it to where the Fastbootfolder is located.
- Connect the tablet to the computer via USB cable.
- Type this command to check if your tablet has successfully connected to the computer. Your tablet's serial number will appear on the screen:
- Enter the following commands to flash ClockworkMod Recovery on your Nexus 7.
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- ClockworkMod Recovery should be installed on your tablet.
- To boot into ClockworkMod Recovery, turn off your tablet. Press and hold down the Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons together until your tablet boots into ClockworkMod Recovery.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed ClockworkMod Recovery 126.96.36.199 on your Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.