Though many would argue the latest version of stock Android provides an exemplary user experience, some are never satisfied with using software that hasn’t been modified to their hearts’ content. Those folks are in luck, because thanks to the Android Open Source Project’s (AOSP) massive developer following, tweaking devices has never been easier. Take, for example, the new Nexus 7: though it’s nary been out a day, the famed collective behind the third-party recovery tool TWRP has already made a version compatible with Google’s latest and greatest. Custom recoveries include a myriad of features, but most importantly make achieving root – system-level access required for many applications that can change the look and function of Android – possible.

Installing TWRP and Achieving Root

Installing TWRP and rooting a new Nexus 7 takes some preparation. First, the tablet’s bootloader has to be unlocked. (If you’re having trouble completing this step, here’s a handy guide that should help.) Second, the TWRP image must be downloaded to the directory where ADW and fastboot reside (if you’ve unlocked a Nexus device before, you’ve likely set this up already), and the SuperSU zip copied to the new Nexus 7’s internal storage. After all that, the rest is easy:

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  1. Make sure your Nexus 7 (2013) is connected to your computer and at the bootloader screen. Then, flash TWRP  using the command “fastboot flash recovery FILENAME.img”
  2. Reboot into recovery by typing “adb reboot recovery” and hitting enter.
  3. Flash SuperSU from the recovery menu.
  4. You’re (most likely) rooted!

That’s all there is to it. Of course, not everyone’s setup is the same, so if you run into problems or have questions, let us know in the comments.