why would you want to root the Nexus 7? Well, previously, a number of functions were restricted to Root user but slowly, there have been alternatives that are being made available. Even mounting a USB drive via OTG is also possible without root. So, what are the advantages then?
- To activate Google Wallet and get a $10 prepaid card (only available till 17 Sep 12)
- To use specific apps like Titanium Backup, Sixaxis Controller (to use a PS3 controller with the Nexus 7), DataSync
- Load a custom ROM
It all depends on your usage but if you intend to go forward, I include the instructions below. You may never know if one day you might require a rooted app and at that time, it would be painful as a data wipe is required for rooting. There are really no disadvantages currently, as no apps block access after rooting. There were rumours that Google Wallet would not work on rooted devices, but it is not true. However, it will display a warning.
- Download ToolKit – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1766475
- Install driver in “drivers” folder if not already installed (it will say PdaNet)
- Set your Nexus 7 to USB debugging mode (Settings > Developers Options > USB Debugging)
- Plug in device to computer
- Start the Toolkit.
- It will asked if your bootloader is locked or unlocked. If you just bought it from Google, it’s locked.
- Remember this will wipe all your data. Backup your data > Unlock > Root > Enjoy!
- If you’d like a video of the process, check out the video below.