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Tutorial How can I root my Google Nexus 4 without a PC?

Discussion in 'Android Unlocking & Rooting' started by Jeanh, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Rooting (Android): How can I root my Google Nexus 4 without a PC?

    DISCLAIMER: I have personally never needed this method but the author of this app had received many accolades for writing an app that roots almost any kitkat phone. It is said to work on Nexus 4 as well.

    If following this procedure breaks your phone, or you loose any data, or anything goes wrong in your life because of this, I am not responsible.

    Go ahead at your own risk!! (scary music here)

    Here is the procedure:

    Please or Register to view links

    Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

    Since Hotz's Towelroot app is not available on the Play Store, you'll need to enable sideloading on your phone or tablet. To do this, just head to Settings, then tap Security. In here, tick the box next to Unknown Sources and press OK.

    Step 2: Download Towelroot

    Hotz has made his rooting app available to everyone by way of its website. Open up the web browser on your Nexus and head to Please or Register to view links to begin.

    From here, tap the Lambda symbol to start the download, then press OK on any popup or warning message. Once the download is finished, tap the notification to launch the install process.


    On the next screen, just press Install to begin. When finished, hit Open.

    Step 3: Root Your Device

    The Towelroot app only has one button, and that's the one that does all the magic. Simply tap make it ra1n to begin.

    The app will take about 10 seconds to copy over the necessary root files, then it will automatically reboot your phone. When you're back up, you'll be rooted—that's literally all there is to it. You just rooted your phone in less than a minute.

    Step 4: Verify Root

    Once your phone or tablet comes back up after Towelroot's automatic reboot, you can verify that root was indeed achieved by grabbing Root Checkerfrom the Play Store.


    Just open up Root Checker and tap Verify Root to see the results.

    While doing this, you may have noticed that Root Checker didn't ask you if you wanted to grant it root permissions. This is because Towelroot doesn't install a root management app—it just grants root to any app that asks for it.

    This is a huge security risk, because malware apps can do some serious damage to your phone if they were to be given root permissions. An app that somehow snuck its way onto your device could silently be granted superuser privileges, then have unrestricted access to sensitive data on your device. No worries though, there's an easy fix for this vulnerability.

    Step 5: Install a Root Management App

    Chainfire's SuperSU is the leading root management app today. It offers compatibility with almost any root app and the latest versions of Android. With SuperSU installed, you needn't worry about malware apps sneakily gaining permission to access your system-level components.
    From the Play Store app on your Nexus device, search SuperSU to get the root management app installed. Alternatively, you can head to this link to jump directly to the install page.


    Step 6: Update Superuser Binaries
    As soon as you open SuperSU for the first time, you'll be asked to update your Superuser binaries. Tap Continue on this first dialog, then choose Normal as your method of installation.

    When the process is finished, you should get a message telling you that installation was successful. Just reboot your phone now, and you'll have an awesome Superuser management app that will keep malware at bay.
    If SuperSU gives you a message that says "Installation Failed", just reboot your phone and run the process again. Regardless of what it says after the second attempt, the binaries will be installed. Give your phone one last reboot at this point, and you should be all set.
    With a root app that you installed yourself whose developer you trust, just tapGrant on first run. If a shady app that you don't recognize asks for root, simply hit Deny and it won't be able to access your system partition.

    Now you're Nexus is rooted, but it's still secure. You can start joining in on all of the root fun now. Perhaps even give Please or Register to view links a try and see all of the Gadget Hacks that opens up.
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  2. derx

    derx El Vampiro Staff Member Moderator

    Wrong section. Thread moved!
  3. derx ..hehehe sorry ulet
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