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Root Nexus 7 2013 on KRT16S Android 4.4 KitKat and Install CWM Recovery

You can now root Nexus 7 on this latest Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat OTA software update that is rolling out to Nexus devices. This tutorial works for users who have installed Android 4.4 KRT16S using the official OTA zip file or using a factory image. Only a few users have received the official Nexus 7 2013 Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update, but for those who can’t wait, we have a tutorial for that as well here: Update Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) to Android 4.4 KitKat OTA. If you want to root Nexus 7 2012 on Android 4.4 KRT16S, please read here! Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. We will be using the latest SuperSU and CWM Recovery in this tutorial. You can now root Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 7 2013 and also install ClockworkMod Recovery using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading below, will will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 7 on Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat software update with backup tips and other important points given below that you should keep in mind. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Installation of the latest CWM / TWRP Recovery is also part of the tutorial. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Root Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KRT16S Details:

Android 4.4 KRT16S was released a couple of days back through an OTA update for the Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). Like always, we made sure you also get the the root method for Nexus 7 on Android 4.4 earliest as possible. It has been given on the next page. This root method will first install ClockworkMod recovery and then install SuperSU using that.

In case you want to update Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 KRT16S KitKat using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:

ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.4 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 7 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to next page and root Nexus 7 on Android 4.4 KRT16S software version.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.

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