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Root Nexus 7 2013 on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow Factory Image with SuperSU

This is how you can root Nexus 7 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow official software update. The new factory images were released just a few hours back and now you can already root your Nexus 7 tablet for full system access on this new Android update. We will be using a custom kernel in order to install SuperSU because of a few changes in the Android kernel. All other Nexus devices have been rooted using a similar method of installing a custom kernel first. Why would you think about rooting? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. We will be using SuperSU and ElementalX Kernel for rooting this tablet. You can now root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus 7 using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 7 on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow 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! Again, be aware that this guide will not show you how you can install a custom recovery. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Nexus 7 2013 - Android 5.1.1


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 ( 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 6.0 MRA58K Details:

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 7 phones. These are the major changes in Preview 3 release of Android 6.0, as per Google:

This final Android 6.0 Marshmallow MRA58K build brings the whole feature list detailed previously at Google I/O as well as fixes the bugs found in last Developer Preview. The new Nexus system images have also received updates and have been refined to offer better testing capabilities without having an actual Nexus phone. Some major features include: Permissions UI, Doze, App Standby etc.

In case you want to update Nexus 7 to Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:

Also, you might be interested in the following posts:

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 6.0 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 ASUS 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 Marshmallow.

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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now go to next page and root Nexus 7 on Android 6.0 MRA58K software version.

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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.


    • Same here!!!! I think there is not enough free space on /system to install SuperSU and it silently corrupts the image causing bootloop on MRA58K displaying no errors!

        • Yes, mount /system rw and temporarily move /system/media to /data and install your .zip files as usual. When complete move as much of /system/media back to /system as possible. You may have to do without bootanimation or a few ringtones. (It’s up to you which you choose to keep.) I plan on scripting the process into two .zip files to make the process quicker as a lot of Nexus 7 owners are running into this issue!

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