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How to Root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0 Nougat (NRD90M) Firmware

This guide is dedicated to showing how to root Nexus 9 for users who have just updated to Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M firmware. Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M is a major upgrade for the Nexus 9 as it brings in a version upgrade which means there will be numerous changes and additions. Previously, we saw Google announce multiple Developer Previews and also a Public Beta but this is the first final build available for compatible Nexus devices. You can use this guide to gain root on your HTC Nexus 9 as when you upgrade, your root status is set back to stock. Not only that, for users who haven’t tried root yet, it provides extended features and control over your device. In this guide, we will be using popular yet reliable tools such as TWRP custom recovery and SuperSU from Chainfire. As a prerequisite we  Rest, we need you to make sure you are already to Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M as this guide is catered towards it specifically. You can easily root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M using the tutorial below. Please note, that you need to have an unlocked bootloader first, which we think you should already have it unlocked if you installed this image manually. Don’t worry, we have everything covered in the detailed steps below – even a tutorial on how to install ClockworkMod 6 Recovery. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 9 on Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat 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.


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 9 Android 7.0 NRD90M Details:

Android 7.0 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 devices. These are the major changes in final release of Android 7.0, as per Google:

The latest Android 7.0 Nougat MTC20F / NRD90M build carries the August 1st Secuirty patch. The bulk of the August 1 patch focuses on vulnerabilities in Mediaserver, which includes remote code execution, elevation of privilege, information disclosure, and denial of service vulnerabilities. Information disclosure vulnerabilities were also resolved in OpenSSL, camera APIs, SurfaceFlinger, and Wifi.

In case you want to update Nexus 9 to Android 7.0 NRD90M Nougat 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:

  • Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Computer.
  • Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!

HTC Nexus 9 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 7.0 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 9 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 9 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 Nougat.

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 9 on Android 7.0 NRD90M software version.

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Taimur Akmal

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