How to root Google Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi

Updated on July 3, 2018

These are the instructions to root Google Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi running on android 5.1.1 using Chainfire Root Tool on Windows Computer.

Remember: Your Google Nexus 7 should have at-least 30-40 percent of battery to perform the rooting process.

If you are having Google Nexus 7 (2012) Mobile Variant then head over to this Page for correct root guidelines.

Root Google Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi on android 5.1.1

Step 1: Download and install Google Nexus 7 USB driver on your computer. If Nexus 7 Tab USB drivers are already installed on your computer then skip this step.

USB Logo

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging on your Nexus 7 Tab. To enable USB Debugging: Open Settings > Developers Option > USB Debugging > Tick to enable.

(Developers Option is hidden for Android 4.2.2 or above, to show this option Go to Settings > About Phone > Built Number (Tap on it for 5-8 times).

Enable USB Debugging on Google Nexus 7

Step 3: Now, Power off your Nexus 7 Tab.

Power Off Google Nexus 7

Step 4: Now, you have to enable Fastboot Mode on your Nexus 7 Tab while it is power-off. To enable FastBoot Mode: Press and Hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power Button at same time until FastBoot Mode is enabled.

Google Nexus 7 Fastboot Mode

Google Nexus 7 Fast Boot Mode

Step 5: Connect your Nexus 7 Tab to the computer.

Connect Android Device with Computer

Step 6: Download and extract AutoRoot Tool on your Windows Computer. After extracting, you will be able to see the following files:

chainfire nexus root files

Step 7: From the extracted file, Open root-windows.bat file.

Google Nexus Root Files

Step 8: Once root-windows.bat is opened you will see the following window:

Root Window for Google Nexus 7

Step 9: Press any key from the keyboard of your computer to begin the rooting process.

Step 10: Now you will be able to see Unlock Bootloader Screen on your Nexus 7 Tab. Select Yes using volume up/down button and power button to continue.

Unlock Nexus 7 Bootloader

Step 11: Now, on the next screen you will be able to see the FastBoot Screen with Disabled Lock State (at button) which means you have successfully unlocked the bootloader of Nexus 7 Tab.

Google Nexus 7 Bootloader Unlocked

Step 12: Now, your Nexus 7 tab will automatically show red android logo and rooting process will continue. Once Rooting process is completed your Nexus 7 tab will restart automatically.

Step 13: Your Nexus 7 Tab will take 2-3 minutes to restart. Once your Tab is restarted successfully, you will be able to see the welcome screen.

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Step 14: Now your Nexus 7 is rooted successfully. To confirm, Open App Drawer (menu) and you will be able to see a new Application installed called SuperSU. If you find this app then it means your device is rooted.

SuperSU installed on Google Nexus 7

Optional: You an also verify the Root Status of your Google Nexus 7 Tab using Root Checker Application.

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[*] No data loss process: Your Data like contacts, pictures, videos, music and etc will be not affected with this method.

[*] Warranty Void: Your Google Nexus 7 Tab Warranty will be void after following the above tutorial.

[*] Google Nexus Stock Firmware: If you are looking for the original firmware for your device then head over to Download Google Nexus Stock Firmware for all devices page.

[*] Google Nexus USB Driver: If you are looking for the original USB Driver for your device then head over to Download Google Nexus USB Driver for all devices page.

[*] Credits: The Google Nexus 7 Auto Root Tool was created by Chainfire, so full credits goes to him for the root tool.

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