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How to Root the Nexus 4 (root instructions)
Friday, November 16th, 2012
If you got your hands on the Nexus 4 before Google Play ran out then you will be happy to know you can root it as soon as it hits your hands. XDA Member HQRaja has given us a root method that you can use on the Nexus 4 right out of the box. The root process is pretty easy and should be simple enough for just about anyone to use. The full root instructions can be found below.
How to Root the Nexus 4 (with required files):
Download Fastboot if you don’t already have it (
Download Link) Download CWM Recovery (
Download Link) Unzip the recovery file to your fastboot folder
Enable USB Debugging
“settings -> developer options” Connect Nexus 4 to Computer via USB
Install Nexus 4 Drivers (
Download Link) Download SuperSU with Busybox (
Download Link) transfer SuperSU/Busybox package to phones internal SDcard
Open Command Prompt and navigate to your fastboot folder
Reboot into Bootloader (fastboot)
Unlock the Bootloader (this will wipe all user data on the device)
Boot from the CWM image downloaded earlier
fastboot boot cwm-recovery-mako.img
Select the recovery option from your device using volume to navigate and power to select.
Once in recovery you can make a backup if you choose (recommended)
From recovery flash the SuperSU and busybox package downloaded earlier
Clear your cache and dalvik cache (up to you but recommended
Reboot your Nexus 4 and Congrats on a Rooted Device!
NOTE: if you get the error “stem/bin/sh: su: can’t execute: Permission denied” it means you need to boot from the unsecured boot.img first so go back to that step and try again.