Next you can find a step by step tutorial to Root your Google Nexus 4. If you want to root the device to install root-only apps, follow the guide below and you should have root access at the end.
Android Emotions does not take responsibility for any damage caused to the equipment during the procedure. We advise a detailed read of all the tutorial steps, has the use of the comment box below so you can take all your doubts and therefore reduce to the minimal the risk of damage your equipment.
Before you begin:
- Read FAQ
- This will only work on Windows.
- Make sure the battery level on your device is not less than 60%.
Install the Toolkit and Drivers:
- Download the MSkip Toolkit for your device below and save it to your desktop.
- Double click the Toolkit to launch it.
- Click Next
- If the next screen asks you for what version of the Nexus 4 you have, select that option and hit enter.
- Type 1 and hit enter to install drivers.
- On the phone, pull down the notification shade and click on Settings, then click on About Phone then keep tapping on Build Number until it says you are a developer. Then hit back and select the new Developer Options and turn ON USB debugging mode.
- Once done, plug in your Nexus 4 via USB cable to your computer.
Root the Nexus 4 and Install ClockworkMod Recovery
- Get back to the main menu, type 2 and hit enter to get to the rooting options.
- Type 8 to do the 1-Click for All option (if he has updated his toolkit the number may be different, just look for whatever option is for all in one).
- When it asks you if the device is in fastboot mode, turn off the phone, then turn it back on by holding down volume up, volume down, and power at the same time until it turns on.
- Unplug and replug in the device to have it install fastboot drivers.
- After drivers install, continue with the on screen instructions.
- *If you have issues getting fastboot drivers to install as seen in the video below, download the manual drivers here and extract them to your desktop. Then, with the device plugged in, go to Search and look for control panel, then search for device manager and open it. Scroll down and look for a device called Android with an exclamation point next to it. Right click it and say update drivers. Select browse my computer for drivers and then select the usb driver folder that was created on your desktop when you extracted the .zip file you just downloaded and then click open. Make sure check subfolders is checked on and then click next and wait for it to install the drivers.