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Root Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat and Install CWM Recovery

For those who have already updated your phones to the new Android 4.4.4 KTU84P factory image, here is how to root Nexus 4 on this KitKat version. We will be using SuperSU as the superuser app because it is a lot more stable and gives better performance. Wondering what to do after rooting your Nexus 4? Well, read our list of the essential root apps available! This root method will even work if you install Android 4.4.4 KitKat through OTA update or with the factory image. You can easily root Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat using the tutorial below. You will need to have ClockworkMod Recovery installed in order to get this root method working. Don’t worry, we have everything covered in the detailed steps below – even a tutorial on how to install CWM. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.

As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to root Android 4.4.4 KTU84P on Nexus 4 with complete steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will use ClockworkMod recovery as our custom recovery and SuperSU as our rooting package. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Nexus 4 Android 4.4.4 KTU84P

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 4 Android 4.4.4 KTU84P Details:

Android 4.4.4 KTU84P was released a few hours ago. This is a security fix for the Nexus family of devices, other than that, there are no announcements or news of anything else added into the latest KitKat software update. A full change log with all the details might get released soon. You can install this Android 4.4.4 update on the Nexus 5 (full tutorial), Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). Don’t we all love to update our devices to the latest Android version available? So yes, with that you also need to root your device back — if it was also rooted before. The method to root Nexus 4 Android 4.4.4 has been explained with instructions on the next page. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.

In case you want to update Nexus 4 to Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:

LG Nexus 4 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 4 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:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.

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 phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone 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 phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 4.4.4 KTU84P on Nexus 4 + install ClokworkMod recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

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Haris Nadeem
Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.
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  1. I followed the all the steps.. Installed all the things as mentioned in the steps.. But now I am stuck at Google logo.. I was waiting for almost 30-40 minutes no changes.. I wipe all the /system and cache partitions.. no changes.. And one more thing I checked was ‘Step 16’ When selected ‘reboot’ I shown “Root access is missing. Root Device?” with Yes/No options.. I tried with both the options n number of times.. Still same issues.. Please HELP..

    • Never mind, i found a fix, i had to install 4shared and download superSU-1.94.apk, once i did that i went on the app and went into settings, i installed it into my device (as a default program) and it updated right after, then when i went into SuperSU it asked to update binary (i just hit normal) and after that it rebooted, once i rebooted i went back in superSU and gave it the access [Grant] and it gave me root acess, this is on nexus 4 androd 4.4.4 kitkat update, make sure you follow everything before this if you looking for a fix

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