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Root Nexus 7 2012 on Android 5.1.1 LMY47V Lollipop and Install CWM Recovery

Here is a complete tutorial on how to root Nexus 7 on the latest Android 5.1.1 LMY47V software update. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. A very minor and a small update by Google, but since it brings better stability, it is recommended to update your Nexus 7 2012 as soon as possible. We will be using the latest SuperSU as our root package and also include steps to install ClockworkMod Recovery in this tutorial. You can now root Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Nexus 7 2012 and also install ClockworkMod Recovery using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading below, will will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 7 on Android 5.1.1 LMY47V Lollipop software update with backup tips and other important points given below that you should keep in mind. Installation of the latest CWM / TWRP Recovery is also part of the tutorial. ClockworkMod 6 recovery will bring a long list of features to your phone and all the stuff you can do with it. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Root Nexus 7 Android 5.1.1

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 7 Android 5.1.1 LMY47V Details:

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was silently rolled out by Google earlier last week. There has not been a proper changelog as always yet, but think this is a very minor bug fix update. This will be the third Lollipop update to be released. We first saw Android 5.0, then came Android 5.1 Lollipop and now we have the minor update — Android 5.1.1. We have written a complete step by step tutorial on how to root the Nexus 7 tablet on this new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 5.1.1 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 7 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 Lollipop.

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.

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 next page and root Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi) on Android 5.1.1 LMY47V software version.

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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 have been metculously following these and preceding steps. However at the step “Step 3 – Download Fastboot from the following links depending on your OS and extract it in android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there” whto the ere is this directory to be created in relation to the path to SDK which in my case is”C:Program FilesAndroidandroid-sdk”?

  2. Post setp 9 I got the following error:

    FAILED (remote: Bootloader is locked.)

    I got over this by issuing the command

    fastboot oem unlock

  3. Unlocked bootloader, TWRP and SuperSU flashed but on reboot the device is still not rooted! SuperSU doesn’t respond to app root requests.

  4. Hi
    I followed the instructions, but the Nexus 7 in Bootloader mode shows “Lock State” as “Locked,” so after entering in Command Prompt “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-” Target didn’t report….Failed. Is there some way to change the lock status?

  5. Further to my post of 13 minutes ago, I managed to change the lock status, by entering fastboot oem unlock, but when I tried to “install zip” then “choose zip from /sdcard” there was an error message “E: Can’t mount /sdcard

  6. I understand the “Nexus 7 (2012)” to be the 7-in. WIFI-only tablet designed and marketed by Google and made by Asus. So I am confused by the references to “Samsung drivers” and to rebooting “your phone.”

    And I assume that the reference to “SD card” is a reference to the Android directory of that name on the Nexus 7 (2012) and not a physical SD card (as the Nexus 7 (2012) does not have one).

  7. works on me very well..
    just install android-studio-bundle-145.3537739-windows (sdk folder)
    unlock bootloader
    install clockwork using cmd
    root supersu..done on nexus 7 2012 5.1.1 wifi

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