How to Root Nexus 7 Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean and Install CWM Recovery

Google released the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OTA for Nexus 7 (and other Nexus phones) which you can now install manually on your tablet, and we also have the complete method to root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39. Rooting your tablet will allow you to install root apps, give you full system access and a lot more. Make sure you have already updated your Nexus 7 tablet to Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean OTA update. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. We will be using the latest SuperSU and CWM Recovery in this tutorial. You can now root Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Nexus 7 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 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean software update with backup tips and other important points given below that you should keep in mind. This is an official OTA update by Google, not an unofficial or a custom ROM. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Installation of the latest CWM Recovery is also part of the tutorial. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Root Nexus 7 Android 4.2.2

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 😉

ASUS Nexus 7 Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Details:

Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 OTA update has just been released for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus I9250. Like always, we made sure you also get the the root method for Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 earliest as possible. It has been given on the next page. This root method will first install ClockworkMod recovery and then install CWM-SuperSU using that.

In case you want to update Nexus 7 to Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean OTA, read the following tutorial:

Samsung 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 4.2.2 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:

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to next page and root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 software version.

How to Flash CWM Recovery & Root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39. If you are used to rooting Google Nexus devices, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • This root method tutorial is only for Nexus 7. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the tablet.
  • Your tablet should be on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 software version.
  • Make sure you backup all your data in your phone before proceeding.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install with USB drivers. See: How to Set Up Android SDK (Fastboot / ADB) on Windows.

Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Nexus 7 tablet.

Step 3 – Download Fastboot and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.

NOTE: Skip Steps 1, 2, 3 if you already have them.

Step 4 – Download SuperSU and copy it to your \sdcard on your Nexus 7 tablet.

Step 5 – Make sure you have backup your data as it will be removed. Then switch OFF your Nexus 7.

Step 6 – Download recovery-clockwork-touch- and copy/paste it in the android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory.

Step 7 – Now go into Fastboot Mode on Nexus 7. How? Press Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

Step 8 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).

Step 9 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

Step 10 – Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.

Step 11 – Then scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the Power button to select it.

Step 12 – Press the Power button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.

Step 13 – Now using your volume keys, navigate to the file that you copied to your SD card and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 14 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the recovery menu. The phone will boot now.

That’s it. Your Nexus 7 is now rooted on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 software version of Jelly Bean and even has a custom CWM recovery installed. Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify.

To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.

If you run into any problems, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply you back ASAP with the fix or the solution to your problem.

Haris Nadeem
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. Connect on Twitter: @harisn

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