[GUIDE] How To Root Nexus 4 On Mac OSX


  1. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Well-Known Member

    Guide for Mac:


    This guide will show you how to root your Nexus 4 on Mac OSX.

    Root will allow you to get full "admin" access to your phone. Get full control to access files that you wouldn't have been able when you were "unrooted". Also you will be able to use great apps like Titanium Backup and SetCPU.

    BACKUP your phone! This will do a factory reset on your phone!

    1. Power off your phone.

    2. Enter your phone into Bootloader Mode. Press the volume up, volume down, and power button all at the same time. When your phone vibrates let go of the power button, but keep holding onto the volume up and down button.

    3. Plug in your phone via microUSB.

    4. Download and extract RootNexus4.zip using the link below.


    5. Move the folder to your desktop.

    6. Open Terminal and type:

    7. Go to your phone and press the volume up and power button to unlock your bootloader.

    8. Go back to Terminal and type:

    9. Select the power button on your phone.

    10. Since we just flashed ClockworkMod Recovery we automatically entered into ClockworkMod Recovery for the first time.

    11. Choose "wipe data/factory reset", then select "yes".

    12. Next, select "+++++Go Back+++++" and choose "reboot system now".

    13. Once your phone finishes booting up transfer "CWM-SuperSU-v0.98.zip" which in located in RootNexus4 folder, to your phone.
    Since we're on a Mac download and install Android File Transfer (Android.com) to transfer the zip file. Look at the video tutorial located at the top of the page for a more in depth process.

    14. Next we will enter back into ClockworkMod Recovery Mode. Unplug your phone then press the volume up, volume down, and power button all at the same time. When your phone vibrates let go of the power button, but keep holding onto the volume up and down button.

    15. Press the volume up 2x and power button to enter into "Recovery" mode.

    16. Select "install zip from sdcard" then, "choose zip from sdcard".

    17. Go into "0/" folder and select "yes" after tapping on "CWM-SuperSU-v0.98.zip".

    18. Choose "+++++Go Back+++++" and tap on "reboot system now".

    19. You are now rooted! To check if this root process succeed download Titanium Backup app and see if you get SU permission. If you do then your rooted!

    Credits - ClockworkMod & SuperSU

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    All FILES and STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION FOR MAC ROOTING METHOD HERE (also includes pictures for each step):

    How to Root Nexus 4 on Mac! ~ Android Rootz | Source for Android Rooting, ROMS, Tricks and more!

    Yes, this does give you the official ClockworkMod Recovery for Nexus 4!
    Feel free to ask questions, I will try to respond to as many as I can.​

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