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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Fe98, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Hi, I got my N7 yesterday, and initially wanted to root it straight away. Then I started browsing the forums and saw a number of threads with rooting problems with 4.3 (I'm still on 4.2.2 btw, haven't received the OTA update as yet).

    Anyway I was thinking I should unlock the bootloader right away so I won't lose any data when I root, but hold back on the rooting for a while until I get 4.3 and everything's stable.

    Does this make sense? Would it have any negative effects? This is only my second Android device (had quite a lot of trouble rooting my first, but it worked in the end) and I definitely don't want to brick it.
     


  2. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Thanks for the link! Maybe I was a bit unclear as to what I'm asking for. Basically I'd like to unlock the bootloader now before I start using it (so I won't lose my apps/data) and then root after I get 4.3.
    Does it make sense doing that?
     
  3. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    Doesn't it come preinstalled with 4.3?
     
  4. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Actually it came with 4.2.1.

    Edit: Anyway, just went ahead with unlocking the bootloader.
     
  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    You're title suggests that you bought a second generation nexus 7, but you posted in the first generation root forum. Seeing as how the device has 4.2.1 on it, it would appear to be first generation because I believe trophy is correct that the new one has 4.3 on it. If it is indeed first generation, then using the toolkit colchiro linked to would be the easiest method to unlock assuming that you have windows.
     
  6. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Woops, sorry about that, didn't even think about "New" causing an issue. Anyway it's a first gen N7, and I did end up using the toolkit to sort things out.

    Should I root now, or wait for 4.3 then root?
     
  7. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Since you want to get it done now while the device is empty, use the toolkit to flash the factory image google provides. After that is done, then root it using the appropriate method. I have a feeling the toolkit's method is outdated and won't work on 4.3.

    If you have the Wifi version, use this
    If you have the data enabled version, use this
     
  8. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Hmm, quite interesting, I just got the 4.3 update OTA...
    Let's see how this goes
     
  9. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Wouldn't ya know it. :rolleyes: :D
     
  10. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Guess I'll have to hold back on rooting just for a bit
     
  11. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

    I wondered the same thing. :D

    Guess it's too late to return it and get the latest model (for a few $$ more). I'd like the newer one.

    The toolkit is as it implies, a bunch of tools with "unlock" only being one of them.
     
  12. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    yeah my bad sorry for the confusion.
     
  13. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Actually I got it via Pocket Change (which I also found out about on the forums here). Was shipped maybe about three weeks ago, so the New one wasn't out as yet. No complaints from me though!
     
  14. Fe98

    Fe98 Newbie
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    Rooted this morning with the 1.6.6 Toolkit, seems perfect so far.
     
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