Nexus phones are no doubt premium Android devices and rooting these devices is only fair. Galaxy Nexus is Google’s latest flagship smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has been rooted. The credit for this feat goes to “Paul” over at the MoDaCo forums, for providing us with a method that doesn’t require ADB. Paul gives us Superboot, which is “boot.img, which when booted, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK).”
The Superboot image is also insecure, which allows you to use the ADB remount command and provides full ADB root access. However, keep in mind that rebooting your device will remove all ADB root access. For more information, see the Galaxy Nexus rooting guide below for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. WML Cloud and it’s team members will not be responsible if your device gets damaged or bricked during the below mentioned process.
- Superboot package
- ADB installed
To get started, make sure your device is unlocked. If not, do so by booting your phone into boot loader mode (Hold the Volume up and down keys as you press the power button) and connect it with your computer via USB.
Open a Command Prompt or Terminal window, navigate to the android-sdk-windows\toolsfolder and enter the following command:
Note: This command will wipe all your data on the phone:
fastboot oem unlock
Once the device is unlocked, go back to bootloader mode and extract the Superboot package.
Windows users can proceed by opening up the folder of the extracted package and running Install-Super-Boot-Windows.bat, in order to start the rooting procedure.
For Linux, open a Terminal window, navigate to the location of the extracted package and enter the following commands:
chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh ./install-superboot-linux.sh
If you are a Mac user, open the Terminal, navigate to the location of the extracted package and enter the following commands:
chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh ./install-superboot-mac.sh
That’s it! Your Galaxy Nexus should now be rooted! For more updates and queries refer to the MoDaCo forum thread.
MoDaCo Forum Thread.