How to Root the Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 5.0

The Asus Nexus 7 belongs to the group of devices that is the first one to get any new software updates. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has already made its way to the said device, and thanks to the talented devs, we can now root this beautiful device on this latest software update. So without further ado, here’s how to root your device:

Unrooting is the process of removing root access, a custom recovery (if you have one), and just trying to get the device back to as close to stock as possible.

Some of the reasons for unrooting your Nexus 7 (2013) are:

  • Sending in the device for warranty (most, but not all unrooting procedures reinstate the manufacturer warranty if you had one before rooting).
  • Starting over (simply undoing everything you did while rooted so you can have a clean slate to start over).
  • Fix any issues (Maybe rooting messed something up? No problem, unrooting will take care of it for you).

Ready to get started? Here’s how to unroot the Nexus 7 (2013):

I. Before You Begin

1. This’ll void the warranty of your device. You’ll be the one responsible for the consequences of doing this procedure. Go ahead at your own risk.

2. This only works for the Nexus 7 (2013) device.

II. Downloading Required Files

1. Download the appropriate CF-Root file for your device and save it to your desktop.

CF-Root for the WiFi variant


CF-Root for the WiFi+SIM variant

III. Rooting the Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 5.0

1. Uncompress files from CF-Root to your desktop by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract here. Don’t open any files just yet.

2. Enable USB debugging on your device by going to Menu > Settings > Developer options > USB debugging.

3. Turn OFF your device.

4. Reboot your device into bootloader mode. To do so, hold down Volume DOWN and Power buttons together.

5. You should now be in bootloader mode.

6. Plug in your device to your PC using the USB cable.

7. Double-click on root-windows.bat available on your desktop and it’ll launch.

8. Follow the on-screen instructions for rooting your device.

9. When it’s done, head over to the Google Play store and download and install Busybox on your device.

10. You’re all done!

Awesome! Your Nexus 7 (2013) is now rooted and you can confirm the same by installing Root Checker from the Google Play store. The root-only apps should now work just fine on your device.

On a rooted device, you can flash a custom recovery that allows you to then flash custom ROMs and do a lot of customizations on your device. If you want to get one on your Nexus 7 (2013), here’s how:

IV. Flashing a Custom Recovery on the Nexus 7 (2013)

1. Open Google Play on your device and search for and tap on ROM Manager.

2. Download the ROM Manager app on your device.

3. Launch the app from your app drawer.

4. Tap on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery.

5. Select your device from the list shown on your screen.

6. Let it flash the recovery on your device.

7. Reboot your device when the recovery’s flashed.

8. You’re all set!

And there you go. Your 2013 variant of the Nexus 7 now has a custom recovery that lets you enjoy many of the custom ROMs available for your device.

You can click here to find all of the Nexus 7 (2013) How To’s.

You can also find all of the Nexus 7 (2013) ROMs we have here.

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One response to “How to Root the Nexus 7 (2013) on Android 5.0”

  1. Tenjohn23 says:

    my nexus 7 2013 is on marshmallow 6.0.1 with build MOB30J and i want to root it so badly because i want to use tasker and set it as my car dash player. let me know.

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