How? What do you have never done root? If had given me a euro for every time that have done me this question surely I would arrive to buy me a Google Pixel (if they sell in Spain, clear), but so is. Oddly enough, in all my years I’ve been using Android devices has not I given out there or, better said, I have not felt the need to.
Yes. I know that I miss a whole universe of customization, but I also know that I am not alone. The vast majority of users has not ventured down the path of the root, either because of inexperience, lack of knowledge or simply because they do not generate enough interest. Whatever the reason, many of us who live outside of the world of the cooked ROMs, but finally I’m going to go to the dark side, and I will ask my old Nexus 4 root and, incidentally, install Android Nougat. I am telling you my experience.
First step: search
It was clear that to root my Nexus 4 not worth any method, it must be specific for my device and the version of Android (up to there arrived), but for that he needed to locate the files needed and, incidentally, a tutorial well explained to avoid ending up with a nice paperweight. However, the step that seemed simpler of all has ended as the most, I will not say complex, but cumbersome.
A Google search returns results enough to confuse, so that would not surprise me that there who desist nothing more start. That I could have asked for clear helps one of my co-workers, but the idea of age count a mobile experience to the root for the first time, I did not traps.
Some 15 tabs in Chrome then finally di with my salvation: Nexus Root Toolkit, a program developed specifically for devices Nexus that allows root, open the bootloader, update and more.
But there is not the thing. How in addition to root it wanted to take to install Nougat, I also needed the corresponding ROM. In this case the search was much faster and in a few minutes had my image of AOSP 7.0 and the zip with apps from Google, courtesy of the friends at XDA Developers.
This is easier than it seemed
The truth is that the fact that the phone to root out a Nexus facilitated things since Nexus Root Toolkit goes step by step explaining the entire process, something that can come in very handy if you’re not familiar with the jargon. In my case, expressions such as Flash, USB Debugging or Custom Recovery are not a complete unknown, but these indications will come from wonder for those who do not know absolutely nothing of the root – although follow a tutorial step by step is never more.
As my Nexus 4 was already virtually empty, I went to a previous backup and I set out to the root directly. In just a few minutes had completed the process without any mishap.
At this point I must mention that to install a ROM in a Nexus, it is not necessary to make root (thanks for the note amhairghin) with unlock the bootloader is sufficient, although it is a necessary step to do it in other terminals.
Nexus Root Toolkit also allows to Flash ZIP files, so with the same program it is possible to install Android 7.0 Nougat. But to not make it so easy I decided to Flash files with the traditional method and, again, it was as simple.
After a few minutes of waiting, my Nexus 4 was restarted with Android Nougat, but as it was the AOSP version, also needed to Google apps. I just had to repeat the same process with the ZIP file corresponding and ready.
And why I have not done this before?
Probably because for me, Android already offers a high degree of customization or maybe it’s because pure laziness (or both), but after doing the process and see how easy that is, the answer to this question have not entirely clear. However, what has made me see the root of other words has not been its simplicity, that too, if not the own result.
Already knew that the root offered many possibilities, but It is not the same theory that put it into practice. Replace the interface imposed by manufacturers, delete the bloatware, installing apps with advanced features or have more control over the hardware are strong arguments, but that to which an obsolete device is brought to the level of most current models is, for me, the most important reason for test.
In less than an hour I managed to have my forgotten Nexus 4, a team that Google decided to leave to support two years ago, a second life in the hands of Android Nougat, the most current version of the system, there is nothing. If I had done this same a few years ago, probably my Nexus 4 not would have ended in a drawer, at the least not so soon. In this sense, not only have clear that I will repeat, if not to encourage you to try it.
But not everything is beautiful, There are also risks and contraindications. Although it is a reversible process, manufacturers not see with good eyes that are tinkering with the software administrator level, so if your mobile rooted makes a visit to the service, the manufacturer’s warranty will not be valid, so it is a point to keep in mind before you begin.
It is also very important to get the facts and read much before you get down to the work, and this is something I have learned on this first experience. As I said, the search has been the most critical point of the whole process and I think he should spend more time. It is not usual, but if we do wrong process there are possibilities that the mobile end bricked, an anglicism to say that it has just become a brick, and nobody wants that.
For my taste to the root need you to be a more intuitive and accessible to the user process medium, especially taking into account the enormous advantages. Clearly, that is a problem resulting from the clandestine nature of this practice that manufacturers are largely responsible for, but its apparent complexity is what take back many users.
You now you tell us about your experience: Root himself or root not?