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WugFresh’s Root Tookit 1.5 Supports All Nexus Devices Including the Nexus 7

When your Nexus 7 arrives, you should be able to unlock its bootloader, root it, and have a custom recovery up in a matter of minutes. After all, it is a Nexus. But if doing things the manual way isn’t for you or you simply don’t have enough time to type “fastboot oem unlock,” then a root toolkit should be right up your alley. WugFresh built one a while back that continues to be updated with support for new Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7. Without having to worry about drivers and the Android SDK, you can use a root toolkit like this, press a couple of buttons, and be on your way.

Via:  Download | WugFresh

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  • Guest

    does this fix the WPA Enterprise issue?

  • Marty

    will this work on GNEX IMM76Q

  • sorry some of us have lives and just wanna do it and get it over with.. Plus I tried it the right way several tiems and couldnt get the right drives.. that was actually the only thing keeping me from rooting

  • jeesung

    not working for me. wonder if it’s because i did the update to JR003D.

    the build listed in the program is JR003C or JRN84D (as pictured above)?

  • link doesn’t work FYI. says file is no longer found 🙁

    • jeesung

      go to the WugFresh link and you can get it there

      the download is 1.5, but current is 1.5.2

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  • Frank Velázquez

    I am completely new to this stuff. I am good wit computers but don’t really Understand much about programming (or its acronyms/ lingo). How doable is this form me?
    Also, do I need to download this on my PC or can I just do this by using my GN’s browser?

    • JDHokie

      You need to download it to your PC, and your phone will need to be connected via your USB cable. It tells you when to connect it and what settings to change.

  • I am a noob at this stuff so this may be a dumb question. If I backup my phone then unlock it then restore it through this root kit will I have everything back the same as now?

  • Radgatt

    I was panicking when I used this last night but now I am unlocked and rooted for the 1st time. I’m running the BB jelly bean ROM doing big things.

    • what to do?

      how are things? Does everything seem to work? how about the issue where the other person cannot hear you talking?
      I know…lot’s of questions…I’m on the fence as to root and rom. If I start seeing people have no issues that maybe enough to make me go through with it.

      • JDHokie

        Do it. Just read each step and follow the directions and you should be OK. I was very hesitant to root but am so glad I did now. No issues (I’m on VanirBean v7, but plan on trying Bugless Beast soon)

        • Radgatt

          what he said…

  • William McCoy

    Has anyone had experience with the backup/restore function? Stock Non-root GNEX here, and loosing my app data has kept me from rooting. (I know should have rooted first thing before building up app data). Will the backup function allow me to backup everything including app data, wipe to root, then successfully reload everything?

    • AndrewScottRox

      Not sure how the backup works in the application, but all of your apps are backed up with Google unless you decided to opt out of the restore function.

    • SilverUberXeno

      It works exceptionally well. I’ve done it a couple of times, no issue whatsoever.

  • JDHokie

    This tool is great. I know rooting is simple for a lot of people, but it is still a tough process to grasp for people new to the scene. I used WugFresh’s toolkit to root my GNex and am glad it will support my Nexus 7 when I get it.

    • I would venture to say that it’s better for people who are new to the scene to do it the ADB way first, so that they have a better understanding of what’s going on. The only way you’re going to grasp the process is to step through it, not by running an automatic tool.

      • JoshGroff

        That’s what I had to do with my Sensation 4G (s-offing that and having to go through the super-CID thing was a nightmare for a noob), but now everything is almost second nature.

    • JoshGroff

      ^ This

      One of the best sites to use for those new to the scene is androidforums because of their all things root guides. Just Google “device name” all things root, it’s usually the first result.

      Once you get more comfortable, rootzwiki and XDA are good because they usually cut out all the crap and assume you know what you’re doing.

  • Down with root kits!

    • normally… yes. but seeing as the word tool lies between root and kit, I think this one can slide 😛

  • Lamar Sumner

    I use the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit…is wugs any better..I havent rooted yet..just unlocked using adb

  • David

    Hmm, I think it should support the xoom as well since it’s pretty much the “unnammed” nexus.

  • This helps but I would really like a walkthrough of the “old fashion way” so I can keep learning (only did it once on my GNex and still would like to know how to do it again – if the process is different).

    • KleenDroid

      Way back when I got the Nexus I also did it the normal way. However it was in fact so easy that there is not much to learn. In this case this tool is simply a convenience and if I ever had to do it again I would have no issue using it. Either way it is all very easy.

      If you wanted instructions to do it manually there are instructions here on DL

  • if you own a nexus phone (or really any android phone) and require a “toolkit” to do basic things like this, you have failed at life…congrats

    takes a short amount of time to learn to do things the “right” way

    • Agreed. The most annoying thing is trying to help somebody who used a rootkit and runs into a problem, and then they have no clue where they were or how they even got to the issue.

    • Josh Flowers

      yeah, my phone knowledge dictates my overall life-knowledge & success.
      and Lord knows everyone starts out with ADB knowledge & never ever needs a tool kit.

      i understand the adb commands but having a root toolkit is more convenient when my phone is more powerful (processing power) than my out dated laptop (still running an HP i bought in college years back)–but btwn buying a new laptop & buying a phone, i choose the phone.

      • I’m trying to follow your reasoning behind the laptop statement. Since your laptop is old and not powerful wouldn’t doing it the ADB way, via command line, work better than running a full application?

        • Josh Flowers

          yeah i was typing that rather hastily– apologies.
          work pc=install rootkit.

    • oh get over yourself dude… Some of us have tried and it just doesnt work.. I used to root my D1 and flash all the time, but for some reason i couldnt get the drivers working on my Nexus so if we want an easy what.. Guess what? thats what this is here for. Android is about CHOICES i thought.. your type of rhetoric belongs on Mac Os

  • BP

    So I have a novice question. Say I root and download a Rom/firmware. If a new
    version update comes out to fix any bugs in the previous version, when I update do I
    have to re-flash and download all the apps again.. I ask cause because I have
    Good for Enterprises and need a security code each time I install the app on my phone. Thanks

    • JoshGroff

      Generally, you’re good unless the ROM update is a new android version. Most updates you would be fine just wiping cache and dalvik cache. In the event you would have to do a full wipe (which would delete your apps of course,) they will usually let you know in the forum thread, otherwise they’ll say it’s recommended.

      • bp

        Thank you for the response.

  • Bionic

    Not sure if I have a reason to root.

    • decisions

      I’m all set up to use wugfresh, all I have to do is hit the buttons. I’m really glad to see BB Jelly Bean Rom and that probably would be the choice I would go with however, I’m just reluctant to move forward. I had the OG droid and did root and rom (a lot, its a time consuming addiction that I don’t know if I want to go through again also) but there were always some sort of problems. These roms for JB seem to be no different. There are always some people out there that are having problems (ie exchange email). I’m hoping that Verizon gets this update out soon…then if I have problems I can blame Verizon and Samsung and not the developers.

  • Nexus Q is a “Nexus Device”… just saying, not all

    • staticx57

      That and “Nexus One”

  • Aaron Burroughs

    I’m a new user and tired of waiting for jellybean on vzw nexus. My question is… how do u choose what rooms to use when u use this tool? I want to use the official build

    • root4life

      after you unlock and root with this tool you will have to find a rom for your device through many android forums available, then put the zip on your phone and you flash through the recovery

    • root4life is correct in the procedure, but at this time i don’t believe there is a true 4.1.1 stock ROM out for VZW, only AOSP source built ROMS or modified ROMs from the I/O nandroid. waiting for the stock JB toro/vzw ROM as well to flash

      • Droosh

        Why would you want stock? Honest question. All that will add is Verizon bloatware, disabled tethering and wallet, etc. Since the CDMA/LTE Jelly Bean binaries have been added back to source, why wouldn’t you prefer an AOSP ROM that would also open up power saving and other Kernel benefits?

        • I was aiming for the stock JB build for toro since I’ve seen on xda & rootz that some have been having a hard time w/ them, wifi issues, GPS issues, bootloops. i first flashed the leaked 4.0.4 stock ROM, played around w/ it and eventually moved on to AOKP. figured the stock JB OTA update that will eventually roll out would be free of all the issues. But you’re right about all the benefits of an AOSP ROM built from the source eliminating all the stock bloatware, adding toggles, etc. like AOKP. I’m currently running AOKP M5 and waiting for AOKP’s JB version

          • Droosh

            Try the latest version of Jelly Belly with the recommended GApps. Get it on Rootz Wiki. Do a clean install and you should be golden. Move on to AOKP or CM10 later if you want.

    • Bob Martin

      I suggest the bed room. Thats where my laptop is so it would be alot easier

  • Bob Martin

    So would the Galaxy S3 be classified as a Nexus device?

    • not even a close stretch of the imagination sadly. If there was a way to unlock the S3’s bootloader, DL would be all over it like white on rice.

    • Lets..check. Does the name of that device have the word Nexus in it?….

      • Bob Martin

        lmao. answering my question. Too funny

    • ugh, fail…………………x9000

  • wickets

    best thing evah!!!!!

    • bob martin


  • TheDrunkenClam

    The coverage on this site has been top notch lately. I’m really looking forward to the Transformer Infinity info coming up soon. Keep up the great work guys.

    • i totally agree with you. This site has been posting good stuff lately.

  • Teabling

    I wonder if this could be used to update a stock 4.0.4 to 4.1.1 and have it all locked down and “stock” afterword.

    • root4life

      the verge has a guide to do that for the gsm version but if ur feel in lucky you could try it urself and sub some things. i wanted to do it but i was scared since i just got mine 3 days ago so i ended up using this

      • Aaron Burroughs

        How long does it take to do start to finish

        • root4life

          maybe 5 to 15 minutes depending on if you have the correct drivers. i had problems with mine at first but after the toolkit help me get them sorted it was easy breezy

        • root4life
        • John Davids

          0 experience with rooting or ROMing? 45-90 minutes.
          minor to moderate rooting / ROMing? 15-20 minutes.
          heavy ROMer? 3-6 minutes.

          Stumbling through all of the drivers you have to install, sometimes re-install, check and double check it can easily suck up time if you aren’t used to it. But WugFresh has done a really good job with this toolkit. You dont need a lick of experience with ROMing. All you need to be is a half decent technical reader.

  • Hoping to possibly see an Ubuntu version of this… I know it’s a longshot

  • pilot25

    Please make a MAC version…..

    • Butters619

      I don’t know why, but it bugs me when people type Mac in all caps. Macintosh Operating System -> Mac OS -> Mac.

      • Bob Martin

        Macintosh apples. Those taste good.

        • Trevor

          Pink Lady

    • root4life

      totally with you on this

    • please learn ADB and stop waiting on a MacOS version.

      • pilot24

        Can’t!! I love love love Android and will never get an iphone unless they go open source which will never happen. However, I hate Windows and MicroCrap. I’ll never go back to them.

        • David Gidley

          find a copy of windows and a copy of parrallels or vmware fusion.

        • @facebook-695944891:disqus is saying just learn to do it the old fashioned (ADB) way and stop waiting on a Mac version of the root kit tool. ADB works on Mac, do it that way and understand what’s going on! 😉

  • I see that this application is running on windows, is there a version that also runs on mac?

  • I see that this is running on windows, is there also a Mac version of available as well?

  • Stock Nexus owners have no excuse now.

  • Wes

    I’m doing it the old fashioned way, since there is no Linux version of the toolkit.

  • Tyler Chappell

    I was gonna do it the ole fashion way, but I guess I’ll just use this instead for simplicity’s sake when my Nexus 7 gets here. =]