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Nexus 4 Toolkit Released – Helps With Unlocking Bootloader, Rooting and Lots More

One of the joys of owning a Nexus device is the freedom you have to unlock and root your device as you please. As one would guess, the newest Nexus 4 has gained plenty of developer support and there is already a fancy toolkit available through XDA that will help you fulfill all of your hacking and modding needs.

Available for Windows machines, once you download and install the software, all it takes is a few clicks of some buttons and you’re off to a wonderland of root and custom recovery goodness. It would take up about half of the page to show you what all this thing could do, so instead we’ll just point you to the toolkit’s home instead.

Have fun, Nexus owners!

Via: XDA

  • Ibrick

    To sum up what I *think* some are trying to say, which I agree with by the way, is that these toolkits are not a bad thing. However, if you choose to use one, you should be proficient enough with ADB that you do not need to RELY on the toolkit.

    Kind of a ‘give a man a fish, teach a man to fish’ kind of deal.

  • PhoenixPath


    So, how many of you buy Nexus devices for the sole purpose of showing everyone else how “leet” and “superior” you are because you know adb and fastboot commands?

    I mean, from the looks of the posts here, it’s a whole hell of a lot of you…

    Did any of you actually stop for one moment and think that it might actually be possible to be proficient with adb/fastboot *and* use toolkits? These are time-savers. Using them doesn’t make people idiots, and not using them certainly doesn’t make you “special”.

  • Booyah

    I think toolkits are a great idea for people getting into rooting and trying things out, especially those new to Android. I used one for my first time rooting, and since then through my 65th time flashing a new ROM or reverting back to stock (give or take a few), I’ve done adb a few times. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important to know how stuff works and not just take the shortcut (the reason we go to school and not straight into jobs), but enough with the self righteous folks who think they’re better because they do things the “hard way”. One of the things I love about Android are the awesome communities (such as this one) who encourage others to try new things and especially those new to the scene. I was there once too and someone pointed me to a toolkit to get me started. I was thankful they did.

  • zUFC

    Quick kind of off topic question for you pros here. Does anyone know how to get these toolkits of your computer? I put one on for my Gnex but it’s long gone and my computer still has the toolkit on it. It doesn’t show up in ‘un-install’ programs to do it that way. I’m not a pro like you guys (on phones or computers). I consider my self a ‘Desk topper’ and you guys being the status of ‘Hacker”. I can do alot of things on both but usually by following directions rather than knowing what I’m actually doing. I don’t even know how to google to get rid of my tool box.
    any ideas????

  • Wishinitwas

    I remember unlocking/rooting my first android phone manually, the Droid X …that was truly terrifying even for a fairly “tech savvy” person.

  • schoat333

    Please stop with these toolkits for Nexus devices! It’s a Nexus! Use fastboot!

    • … which doesn’t root the phone. yada yada, use adb & push a su image, but stop pretending fastboot solves the problem.

      • schoat333

        No, it is used to unlock the bootloader, and flash a custom recovery, which you can then then use to root the phone. Its goes hand in hand, and if your not able to follow those simple steps, you should not be messing with it at all.

        And what problem? Learning things the right way? I didn’t know that was a problem..

        • Well, if you want to keep stock recovery but root the phone, it’s a little more involved than “a few simple steps”. Simple, yes. Few, no. I can and have followed the command-line method multiple times on past phones. But when I want to keep stock recovery & use an intermediary recovery just to root and leave me with stock recovery at the end, I appreciate having an automated method. Manually typing all that in and cycling my phone when I could be doing something useful seems pointless. As you said, they’re simple steps — so what exactly is the value in my repeating them time & again if I don’t want to?

          At any rate, I corrected you because you were misleading with your “Use fastboot!” pithiness. We both know there’s more to it than that, and if a noob is reading your original post, they’d wonder why running fastboot didn’t leave them with a rooted phone – something that is a common question among noobs after doing so.

          • schoat333

            Stock recovery can always be flashed back at any time. Guess what you can use… That right… fastboot!

            Misleading? Who misled? My post says nothing about gaining root. I think you over analyzed my post, or are just bored and looking for an e-argument.

          • Mack

            Chill genius, it’s not like toolkits are taking over the world.

    • PhoenixPath

      Please stop pretending you’re special because you don’t use toolkits! It’s Android! We use what we want, because we can!

  • kane

    Funny I just used this for my N7 yesterday. Its pretty sweet. Big ups to Wugfresh for a very professional tool.

  • nimbyist

    i wish there were nexus phones that worked on verizon..would be awesome to keep unltd data just by spending $300 on a new phone

  • SeanBello

    People should learn how to use ADB. it’s much more satisfying and not that difficult.

  • JustTrollin69

    I can really see the impact that the lack of LTE on this device has on the android community, at least here at Droid Life. When the Galaxy Nexus came out, every post on this blog that had to do with the Galaxy Nexus had loads of comments, no matter what it was about, really. I’m not seeing the same with the Nexus 4.

    I’m bored, just a quick observation. I know the majority here have Verizon. Either way, it’s a beautiful device and I would have replaced my Galaxy Nexus if this was a Verizon phone, regardless of how they handled the Galaxy Nexus.

    • michael arazan

      Even with the current problems/ gripes between Vzw and Google I would have still bought this phone on vzw, but I’m still locked into another year + of my contract with verizon so I may look at the Note 2 to replace my Gnex. it seems to be running slower, even with 10 gb free, and my browser is constantly force closing, and youtube has closed notification happens every time I use my phone, something is wonky in my stock jb

      • JustTrollin69

        I’m in the exact same boat as you. I love my Galaxy Nexus, but I also love change and having a white Galaxy Note 2 would be awesome. I would even switch back and forth when I know the Nexus receives ROMS with newer android versions in the future.

        I would just greatly miss the awesome dev support and my unlimited data. I might be forced to lose that anyway, so the deal breaker for me would be if I could throw an AOSP ROM on that Note 2, that would be beastly.

    • Mack

      Very true. The lack of compatibility with Verizon is the only thing that kept me from buying the Nexus 4.

  • These toolkits just create noobs who have no idea how to fix their phones if they get internally wiped. I would understand if the device wasn’t a nexus, but really? It’s just 3-4 commands of adb.

    • moelsen8

      Yeah totally agree. “Hardest” part is installing the drivers. Although in guessing most people see the command prompt and immediately freak out.

      • Matt Gondek

        Ha! I was absolutely one of those people who were scared to death of a command prompt. Hell I had to Google how to open one back in the OG days, so glad I learned how to use it though.

    • S_T_R

      OMG, you’re sooo 733t, because you prefer to type out multiple commands rather than do the exact same thing by picking an item from a menu. You’re my hero.

      • Mack

        Agreed. I know how to do everything in ADB after learning with my first Nexus but a toolkit make life much easier especially with how versatile and quick they have become. I do think people should learn how ADB works though and not only rely on a toolkit.

        • Eh, it depends on what they want to do. If they’re wanting to put a custom image on, then yeah, probably need to learn ADB at some point. If all they want to do is run stock + root… I’m not sure they can really get in to so much trouble with a toolkit that they’d need ADB to undo it.

          • Mack


      • Yep. Thanks.

        It’s like buying a TV and not setting it up yourself once. You think it’s a magic box that runs on Unicorn semen and imp blood. I completely understand using this tool, but I think everyone should use adb at least once. It’s really handy.

    • Back when I had a crappy Android phone i had to use adb a lot and I’m sick of it. I’m thankful for the toolkits. And who gives a crap if people screw themselves with the toolkits. Don’t take away the convenience of the toolkits just to teach those people a lesson.

      • I never said to take them away…

    • itznfb

      I’ll back you up on this one. I’d much rather use adb then one of these tools. I went to root my Nexus 7 the other day and it took me several hours of searching before I found manual commands to do it and not just a link to one of the toolkits.
      1) If you do it manually you learn
      2) If you run into errors they can be more easily debugged
      3) It’s more reliable

    • PhoenixPath

      Or they could be used by people who know what they are doing and want to save time.

      …but you can’t see that apparently from within your Ivory Tower.

      • Maybe, just maybe, if you could read, you would realize that I already said that.

        • PhoenixPath

          Ah, so you already did your back-pedaling then? Good sport.

          • Actually, you are just putting words in my mouth. Again, I never said to take them away. I simply assessed the situation at hand and put forth my opinion.

          • PhoenixPath

            Where did I claim you said anything? Little jumpy? Who’s putting words in who’s mouth, kimir?

            Call it like you see it, eh?

            So really: How many ways do you think a person can take, “These toolkits just create noobs who have no idea how to fix their phones”??

            I mean, “just” doesn’t leave much room for interpretation. These toolkits can do a bit more than create noobs.

          • It does save time, but it does create many helpless morons who don’t know how to fix their own phones without whining in threads. You can’t deny that. I would personally say the bad outweighs the good. That’s my opinion.

            You are putting words in my mouth. Don’t you remember my luxurious Ivory Tower? I’m a d*ck. I’m “jumpy” because you are accusing me of falsities.

            I did call it like I see it. Do you have an issue with other people’s opinions?

            Honestly, if you have adb set up, it is faster to just run the commands. “Just” doesn’t leave much room for interpretation — that’s why I used it.

            Oh, and by the way, I would assume that you did claim I said something, since we are conversing over something I said. Also, “who’s” is a contraction meaning “who is” — the correct term is “whose” — and then you made the same point twice, separating them by creating a new paragraph. Next time, you should group your exemplification with your statement.

          • PhoenixPath


            ” I’m a d*ck. ”

            Well, at least you got that right.

            “it is faster to just run the commands.”

            Yes. Typing 8 commands in a console is so much faster than clicking one button. Sure. Could you be more absurd?

            “Do you have an issue with other people’s opinions?”

            Don’t you? Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that why people discuss them on forums such as this? I don’t, as you may choose to believe, choose to argue with everyone who’s opinion differs from mine, but, when they put their opinion in such a way as to make it “fact” or set themselves above others? Yeah, I take issue.

            Oh, and thanks for the English lesson. (You know, just in case anyone needed any more proof you were a pretentious pr*ck)

            …and please show me where I said you claimed we should “take them away” as you stated in your reply above? (hint: you won’t find it)

            All I actually claimed was that you came across like a self-centered, egotistical, superior, ass-hat…just in nicer terms. You then proceeded to prove the point succinctly. I’d thank you, but…

          • It’s egotistical to want people to learn how to use their phones? Ok.

          • PhoenixPath

            “I want people to learn how to use their phones”

            See how I did that?

            ..and I didn’t call anyone a noob or claim the toolkits just made *more* noobs.

            Hey, if you want to be a jackass, fine. That’s your deal. Just don’t get butt-hurt when someone calls you a jackass. That’s all.

          • You’re not being a jackass? I’m not alone here.

          • PhoenixPath

            Depends on your perspective, I guess. Trying to get a jackass to recognize his “jackassery” probably requires you push him a little, which could be considered, in and of itself, being a jackass.

            (That word does get old quickly, doesn’t it?)

            All I’m saying is you could have worded it better. The way you put it, everyone who used it was a “noob” (and of course, you didn’t use it; you used the command line!).

          • I haven’t yet. I’m on backorder. Hahahahah.

          • PhoenixPath

            …aren’t we all?

          • Oh, and by the way, I was just playing devil’s advocate. I’ve played around with toolkits, but I don’t like them much.

          • PhoenixPath

            I’m shocked! Stunned! Flabbergasted, even!! (should I have put a sarcasm tag here?)

            I like ripping apart their batch files.

            Every once in a while they surprise you by doing something just differently enough to raise an eyebrow. Love it when that happens. (reading the code of others is what got me involved in this whole “Android” game in the first place)

  • ddevito

    Anyone with a nexus should DIY for stuff like this – it’s what Nexus is all about.

  • shecalledmejay

    I gotta love the Nexus Phones or is it Nexi?

    • jathak

      According to Wiktionary, the plural of nexus is “nexus” or “nexuses”