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How to Root Nexus 10! [EASIEST METHOD]

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For those of you who want to root your Nexus 10 Android tablet, here’s a step-by-step tutorial anyone can follow.  This is for Windows, Mac or Linux.

This will work on all Android versions including Android 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, and Lollilpop 5.0.1/5.0.2/5.1.

(For rooting Android 4.3/4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4, the steps are exactly same except for Step 9, you need to download the latest version of SuperSU from ChainFire and use that instead of the one provided.)

Nexus 10 Root Mac OSX Video tutorial:

Nexus 10 Root Linux/Ubuntu Video tutorial:

Step 1. Hold down Power, Volume Up, and Volume Down buttons together for about 20 seconds until your Nexus 10 reboots and enters fastboot bootloader mode.

Step 2. Connect a micro-USB cable from your computer to Nexus 10.

Step 3. Download, this has everything you need including adb, fastboot, rooting files, and drivers.

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Step 4. (Windows only, Mac and Linux users skip this step!) Next open Device Manager (if you don’t know how, please google it!) and make sure you have “Android Bootloader Interface”.  If you don’t, watch the video tutorial as it shows you how to install the drivers.

Step 5. Next, let’s unlock the bootloader.  Doing this will ERASE EVERYTHING on your internal storage so you’ve BEEN WARNED!

For Mac or Linux, type “chmod 755 *” before doing the fastboot commands.  And also add “sudo” in front for Linux/Ubuntu.

For Mac, replace all “fastboot” with “./fastboot-mac” and for Linux/Ubuntu, replace all “fastboot” with “sudo ./fastboot-linux”.  If you have trouble, watch the Mac and Linux video tutorials.

Open up a command prompt and type:

cd Downloads

cd Nexus10RootNew

fastboot oem unlock

Step 6. Use Volume button to choose “Yes” and hit the Power button.

Step 7. Your Nexus 10 bootloader has now been unlocked, congrats!  Hit Power button to restart your Nexus 10.

If for some reason your Nexus 10 gets stuck on bootloop, you can do a data wipe/factory reset to fix it, here’s a quick video tutorial on that:

Step 8. Once rebooted, you will have to sign in again.

Step 9. After signing in, copy the file to anywhere on your Nexus 10’s internal storage.

*NOTE: For Android 4.3/4.4.2/4.4.3/4.4.4/5.0.1/5.0.2/5.1, download SuperSU v2.37 here and copy that instead!!!

Step 10. If you have trouble connecting as a USB disk drive, you can also download from here on your Nexus 10 browser.

Step 11. Reboot into fastboot bootloader by holding down Power, Volume Up, and Volume  Down buttons together.

Step 12. Connect a micro-USB cable from your Nexus 10 to your computer.

Step 13. Next, let’s flash ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery.

Go back to command prompt and type:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

Step 14. Use Volume buttons to choose “Recovery Mode” and hit Power button to enter CWM Recovery.

Step 15. Once in CWM Recovery, choose “install zip from sdcard”.

Step 16. Next choose “choose zip from sdcard”.

Step 17. Browse your file folders and find the you copied over/downloaded earlier.  Flash it!

Step 18. Reboot and run rooted app like Titanium Backup app and Superuser permissions windows should pop-up. Congrats!  You’ve successfully rooted your Nexus 10!

Credits – XDA

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23 Responses to How to Root Nexus 10! [EASIEST METHOD]

  1. allan says:

    im havin issues nounting a usbstick

    the recomended program stickmount does registre it but i can not mount the usb.

    i insttalled another program “usb host controller” this program, in this program i se the usb an have different options to see the usb and mount it.

    BUT none of the file managers can se it…it did work once with astro but neither this nor es fileovervies or file manager can se it now.

    help needed

  2. derflo000 says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial!! It worked great on my N10.
    The only problem is, that my Windows 7 Enterprise N is not showing the disc drive of the N10 when I connect it via USB. In the device manager I see the Android ADB Interface installed. Do you know this problem?


  3. Claudio says:

    I have been used this method and does not work, also mi Nex10 becomes bricked, just the X logo but not booting.
    I followed the procedure on this page and get recovered my device.

    Download mantaray-jop40c-factory-87340b80.tgz stock/factory firmware
    fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantalj12.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot -w update
    fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
    fastboot flash cache cache.img
    fastboot reboot

    Please, fix the recommendation.

  4. Clive says:

    I bricked my n10 unlocking it – no idea how. With your sites help n others i’ve fixed it and it works fine (your ‘unbrick how to’ didn’t quite do it but it did definitely helped).

    My nube questions are – I am now not sure how far back I have restored to – yes its embarasing!- how can I tell if my machine is still in locked?

    Also once I got it running again the machine threw a big crash when I tried to install android updates – from 4.2 to 4.2.1 would it be… – I got the dead android logo and everything! Do I need to fix this problem sooner rather than later…. I clearly still have a problem!

    If poss help in one syllable words would be fab! Tee hee!

    All good fun!

  5. josh says:

    If I follow these instructions will I be able to get android updates?

  6. Adam says:

    Hi, I got to the command prompt bit and it completed correctly just like in your video. The only problem now is it won’t boot and just shows the X symbol.

    Any thoughts?

  7. Timmy says:

    its been sitting on “X” screen for more than an hour

  8. Melissa says:

    This worked perfectly!
    I used another tutorial out there and bricked my device. After using your unbrick nexus 10 tutorial, I used THIS tutorial. Just wanted to say a BIG thanks for this tutorial and website!

  9. Fear Up says:

    Finding update package . . .
    Opening update package . . .
    Installing update . . .
    E: Error in /sd/card/0Download/
    (Status 0)
    Installation aborted.

  10. barnkeeper10 says:

    I want to buy a brand new Nexus 10 16gb and have someone root it for me. purpose: just to be able to carry my media with me (mostly mp3 audio) when traveling. Does anyone know of a person/place/or company that can root my N10 and send it back to me working correctly? I do NOT want to attempt it myself, esp. with the comments I just read about various issues when rooting it. Thanks for any info you offer.
    — barnkeeper10

  11. Veno says:

    Help me! I had been root my nexus success. But when I install “Chainfire 3D pro” to play game for tegra, my device must reboot and it can’t start again. The screen show google screen and stop at the letter X tawdry 🙁

  12. Stuart says:

    Nice, great video. Thanks!

  13. Ricardo Santos says:


    I’ve run your tutorial perfectly.
    Then, when i run superSU app it raises a message “there is no SU binary installed, and SuperSU cannot install it.

    i’ve 4.3 version when started the root process.

    Can you help me?

    Best regards,

  14. anthony says:

    This bricked my nexus 10 its stuck at booting after unlocking the bootloader

  15. Adam Bond says:

    Thank you for making these videos, though I am having a problem. Once I finishing with the oem unlock, I always end up in a boot loop. I follow your other video to get out of it and start falling your instructions again, after the oem unlock. I download the latest version of the CWM file and install it. However. Once I go to the SU app, it states that “SU binary needs to be updated”. When I press continue I get a fail message. I even tried to go on to installing titanium and it say that it is not rooted.
    On the fast boot screen the, the lock state is unlocked
    My bootloader version is MANTAMD03
    I am not sure what else to do. I even followed your video on unrooting and installing the stock firmware and started all over again. I still end up with the same problem. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Adam Bond

  16. Jakob says:


    when i go to fastboot bootloader mode i dont see anything

    just wibratiing once than in 5 sec twice

    the screnn is black

    whats going on?

  17. Larry says:

    Great tutorial, but …
    I followed your instructions and unlocked my Nexus 10. Then did a factory reset/wipe and rebooted. Downloaded CWM-SuperSU. But when I went to flash the new recovery, my three options are optimus_prime-touch-…-GMS.img and -toro-VERIZON.img and twrp…-SPRINT.img. None of these look like they should match my device. I tried flashing each one in turn, but when I try to reboot into recovery, it just goes back to the stock/factory recovery. I even tried downloading and flashing openrecovery-twrp- from, but no luck there either. How to proceed?

  18. Larry says:

    It finally worked. I got it to boot into TWRP. I had to leave in the USB cable. I know that doesn’t make any sense.

  19. ermin says:

    Whats about 5.1.1?

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