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How to Root Nexus 10!

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For those of you who want to root your Nexus 10 Android tablet device, here’s a video tutorial on how to root your Nexus 10.


Now, since CWM Recovery (as of the date of this video) isn’t working 100% properly as SD card isn’t accessible and CWM Recovery reboots after around 30 seconds, we are going to have to resort to installing zip file over ADB sideload.

This is a bit tricky to do as you have to do it rather quickly but the Nexus 10 is rootable and there should be a more stable way to root it in the near future.

First, download and unzip, this includes all the files you need for Windows, Mac, and Linux and also drivers for Windows:

FILES REMOVED, follow new root method here!!!

Step 1. Put your Nexus 10 into Bootloader mode by turning off your Nexus 10.  Then hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons together.

Step 2. Once in bootloader menus, connect a micro USB cable from your Nexus 10 to your computer.  Update the drivers on your computer.

Step 3. Let’s unlock the bootloader.  This WILL ERASE EVERYTHING on your Nexus 10, make a BACKUP before you DO THIS!!!

Open a command prompt or terminal and type:

cd Downloads

cd Nexus10Root

fastboot oem unlock

For Mac, type:

./fastboot-mac oem unlock

For Linux, type:

./fastboot-linux oem unlock

Step 4. Go to your tablet and unlock your Nexus 10.

Step 5.  Next let’s flash CWM recovery, so type:

fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

For Mac,

./fastboot-mac flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

For Linux:

./fastboot-linux flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-

Step 6. Type the following but DO NOT PRESS ENTER yet!

adb sideload

For Mac,

./adb-mac sideload

For Linux,

./adb-linux sideload

Step 7. Choose “Recovery” using Volume buttons and your Nexus 10 should boot into CWM Recovery.

Step 7b. (ONLY FOR WINDOWS, Mac and Linux skip this step) Now, open up Device Manager on your computer (if using Windows, otherwise skip this step) and make sure you see some kind of “ADB Interface” driver.  If you don’t, quickly update the manta with exclamation mark with the same drivers you used earlier.  Reboot into bootloader then choose “Recovery” and enter CWM Recovery again.

Step 8.  Choose “install zip from sideload” and hit ENTER in your command prompt/terminal for the command you typed earlier in Step 6.

Step 9. If it was successful, you should see Superuser app and root being installed.   If not, try again from Step 7 and make sure your drivers are installed if using Windows.

Step 10. That’s it for now, you should be able to root your Nexus 10.  I will have an update on an easier root method as soon as it’s available.

Q: My Nexus 10 is stuck on boot logo!?! WTF!?! &*$% YOU!!! You BROKE MY TABLET!
A: Hey, come down first, have a cup of cold, fresh mountain spring water. Just reboot into CWM Recovery then choose “data wipe/factory reset” and reboot. This happens because sometimes when you unlock your bootloader, the data partition gets corrupt but by doing data wipe/factory reset, your tablet should be WORKING AGAIN!

Q: On my Mac or Linux, I keep getting permission error, your instructions SUCK!
A: Hey, before you start calling people names, why don’t you learn a bit more on how to use Mac or Linux? The answer is simple, change file permissions, do, “chmod 755 *” in the directory you are writing the commands. Also, you can try adding “sudo” in front of commands to make it run with root permissions. Try both, they should solve those problems.

Credits – XDA

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5 Responses to How to Root Nexus 10!

  1. rickey says:

    Max I have been using your methods since the my first samsung captivate and always follow your advice. I have been aimlessly wondering all over the internet trying to find the best tablet out right now. The asus infinity tf700 which from what I’ve read on xda and other sites that they have their issues. Then I have been looking at the nexus 10 32gb which I’ve read has many issues of their own also. Then I have been looking at the note 10.1 32gb also( I have a note 2 sghi317). I want to play games, watch movies, add launchers and customize, but have the screen and newest hardware to do it with. I don’t like the idea of not having internal memory with the nexus 10 and the issues with light bleeding and the processor causing fc’s and lagging. I have read about many people though returning their tf700’s for the nexus 10. What do you think is the best option?

    • rickey says:

      Nevermind I went for the nexus 10 32gb. It should be at my house in a few days. Hope it’s not one of the problematic ones and a newer build.

  2. Aung Win says:

    Hi Max,
    I just root my Nexus 10 according to your method. It’s all fine apart from one step I was stuck on bootloop and I did it again according to your video.
    The problem is now that my computer recognizes my device on notification bar as nexus 10 but it does not appear on my coomputer hard device when I connect to my device. Therefore, I cannot do file transfer or anything. Could you help me out, please?

  3. Hiplaaja says:

    Hi Max,

    Thank you for the easy tutorial ! I have also been following your Galaxy Note root pages, and really enjoyed and (also tested) most of the roms you have showed.
    Are you planning to have Nexus 10 roms with videos on this page also ?

  4. Omar Leckey says:

    I have rooted the nexus 10 previously, then updated to 4.3, after unlocking bootloader for some reason I could not unzip file from sd, tablet will not boot to android help,please.

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