Prerequisites to root Nexus 4:
Once you have fulfilled the requirements, continue reading further. Rooting your Nexus 4 is a 3 step process – Unlocking Bootloader, Installing Custom Recovery and Rooting.
Step 1: Put your device into bootloader mode. To do so, power off your device by holding Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously. You can also put your device into bootloader mode by tying in following command in CMD or Terminal.
adb reboot bootloader
Step 2: Connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.
Step 3: Open CMD or Terminal and type on the following to confirm that the drivers are properly configure. If the drivers are installed and your device is connected properly, you’ll see your device’s ID on the terminal.
Step 4: Type the following in CMD or Terminal. This step will wipe everything off your device.
fastboot oem unlock
Step 5: You will be prompted with a warning message. Use the Volume keys to highlight Yes and select it using the Power button. The bootloader will now be unlocked.
Step 6: To confirm that the bootloader is successfully unlocked, look at the text in front of Lock State, it should be unlocked.
Step 7: Reboot your device using the following command
Step 2: Download the latest version of your preferred recovery. [ CWM | TWRP ]
Step 3: Put the downloaded recovery image file ( .img ) on your desktop. If it is inside a compressed file, extract it.
Step 4: If you are running Windows, open CMD and type in the following command.
If you are using Linux or OSX, open Terminal and type in the following command.
Step 5: Now we flash the recovery.
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-x.x.x.x-mako.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-x.x.x.x-mako.img
fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-x.x.x.x-mako.img
Step 6: Your device is now flashed with a custom recovery.
Step 1: Download the latest SuperSU flashable .zip package from here.
Step 2: Connect your device to the computer and transfer the downloaded SuperSU .zip file to your SD Card.
Step 3: Without disconnecting the device, type the following command in the CMD or Terminal.
adb reboot recovery
Step 4: When your device boots into recovery mode, disconnect your device from the computer.
Step 5: Flash the SuperSU package.
Step 6: Once the flashing is finished, reboot your device by selecting reboot system now (CWM) or Reboot > System (TWRP).
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