Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been available for quite some time now in the market and is of course one of the best Android phones money can buy right now. In particular, if you want to get the stock look&feel of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in all its glory. Being the first official phone to ship with the Android 4.0 helped Galaxy Nexus to generate a lot of buzz around the media both before and after its release. If you are one lucky guy who has the ownership of this phone then the first thing you would like to try after grabbing the phone is to get the root on it. We have covered the rooting procedure for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus already in the past already but that was a bit complicated particularly for the new users (based on Odin and CF-Root Insecure Kernels). Thanks to efforts of the WugFresh who developed a tool named Galaxy Nexus Root Tool Kit that makes the rooting/un-rooting, lock/unlock bootloader on the Galaxy Nexus a child’s play using a single click. In other words, now Galaxy Nexus Tool Kit is available, so there is no excuse to not root your latest Nexus device!
Note: Rooting, Jailbreaking or customizing your device can be risky, and you may end-up bricking your device! Follow the instructions posted here at your own responsibility as Inspired Geek will not be responsible for any damage to your device.
Note that the latest version of this tool works for both GSM and CDMA (Verizon). Use of the Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit is very simple actually as you can see below:
Note: Do not plug in your device until this program prompts to do so!
Step 1) First download the tool depending if its for CDMA or GSM version:
Step 2) Install the program by double clicking the GnexRootToolkit.sfx.exe. Now launch the tool from the desktop or Programs menu.
Step 3) Now after the program window appears on-screen click on the Drivers+SDK to install the required drivers and Android SDK which are required for the later functionality.
Step 4) Click on the Drivers to check that all the drivers are indeed configured properly.
Step 5) (Optional) Use the "Backup Apps + Data" if you want to preserve your apps and settings to restore later.
Step 6) Then use the "Unlock" to unlock and the "Root" to root the device.
Step 7) Enjoy your unlocked and rooted device!
If you want to go back to the factory default/stock (from where you started ) then just select the "Flash stock + Unroot" and then "OEM lock" features in this order. These options can also be used if you completely bricked your device. It will bring you back to a fully locked stock factory state!
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