Step by Step Tutorial to Root Nexus S 4G on Sprint

Sanjana December 17, 2011 0

For all those who own a Google Nexus S 4G on Sprint and wanted to get full command over your phone, your patience has now been rewarded. You can now root your Google Nexus S 4G which is a WiMax version of the original Nexus S on Sprint. Follow the instructions given below in detail to have a safe and successful rooting.

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You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Android SDK

Steps For Rooting Nexus S 4G:

Step-1: Download the Root Package ( QR scan given below) of Google Nexus 4G. The root package is 3.33MB in size and consists of recovery.img plus the files. Extract those files on your desktop.Connect your phone to computer and mount the SD Card as disk drive. Copy the recovery.img and files to SD Card root.

Step-2: In this step you need to unlock the bootloader of your Nexus S 4G. To do this install Android SDK. Now simply hold shift > right click on tools sub folder in Android SDK main folder > select “Open Command Window Here” from context menu. Open tools folder in Command Prompt and use Fastboot OEM unlock to unlock the bootloader.

Step-3:  Reboot your phone in bootloader mode. For this hold Volume Down button along with Power Button while you power off your device then power it back on.

Step-4:  Copy the recovery.img file that you had downloaded earlier in Android SDK’s tools folder. Open folder in command prompt and type fastboot flash recovery recovery.img. After typing a “Flash OK” message will appear in command prompt. At this instance use Volume Down button to scroll down to Recovery mode. Press Power Button to confirm.

Step-5:  In recovery mode, from the SD Card option navigate to Flash Zip. Select A SuperUser [SU] will flash on your phone and the rooting process will complete. After the flashing reboot your device.

Now you can download and install ROM Manager from Android Market and also flash ClockworkMod Recovery 3.1.0 followed in-app directions. So this is it. Your Google Nexus 4G has been rooted permanently and is all set for Custom ROMs as well as other mods. Have a Happy Rooting!!!

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