Root your Nexus 7 Flo (2013) on Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16S)

I have finally laid my hands onto the latest tablet released by Google in partnership with ASUS. It is none other than the Nexus 7 Flo (2013). This tablet though slimmer (8.65 mm) and lighter (290 gram) than its predecessor is much more powerful.

Nexus 7 Packaging     Nexus 7 Content

It comes with a 7.02″ 1920×1200 (323ppi) 1080p HD IPS  display, and running on a Quadcore 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of memory. The default OS loaded during shipping is Android 4.3 Jellybean, at least for the set that I received. Please kindly perform an OTA update to Android 4.4 KitKat before proceeding with the rooting guide.

Android 4.4 OTA     Android 4.4

** Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you were to mess up your tablet and caused it to brick. Do make sure that you have backup your settings and data before proceeding. ALL YOUR DATA WILL BE WIPED OFFDo not proceed from here if you are unsure of what you are doing. Do it at your own risk. The guide is only applicable for Nexus 7 (Flo) 2013 WIFI version. 

Phase 1: Unlock Bootloader

1. Enable USB Debugging mode on your Nexus 7 2013.
HOWTO: From Android 4.2 onwards, the “Developer options” menu has been hidden. To display the menu, go to Settings –> About tablet. Tap on the Build number repeatedly until the system says that you are now a developer. Now, go to the “Developer options” and enable USB Debugging mode.

2. Download and install the USB Driver for Android ADB Interface. [LINK]

2. Download and extract the sdk folder to C drive. [LINK]

3. Connect your Nexus 7 to your computer.

4. Open a command prompt and run as Administrator.

5. In the command prompt, navigate to the adb.exe folder.
HOWTO: Go to C:\sdk\platform-tools

6. Run the command “adb reboot bootloader”.

7. Run the command “fastboot oem unlock”.

8. Go to your Nexus 7 and press on Volume Up button once to choose Yes. Press the Power button to confirm.

9. Download the latest TWRP 2.6 image. [LINK]

10. Rename the image as “twrp-flo.img” and place it in C:\sdk\platform-tools

11. Go back to the command prompt and run the command “fastboot flash recovery twrp-flo.img”

12. You should see “finished. total time: 0.xxxs”
** To check if your boot loader has been unlocked successful. Shutdown your Nexus 7. Then hold on to the Volume Down button together with the Power button to boot into TWRP bootloader.

unlock bootloader


Phase 2: Root your Nexus 7

13. Download CF-Auto-Root from ChainFire. [LINK]

14. Extract the files to C:\sdk\platform-tools\CF\

15. Ensure that your Nexus 7 is in bootloader mode.
HOWTO: Hold on to the Volume Down button together with the Power button to boot into TWRP bootloader.

16. Connect your Nexus 7 to your computer.

17. Open a command prompt and run as Administrator.

18. Go to C:\sdk\platform-tools\CF\ and run the command “root-windows.bat”.

19. Follow the instructions on the command prompt by pressing any keys. The rest is automated by ChanFire’s script.


20. Congratulation! Your Nexus 7 Flo (2013) has been rooted successfully. Have fun!

KitKat     rooted nexus 7

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