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[Verizon] VZW/LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus: All Things Root Guide (last update 4/4/2014)

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Apr 11, 2013
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Note / Warning / Reminder: unlocking your bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will
wipe-out the contents of your device's internal "SD card". This means you'll lose any settings, pictures, apps, etc. So, keep this in mind when / if you ever undertake that step of unlocking your bootloader.

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General Information

How to Root

Factory Images/Official OTA's

Note: The link has been updated to all the Stock factory images avalable, 4.0.4, 4.1.1, and 4.2.2. The MD5 and SHA1 checksums are available from the site linked.

Custom Recoveries

Note: Scary Alien's free "Android Root Toolkit" app is a good source for most custom recoveries, he keeps it fairly up to date, but not always. The first link below is just a legacy custom recovery, with the advent of Jelly bean Android 4.2.x, you should not use that recovery. The rest will be Android 4.2.x compatible.

There's something that needs to be said as a caution before you decide to go from Android version 4.1.x to Android version 4.2.x.; both are known as "Jelly Bean". Most if not all of the files and directories on your 'sdcard' will be re-arraigned. I have found that you must upgrade your custom recovery to one that is compatable with Jelly Bean 4.2.x. Link to thread with more info:

Kit Kat 4.4 ROMs:

These ROMs require an update in CWM or TWRP (whatever recovery you're using) for them to work correctly.

Jelly Bean 4.3.x ROMs:

Jelly Bean 4.2.x ROMs:

Jelly Bean 4.1.x ROMs:

If you are still running an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM and decide you want to upgrade to a Jelly Bean ROM, please realize that it has been noted that flashing the Jelly Bean bootloader as part of the process has ended up with a much more harmonious outcome. Link to follow.

Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs:

Since just about everyone is on Jelly Bean, I think I will leave these links alone, as a 'legacy', however because of that I cannot say for sure that any of them are still 'alive'.



Radios / Bootloaders:


Tools & Utilities


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