Published on December 9th, 2012 | by Tim Schofield


How to Root the Google Nexus 4

This video will show you the latest and easiest method to root and install a custom recovery on the LG Google Nexus 4. This works for any version of Jelly Bean. Any questions, just ask.
Thanks for watching.


If you get stuck in a bootloop after unlocking bootloader:

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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

  • When I have rooted the phone can I lock the bootloader again

  • Ryan Kelly

    Won’t let me go into recovery mode. Any idea what I did wrong or how to fix it?

    • Ryan Kelly

      Figured it out thanks to some awesome people on G+. Downloaded goo manager and then in there clicked install OpenRcoveryScript. Problem solved plus I now have goo manager.

  • Michael Anderson

    Unrooted with 4.2.2 update adb error. Any solutions?

    • qbking77

      do you have pdanet installed on your pc?

  • Hey!

    When will be 1.6.3 version of toolbox? to unlock nexus 4 on 4.2.2

  • Nikhil Dhingra

    hey i am newbie just got an android , i just rooted my phone using this video i would like to know can i install a custom ROM ? or was this a cumtom rom being installed ? if yes do i need to wipe out these settings ? thanks

    • qbking77

      Yes you can.. if you installed a custom recovery (TWRP). To install a custom rom you will most likely need to do a factory reset first

      • Nikhil Dhingra

        So if I do a factory reset I won’t lose my root files or my phone won’t get un-rooted , right ?

  • if the back up screen on the phone closes but it still says backinng up on the computer is it still doing it?

  • hi i tried to root my nexus4 running stock 4.2.2 . after unlocking the bootloader it fails to root the device. it doesnot download that twrp and says hashcheck mismatch. how to fix this?

  • soboku

    Hi I’ve already unlock my boot loader and rooted with this method I was
    just wondering at this point when T-Mobile puts out over the air update
    for 4.3 if and when it comes out can I allow it or will i have to undo
    the root and stuff first? Thanks for making so ez for beginners like me
    to root our phones.

  • ernest

    does this method work for Nexus 4 on 4.3?

  • vizzy

    How do i install twrp on N4 with kitkat 4.4.4

  • abd

    my os is loss how to install my os in nexus 4???

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