Google Nexus 9 or HTC Nexus 9 is a high-quality Android tablet, which comes with a dominant 8.9 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display powered by a 2.3 GHz dual-core processor along with 2 GB RAM. The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system which is upgradable to Android 5.1.1. If you are using this tablet and looking for a way to gain root privileges, then you are in the right webpages as I have given a tutorial to root Nexus 9 here.
By following this rooting tutorial given here, you can be able to unlock the bootloader and root Google Nexus 9. Once you have gained root privileges in your tablet, you will install custom ROM firmware, custom-built Android applications, and do a lot more things with it.
WARNING: Rooting your Nexus tablet will void its warranty, and you won’t be able to claim it until you unroot your device. Also, there is a chance that your device might get bricked by following this rooting procedure. So, if anything bad happens to your device by following this tutorial, do not hold me responsible.
Step 1: Before getting started with a rooting procedure, it is essential to take a backup of personal data in your tablet. So, take a complete backup of personal data in your device before proceeding with the tutorial given below.
Step 2: Download Google Nexus 9 USB driver and install it on your computer. Only by doing so, you will be able to connect your Android tablet with the PC or laptop computer successfully.
Step 3: Now, enable USB debugging mode in your Google Nexus 9 device by following this path: Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging. Also in the same screen, tick the box next to “Enable OEM unlock“. If you can’t see the Developer Options in your Settings screen, enable it by following this path: Settings -> About Phone -> Build Number (tap on it for 7 times to enable Developer Options).
Step 4: Make sure that you have deactivated or uninstalled antivirus programs in your computer as they tend to interrupt the rooting procedure. Also, ensure that your Nexus 9 device has at least 70% battery backup in it before getting started with the tutorial given below.
Once you have finished all these prerequisites, you can move forward to the rooting tutorial given below.
Tutorial To Unlock Bootloader Of Google Nexus 9:
Step 1: To get started, download Minimal ADB and Fastboot and install it on your computer. Once done, launch its window.
Step 2: Next, switch off your Google Nexus 9 tablet and boot it into the Fastboot mode by pressing the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power button simultaneously. Once your device boots into Fastboot mode, connect it to your computer using the original USB data cable.
Step 3: To unlock the bootloader of your device, enter the following command:
fastboot oem unlock
Step 4: Once you have entered the command, press the “Volume Up” key to select the “Yes, Unlock Bootloader” option and then press the Power button key in your Nexus 9 device to unlock its bootloader.
Step 5: Once the bootloader unlocking process is completed, your device will reboot automatically.
That’s it. Now you have successfully unlocked the bootloader of your Google Nexus 9 Android tablet. Let’s find out how to root your device.
Tutorial To Root Nexus 9:
Step 1: To get started, download Nexus 9 Root package, extract it and save the extracted files in the same folder where you have installed the Minimal ADB and Fastboot in your computer (C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot).
Step 2: Next, launch the Minimal ADB and Fastboot window. Once done, connect your Nexus 9 tablet to your computer and boot your device into fastboot mode by entering the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
Step 3: Once your device boots into the fastboot mode, enter the following command:
fastboot boot inject.img
Step 4: Now, your device will boot from inject.img. Next, you will need to patch the kernel in your device by entering the following command:
fastboot flash boot patched.img
Step 5: To finish the rooting process, reboot your device by entering the following command:
That’s it. Now you have successfully rooted your Google Nexus 9 Android Tablet. For confirmation, open up your Apps menu and look for the SuperSU app. If you can find it there, then your device is successfully rooted.
You can also use the Root Checker for Android app to confirm the root privileges in your device.
If you own a smartphone or tablet other than HTC Nexus 9 and would like to get rooting tutorials for the same, kindly visit our Rooting Tutorials page.
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