How to Root Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean with SuperSU

Android 4.1.1 aka Jelly Bean is the latest version of Android OS that makes us impressed with its outstanding performance in UI experience that makes UI very responsive and smooth. This new version of Android OS has been pushed by Google to Google’s flagship phones, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S using OTA update. If you have already updated your Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean and want to get root privileges, you can follow theses following steps.

A. Preparation

Samsung USB Driver

If you are under Windows, you have to install Samsung USB Driver first for Windows to recognize your phone properly when connected with usb cable. There are three possible ways to install Samsung USB driver:

  1. Samsung USB Driver
  2. Samsung Kies
  3. Galaxy Nexus Driver

You can choose to use one of the above ways to get Samsung USB driver installed.  You can check the installed driver by opening Windows Device Manager. If the driver has been installed and works properly the window should display something like this (Windows 7):

For Mac OS user, the phone should work by default, no need to install USB driver.


To unlock the phone, you need fastboot executable file. If you have already installed Android SDK, this file can be found under android-sdk-<platform>/platform-tools/ (ex: android-sdk-windows/platform-tools/fastboot.exe), otherwise you can download this tool: Extract the zip file, you’ll get GalNexJBRoot directory which contains fastboot executable file (for Windows, Mac and Linux), recovery image and SuperSu.

B. Unlock Bootloader

In order to install root or any other ROMs, your phone bootloader must be in unlocked mode. If have already unlocked the bootloader, you can skip this step and go to step C.

  • Power off the phone
  • Connect the phone with computer using usb cable
  • Using command prompt (For Windows users: Start->Run->cmd), go into GalNexJBRoot directory
  • Type the following command:
    fastboot oem unlock
  • ChooseYes on Unlock bootloader confirmation screen by pressing volume up button and execute it by pressing power off button.
  • The bootloader status LOCKED STATE now becomes UNLOCKED
  • Restart the phone

C. Install ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery and SuperSU

    • Connect the phone with computer using usb cable
    • Copy file from GalNexJBRoot directory into sdcard
    • Power off the phone
    • Using command prompt under GalNexJBRoot directory, execute the following command to install recovery:
      fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-
    • Press volume down button to select Recovery mode

    • Under recovery menu choose install zip from sdcard
    • Then choose zip from sdcard
    • Then choose
    • Then choose Yes – Install



    • Wait untill installation complete than choose Go Back menu
    • Reboot the phone
    • Now your phone become rooted and SuperSu app installed.




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