This universal toolkit roots the latest Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S on Linux. While the guides and toolkits we covered earlier were mostly for Windows, XDA-Developers forum member tatelucas’ Universal Nexus Linux Toolkit fills the platform void with an all-in-one solution for the open source OS. The toolkit is pretty easy to set up, and while it may not have a plethora of features like the Nexus 4 toolkit, it is pretty much all you need to start modding your Nexus device.
The toolkit will help you unlock/re-lock the bootloader, gain root access, flash ClockworkMod recovery (touch based or standard) and flash Google’s stock image. So if you’re here and wondering why you might need to root your device and what’s so special about ClockworkMod recovery, be sure to check out our top 10 reasons to root your Android device, and article on what is ClockworkMod recovery and how to use it on Android.
At the time of this writing, the toolkit supports the following Nexus devices:
- Nexus S (i9020t & i9023)
- Nexus S (i9020a)
- Nexus S (m200)
- Nexus S 4G (d720)
- Galaxy Nexus (GSM)
- Galaxy Nexus (Sprint) – Cannot flash Google’s stock image on this variant
- Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)
- Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 10
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Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Universal Nexus Linux Toolkit.
- Android Debugging enabled in Settings > Developer Options. Have Android 4.2 on your device? See our quick tip on how to unhide Developer Options in Android 4.2.
- You will need to have 32-bit libraries installed if you’re on a 64-bit OS.
- To begin, download the toolkit (.tgz archive) from the link above and extract its contents.
- Run the terminal, and switch to the path where the ‘unlt.sh’ file is.
- Now enter the following command to begin running the toolkit:
sudo bash ./unlt.sh
- Doing so will launch the toolkit, and you will be presented with the list of supported devices. Choose your device by entering the corresponding number.
- Here onwards, simply enter the number of whatever task you want to perform and follow the on-screen instructions.
For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers linked below.