The beginners rooting solution for the Galaxy Nexus is here! Chainfire has has just released the first CF-Root kernel for the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.2 (ICL53F) which is perfect for users wanting to root their device with no hassle at all and want to keep the phone as close to stock as possible. Contrary to previous versions of CF-Root for various devices, CF-Root for the Galaxy Nexus does not contain the ClockworkMod recovery due to kernel and recovery being separate partitions on the device. This means you don’t need to flash a recovery with your kernel.
The kernel is fully stock and taken from the original firmware, with the following added:
- Superuser v3.
- Busybox v1.19.
- Custom boot / init scripts.
The kernel is available for the GSM and LTE versions of the Galaxy Nexus.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Unlocked bootloader. See our guide on rooting the Galaxy Nexus and follow Step 1 to Step 2.
- CF-Root for GSM (ICL53F).
- CF-Root for CDMA (ICL53F).
- To begin, download the kernel from the links above and extract the contents.
- Run ODIN and make sure Re-Partition, Phone EFS Clear and Phone Booltoader Update are unchecked.
- Hit the PDA button and select the .tar file you extracted earlier.
- Now put your device into download mode and connect it to the PC via USB.
- Once connected, hit the Start button to begin flashing the update.
Once the flashing is complete, the phone will auto reboot, so disconnect it from the PC now. For updates and queries, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.