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Android 4.3 for Nexus 4 users was just an idea until a guy named Jeff Williams in his Google Plus profile posted the screenshots of his Nexus 4 running on Android 4.3 (build ID: JWR66N). Later some folks at XDA managed to extract a system dump from this device of Jeff which he bought from a Google employee and released a flashable zip for other Nexus 4 users around the globe.

Much before all this took place, XDA recognized developer Chainfire rolled out a root for the leaked Android 4.3 (JWR66N build) for standard Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). Now the Nexus 4 users running on the JWR66N build can root their device using this same exploit.

Chainfire, different from his usual style, released a Zip instead of a whole complete tool and is available for download at Chainfire’s Google Plus profile. There is nothing much complicated with the root as it just involves flashing the zip file via a custom recovery (TWRP/CWM). Got any doubts using CWM? Feel free to read our post on it.

Google Nexus 4


Now, if you are already on Android 4.3 (JWR66N build), you can try and root it. Just follow steps below to root your Nexus 4 on Android 4.3 (with build ID JWR66N) :

  • Connect the device to your PC and enable USB debugging.
  • Put the downloaded zip file on the SD card.
  • Reboot the device into recovery.
  • Wipe the cache and dalvik cache.
  • Install the zip file you moved onto the memory earlier.
  • Reboot the device.
  • You will be then asked by the recovery if you want to remove the stock recovery. Skip it or select yes.
  • The recovery will then proceed with the root. Select yes and reboot to enjoy root on your Nexus 4.

If it didn’t work, see this thread on XDA. You can grab a pre-rooted Android 4.3 ROM for your Nexus 4 from there, both odexed and deodexed. You can flash it via a custom recovery.

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