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[Root Guide] SHIELD and SHIELD Tablet, Root and Custom Recovery NO Unlock! NO PC!

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Kwongger

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Apr 29, 2013
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Denver, CO
Universal Android Root Guide 4.4.0+
No PC Required!
by Kwongger

BY PROCEEDING PAST THIS POINT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ALEX BECK (KWONGGER) IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE USER. USING ANY METHOD DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR PROMISED.


It is VERY unlikely that these tools could do anything harmful.


Confirmed Devices:

ATT/VZW GS5, GS4 Active, Nexus 5, ATT/VZW Note 3, Sprint HTC One Max, MadCatz Mojo*, NVIDIA SHIELD*, and NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet*


* Requires alternate app version (the guide will let you know)!








Requirements:


A FULLY-FUNCTIONAL Android device with Internet access.








Step 1:

1a.
Enable Unknown Source APK installs on your phone.

Click Settings, then Security, then “Unknown Sources”



1b.
Download TowelRoot, a kickass hack by GeoHot.

https://towelroot.com/

Click the big-ass Lambda to download the app.


Use THIS version for NVIDIA SHIELD/ SHIELD Tablet and MadCatz Mojo




1c.
Install TowelRoot.
Just tap on the finished download in your notifications bar, and install.














Step 2:

l337 HAXX0R SK1LLZ

Tap “make it ra1n”

If you device DOESN’T reboot, your fine. If it reboots, try THIS version of towelroot.





Step 3:

Root it up.

All that towelroot does is allow you to install/inject a Superuser application.
I’ll always use and recommend SuperSU. Install it now (from google play).

After it installs, open it and let the magic happen. Reboot when it tells you to.




Step 4:

This step is entirely optional. You don’t need to do this if you just want root.

Continue if you want to make full nandroid backups, or install custom
software to your device.



4a.
Download Flashify.
This is great stuff, it allows you to flash boot.img’s and recovery.img’s
without an unlocked bootloader!



4b.
Find and download a custom recovery for your device.

Custom recoveries such as, TWRP, CWM, and PhilZ, all need to be
built for a specific device. This means that you can’t just find one and
install it on just anything. You need to find one specifically for your device.


For this you need to head to google, so search in this format:

<device> <recovery> xda

I recommend that you use TWRP, it’s my personal preference, they are
all about the same though.

The “xda” is there so that you’ll be directed to the xda-developers forums. They
are THE SOURCE for anything regarding android mods.



4c.
Install that recovery!

Once you have downloaded the recovery file, open Flashify.
Tap on Recovery Image, tap on “Choose a File,” navigate to “Downloads” then tap the recovery that you downloaded.


4d. You’re set!

Enjoy your rooted device, complete with custom recovery.
 

Hashbang173

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May 6, 2012
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Sorry If I am misinterperiting this, but I thought flashify didnt work to flash recoveries with locked bootloaders like the S5?
 
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djricekcn

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Sep 27, 2010
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Sorry If I am misinterperiting this, but I thought flashify didnt work to flash recoveries with locked bootloaders like the S5?


This is also confusing.

Download TowelRoot, a kickass hack by GeoHot.

https://towelroot.com/

Click the big-ass Lambda to download the app.


Use THIS version for NVIDIA SHIELD/ SHIELD Tablet and MadCatz Mojo


Why even post the link to towelroot and say download, then say download again below it with a different link. If it's for credit issue, format the grammar differently
 

T-Keith

Senior Member
Sep 9, 2010
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I'm trying to root the "normal" way. I unlocked my bootloader, but there are no custom recovery or boot images available yet. Should i just do towelroot for now?
 

Kwongger

Senior Member
Apr 29, 2013
440
457
Denver, CO
I'm trying to root the "normal" way. I unlocked my bootloader, but there are no custom recovery or boot images available yet. Should i just do towelroot for now?

That's what I did. There's no reason to unlock you boot loader if you use towelroot and then flashify when a build of cwm is released. So, either way, this method is best. You can use flashify to flash a recovery or boot image ☺
 

T-Keith

Senior Member
Sep 9, 2010
948
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Well we don't know if towelroot and flashify will still work after the next android release. I know on the motox with 4.4.4 it no longer works. I like my bootloader unlocked and to have twrp myself. Hopefully a custom recovery will be available soon. Xda needs to add a shield tablet forum.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
 

lanwarrior

Senior Member
Mar 5, 2006
2,196
158
Is TowelRoot still working with the latest Nvidia stock ROM?

If I am not wrong, they pushed a new update recently.

Also, does the update remove root?
 

buckbullstallion

Senior Member
Jun 12, 2006
58
0
LTE Version

When I used makeitrain root, for the LTE, for some reason it disengages (doesn't see the SIM) the SIM. I had to perform a factory install to fix it. Anyone else lose their LTE? Or if you were successful in rooting your LTE Shield please let me know if there is a trick involved in not loosing the LTE. Thank you.
 

merhans

Senior Member
Mar 22, 2012
280
57
When I used makeitrain root, for the LTE, for some reason it disengages (doesn't see the SIM) the SIM. I had to perform a factory install to fix it. Anyone else lose their LTE? Or if you were successful in rooting your LTE Shield please let me know if there is a trick involved in not loosing the LTE. Thank you.

So bootloader is unlocked?

Have you tried to flash a custom recovery.img via fastboot and flash the supersu.zip afterwards?

Should work
 

Ysy

Member
Jul 25, 2010
20
1
Doesn't work out on my Shield tablet which is updated to Android v5.0.

▪ Standard Towelroot says "This phone isn't currently supported".
▪ towelroot v1 (for tablet) hangs on orange "make it ra1n" button upon hitting it.
 

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    Universal Android Root Guide 4.4.0+
    No PC Required!
    by Kwongger

    BY PROCEEDING PAST THIS POINT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ALEX BECK (KWONGGER) IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE USER. USING ANY METHOD DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. NO WARRANTY IS IMPLIED OR PROMISED.


    It is VERY unlikely that these tools could do anything harmful.


    Confirmed Devices:

    ATT/VZW GS5, GS4 Active, Nexus 5, ATT/VZW Note 3, Sprint HTC One Max, MadCatz Mojo*, NVIDIA SHIELD*, and NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet*


    * Requires alternate app version (the guide will let you know)!








    Requirements:


    A FULLY-FUNCTIONAL Android device with Internet access.








    Step 1:

    1a.
    Enable Unknown Source APK installs on your phone.

    Click Settings, then Security, then “Unknown Sources”



    1b.
    Download TowelRoot, a kickass hack by GeoHot.

    https://towelroot.com/

    Click the big-ass Lambda to download the app.


    Use THIS version for NVIDIA SHIELD/ SHIELD Tablet and MadCatz Mojo




    1c.
    Install TowelRoot.
    Just tap on the finished download in your notifications bar, and install.














    Step 2:

    l337 HAXX0R SK1LLZ

    Tap “make it ra1n”

    If you device DOESN’T reboot, your fine. If it reboots, try THIS version of towelroot.





    Step 3:

    Root it up.

    All that towelroot does is allow you to install/inject a Superuser application.
    I’ll always use and recommend SuperSU. Install it now (from google play).

    After it installs, open it and let the magic happen. Reboot when it tells you to.




    Step 4:

    This step is entirely optional. You don’t need to do this if you just want root.

    Continue if you want to make full nandroid backups, or install custom
    software to your device.



    4a.
    Download Flashify.
    This is great stuff, it allows you to flash boot.img’s and recovery.img’s
    without an unlocked bootloader!



    4b.
    Find and download a custom recovery for your device.

    Custom recoveries such as, TWRP, CWM, and PhilZ, all need to be
    built for a specific device. This means that you can’t just find one and
    install it on just anything. You need to find one specifically for your device.


    For this you need to head to google, so search in this format:

    <device> <recovery> xda

    I recommend that you use TWRP, it’s my personal preference, they are
    all about the same though.

    The “xda” is there so that you’ll be directed to the xda-developers forums. They
    are THE SOURCE for anything regarding android mods.



    4c.
    Install that recovery!

    Once you have downloaded the recovery file, open Flashify.
    Tap on Recovery Image, tap on “Choose a File,” navigate to “Downloads” then tap the recovery that you downloaded.


    4d. You’re set!

    Enjoy your rooted device, complete with custom recovery.
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    Sorry If I am misinterperiting this, but I thought flashify didnt work to flash recoveries with locked bootloaders like the S5?