Maybe you already have your Nexus 4. Maybe you have to wait three more weeks to get it. Or maybe you didn't get one before they sold out. Regardless of your particular situation, if a Nexus 4 is in your future (or present), there's a pretty good chance you're going to want to root and ROM it. And, honestly, not everyone is comfortable doing this kind of thing manually. Good news: the Nexus 4 toolkit is here!

This toolkit comes from developer mskip, the same dev responsible for the incredibly useful Nexus 7 toolkit. Like its predecessor, the N4 toolkit is chock-full of useful features, making it easy for basically anyone to modify their device:

* Install correct adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows xp/vista/7/8 32bit+64bit
* Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
* Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
* Unlock/Re-Lock your Bootloader
* Root Stock Jelly Bean builds (upto 4.2.0 JOP40C)
* 1-Click For All to Unlock, Root, Rename the Restore File
* Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system (Boot, Cache, Data, Recovery and System) via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC which can be Restored via CWM Recovery
* Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
* Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
* Install BusyBox on your phone
* Extras, Tips and Tricks section available to all ToolKit Donators
* Auto Update ToolKit to latest pushed version at startup (donator feature)
* Program up to 10 Quickpic slots and run them very quickly (donator feature)
* Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your phone
* Download Google Stock Image directly to correct ToolKit folder for extracting and flashing (no need to move it manually anymore)
* Flash Google Stock Image to phone
* Rename the Recovery Restore File present on some Stock Roms
* Boot into CWM Touch Recovery without Flashing it
* Boot or Flash .img Files directly from your PC
* Install a single apk or multiple apk's to your phone
* Push Files from your PC to your phone
* Pull Files from your phone to your PC
* Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
* Dump BugReport to your PC
* Set Files Permissions on your phone
* Open new Command Prompt for manual input
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode or Android from fastboot mode
* Reboot Phone to Fastboot Mode, Recovery, Android or Download Mode from adb mode

It's worth noting that, for the time being, flashing recovery isn't supported. This will likely come in an upcoming version of the toolkit.

The ToolKit.exe and ModsSection.exe files may be detected as malicious by some anti-virus software. This is a false positive and can be ignored. In the case that your AV automatically quarantines the files, simply restore them.

Version 1 of the toolkit is free over at XDA, but there's also a "donate" option that enables features like automatic updates so you'll always have the latest version.

[XDA via Addictive Tips; Thanks, Sameed!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Although this stuff is great, it creates a lot of noobish people who can't fix their own phones if they mess them up. People need to start learning adb (it's not hard at all).

    • tookieboy

      Then they need to learn to google to fix those problems, if they're unwilling to learn adb. It isn't a need, really. adb helps them so much in life, learning to google helps them so much more.


      While this is true, the toolkit was the only way I could get the Samsung device drivers to install properly on my PC. The ones installed from Samsung's website or the ones from the Google SDK never worked.

      • knowledgebroker

        You didn't look hard enough. Rule #1 is you don't use Samsungs's drivers. If you didn't look beyond the OEM and the SDK then you gave up without trying.

        • TOMMMMMM

          ??? Okay then where else do you look? It shouldn't be that difficult to find the drivers, but it was.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The newbs are going to exist no matter what, and they all still want root. Either they follow a step-by-step guide which they can be easily derailed with typos or misunderstanding (language and technology barriers), or they use a toolkit that might prevent some level of user error. At least one method lowers the risks. A couple of years ago I manned an IRC channel where we helped people with rooting, the list of common issues went way down as the toolkit was refined to cover up the places where users constantly screwed up little things (it was almost always related to creating a Gold Card, thankfully those days seem to be gone).

      • DirkBelig

        Typos are killers. I was trying to update my Nexus 7 - not root, merely sideload the update via adb - and the article up a freaking staffer at Android Central had at least three show-stopping errors which caused me to spend HOURS trying to sort out what was wrong. Commenters and running down videos from XDA geniuses finally got things fixed, but yeesh.

        While I appreciate the concern about n00bs getting themselves into trouble they can't get out of by relying on one-click solutions, there's a certain nerd arrogance that reminds me of the web design jackwagons who sneered that unless you code your site in Notepad (and not a WYSIWYG editor) you are not a man. Like Amazon did their site in Notepad. Jerks.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I'm not saying I don't agree with some of the logic. Telling people they can have all of the magic that comes with rooting and flashing custom ROMs sounds great, but it rarely includes the warnings of what can happen if you screw it up. It's sort of like trying to imitate a Benihana cook without having learned to properly use a knife, it's dangerous and somebody is going to be injured. On the other hand, just because somebody hasn't learned to properly use a knife doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to enjoy the food. That's where I think these toolkits tend to be good, they reduce the number of mistakes people can make and can often check for (and work around) environmental conditions that might have caused problems.

          As an aside, I can't stand WYSIWYG editors. I only like text editors with syntax coloring and minimal autocompletion features. It's true though, notepad is crap.

    • armshouse

      A bit of an elitist view?

      • knowledgebroker

        No, its realist point of view. The writer of that toolkit won't be around when thousands of noobs break their phones when things don't just go right. Then the noobs are left helpless. Instead, go to XDA and read up on how these things actually work.

        Toolkits are like giving up on education because MS Word and Excel does just fine spelling and math for you. Quick and easy is rarely the best strategy in life.

  • Chronus719

    I'm still sitting in limbo with my order. Have come close to canceling a couple of times, but have decided against it.

    • dsass600

      Because of the performance and battery life? I'm in the same boat. Might just end up getting a One XL because the battery life is incredible, but if the Nexus gets fixed then it's going to have an incredible processor. The Note II looks nice but it's not going to get any support due to the lack of documentation by Samsung on the Exynos processors.

      • spydie

        No support? It's already rooted and CM ROMs... what more do you want?

  • http://twitter.com/Stadsport Nick

    As someone who is pretty comfortable with ADB (I unlocked and rooted my Nexus 4 yesterday when it arrived via adb), I still sometimes like the toolkits just for the convenience.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Same here. Mostly because they download the right files automatically.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson


    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I recommend them because the developer behind them often knows about possible issues and latest versions of things that aren't always obvious with some quick googling. Most of these guys are pretty dedicated to knowing the subject extremely well and it means the rest of us don't have to. Definitely worth some support.

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewS44084834 AndrewSimon

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  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    It's a great tool for noobs. Other features are also useful.

    • knowledgebroker

      Until something goes wrong, then the noob is left with a broken phone and no knowledge of how to fix it. The best tool for a noob is to LEARN themselves how to do these things and leave toolkits alone.

      • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

        Even experts need the other options though

      • http://www.facebook.com/caseymills Casey Mills

        I think we should get rid of grocery stores too. We should all be growing our own food and slaughtering our own animals. Convenience is ruining this country... /sarcasm

  • Hogreb

    will it make me able to order one?

  • mskip

    Koush fixed CWM and released so the Toolkit will be updated tonight and the cwm flash added back to the 1-CLICK method as well as enabling it to be flashed directly from the Toolkit.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Wait... Nexus and Locked Bootloader?! Really??

    • cosmic

      Yes? Just like previous Nexus devices, it is an easily un-lockable bootloader. Just a fastboot oem unlock away.

      • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

        It has always been like that? Ah, okay... I've been spoilt by Samsung's unlocked bootloader, it seems...

        • http://twitter.com/Stadsport Nick

          Samsung's bootloaders come locked, too. Practically all phones do. It's just that only some (like most of Samsung's, and practically all Nexus devices) are unlockABLE.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The bootloader can be locked and unlocked at will with adb. It's a security feature to help prevent malicious hacking. This is on the up & up.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/damiandarling Damian Darling

    I am one of these NOOBS I guess. What are the benefits of doing this to my Nexus 4? Increased performance or what? To be honest, I'm a little scared of doing this and killing this beautiful device. Please reply.

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      To put it simply, rooting allows one to extract the full functionality of Android.