A few days ago, developer mskip released the Nexus 4 toolkit, which simplifies the unlock/root/recovery/etc. process on the device. The same dev has now released the Nexus 10 toolkit, which does essentially the same thing, only for Google's first 10" slate. These toolkits really take the work out of doing a number of otherwise potentially tedious tasks:

* 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 the Bootloader, Root, Rename the Restore File and Flash Custom Recovery
* 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 Custom Recovery or 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

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.

Like the N4 toolkit (and all of mskip's other toolkits), there is a free version available at XDA, but there's also a "donate" option that enables automatic updates, as well as help support the developer's work. 


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://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    "Taken off for more testing as reports of bootloops"

  • Will Tisdale

    It's quite worrying that so called 'developers' make these things to allow morons to root their phones without any knowledge which invariably means they will then mess them up, complain, moan, point the finger and ask moronic questions.

    This is one of the reasons that XDA is now an utter joke infested by utter idiots.

    Do you really have to publicise this kind of crap?

    • QwietStorm

      Oh boy

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yes. Next question, please.

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

      I use Nexus toolkits, because they're convenient and I don't need to look up multiple urls that change all the time and mess with things I don't want to spend the time to mess with (though I'm perfectly capable of doing so). Does that make me a moron and and utter idiot?

      Is using command line always better than GUI? Does that make you feel extra warm and more like a hacker? Oh, right, from your high horse the view is different.

      • Will Tisdale

        'It's quite worrying that so called 'developers' make these things to allow morons to root their devices without any knowledge which invariably means they will then mess them up, complain, moan, point the finger and ask moronic questions.'

        Again, you need to learn to read before allowing your emotions drive you to a comment which makes you look foolish. I don't care *why* you use it quite frankly.

      • nhizzat

        That doesn't make you a moron and utter idiot. However, the ever increasing number of "HELP I BRICKED MY PHONE" threads in all Android forums is a pretty good indicator that there's many morons and utter idiots using them. And that number will only continue to grow due to the latest wave of Nexus devices.

        As an AP Staff member, I figure you would advocate those new to Nexus devices to first learn adb and fastboot. Think of it this way: would you rather your kid learn how to add/subtract/multiply/divide or just hand him/her a calculator?

        • PhoenixPath

          "the ever increasing number of "HELP I BRICKED MY PHONE" threads in all Android forums is a pretty good indicator..."

          ...that there are more and more people buying Android devices? It could mean anything. Correlation doesn't equal causation.

          Learning abd and fastboot are great, and should be stressed to beginners. But the OP didn't state anything of the kind. He ripped on the utility, the folks that make it, and the folks that use it...regardless of their skill levels. I believe that is what artem was responding to.

    • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

      It's elitists like you that make me stay away from Android modding and Linux communities. Thanks a ton for making the community look like a bunch of angry code monkeys that don't want any new users to even attempt to try and learn something new.

      Tools like these help many of my friends get what they want out of their devices without them needing to read through a bunch of crap that it's utterly irrelevant to them. They mess up, they ask questions, they learn, and then they help others.

      Don't act like you woke up one day and knew how to do everything. Everyone needs a starting point and this is a great way to kick off the process. And it helps experts who understand it not waste time and get things done fast.

      Thanks, AndroidPolice, for publishing these things and thanks to whoever builds these tools. They make my life a lot easier and get me to the end-point I really want to get to without going through a long-winded process.

      - An Android App Developer & Modder who likes to help others and doesn't like to waste his time on typing out commands every few days to get the job done

      • nhizzat

        So you think it's a good idea for someone brand new to Android to use a toolkit even though they don't understand what the toolkit is doing? Do you enjoy seeing and reading all the "HELP I BRICKED MY PHONE" threads in which the very first line in the very first post will usually read "I used this toolkit to unlock and root..."?

        Toolkits save time for experienced users, not noobs. Like you said, we all have to start somewhere. It doesn't get any easier than a Nexus so there is NO excuse whatsoever to not learn adb and fastboot with your first one. Noobs aren't saving any time when they're posting threads asking for help instead of reading and learning about a handful of simple commands. The best part is that the help they're given almost always involves the use of adb and fastboot.

        You see it as being elitist, I see it as making people take responsibility for their actions instead of continuing to enable them. It's ironic that you like to help people but you're not helping them at all by telling them to use the toolkit on a Nexus. As an Android app developer and modder, I figure you can type pretty damn fast so how much time do you think you're saving...5-10 seconds per command?

        • Will Tisdale

          Totally. The first person on here with an ounce of common sense.

          These toolkits are aimed at n00bs, not advanced users, and that is what annoys me. It's just adding to the problem of uneducated morons messing up their devices without a clue what they actually did to mess it up.

          Any developer worth his salt will have made their own timesaving scripts or aliases and won't need some random 3rd party toolkit anyway.

      • Will Tisdale

        No, when I first rooted and flashed a device I actually read shit and learnt, didn't ask moronic questions and figured it out myself.

        Nobody does that now, because they would rather press a button on a poxy toolkit then post moronic crap on forums when they mess it up, which they probably will.

        If that makes me an elitist, so be it. Feel free to waste *your* time answering stupid questions and fixing things which could have been avoided had the moron involved bothered to learn something instead of taking the easy method.

        And btw, you must have awful typing skills if typing a few commands is so hard...

    • PhoenixPath


      Cry me a friggin' river, princess. Go piss somewhere else, eh?

  • Bwana

    I am just the sort of noob these things were built for. Just because I am lazy and slothful doesn't mean I shouldn't enjoy the joys of a Nexus device. I actually think the fact that XDA is so tolerant of my ilk, is part of what makes the site and those who use it so great.

    If I screw something up I only want to learn what I need to get back up and running.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Question - wasn't unlocking/rooting tablet devices deemed illegal in USA last month or so? I'm confused now. :(