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    Question ABOUT TO ROOT - FINAL QUESTIONS related to toolkit instructions

    Okay folks. I'm taking the plunge. I really need to do a factory reset so I figured I might as well go whole hog. I have a Sprint Galaxy Nexus running 4.2.1. I've downloaded the toolkit for Galaxy Nexus from XDA and watched a YouTube video that mostly followed along with the XDA toolkit. However, the video missed a bunch of steps so here I am hoping you will fill in the gaps.

    1) My version and build, version 4.2.1 build JOP40D match the GSM US model with wallet, not the CDMA/LTE Sprint model. Which do I choose? This seems like it's the most important thing NOT to mess up.

    2) To do the backup, it says "Run in Android"? What does that mean? That my phone needs to be hooked up to the computer?

    3) Flash Recovery. Okay, I'm not really sure what this is. I always assumed it was something that allowed you to put your phone back to normal but it didn't seem that way on the video. He got all excited about using this to clear his cache. He also did the Flash Recovery step AFTER doing the 1-click step which says that it does the Flash Recovery as part of the process. Is this necessary or is just if you want to switch recoveries?

    And last, but certainly not least,
    4) Once I'm rooted, then what? I would like to upgrade to 4.2.2 since Sprint hasn't pushed it and update my radio. How do I do these?

    Thanks for any and all help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    1) My version and build, version 4.2.1 build JOP40D match the GSM US model with wallet, not the CDMA/LTE Sprint model. Which do I choose? This seems like it's the most important thing NOT to mess up.
    I know when rooting, you want to stick to the type of phone your have. If you have the Sprint GNex, then you wanna stick with the CDMA/LTE process. Using the GSM version can cause some issues.

    3) Flash Recovery. Okay, I'm not really sure what this is. I always assumed it was something that allowed you to put your phone back to normal but it didn't seem that way on the video. He got all excited about using this to clear his cache. He also did the Flash Recovery step AFTER doing the 1-click step which says that it does the Flash Recovery as part of the process. Is this necessary or is just if you want to switch recoveries?
    A custom recovery would be something like ClockworkMod (CWM) or Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP). The program you're using should prompt you to select the recovery from your PC and it'll push it to your phone. Recovery allows you to flash ROMs and such.

    And last, but certainly not least,
    4) Once I'm rooted, then what? I would like to upgrade to 4.2.2 since Sprint hasn't pushed it and update my radio. How do I do these?
    Once rooted it's time for you to go ROM shopping!! Do your research on the different ROMs since some may have some knows issues and others don't. See what people have to say in the comments of the ROM just to get a feel. If all else fails, start flashing ROMs until you find the one you like best.....lol

    Thanks for any and all help.
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    What program are you using to root your GNex?

    AIO = All In One

    Some toolkits offer all in one features so that you don't have to go to a thousand different places when rooting
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    It's the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit on XDA. Didn't notice that it had another name. It has a 1-click option that seems to do everything so that part didn't worry me so much. Just the steps leading up to it... Wish me luck!

    Sent from my totally awesome Sprint Galaxy Nexus, even if I don't know all its secrets yet.
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    QBKing is insanely helpful when rooting devices. I watched his vids for a few of my devices and things went well for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    QBKing is insanely helpful when rooting devices. I watched his vids for a few of my devices and things went well for me

    Good to know. That's the one I watched and it cleared up a lot! He has my same phone and used the Sprint option so I guess I'll just ignore the build information. I downloaded the video to my computer so I can watch it while rooting. About to do my umpeenth backup, but the final one before clicking #8. With any luck I'll be rooted before tomorrow comes.
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    Report back with your experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    Report back with your experience
    Well, I got stuck the first time it fastbooted because Windows 7 wouldn't recognize the phone even though it did in regular mode. Spent most of the night trying to fix that. I'm not 100% sure I'm rooted. Everything kept saying error and failed but then it said, "Congratulations. You've hacked your phone" and went back to the main menu. I do know it wiped everything. Now I need to get the updated ROM and a the radios I guess before I can put everything back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    Well, I got stuck the first time it fastbooted because Windows 7 wouldn't recognize the phone even though it did in regular mode. Spent most of the night trying to fix that. I'm not 100% sure I'm rooted. Everything kept saying error and failed but then it said, "Congratulations. You've hacked your phone" and went back to the main menu. I do know it wiped everything. Now I need to get the updated ROM and a the radios I guess before I can put everything back.
    Congrats!!

    Did you get Super User pushed to your phone? To be sure, you can download Root Checker and it'll let you know if you have root access or not.

    I remember I got those errors when I rooted one of my devices but all was well
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    Congrats!!

    Did you get Super User pushed to your phone? To be sure, you can download Root Checker and it'll let you know if you have root access or not.

    I remember I got those errors when I rooted one of my devices but all was well
    Hmm... no Superuser app like in the video. I selected SuperSU so don't know if that makes a difference. Am downloading Root Checker right now. Also the only apps I'm reinstalling at the moment are Outlook, Apex Launcher, Light Flow and Helium (formerly Carbon) - since I need that to reinstall the first three. I'll deal with anything else this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    Hmm... no Superuser app like in the video. I selected SuperSU so don't know if that makes a difference. Am downloading Root Checker right now. Also the only apps I'm reinstalling at the moment are Outlook, Apex Launcher, Light Flow and Helium (formerly Carbon) - since I need that to reinstall the first three. I'll deal with anything else this weekend.
    Ugh. It doesn't seem to have worked. Back to the drawing board...Might try a different toolkit. I have Wugface's installed as well. Here we go again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    Ugh. It doesn't seem to have worked. Back to the drawing board...Might try a different toolkit. I have Wugface's installed as well. Here we go again.
    Do you know if you at least got the custom recovery to install?

    If I remember correctly, there was a time when I didn't get SU pushed to my phone but was able to flash it manually through recovery and all was well.
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    I DID IT!!!

    I was doing everything right too. The problem was neither the toolkit, or the phone (though I did need to install different drivers thanks to Windows 7). The problem was Easy Tether. The program on my computer was blocking access to my phone. I had been getting all these messages every time the phone booted back and forth between Android and Fast boot mode. I assumed they were from Windows because the phone essentially was being connected and disconnected. Turns out they were all from EasyTether. Once I realized that, at 1 in the morning :banghead:, I exited the program (it starts automatically when the phone is attached), tried again and voila, rooted! Still don't have a ROM picked for 4.2.2 and new radios, but I'm rooted! Woo.

    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
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    Congrats!!!

    Now you'll become addicted to flashing ROMs
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    It's frustrating because it really wasn't that hard since I'd followed the advice you'd given me. The heart stopping part was having every thing erased. Now I know at least.

    Sent from my totally awesome Sprint Galaxy Nexus, even if I don't know all its secrets yet.
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    LOL.....to be honest, every time I root a device I have that heart stopping moment of nervousness. It took me after the 4th or 5th device to decide to root before I put anything on my phone/tablet.
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    Now that I see how easy it was too restore from the backup, I'm not too anxious about it any more. Though I'm sure I will still do it 15 different ways just to be safe. LOL

    Sent from my totally awesome Sprint Galaxy Nexus, even if I don't know all its secrets yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    Now that I see how easy it was too restore from the backup, I'm not too anxious about it any more. Though I'm sure I will still do it 15 different ways just to be safe. LOL

    Sent from my totally awesome Sprint Galaxy Nexus, even if I don't know all its secrets yet.
    I do a backup anytime I need to do something through recovery just to be safe.....lol
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    What ROM did you end up with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    What ROM did you end up with?
    Well, still figuring out the ROM thing. It's infinitely more confusing than just rooting. Like whether or not I can in fact back up to internal storage, do a factory reset to flash a ROM, and still have the internal storage there (no SD card for the GNex). The answers seem to be conflicting and counterintuitive.

    I want to do either JB Sourcery or CM 10.1 but don't actually know where to find them. They seem to be the most used around Android Central on the Gnex.

    I did install ROM Manager and it looks like I have TWRP installed but don't know what that does or what good wipe/cache is.

    Rooting was definitely the easy part.


    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
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    I never used ROM Manager, I just installed everything manually.

    TWRP is an amazing recovery!! I love how easy it is to use and find everything within the menus. I also like how I can name my backups so I know what they are.....LOL I believe CWM names the file as a date and time (I could be wrong on this. Haven't used it in forever.).

    You might wanna head over to XDA for ROMs. They house many options for you

    Here's the link for JBSourcery: [ROM] JBSourcery 5.3-Toroplus | Galaxy Nexus > XDA

    Here's a link to the CyanogenMod ROMs for your phone (toroplus).
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    I never used ROM Manager, I just installed everything manually.

    TWRP is an amazing recovery!! I love how easy it is to use and find everything within the menus. I also like how I can name my backups so I know what they are.....LOL I believe CWM names the file as a date and time (I could be wrong on this. Haven't used it in forever.).

    You might wanna head over to XDA for ROMs. They house many options for you
    The sticky post in the Verizon GNex Rooting section here explains how to do it manually. I just can't get past the backup part. I guess I'll just do it on my computer to be safe.

    I was quite upset after my last factory reset when all my text messages were wiped. I had even made a manual copy paste of my internal storage to my computer and still can't find where the old text messages would have been saved. Also all my contact options like individual ring tones and default numbers didn't come back. It took forever to set that stuff up. To have to do it each time you add a new ROM will be a pain.



    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    The sticky post in the Verizon GNex Rooting section here explains how to do it manually. I just can't get past the backup part. I guess I'll just do it on my computer to be safe.

    I was quite upset after my last factory reset when all my text messages were wiped. I had even made a manual copy paste of my internal storage to my computer and still can't find where the old text messages would have been saved. Also all my contact options like individual ring tones and default numbers didn't come back. It took forever to set that stuff up. To have to do it each time you add a new ROM will be a pain.



    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
    Use something like ROMToolbox Pro or Titanium Backup to backup up all your apps and data. I use MyBackup Pro to backup all my texts.

    Sent from my HOX+ loaded with Elegancia ROM v5.1.0
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDub2174 View Post
    Use something like ROMToolbox Pro or Titanium Backup to backup up all your apps and data. I use MyBackup Pro to backup all my texts.

    Sent from my HOX+ loaded with Elegancia ROM v5.1.0
    I just heard about My Backup Pro. I'd actually used Carbon (now Helium) from the Clockwork Mod people but it wouldn't restore so I restored using the backup I made from my rooting toolkit. Lots of things were missing like images that had been downloaded and screenshots. I had to manually put all that back from the copy I had saved. I even had to reinstall apps manually if I'd purchased them by going to the Google Store and downloading them again, and none of the settings came with them.

    Have you ever restored from iTunes? Is My Backup Pro like that? You don't worry about anything. Everything is put back exactly like it had been. One step and done.

    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr_2 View Post
    I just heard about My Backup Pro. I'd actually used Carbon (now Helium) from the Clockwork Mod people but it wouldn't restore so I restored using the backup I made from my rooting toolkit. Lots of things were missing like images that had been downloaded and screenshots. I had to manually put all that back from the copy I had saved. I even had to reinstall apps manually if I'd purchased them by going to the Google Store and downloading them again, and none of the settings came with them.

    Have you ever restored from iTunes? Is My Backup Pro like that? You don't worry about anything. Everything is put back exactly like it had been. One step and done.

    Sent from the Superuser account on my newly rooted Sprint Galaxy Nexus
    When I used MyBackup Pro for apps, it used to restore all data as well so I didn't have to sign in to them or anything. At one point, it stopped working like that but I don't remember what phone that was on.....lol I wanna try it out next time I flash a new ROM.

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