I recently moved from the HTC Thunderbolt to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In this video I show you how to root the Nexus using the GNex ToolKit from XDA. Below are the Download links and instructions. If you follow my video you will not need the instructions below. The 1 Click for ALL will do everything for you including: Unlock, Root, Rename Restore File, and Flash CWM Recovery (Clock Work Mod).
THE TOOLKIT WILL WORK FOR BOTH GSM AND LTE MODELS
1. INSTALLING ADB/FASTBOOT DRIVERS (Link Above)
The first thing you need to do is to install the adb/fastboot drivers. These are needed so that you can unlock your bootloader, root your phone and flash CWM (ClockworkMod) Recovery.
THE DRIVERS CAN NOW BE INSTALLED DIRECTLY VIA THE TOOLKIT. OPTION 1 IN THE MAIN MENU.
a. If you dont want to use the ToolKit to install the drivers then the best best drivers to try are PdaNet for Android, download and run the 32-bit Windows 7/Vista/XP or 64-bit Windows 7/Vista and follow the instructions to install (selecting Samsung as your device manufacturer if asked). ****THIS IS WHAT I DID!!!
You can remove pdanet for Android from your phone and pc at a later time without removing the drivers.
b. After the drivers have been installed disconnect the usb cable and shut down your phone. Keep holding the ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons and press the ‘Power’ button to boot the phone into FastBoot Mode.
c. Goto your Control Panel on your PC and open the Device Manager. You want this open so you can see the FastBoot driver is installed or so you can install it manually. or you can type Device Manager in your start menu.
d. Connect the usb cable. In the Device Manager a new item called ‘Android 1.0′ should pop up and then the driver should install automatically. Once it is installed you will have a new section in the Device Manager called Android Phone without an “!” meaning its installed correctly.
Note: If the driver doesnt install automatically then double click on the Android 1.0 item, then click on the driver tab and select ‘update driver’. Select ‘browse my computer’ and then ‘Let me pick from a list’. If no items appear in the list then untick ‘Show compatible hardware’ and find the Android adb driver or Samsung adb driver.
2. USING MSKIPS’ GALAXY NEXUS TOOLKIT V4.1 (Link Above)
a. Download the file and run to self extract the files to your PC. The default extraction folder is C:\Galaxy Nexus ToolKit
b. Once the files are extracted put your phone into Fastboot Mode (Hold ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons whilst pressing the ‘Power’ Button) and run the TOOLKIT.bat file (DO NOT RUN IN ADMINISTRATOR MODE OR IT WONT WORK) from the installation folder on your PC. From V3.0 on, you can also connect your phone whilst it is in Android as you can boot to Fastboot from the MainMenu.
c. The first screen will ask you which model and Build you have (GSM or LTE) and set up the Main Menu accordingly.
d. When you enter the Main Menu you will see ‘Serial Number’ at the top. If you have installed your drivers correctly then you will see your phones serial number under Fastboot Mode or Adb Mode depending on your connection. If you see this then your device is connected and you can carry on.
e. Each option has full information on what it is and how to use it.
f. After you have finished you can either boot straight into CWM Recovery to flash a Custom Rom (if you have already downloaded one and copied it to the root of your Internal Memory on your phone) or boot back into Android as normal.