Rooting, just like jail-breaking an iPhone means unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved (by Google) apps, replace the firmware, overclock the processor and customize just about anything.
Thankfully, there’s a windows utility that makes rooting ones device as easy as a one-click affair using Nexus Root Toolkit. It’s free and works like a charm!
This program will automatically collect all the files needed to unlock and root your device within a few clicks or flash it back to stock an re-lock it. You will also notice there are some useful utilities such as backup/restore, push and pull files, install apps and much more.
NOTE: We are not responsible for any possible damage inquired by your device. Proceed at your own caution.
– Note that rooting your device may void your warranty.
– If you have a device with encrypted storage, rooting will wipe all data.
How to Root Your Device Using Nexus Root Toolkit v2.1.0.
These instructions are general and work very well helping prevent you from bricking your handset. We also advise visiting the Xda forums under the open thread for your device for additional resources.