Root Nexus 5

How to Root Nexus 5

Google has officially unveiled the Nexus 5 on 31 October 2013, that is co-developed by Google and LG, which runs the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Like other Nexus devices, Google’s new flagship, the LG Nexus 5 also provides the most simple rooting experience of today’s android devices.

Many thanks to Chainfire, who has rooted the Nexus 5 on Android 4.4 Kitkat and already been released an easy root for the Google Nexus 5, based on the CF-Auto-Root tool. If you’re decided to root Nexus 5 device, then we’ve detailed instruction for you on how to root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4 Kitkat, after the break…

CF-Auto-Root rooting method uses fastboot to first unlock the bootloader of the device, and then boot it using a version of CF-Auto-Root which is particularly built for the Nexus 5 as a boot image and then the boot image will automatically injects the SU binary and SuperSU APK into the Nexus 5.

CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root.

How to Root Nexus 5

Step 1
Backup your personal data before proceeding, because the rooting process involves unlocking bootloader on Nexus 5, which will wipe the internal storage of the phone.

Step 2
Download CF-Auto-Root of Nexus 5 and extract it.

Step 3
Now boot your Nexus 5 into fastboot mode by powering it off, and then press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together.

Step 4
Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer via USB cable and let the computer install any drivers if required.

Step 5
Now you need to run the CF-Auto-Root script, based on your operating system, as follows:

  • For Windows Users: Double click the root-windows.bat file from the extracted CF-Auto-Root files.
  • For Mac Users: Open Terminal, and navigate to the directory where you extracted the CF-Auto-Root files, and execute the following commands one by one:
    chmod +x root-mac.sh
    ./root-mac.sh
  • For Linux Users: Open Terminal, and navigate to the directory where you extracted the CF-Auto-Root files, and execute the following commands one by one:
    chmod +x root-linux.sh
    ./root-linux.sh

Step 6
Follow the onscreen instructions to unlock bootloader when prompted. Keep an eye on both mobile and computer screen for instructions, and let the script do the rooting stuff.

Note: If your device had not been unlocked before, this procedure will wipe all your data!

That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted Nexus 5 using Auto-CF-Root method.

Troubleshooting

  • Install the Android SDK, If you’re experiencing fastboot drivers issue.
  • Red Android logo appeared during the rooting process, but SuperSU does not appear? This may sometimes occur due to leftover files and settings, however, you can install SuperSU from Google Play at this stage and it’ll just work.

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