Install CWM Recovery and Root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.1 KOT49E KitKat

Today, Google released the new official OTA update KOT49E for Nexus 5 phone. If you recently updated your device to the Android 4.4.1 KOT49E KitKat OTA Official Firmware and want to root your device again to enjoy the benefits of rooting like Install custom ROM, install tweak, enjoy rooted applications on your device, Here is the complete working guide, which allows you to root and install CWM recovery on Nexus 5 Android smartphone. The guide is pretty simple and doesn’t take so much time., All you have to flash some files on your device and you are ready to go.

The method to root Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 has been explained with instructions in this page. Before that do take the backup of your files like messages, Emails, Contacts, Images and videos. Note – Once you applied this guide on your device you will lose the warranty of your device. We or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. This root method is only for Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E)

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Pre-requisites and Requirements

a) Before following the guide do take the Full Backup of your Android Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Bookmarks. Looking for more ways to get the Backup your android device click here. So in case if you lost some of your important data and files in the update or rooting process, then you can easily restore them from your backup file. Read also how to take the backup of WhatsApp messages and restore it.

b) Once the backup files are saved on your device or on your desktop, Enable USB debugging mode on your device, read the guide here how to enable USB debugging mode.

c) Make sure that your Nexus 5 battery is full charge or near about 60-70% battery level.

d) Download the Latest Nexus 5 drivers on your PC and install it to start the update  process. You need these drivers to connect your device with the computer to follow this guide.

After following the above mention steps follow the below mention guide one by one to root Android 4.4.1 OTA Update on Nexus 5. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.

Root Nexus 5 and Install CWM Recovery

Step 1. First Unlock the bootloader of your phone, Read our guide here how to Unlock Nexus 5 Bootloader

Step 2. Download Android SDK and install it on your windows PC.

Step 3. Download SuperSU v1.80 ( for Nexus 5.

Step 4. Connect you phone to the PC with USB cable and move the SuperSU v1.80 zip file on your SD card.

Step 5. Download CWM and save it to your AndroidADB folder (Read the Step 2 Guide to Create AndroidADB folder) directory on your computer.

Step 6. Turn off you phone and boot it in Bootloader mode. To do this Press Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

Step 7. Now go to AndroidADB directory on your PC and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).

Step 8. Run this command on the Command prompt window:-

Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot flash recovery hammerhead-cwm-

Step 9. Now the CWM recovery is installed on your phone. Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.

Step 10. Now your phone is on ClockworkMod recovery, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the power button to select it.

Step 11. Use volume keys, navigate to and select it using the Power button.

Step 12. Once the installation is finished on your phone, go back to the recovery main menu and select the “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu.

Now your Nexus will reboot and the first boot will take some time. Once the device is on, you will see the SuperSU app in your apps. Now you device is rooted and CWM recovery is installed.

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