Google Nexus 5 is one of the newest smartphone in the market form LG and Google, and running on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. The good news is and it’s already been rooted and all credit goes to Developer Chainfire who recently received his unit and rooted the phone with CF-Auto-Root Method. CF-Auto-Root Method is one of the safest and easiest way to root android devices. The best part of the Cf Auto method is that it works on all 3 operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. All you have to boot your device in booloader/fastmode and run this tool to root your new Google Nexus 5.
If you are a Nexus 5 owner, and looking for the way to root you phone and want to try some rooted application on your device or want to add some mods on your device, than below is the complete guide which help you to get the roots access on your new Nexus 5. This method will wipe everything on your device, so create full backups and read the instruction carefully and apply them one by one on your system and phone.
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 USB 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 your phone. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.
Root Nexus 5 using CF Auto Root
Step 1. Download the CF Auto Root for your Nexus 5 Google Phone and extract the folder on your desktop. In the folder your will see these files and folder image (folder), tools (folder), root-linux.sh, root-mac.sh and root-windows.bat.
Step 2. Now Switch of your Nexus 5 and wait for few seconds. Boot your device into fastboot mode (power off, then VolUp + VolDown + Power)
Step 3. Once your phone in bootloader/fastboot mode you need to connect it to your PC, Mac or Linux Box with a USB cable.
Step 4. Now open the CF-Auto-Root Folder on your desktop and Now press Shift + right click using mouse on the empty space. From the context menu select the Open command window here option.
Step 5. Now type the below mention command on the command prompt window to root your new Nexus 5 Android Phone.
– Windows User:
– Linux Users:
chmod +x root-linux.sh
– Mac OS X Users:
chmod +x root-mac.sh
Now Follow the on-screen instructions – watch both the computer and the device.
That’s it. Now you nexus 5 is rooted and in case you will not see the SuperSU app on your device, go to Google Play store and install SuperSu app on your device.