Recently Google released the new Android 5.1.1 LMY47V Lollipop update for the nexus 4. If you already updated your nexus 4 with this new update and want to root your phone. With this guide, you can easily get the root access on your phone and enjoy all the rooting benefits. You will need to have Unlocked bootloader and ClockworkMod Recovery installed in order to get this root method working. Don’t worry we’ll guide you how to do that in easy steps. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.
Your warranty is void if you follow the given instruction in this guide. We the Howtorootmobile.com team or the developers are not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards. Read all the instruction very carefully and Perform everything at your own risk.
CHECK PHONE MODEL
This guide is only for the Nexus 4 android smartphone. Don’t try this method on any of other Android devices, It may hard brick your device. So, first confirm your phone model number in your android phone settings. To do this Go the Settings page of your device and check out the “About Device” option.
PRE-REQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS
Before following the below Mention guide, It’s always recommended to follow our pre-requisites and requirement to stay safe.
1. BACKUP YOUR ANDROID DATA
Do take the Full Backup of your Android Apps, SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, Bookmarks. This one is one of the most important steps that you have to follow, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps. For help on Backup and Restore check out the below mention guides.
2. INSTALL NEXUS DRIVERS
First you need to Setup ADB and Fastboot Drivers on windows PC. This will help you to send basic Linux commands and a variety Android specific commands from PC to connected Android devices.
Now you need to install the USB drivers to connect your device with the computer to follow this guide. Without these USB drivers you can’t connect your device to the PC, first download and install these drivers on your system.
3. ENABLE USB DEBUGGING MODE
Now you need to enable USB debugging mode. Without enabling USB debugging mode on your device you can’t start the root, Custom ROM or Unlock process.
4. CHARGE YOU ANDROID
If your device switched off during this process, it could damage or brick the device. Make sure that your Android battery is full charge or near about 50-70% battery level.
After following the above mention steps follow the below mention guide one by one to proceed with the tutorial. All the above mention steps are very important, so do follow all the steps and do exactly what is told.
HOW TO ROOT NEXUS 4 ON ANDROID 5.1.1
Step 1. First you have to unlock the bootloader of your phone, Read this guide how to unlock bootloader on Nexus devices. If you already unlocked the bootloader of your device, then leave this step and follow the step 2.
Step 2. Download Fastboot files here on your desktop and extract the folder. You need these files to run ADB commands.
Step 4. Download Super SU V2.46 for Nexus 4 and copy this file on your phone.
Step 5. Now Movie the CWM img on the Fastboot file folder that you download on step 2.
Step 6. Now open the Fastboot folder and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
Step 7. Now Boot your phone in fastboot mode. First turn off the phone and Press Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.
Step 8 Connect your phone to the PC and run the below mention command:-
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-126.96.36.199-mako.img
Step 9. Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.
Step 10. In ClockworkMod recovery, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card”
Step 11. Choose the SuperSU-v2.45.zip file that you copied on your phone in step 4.
Step 12. After the installation completes, “Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu.
That’s it! Your Nexus 4 is now rooted on Android 5.1.1 firmware on your phone!