Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1.1 LMY48B Lollipop and Install CWM Recovery

If you recently updated your Nexus 5 with Android 5.1.1 LMY48B Lollipop update and now looking for the guide to “How to Root Nexus 5”, now your search is over. Here in this tutorial we show you how to rooted the nexus 5 android smartphone with the help of CWM recovery. 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.

Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1.1 LMY48B Lollipop and Install CWM Recovery

WARNING!

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 5 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.

BACKUP ANDROID APPS, SMS, CONTACTS, CALL LOGS, & BOOKMARKS
BACKUP ANDROID DEVICE WITH THESE FREE APPS
BACKUP AND RESTORE WHATSAPP MESSAGES

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.

SETUP ADB & FASTBOOT DRIVERS ON PC

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.

DOWNLOAD ANDROID USB DRIVERS

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.

HOW TO ENABLE USB DEBUGGING MODE ON ANDROID DEVICES

Enable-USB-Debugging

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 5 ON ANDROID 5.1.1

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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 3. Download CWM 6.0.4.5 for Nexus 4 here

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-6.0.4.5-hammerhead.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 5 is now rooted on Android 5.1.1 firmware on your phone!

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