Nexus 5 Root Is Out, Here’s How To Do It

The Nexus 5 was officially launched late last week, and those who bought the device are now getting them in the mail, and for many buyers, the first batch of Nexus 5 units arrived yesterday. When a falling banana hits the ground, Nexus 5 root completeand infamous Android developer Chainfire is the user behind it all.

Chainfire has released CF-Auto-Root, which it says is “root for beginners,” for those who want to stay as close to stock as possible while enjoying the benefits of a rooted device. CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5 supports Windows, Linux and Mac, so almost anyone can use it, no matter what computer they are using.

If you are familiar with rooting Android devices, the process is quite simple, but if you are new to rooting, we will try to explain everything in an easy to understand way, but we recommend that you learn more about rooting (if you haven’t already) before diving deep into your Nexus 5.

How to Root Nexus 5

Follow the step-by-step guide below to root your new Nexus 5. Please note that you do this at your own risk. Also, this method will completely wipe all your data so if you already set up your Nexus 5 be sure to back everything up.

  1. Download the Nexus 5 root ZIP file from: here.
  2. Extract the ZIP file.
  3. Turn off your Nexus 5 and boot it into bootloader/fastboot mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power at the same time until the device boots up.
  4. At the top you will see a screen that says; DO NOTHING.
  5. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.

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This is where the procedure changes depending on what computer operating system you are running. If you’re using Windows, simply run the file in the extracted folder. If you’re using Mac or Linux, it’s a bit more complicated:

  1. Open the app, type and enter a space, then drag and drop the extracted folder into Terminal and hit Enter.
  2. Then, type it and press Enter.
  3. Next, type a space and drag and drop the file into Terminal (or file if you’re using Linux).

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If all goes well, some warnings and then . You may need to enter your admin password and press Enter again. Then your phone will be asked if you want to unlock the bootloader. Use the Volume Up button to select it and then press the Power button to select it. A red Android figure should appear on your phone’s screen, indicating successful commands. Your device should reboot and you’ll be greeted with a rooted Nexus 5!

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