Nexus 5, built by LG and Google, was undeniably an amazing phone of its time, a great bang for buck. Today, even after more than 2 years of its release, it stands out among the major flagship phones being released at these days, and can give par performance. Besides its pretty nice specs, the most important thing of the Nexus 5 smartphone is it is a Nexus. Being a Nexus device, it is receiving the latest updates by Google till now. We can’t say how long will Google or LG provide updates for this device (as its predecessor, the Nexus 4 has already stopped getting updates), but the phone is currently running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Android.
If you are one of the Nexus 5 owners, and your phone is running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, then you might probably like to root it.
Rooting your Android handset lets you have special privileges in your device, and gives you administrative and root access. If you are new to the root thing, you can read about the advantages or disadvantages of rooting your Android handset here.
Here, we have prepared a brief guide on how to root Nexus 5 running on Android Marshmallow. Here’s how to do this:
Prerequisites to root Nexus 5 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow:
- Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus 5 device. Creating a Nandroid backup of your device is highly recommended.
- Download and install USB drivers for Nexus 5 in your computer.
- Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
- Your device needs to be on MRA58K Marshmallow before you follow this guide to root it.
- Ensure that your Nexus 5 carries more than 70% of charge.
After you have checked all the prerequisites, you are now ready to root your Nexus 5 running on Marshmallow. Here’s how to do this:
- Download Android SDK and install it. Set it up with platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK.
- Download Despair Kernel and SuperSU v2.49 (BETA-SuperSU-v2.49.zip) for Nexus 5 on your PC.
- Download CWM if you want to install recovery tool on your Nexus 5.
- Finally, download Fastboot from the following links, depending on your OS:
Step 1: Extract the downloaded Fastboot file in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your PC. Create directory if not already there.
Step 2: Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer via USB.
Step 3: Copy and paste Despair.M.HH.R1.8.zip and BETA-SuperSU-v2.49.zip files to the root folder of the SD card of your Nexus 5.
Step 4: Turn your Nexus 5 off and download CWM 188.8.131.52. Save it to your android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your computer.
Step 5: Enter the Bootloader mode: turn your Nexus 5 on by pressing and holding Volume Down + Power keys.
Step 6: Go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt) and type the following command:
- fastboot flash recovery recovery -clockwork-touch-184.108.40.206-hammerhead.img – press Enter.
Step 7: Once done, enter recovery mode by choosing Recovery from the Fastboot menu.
Step 8: In the recovery mode, scroll to flash zip from SD card > choose zip from sdcard.
Step 9: Using the volume keys, locate the Despair.M.HH.R1.8.zip and select it. Confirm the installation process.
Step 10: Once done, repeat the steps 8 and 9 for BETA-SuperSU-v2.49.zip file as well.
Step 11: After installation is completed, go to +++++Go Back and reboot your Nexus 5. First boot may take a few minutes so please be patient.
Your Nexus device should now restart. After the reboot, you will have root access on it.
After your phone restarts, you can check if your phone is rooted. After you root your Nexus 5, you can also hide the root from your device, or remove root. If you don’t want to root your Nexus 5 but want to tweak it anyway, here’s how to.
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