How to root Google Nexus 5


Google Nexus 5 has barely been out, but the inevitable has already happened to it - Chainfire has released an easy root for the handset, based on the rookie CF-Auto-Root tool. Here's what you have to do to root Google's finest:


source: AutorootChainfire (XDA-Devs) 

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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14 Comments

1. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nooooo, dun do it! :'( Seriously though, people are impressive. Thumbs up.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wait Nexus 5 is that hard to root? I thought the Nexus 7 was just a matter of flipping a switch in the recovery?

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Yeah unfortunately Google is becoming more like Microsoft and Apple and making their OS more and more closed. The Android where we can root and flash roms and change frameworks will eventually be gone.

10. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

How is Android becoming more closed?

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Security or easy to hack. Pick one.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Eh... It has been like that.... For as far as I can remember

8. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

It has, correct. This is really not a hard procedure. All Nexus devices have a bootloader that requires unlocking.

11. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

In which way is this hard to root? Dl the zip package, unzip, boot into fast mode, connect phone to computer and run windows.bat file. Nexus 7 is harder to root then this and it just not just flipping a switch.

4. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

If you root your Nexus 5 will you still be able to get the Android updates when they become available? Or do you have to re-root everytime a new version gets released? I know nothing about rooting.

5. Mimas

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Mwa ha ha ha ha that's not something I'd say in public

9. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

As long as you haven't modified system files, you will be able to receive OTA updates. You will have to re-root, though, in most cases. It's really easy and it offers great benefits. I'd recommend it. :]

6. Davidparker

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

First let me buy Nexus 5

12. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I do appreciate those nice people who automate the process and share with everyone. However, rooting any nexus devices is super easy, I always encouraged my friends to go to xda and follow the steps one by one manually so that they can learn all those basic commands themselves. It's 1000 times easier than you think.

14. jsilvermist

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

"Usually this can be done by turning your device off, then holding VolUp+VolDown+Power to turn it on" This isn't exactly true, with the Nexus 4/5 it is the VolDown+Power buttons, and it's Samsung devices that are VolUp+Power buttons, not both.

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