Nexus 9 rooted, courtesy of Chainfire

Famed developer Chainfire is at it again, releasing a root for the Google-HTC love child, the Nexus 9 tablet, shortly after its launch date in the US. Since the source code was released just a few hours ago, don't expect the rooting process to be easy, but it's nice to know it's there for more seasoned users, and those are often the ones grabbing the Nexus line. 

Still, if you have some hours clocked with ADB and FastBoot, you can head to the source, and try out Chainfire's Nexus 9 root method, it's not as intimidating as it sounds.

source: Chainfire (XDA-Devs)

Related phones

Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Did android L break towel root?

2. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Android 4.4.4 broke towel root.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011


3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

This method required flashing a new kernel. That is not a good sign for rooting on the average (non-Nexus) Android phone...

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Unfortunately, this root method is the only root method known to work on quite a variety of devices. Some companies, such as Sony, are tying important phone features on some phones to having a locked bootloader. So without a simple developer-friendly root account available, developers and power users get shafted when they root a Sony Z3/Z3C using the bootloader/alt kernel method.

6. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

ChainFire is the MAN! I wonder if any company has hired him/her? GeoHot who gave roots to multiple devices has been hired by Google already.

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