Yay! You can now root Android 5.0 Lollipop on all Nexus devices!

If you're looking forward to getting Android 5.0 Lollipop on your Nexus device, but were worried about losing root access, then you can relax (or, alternatively, jump around jubilantly) – the master of root, ChainFire, has managed to obtain administrator privileges on all modern Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both 2012 and 2013 editions), 9, and 10, and is now spreading the joy.

That's right, despite fears that Android Lollipop might prove much harder to root than previous updates, it would appear that it's not actually impossible. Obviously, we're talking about Nexus devices here only, so it remains to be seen if the merriment will spill over to devices from other major manufacturers like Samsung and LG.

A word of warning, though – you definitely want to know what you're doing for this one, as the only way to currently obtain root is by booting a fastboot image. Keep in mind that your Nexus device might also need to have its bootloader unlocked before you initiate the process. Granted, these are not overly-complicated procedures, but if the above terms mean nothing to you, then you might want to abstain for now and play it safe.  Refer to the resources available below to learn more about the process if you're comfortable modding your device.

By the way: Yay!



1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Anyone else annoyed they haven't yet received the 5.0 update?

3. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I haven't received it on my Nexus 5 and neither have 3 other people that I know that have a Nexus 5.

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I meant to say that I have the nexus 5 as well. Been very disappointed with Google lately. From the rather crappy nexus 9, to the way too huge nexus 6...

6. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Crappy Nexus 9??!!! Really?!!! What's wrong with it?!

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's a tablet. That's the biggest problem with it :)

8. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

most people are assuming stuff based on the review of the verge, I guess. Nexus 9 is actually pretty good though or so I have heard.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wait, are you saying The Verge put out a negative review of a non-Apple product?!!! I'll have to run over there and check that out!

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You will, it was the most hilariously biased review they've done yet. They literally 1-uped themselves which is quite a feat. They also ragged on the pre-release version of Lollipop it came with.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is nice, but its a ramping release, you're going to have to wait a bit unless you know what you're doing and just install it yourself. It is for your own safety, unless mass bricking of phones happens due to badly tested patches like some other platforms.

17. pokerc

Posts: 60; Member since: May 24, 2012

Still haven't gotten mine either!!

10. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't understand why you and others won't do it yourself.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

To be fair, ADB flashing can be a bit daunting. And even for those who are familiar with the process, there have been complications (solvable, but they exist). And of course, one needs a computer to do it....not everybody does.

16. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Exactly. I don't have the time to learn how to do it and can't risk screwing up my phone.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If you use the Nexus Toolkit from WugFresh it'll automatically flash it for you. I used it on my Nexus 7, I just clicked a couple confirmation prompts and it did all the work for me. It's a great option if you're getting impatient, and the toolkit also has a backup/recovery feature, so losing data isn't a problem either.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Just a little late on that. BUT better late than never! Thanks PhoneArena.com.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Rooting now :)

5. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Has anyone received the OTA for nexus 5 outside the U.S?

15. aronv111

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

I just started my OTA on Nexus 5. US central time.

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'm pretty sure this'll make its way to WugFresh's Nexus Root Toolkit... I'll wait for that.

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