Root your Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.2

The best tool for rooting beginners, and is the quickest and easiest root method commonly available by XDA developer is CF-Auto-Root, which can supports Windows, Linux and Mac. Once you’ve downloaded, the CF-Auto-Root file, use the following process to root your Nexus 5.

nexus 5 rootPre-requisites:

  1. Install Universal ADB driver for Nexus 5 to transfer files between the Android device, and the computer.
  2. Make sure you backup any files you need BEFORE you root.
  3. Ensure the USB Debugging Mode is enabled on your phone, which requires that you enable Developer Options. To do this, you need go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number and then tap the build number (at the bottom) 7 times. Further, go to Settings > { } Developer Options and tap the box next to USB debugging to enable this feature.

Step 1: Extract the CF-Auto-Root ZIP file (download) to a directory on your PC

Step 2: Turn off the Nexus 5, and enter Bootloader/Fastboot Mode. To do this, turn your cell phone on by pressing, and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until you see a large Start button at the top of the screen. There will also be a picture of an Android undergoing surgery, and some text information at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Connect the Nexus 5 to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 4: From the directory you created in step 1:

  • Windows: Run root-windows.bat
  • Linux: chmod +x root-linux.sh then run root-linux.sh
  • Mac OS X: chmod +x root-mac.sh then run root-mac.sh

And then follow the onscreen instructions. If you are stuck at “Waiting for Device”, make sure you installed the Universal ADB driver discussed at the top of this post.
Your phone will go through several restarts. Don’t be alarmed, it will take several minutes for the phone to completely wipe out your data and restart, and when you finally do get restarted, your phone will be rooted and ready to initialize.

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