How to root Google Nexus 5

Updated on January 1, 2020

These are the instructions to root Google Nexus 5 running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow using Chainfire-Auto-Root tool on Windows Computer.

Remember: Your Google Nexus 5 should have at-least 40-50 percent of battery to perform the rooting process.

Root Google Nexus 5 running on Android 6.0.1

Step 1: Download and install Google Nexus 5 USB driver on your computer. If Google Nexus 5 USB drivers are already installed then skip this step.

USB Logo

Step 2: Now, you have to Enable USB Debugging on Your Nexus 6P. To enable Developers Option: Open Settings > About Phone > Tap on the Built Number for 6-8 times until developers option is enabled.

Step 3: Now, Again Go Back to the Settings > Developers Option > Enable OEM unlocking and USB Debugging.

Google Nexus 5 USB Debugging

Step 4: Now, Power off your Nexus 5 Smartphone.

Power Off Google Nexus 5

Step 5: Now, you have to enable Fastboot Mode on your smartphone while it is power-off. To enable FastBoot Mode: Press and Hold Volume Down and Power Button at same time until FastBoot Mode is enabled.

Nexus 5 Fast Boot Mode Nexus 5 FastBoot Mode - Original Image

Step 6: Connect your smartphone to the computer.

Connect Android Device with Computer

Step 7: Download and extract AutoRoot Tool on your Windows Computer. After extracting you will be able to see the following files:

Nexus 5 Root Files

Step 8: From the extracted file, Open root-windows.bat.

Run Root Window

Step 9: Once root-windows.bat is opened you will see the following window:

Root Window for Nexus 5

Step 10: Press any key from the keyboard of your computer to begin the rooting process.

Step 11: Now you will be able to see Unlock Bootloader Screen on your Smartphone. Select Yes using volume up/down button and power button to continue.

Unlock Nexus 5 Bootloader

Step 12: Now, on the next screen you will be able to see the FastBoot Screen with Disabled Lock State (at button) which means you have successfully unlocked the bootloader of Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 Bootloader Unlocked

Step 13: Now, Nexus 5 will automatically show red android logo and rooting process will continue. Once Rooting process is completed your Smartphone will restart automatically.

Step 14: Your Google Nexus 5 smartphone will take 2-3 minutes to restart. Once your smartphone is restarted successfully, you will be able to see the welcome screen.

Step 15: Now your Nexus 5 is rooted successfully. To confirm, Open App Drawer (menu) and you will be able to see a new Application installed called SuperSU. If you find this app then it means your device is rooted.

SuperSU installed on Nexus 5

Optional: You can also verify the root status of your device by using the Root Checker Application.

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[*] No data loss process: Your Data like contacts, pictures, videos, music and etc will be not affected with this tutorial.

[*] Warranty Void: Your Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Warranty will be Void after following the above tutorial.

[*] Google Nexus Pixel Stock Firmware: If you are looking for the original firmware for your device then head over to Download Google Nexus Pixel Stock Firmware for all devices page.

[*] Google Nexus Pixel USB Driver: If you are looking for the original USB Driver for your device then head over to Download Google Nexus Pixel USB Driver for all devices page.

[*] Credits: The Nexus 5 Auto Root Tool was created by Chainfire, so full credits goes to him.

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