Google Nexus 5 — How to Root the Nexus 5

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Nov 26, 2013 6:09:42 PM via Website

Ok, this one is a little involved, but basically there's five parts:

1. You need to download the following files:
The Android SDK for your computer's operating system
A custom recovery (like ClockworkMod)
A root tool (like Super SU)

2. Then you need to install ADB and fastboot

3. You need to unlock your bootloader.

4. Then install a custom recovery.

5. Then you can get root access.

As always, rooting your device is risky so don't come crying to us if you do something bad.

For all the steps in detail and the relevant download links, visit this tutorial by Quentin. Any questions on the process, however, should be asked in this forum thread.

— modified on Jan 20, 2014 6:16:44 PM

Jan 20, 2014 6:18:39 PM via Website

I would also like to throw my support behind WugFresh's Nexus Root Toolkit. I used it to root my Nexus 4 and now my Nexus 5 as well. It works perfectly every time. Quentin's original tutorial made use of the manual process, but the NRT is much simpler.