How to Root the Nexus 5

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Nexus 5 Root

By rooting (aka gaining admin rights to) your Nexus 5, you can install a custom ROM, run rooted apps, undervolt or overclock the processor, and even add multi-window support (like the function on the Galaxy Note 3) to the Nexus 5. User Chainfire on XDA has written an app that roots a lot of different devices and it also works on the Nexus 5. Here's how to use it.

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1. Enable Developer Options by heading to Settings > About Phone on your Nexus 5.


2. Tap on Build over and over until the it tells you you are a developer.


3. Tap Back and then Tap Developer Options.


4. Enable USB Debugging.


5. Download and the install the universal USB Drivers.

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6. Download the rooting program from the developer's page here and save it to your desktop (and please donate to the developer if this procedure helped you).

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7. Extract the .zip file.

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8. Turn off the phone.


9. Turn it back on by holding down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power at the same time to get to fastboot mode.

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10. Plug it in via USB.

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11. Double-click the windows-root.bat file.

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12. Click More Info and then Run Anyway if prompted.

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13. Hit enter to begin the program.

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14. Select Yes on the phone screen by tapping Volume Up then Power when prompted.

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15. Wait for the program to finish rooting after that and the device will reboot and you'll have SuperUser in your app drawer.

Nexus 5 Root

David Cogen is a founder of, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device's true potential. They even have a popular ROM repository. Check out for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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