How to Root Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5 has been Launched. Just like any other Nexus device, Nexus 5 is also a developer and modder-friendly device. Nexus 5 has already been rooted on Android 4.4 KitKat, thanks to Chainfire at XDA. Chainfire has released an easy root for the Google Nexus 5, based on the CF-Auto-Root tool. Hit the jump for detailed instructions to root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4 KitKat firmware…

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CF-Auto-Root rooting method uses fastboot to first unlock the bootloader of the device, and then boot it using a version of CF-Auto-Root specifically built for the Nexus 5 device as boot image and then that boot image automatically injects the su binary and SuperSU APK into the Nexus 5. Some of the features of CF-Auto-Root tool are as follows:

  • It keeps the device as close to stock as possible, no custom kernel/boot image, recovery or any other mod is flashed.
  • It’s quickest and easiest way for your first root.
  • CF-root is meant to be used in combination with stock firmwares.
Disclaimer:While this method is safe and tested, follow these instructions at your own risk. AndroidHeat cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong.

Also checkout: Nexus 5 specs and Price

How to root Nexus 5

Step 1
Nexus 5 rooting process involves unlocking bootloader on Nexus 5, which will wipe the internal storage of the phone. So before proceeding, make sure to backup your personal data.

Step 2
Download CF-Auto-Root of Nexus 5 and extract it.

Step 3
Now boot your Nexus 5 into fastboot mode. You can do so by powering it off, and then press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together.

Step 4
Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer via USB cable and let the computer install any drivers if required.

Step 5
Now you need to run the CF-Auto-Root script, based on your operating system, as follows:

Windows Users: Double click the root-windows.bat file from the extracted CF-Auto-Root files.
Mac users: Open Terminal, and navigate to the directory where you extracted the CF-Auto-Root files, and execute the following commands one by one:
chmod +x
Linux users: Open Terminal, and navigate to the directory where you extracted the CF-Auto-Root files, and execute the following commands one by one:
chmod +x

Step 6
Follow the onscreen instructions to unlock bootloader when prompted. Keep an eye on both mobile and computer screen for instructions, and let the script do the rooting stuff.

That’s it! You’ve successfully rooted Nexus 5 using Auto-CF-Root method.


  • If you’re experiencing fastboot driver issues, the easiest way to fix it is by installing Android SDK.
  • Red Android logo appeared during the rooting process, but SuperSU does not appear? This may sometimes occur due to leftover files and settings, however, you can install SuperSU from Google Play at this stage and it’ll just work.

[via XDA-Developers]

Nexus 5 Price

The new Google Nexus 5 handset is available in two storage options: 16GB and 32GB. You can get the Nexus 5 16GB for $349 and 32GB model for $399 direct from the Google Play. Though the Nexus 5 price is not what you would have expected, given the bargain nature of the Nexus 4, still it’s a great price given the top-notch hardware and full HD display of Nexus 5.

nexus 5 price

Nexus 5 Guides

How to Root Nexus 5
How to unlock Nexus 5 Bootloader
How to install custom recovery on Nexus 5 [CWM & TWRP]

One thought on “How to Root Nexus 5

  1. Guilherme Palazzo

    This method will erase everything in my phone? I already have the fastback, but I don’t have the recovery.


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