How To: Root the New Android 5.0 Lollipop Preview on Your Nexus 5 or 7

Root the New Android 5.0 Lollipop Preview on Your Nexus 5 or 7

It didn't take long at all for developer Chainfire to sort out a root method for the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. After handling a few issues with changes to the SELinux kernel module, Chainfire pushed out an update to his popular SuperSU root app.

Nexus Root Toolkit developer Wugfresh took the ball and ran with it from there, incorporating Chainfire's updates into his powerful Windows tool. In the end, both developers have made it as easy as ever to root the new version of Android, and I'll walk you through the process below.


Step 1: Enable USB Debugging

For your PC to interact with your Nexus properly, you'll need to make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your device.

Head to the main Settings on your Nexus, then scroll all the way to the bottom and select About Phone or About Tablet. From here, scroll down to the bottom of the list again, then tap the Build Number entry 7 times in rapid succession.

At this point, you should see a toast message informing you that You are now a developer, so back out one level and select Developer Options. Then, simply tick the box next to USB Debugging and press OK on the popup.

Step 2: Connect Your Nexus to Your PC

Next, go ahead and connect your Nexus to your PC using a good quality USB cable. At this point, you should see a dialog box on your Nexus asking if you'd like to allow this PC to access USB Debugging.

Tick the box next to Always allow from this computer, then press OK on this message. If you don't see this message directly after plugging your Nexus into your PC, simply keep an eye out for it, as it will pop up at some point during the process.

Step 3: Update Nexus Root Toolkit

If you used my guide to install the "Lollipop" preview on your Nexus device, you should already have Wugfresh's Nexus Root Toolkit (NRT) installed on your PC. If not, the tool can be downloaded from its website.

NRT recently received an update to account for changes made to the SuperSU binaries. When you launch NRT, it will ask if you'd like to install this update—click OK on this message.

Next, the Nexus Root Toolkit will ask you what device you have and what Android version it's running. Use the first drop-menu to select your device type, then select Android 5.0 from the second menu. Click Apply, then if you didn't receive the "Allow USB Debugging?" message earlier, check for this popup again on your Nexus.

At this point, Nexus Root Toolkit will offer to download a few extra files. Click Download + Update All File Dependencies on this message to finish updating NRT.

If this is your first time installing Nexus Root Toolkit, use the Full Driver Installation Guide button at the top of the toolkit to get all of your ADB and device drivers installed.

Step 4: Unlock Your Bootloader

The new Android 5.0 root method requires that your device's bootloader is unlocked. If you're unsure whether or not your bootloader is already unlocked, simply reboot your phone. When the Google splash screen shows up, look for an unlocked icon at the bottom of the screen. If this icon is present, you can skip this step. Otherwise, read on.

(1) Locked Bootloader, (2) Unlocked Bootloader

The process of unlocking your bootloader will wipe all data from your device. Before you proceed, make sure that you back up all important data. When you're ready, simply click the Unlock button in the middle of the screen to unlock your device's bootloader.

Step 5: Root Your Device

With all of the initial setup taken care of, it's time to get down to business. Click the Root button (optionally, tick the Custom Recovery option below it to install TWRP), and the process will be underway.

After a few minutes, Nexus Root Toolkit will inform you that a pair of files need to be installed on your device. The program gives simple instructions on how to proceed.

Back on your Nexus (without disconnecting the USB cable), press the Install button, then navigate to the !ReadyToFlash folder. After that, head into the root_files folder.

Next, select the file, then swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install it. When that's done, tap the Back button in the bottom-right corner.

From here, select the file, then swipe the slider again to install it. When this one is finished, tap Reboot System.

From your PC, click OK on the message to allow the Nexus Root Toolkit to finish a few tasks.

After a few more moments, NRT should let you know that the root process has completed. At this point, it's safe to disconnect your Nexus from your PC and give the device a few minutes to finish booting.

Step 6: Verify Root

To verify that the process went off without a hitch, download an app called Root Checker from the Play Store.

Run the app, then press Verify Root and hit Grant on the following pop-up. If you are indeed rooted, Root Checker will let you know immediately.

Although Xposed does not work on Android 5.0 just yet, root access should open up a lot of tweaks on your Lollipop device. What root apps did you install on Android 5.0? Let us know in the comments section below, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thank you!

Does this works with die official Lollipop build for Nexus 5?
And thanks for this How To. :D

Hang tight...the developer is updating the Toolkit to version 1.9.4, which will root Lollipop.

If you want to root right now, go here, scroll all the way to the bottom and download the file for your device: CF Auto Root.

Then, unzip the file and you'll see a "root-windows" file. Open that, plug your device in, let the process run (takes about 10 seconds), and you'll be rooted.

This is the same method that will makes its way into the Toolkit later today.

Doesn't work with me. Every time I open SuperSU I get an error saying no SuperSU binairies are installed. When I click OK the app closes.

The Toolkit is being updated to version 1.9.4 which will properly root Lollipop. But, you don't have to wait—see my comment above.

Tried in my Nexus 4 with Tool Kit in 1.9.4 and doesn't work. I open SuperSU I get an error saying no SuperSU binairies are installed. When I click OK the app closes.

EDIT: Nvm, I got it, Nexus 4 rooted, tks!

How you did it? I still can't find a way to root my Nexus 4. I am receiving same error as you. Thanks in advance

works fine on Nexus 7 wifi (2012), thanks

There is not enough words in the English language to tell you how thankful I am of this guide. I upgraded from 4.4.4 without thinking about it and got stuck in all the tech head talk on other guides. This one helped me a lot.

Than you again, and stay awesome. ^^

its so simple n perfect method to root nexus devices

My PC won't recognize access to USB Debugging for my Nexus 7 2013 but it appears on Device Manager - tried my laptop too and it's the same...please help, thanks!

Try going to your phone's settings, then into the Storage menu. From there, tap the 3-dot menu button at the top of the screen and select USB Computer Connection. Set this to PTP instead of MTP, then try it again.

I have rooted my phone but didnt select custom recovery.
And now when i start xmod games it says your phone is not rooted.
and in bottom of the screen it says xmod has been granted superuser permission
please help

That sounds like you are indeed rooted, but the app was opened without root access. Try this—drag the xmod games icon out of your app drawer, then drop it on the App Info entry at the top of the screen. From there, tap Force Stop, then Clear Data.

After that, open the SuperSU app and tap the xmod games entry. Hit the delete icon on the menu that comes up, then open the xmod games app again. It should ask for Superuser access again, so make sure to wait for that to pop up, then hit Grant.

Done as you said still it shows same error.
Even i tried to set default acess to Grant in supersu setting.

while i open xmod i have granted to acess super su
and in bottom it shows "xmod have been granted super su permission id"

and xmod says
hint: checked the device is not root.recommend to install a root tool

Successfully ROOT my device. Thanks a lot.

Can you please make a tutorial for Marshmallow? :D It would be greatly appreciated.

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