How to root Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on Android Lollipop v5.0

By | October 20, 2014


Wait is now finally over, after teasing for around more than a year Google launches latest version of Android Lollipop 5.0 officially. However we have already seen the preview of the Android version 5.0 earlier at Google I/O. Google is claiming that Lollipop is its largest Android release till date.

Highlights of Android Lollipop 5.0

  • Native battery saver feature that extends your device battery backup by up to 90 minutes
  • One Android version for all devices – phone, tablet, smartwatch, TV and even car
  • Guest mode & Android Smart Lock
  • Improved graphics and improved audio, video, and camera capabilities
  • Better overall performance with ART (New Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness)
  • New ways to control when and how you receive notifications
  • New quick settings
  • Synced experience across devices: Songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
  • Support for over 68 languages including Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu

If you have updated your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 tablet to latest Android Lollipop then you can get root access on it as well. Follow the steps mentioned below to root Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on Android Lollipop v5.0.

See Also: How to install Android Lollipop v5.0 on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tab

Warning: This Guide is intended only for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 WiFi models.

Things to be done

  • This method is only available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 tablet, don’t try this method on any other device.
  • Your device must be charged up to 60%.
  • Install proper USB driver on your PC to help to detect your device.
  • Enable USB debugging mode, Settings Developers Options.
  • Download the Minimal Fastboot/ADB tool and unzip it:

Files to Download

How to root Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on Android Lollipop v5.0

  1. Once after installing the Minimal Fastboot on your PC, you will a folder called Fastboot, open command prompt there, Shift+Right Click and select Open Command Prompt here.
  2. Now connect your device to your PC via original USB cable and then reboot your device on bootloader mode by typing the following command below.
  3. To boot your device in boot loader, type this:
    adb reboot bootloader
  4. Make sure that you have unlocked your bootloader or else use this command to do so:
    fastboot oem unlock
  5. Extract the patched kernels to the fastboot folder, you will get a boot.img file.
  6. Now write the following command to flash the rooted Android Lollipop kernel to your Nexus device.
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
  7. Once flashing this patched Kernel, boot your device into recovery mode and flash the file. Follow this link for the tutorial to flash (There you will see three option, only follow for SuperSU).
  8. You’re done.

Reboot your device with root access, for assurance, go to Play Store and download RootChecker app to see whether your device got rooted or not.