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How to Root Google Nexus 5 in Simple Steps

The device which is launched couple of days back, is now rooted! Yes, I am talking about the new Google Nexus 5. It’s a great news for those users who likes to keep their device rooted to enjoy all the freedom of the Android operating system. So if you are lucky enough to get a hand on the Nexus 5 already and planning to root your device then here is the tutorial. This rooting method is tested by the famous Android developer “Chainfire” at XDA and it’s very easy to follow.


As this is a newly launched device, right now there is no Custom ROMs or mods are available to flash on it. However, you can try out various custom themes and root apps on your brand new device. The Google Nexus 5 doesn’t support external memory so to free up internal space, you can also remove stock apps which are not needed after rooting.

So are you ready to unleash the hidden power of Google Nexus 5? Then go on following the instructions carefully without missing a single step!

Note: Rooting will void your device warranty, but you can unroot it later whenever you want.

Disclaimer: As we say every time, we are not liable for any of the damage that may occur during the root process. Follow at your own risk!


  • Get the latest Google Nexus 5 USB drivers and install on your PC.
  • Ensure that your device own 70 – 80 %charging, if not then charge up to it.
  • Take a complete backup of your device’s data.
  • Important, don’t forget to enable “USB Debugging” on your device.

Steps to Root Google Nexus 5

1. Download “CF-Auto Root” file on your Computer check this site out.
2. Extract the downloaded file on your Computer’s desktop.
3. Turn off your Google Nexus 5.
4. It’s the time to boot your device into bootloader/fastboot mode by pressing “Volume Down + Volume Up + Home button” together.
5. Connect your device to your PC via USB data cable.
6. Now, based on your Computer’s operating system, follow the next step.

  • On Windows, run “root-windows.bat” from the extracted folder.
  • On Linux, first, execute the command “chmod +x” and then run the “” file from the extracted folder.
  • On Mac, first, execute “chmod +x” and then run the “” file from the extracted folder.

7. Go on following the on-screen instructions on your PC carefully.
8. Once the device is rebooted, you can check the rooting status by using the Root checker app from the play store.


That’s it! Your Google Nexus 5 is rooted successfully. No doubt the process is quite simple, but then also if you need any help from us then put your comment in the comments box below!

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