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How To Root Nexus 5 On Android 4.4 KitKat With CF-Auto-Root

One of the greatest things about Google’s Nexus devices is the developer and modder-friendly nature. Built to deliver the pure Android experience, they don’t come packaged with any restrictions by carriers or device manufacturers that plague the majority of devices out there. As a result, Nexus products are known to be easily rootable on the extent that a non-developer at all like me was able to are the first someone to successfully root the Nexus 4 in the event it came out last year, without even having access towards the device. It has been about a day since Google revealed the new Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat, and just as one would expect, these devices has been successfully rooted, this time around by the ever-awesome Chainfire at XDA. Let’s learn the way, following the jump.


For those enthusiastic about the technical side of things (the rest may skip this), this rooting method uses fastboot to first unlock the unit, then boot it by using a version of Chainfire’s famous CF-Auto-Root specifically produced for the Nexus 5 since the boot image. Once booted, the CF-Auto-Root boot image automatically injects the su binary and SuperSU APK into these devices. No other changes are created, meaning in addition to root access, your device remains fully stock, no custom kernel/boot image, recovery or any other mod is flashed.

Do observe that since the process involves unlocking your device’s bootloader, everything on it will get wiped, if you do not have already unlocked the bootloader before trying to root with this method.

So, since you’ve had every detail, let’s start working on getting your Nexus 5 rooted.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips are not liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


  • Google Nexus 5 running stock Android 4.4 KitKat

  • Fastboot drivers (may be installed as part of the Android SDK)

  • CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5


  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root package and extract its contents in your computer.

  2. Boot your Nexus 5 into fastboot mode by powering it off, and after that pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together.

  3. Connect your Nexus 5 for a computer via USB and install any drivers if required, as instructed in our Android SDK post linked above.

  4. Run the CF-Auto-Root script as follows, based on your operating system:

    • Windows: Simply double-click the root-windows.bat file from your extracted CF-Auto-Root files.

    • Linux: Open Terminal, navigate to the directory that you extracted the CF-Auto-Root package, and go into the following commands 1 by 1:
      chmod +x

    • Mac: Open Terminal, navigate for the directory that you extracted the CF-Auto-Root package, and go into the following commands individually:
      chmod +x

  5. Follow any on-device instructions for unlocking the bootloader if prompted, then let the script do its magic.

That’s all - enjoy root access on your own brand new Nexus 5!

[via XDA-Developers]

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