Chainfire, the very famous Android developer whose CF-Auto Root exploits have been downloaded over 17.5 million times has rooted the Nexus 5 pretty early. CF-Root is the root for “rooting beginners” and those who want to keep as close to stock as possible. CF-Root is meant to be used in combination with stock firmwares, and be the quickest and easiest way for your first root. This exploit will install SuperSu in the system and the related binaries too.
Rooting the phone gives you complete control over the Android system that runs on your device. You can modify the system the way you want to. Also, rooting gives you the ability to perform several tasks that are probably impossible without root access. You can read our noob’s rooting guide to know more.
Please note that rooting exposes the system to several apps and scripts. Hack My Android will not be held responsible for any damage your device incurs during this process. Proceed at your own risk. In case you haven’t unlocked the device, this procedure will wipe all data on your device. But you can check out our data backup guide before you proceed.
Steps to Root Nexus 5 On Android 4.4
- Download the zip file and extract its contents.
- Turn off your Nexus 5 and boot it into bootloader mode. This can be done by pressing Volume Down + Volume Up + Home button together.
- Connect your device to the PC via USB Cable.
- If you are using Windows, run the root-windows.bat file.
- On Linux, execute the command chmod +x root-linux.sh and run the root-linux.sh file.
- On Mac, execute chmod +x root-mac.sh and run the root-mac.sh file
- Follow the onscreen instructions that you see on your PC.
Your Nexus 5 should now be rooted. Thanks Chainfire.