Google Nexus 5 (Credit: Google Play)
Google Nexus 5 (Credit: Google Play)Google Play

Last week, search engine giant, Google's Android team released the factory image for Google-LG Nexus 5 and also rolled out update via OTA.

Users, who have not received (via OTA) or installed the factory image, can root the Nexus 5 with simple CF-Auto-Root tool (developer, Chain fire).

Rooting enables users to install custom ROMs or third party apps of their choice and also be able to perform tweaks in the settings to improve the device's performance. Though the user get more control over the smartphone, it takes away the company's warranty and will no longer be liable for future updates [warranty can be restored simply by flashing the device with stock-ROM].

Pre-requisite (things to remember before the rooting the smartphone):

  • Nexus 5 Bootloader must be unlocked
  • During the rooting of devices, sometimes if procedure is not followed correctly, data in the phone might get erased, so make sure to back up all the data.
  • Make sure Nexus 5 is having Android v4.4.4 KTU84P OS
  • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC to connect your Google-LG Nexus 5.
  • Make sure your smartphone has more than 80 percent battery.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) of Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or may even lead to the device being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if smartphones get bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of Android v4.4.4 KitKat firmware rooting for Google Nexus 5 via CF-Auto-Root:

Step 1: Download Android SDK (software Development Kit) and install the software in to your PC (for more information, click here).

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging mode on the phone.

[Go to Settings >> Developer options >> tap USB debugging]

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, make sure you have installed USB driver software, if not, click here to download firmware]

Step 3: Download Fastboot (here) and put the .zip file in to android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools directory. [Note: if there is no such directory in the PC, create one]

Step 4: Now, download CF-Auto-Root application tool (here) in to your PC, to be installed later in Google-LG Nexus 5 phone.

Step 5: Then connect the Google-LG Nexus 5 to the PC via USB cable, then turn off the phone.

Step 6: Now, initiate Fastboot/Bootloader mode sortie on the phone by holding volume (up) + volume (down) + power buttons, until we see the 'fastboot menu' and 'Start' button on the screen.

Step 7: Then, go to the downloaded file- CF-Auto-Root location (inside fastboot directory >> Android SDK folder)

Step 8: After finding the CF-Auto-Root file, type-in commands based on your PC OS

For Windows:

>> Run root-windows.bat

For Linux:

>> chmod +x

>> Run

For Mac OS X:

>> chmod +x
>> Run

Step 9: After the codes are entered, the installation begins and follow the instructions accordingly.

Step 10: This process might take around five minutes to complete and once the installation is completed, you can check in the settings >> About Phone >> system updates.

To make sure the installation is complete, users can either use SuperSU (developer, Chainfire) app or Root Checker app (both are available at Google's Play Store.).

[Credits: Team Android]