Jimmy McGee · Nov 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 5 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan shows you how to root your . The Google Nexus 5 is hot news in the Android ecosystem. It is the first device released with Android 4.4 KitKat, and that is a good thing. But as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Nexus 5 is no exception to that!

Jordan presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access and unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 5 using tools from the XDA Forums. First, Jordan shows you how to unlock the device. Then, he gain root access using XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s CF-Auto-Root. If you wanted to root your brand new Google Nexus 5, take a moment and check this video out.

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Install prerequisites (for 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu-based install):

  • sudo apt-get install lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0 lib32stdc++6
  • Extract the zip file
  • Then “chmod +x root-linux.sh” to make the script executable.
  • Run “./root-linux.sh”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

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