Unlock Bootloader And Root Nexus 5 On Android 4.4 KitKat [How-To Tutorial]
Rooting is to Android what jailbreak is to iOS, and hence, one of the most important aspects of Android smartphones and tablets. One interesting thing about this operating system is the highly active developer community that is so quick to take up new devices, that even the likes of Nexus 5 have already been rooted, despite being out for just a few days. Even better news is that the root is quite easy to achieve, and in this post, we’ll show you how to root your Google Nexus 5 using ChainFire’s CF-Auto-Root.
The root is rather simple, working by virtue of an unlocked bootloader on the Nexus 5, which, in turn, allows you to load a modified boot image (ChainFire’s). The modified boot image then injects the superuser binary in the right place within the OS, along side the actual SuperSU APK, allowing for full root access. Easy said, and easy done, too. This method will also unlock your bootloader in the process.
Finally, the fine point. Please do understand that rooting your Nexus 5, or unlocking its bootloader otherwise, will void your warranty. The method herein has been around for ages and been tested thoroughly, but should something go wrong, you don’t have anyone to blame – you follow these instructions at your own choice.
Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat running (no modifications)