Nexus can be defined as the ultimate developer friendly Android Device. The height to which Google allows modifying and hacking the device is tremendous. Apart from that the device ships with enormous power and performance at an affordable price. Anyways this tutorial is not about explaining the pros and cons of a Nexus device but about rooting Google Nexus 5 which runs the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
This rooting method was brought to us by the XDA Elite Recognized member Chainfire. This method keeps the device as close to Stock as possible and uses fastboot to first unlock the device, then boots it using a version of Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root (built for the Nexus 5) as the boot image file. After booting into it, the CF-Auto-Root boot image automatically installs the super user binary into the device for gaining the root privileges.
Note : This procedure involves unlocking your device, Which means your device will get wiped. Hence backup your files before attempting this.
How to Root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Step 1. Install Fastboot Drivers on your computer, You can get that by installing Android SDK.
Step 2. Download CF-Auto-Root package and extract the Zip.
Step 3. Boot your Nexus 5 device to fastboot mode (power off > and then pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together).
Step 4. Connect your Device to computer via USB, Let it install any drivers if it prompts.
Step 5. Run the CF-Auto-Root by following these operating specific commands:
Run the root-windows.bat file.
Linux : Open Terminal in the directory where you extracted CF-Auto-Root and then run these commands.
chmod +x root-linux.sh
Mac : Open Terminal in the directory where you extracted CF-Auto-Root and then run these commands.
chmod +x root-mac.sh
Step 6. Follow any on-screen prompts on both computer and Nexus 5.
You are now Rooted, Enjoy your Nexus 5 with super user privileges. Nexus 5 isn’t available on Amazon yet, But you can get some of the Nexus 5 accessories from Amazon at cheap price. Such as Bumper covers and screen guards. Check them out below.
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Source : XDA Developers