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Root Android 4.4 KitKat for Google Nexus 5 using CF-Auto-Root

The Google Nexus 5 has been released with Android 4.4 KitKat. You can root it now using Chainfire’s popular CF Auto Root application. This guide is destined for those of you who want to tinker with their new smartphone. Read the entire post and you will be able to complete the tutorial without bricking the device.

CF Auto Root is the application that you will use to root the first stock Android 4.4 KitKat for your Nexus 5 device. Before starting the root process, you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • Use this tutorial only for the Google Nexus 5.
    – don’t attempt to root any other Android devices with the files you find in this post.
  • The Nexus 5 you’re about to root has to be on an unlocked bootloader.
    – Guide HERE for you to learn how to unlock N5 bootloader successfully.
    – note that the ‘bootloader unlocking’ guide will delete all contents stored on your smartphone.
  • Download and install the Google Nexus 5 USB Drivers on your computer.
    – download link here.
  • Backup all your important data before starting the root process.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
    – if the Developer Options section is not listed in the Settings menu, then you will need to enable it. Go to ‘About Phone’ and then tap seven times on the Build Number text.
  • Make sure that your phone’s battery charge level is over 50%, so that the device won’t switch off in the middle of the rooting process.
  • This is a guide for advanced users, we won’t be held responsible in case you brick your phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • Read the entire post, don’t skip any steps.
  • If you cannot complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help in comments.

How to root Android 4.4 KitKat for Google Nexus 5 with CF Auto Root:

  1. Download the Nexus 5 CF-Root zip file from here.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file and place them all in a single folder on your desktop.
  3. Power off your phone now.
  4. Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
    – if Developer Options doesn’t show up use the info in the guidelines above.
  5. Boot it in Bootloader Mode:
    – it can be done by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power simultaneously until the Bootloader / Fastboot menu appears.
  6. Go to the folder created in step 2. Press and hold Shift on your keyboard, then right-click the empty folder space and select ‘open command prompt window here’.
    – Windows CMD screen appears, get to the next step.
  7. Connect your phone with computer using the USB Cable.
  8. Next, in order to apply root your will need to enter this command line: root-windows.bat
    if you’re using a Linux / Mac system, then you will need to open the Terminal and enter ‘root-linux.sh’ for Linux and ‘root-mac.sh’ for Mac OS systems. This will apply root.
    – don’t press any buttons until the root is complete.

That is it, now your Google Nexus 5 should have been successfully rooted by CF-Auto-Root app by Chainfire.

Confirm root access using the Root Checker Basic tool – Google Play Store link here.

  • After the app is downloaded, launch it on your Nexus 5.
  • Click the Verify button and then you will be told whether your device is rooted or not.

If you can’t complete the tutorial, then you can always ask for more help in comments. We will try to come up with solutions for whatever problems you might encounter in your attempt to apply root for your Google Nexus 5 smartphone. Make sure to always leave detailed comments, so that we will be able to easily find a solution.


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