Google just released the new Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for the Nexus branded devices, the Nexus 5 being among the first handsets that received the firmware. Now, if you have flashed the official Android 4.4.4 OS on your LG Google Nexus 5, probably you are also looking for a suitable root method. In that matter, you can stop from searching any further as during the following step by step guide I will show you how to easily and safely root your Google Nexus 5 that runs on stock Android KitKat 4.4.4 software.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat represents only a minor OS improvement that is added in addition to the recently launched 4.4.3 firmware, since there were several bugs reported. So, the new update comes to resolve the issues, the bugs and the lags that were present in Android 4.4.3. As you can see, the best will be to apply this stability improvement software on your Google Nexus 5, especially if you want to enjoy a stable and smooth Android experience. But, since we are talking about an official roll out, by flashing the OS you will revoke root access from your LG Google Nexus 5, thus root access will have to be regained.
Of course you won’t be able to use the root method that you have applied for the Android 4.4.3 OS, as the same isn’t compatible with KitKat 4.4.4. So, you will have to find a proper root solution that can unchain your Nexus 5 that runs on latest KitKat firmware. Well, this tutorial will be more than helpful for you, because this root procedure will safely work for your recently updated Android smartphone. Anyway, before heading to the proper steps, read all the lines from this guide – else you can mess things up and end up in bricking or damaging your Google Nexus 5.
The root operation is quite important especially for those who want to obtain more from their Android device. With root access ensured, you can easily personalize, customize, optimize and power up your Google Nexus 5 as you can anytime remove bloatware, remove in built programs and add new features, install a custom recovery image, update with a custom ROM firmware (such as CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid), overclock the CPU, flash a custom kernel, make Nandroid backups, install custom and complex apps and so on.
Unfortunately, gaining root access isn’t official, which means that this operation has nothing to do with Google. Due to same reasons, by completing this procedure, you will lose the Google Nexus 5 warranty. Anyway, don’t panic as if you are using this guide nothing bad will happen (the steps from below can be easily completed even by a newbie who is on his first experience) – we shouldn’t be held responsible if something bad happens or if you mess things up and end up in damaging your LG Nexus 5 while trying to get root access (if you think that this operation isn’t for you, the best will be to stop here).
Also, the best will be to backup your data before going any further – you should take care of what you have saved on the internal storage of your device, starting with your contacts list, call logs, market apps, text messages, internet settings and ending with your personal data, info and accounts. In order to succeed with the backup operation you can anytime use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play – the tools are free distributed, or you can use compatible backup tutorials by checking out our how to sections (you will find there all the info you need, along with other great Android related tips and tricks).
As you will see during the lines from below, this root method will imply in using a dedicated tool, which will basically do all the work for you. So, this operation isn’t complex or risky and you don’t have to perform various things in order to ensure root access on your Google Nexus 5 that runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. The root app is being developed and offered by those of xda-developers so we should thanks them for the same.
Now, before rooting the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, you should first ensure that you can use a computer, your Google Nexus 5 and your phone’s USB cable. On your phone you first have to enable USB debugging option by going to “menu – settings – developer options” and on your computer you should temporarily deactivate the antivirus protection (and the security protection that is ensured because these tools might interfere with the root operation). You should then charge your smartphone especially if the battery power is less than 50% – else, if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the operation, it might also get bricked.
It is important to know that this root operation is compatible only with the LG Google Nexus 5 that runs on latest version of Android OS, KitKat 4.4.4 firmware. Using this method for a similar or different handset might brick your device.
How to Easily Root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware using One-Click Root solution
- First of all, on your computer download the root tool; in order to do so, go to this page (there you can also find some additional info related to the same).
- Unzip the tool on your computer – preferable on desktop – and then install the program by following the on-screen prompts.
- Good; now connect your Nexus 5 with your computer; use the USB cable in order to establish the mentioned connection.
- If your phone isn’t recognized by your computer, before doing anything else install your Nexus 5 drivers on your PC.
- Then run the root app.
- From its main window select the “root” option.
- Wait while your device is being automatically rooted.
- In the end go to Windows Store and from there download SuperSu.
- That’s it, you are done.
Well, there you have it; that was how you can anytime root your LG Google Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware. Now, you can easily tweak your device by playing with its internal system. Of course, you can look towards installing a custom recovery image, updating with a custom ROM software or in other custom and complex procedures. For further tutorials, don’t hesitate and use our how to section, or share your thoughts with us by using the comments field from below.