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How to root and unlock the bootloader for any Nexus device with this easy tutorial

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If you are looking to root your Nexus device, but you haven’t been able to hunt down a simple procedure, the Nexus Root Toolkit by WugFresh is great! It allows you to unlock the bootloader, install custom recovery as well as root (almost) any Nexus phone very easily.

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Nexus devices are easy to root!! / © ANDROIDPIT

The Google Nexus phones and tablets where this applies:


Please be aware that this process isn’t risk free, and that neither AndroidPIT nor I will take any responsibility for damages incurred. It’s very important to follow the steps carefully and also be aware that this procedure will wipe all of the data on your phone, so make sure that you complete a full backup of your files, documents, pictures, videos, etc beforehand.

The script below will allow you to unlock the bootloader, root your device, save files and install apps as well as revert your phone back to the stock version.


  • Start by downloading the NRT_v1.9.9.sfx.exe and installing it on your PC. You’ll see a shortcut on your desktop like you see below.
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The Nexus Root Toolkit shortcut will appear on your PC desktop, as seen here. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • Double click on the ‘’Nexus Root Toolkit’’. It will complete a small search and ask you for your phone model as well as your current version of Android. This information can be found in the Settings of your phone, under Settings, About phone.
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Choose your phone model. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • Once the window is open, it will explain how to activate USB debugging on your Nexus device.
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Activate USB debugging mode on your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT
  • Just to repeat what it says in the window and activate the developer options in your phone by tapping on the build number 7 times. Once you see that the settings have been unlocked, hit back and choose the Developer settings which now appear above About phone. Tap on USB Debugging and choose OK.
  • It will now search again and if you are lacking any type of required file, it will suggest you download them and show you how to get them.
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  • Once everything is installed, you will see this window.
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Nexus Root Toolkit / © ANDROIDPIT
  • Start by installing the drivers by clicking on Full Driver Installation Guide.
  • Once the installation is done, you can select the required actions on the interface.
  • Start by backing up your system. Next, unlock your device’s bootloader. Finally, you can start installing the root and custom recovery by choosing both root and custom recovery boxes.

Done! Your Nexus device has now been rooted and the bootloader unlocked. If you require extra help, you can check out the tutorial video.

Source: XDA Developers

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Loie Favre

Loie Favre

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Emilio A. 2
    Emilio A. Nov 21, 2017 Link to comment

    How about ZTE? Is there any method or solution on how root?

  • Jimmy LightspeeD 5
    Jimmy LightspeeD Feb 1, 2015 Link to comment

    CF Auto Root...Samsung devices. by @Chainfire

  • Dwarfer66 25
    Dwarfer66 Dec 7, 2014 Link to comment

    This would be great for the Galaxy S4. Save a lot of hassle.

    Ian Inkster

  • Zaid Siddiqui 8
    Zaid Siddiqui Dec 7, 2014 Link to comment

    i have a question!!

    do we lose root access if we flash a whole new image of a stock rom via the process given on the Google Developer's Website?

    I'd CyanogenMod installed with CWM recovery but later i flashed Android 5.0 with the given process it was all gone, i mean the root n all! later i again rooted my nexus 4!

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