Google Nexus 5

Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Tim Schofield


How to Root the Google Nexus 5 on Windows, Mac, and Linux

This video will show you the easy steps needed to root the Google Nexus 5. Make sure to back up all data before you follow this process! The file needed to download is below. This will work on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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How to Root the Google Nexus 5:


DOWNLOAD (Source: Chainfire)

Here are the commands if you are on something other than Windows:

– Linux
— chmod +x
— Run

– Mac OS X
— chmod +x
— Run



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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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15 Responses to How to Root the Google Nexus 5 on Windows, Mac, and Linux

  1. MarkFromMD says:

    When I type the “Run” all I get back is “-bash: Run: command not found”. Any ideas?

  2. Clayton ODonnell says:

    I’m curious, is there a way to root without unlocking the bootloader? And then use this to unlock the bootloader only when needed. A more secure way to be rooted, and not wipe data just to get root access.

    • qbking77 says:

      To my knowledge, no you must first unlock your bootloader. This will allow you to relock it and unlock it without having to wipe data once you’re already rooted

  3. mike says:

    i am stuck on waiting for, please help

  4. mike says:

    waiting for device in promt command

  5. Rich says:

    Unlocked and rooted, but can’t connect as MTP (media device) / PTP (Camera) is OK – but can’t access the main drive. Reading all over the place – can’t seem to get Windows 7 to read the Nexus 5

  6. Edward Lilley says:

    this cant find my device? do you know whats going on?

  7. JayQ330 says:

    before entering ”

    – linux

    — chmod +x

    — Run

    am i supposed to do something in terminal? super user root, idk,because i copu n paste to the terminal and absolutely nothing happens…something does happens but…..heres what it says “-7720:~$ — chmod +x

    —: command not found” what am i doiing wrong?

  8. Mike says:

    Download don’t word

  9. Kevin says:

    Thanks for the tutorial & vid, Tim. I wonder if you have any idea why my N5 won’t change from Dalvik to ART runtimes? This happened after I rooted the phone, btw. No matter how many times I select ART, it just reverts to Dalvik. Many thanks in advance if you have any thoughts or suggestions. Cheers!

  10. Elton Krasniqi says:

    If i have an unlocked bootloader and i continue with this method what happens?

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