Root Android 5.0 Lollipop – It’s So Easy

It seems that more than 90% of people want to install Android 5.0 Lollipop on their phones or tablets. After all, this is the biggest update of Android OS. Everything is new and amazing. However, whether you install Android 5.0 on your phone or tablet via the OTA update or by downloading the factory image from Android official site, the moment you install it you've lost the root access. Luckily, now you can root Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10 and Nexus 4. Below, I will introduce you how to root Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus devices.

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What You Need:

  • Nexus Root Toolkit (the latest version)
  • Your Android device and its USB cable
  • A Windows PC

Step 1. Install Nexus Root Toolkit on your computer

Download the Nexus Root Toolkit and install it on your computer. Please remember what you need is the latest version V1.9.8 because only the latest version support Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you've installed Nexus Root Toolkit on your computer beforehand, now you need to update it to the version 1.9.8. After installing the device, a pop-up will come out, asking you to select your Nexus model in the first drop-down list. In the next drop-down list, select the android build you are currently running. If you're not sure about the android build for your device, you can go to Android official site to figure it out.

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Step 2. Enable USB debugging on your Android 5.0 device

This step is a must in order to go on the Android 5.0 rooting process. Tap Settings > About Phone (About Tablet) > Build Number 7 times in succession on your Nexus device. Next, go back to the Settings > Developer options. Tap Developer options to enter the USB debugging window. From there, check the box 'USB debugging'. When the message pops up, asking you whether allow USB debugging, click 'OK'.

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Step 3. Connect your Android Lollipop with your computer

Plug in the USB cable to your computer and connect your Android device at the other end. After then, on your device, there is a message asking you whether allow USB debugging or not. Confirm the action by checking the box 'Always allow from this computer' and click 'OK'. After this, it means that your device has been successfully connected with your computer.

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Step 4. Launch Nexus Root Toolkit to unlock bootloader

First, please ensure whether your Android 5.0 Nexus device bootloader is unlocked or not: restart your device, when the Google logo comes, if there is an unlock icon at the bottom, then it means your Android device bootbolder is unlocked. Then you can skip to step 5. If there isn't an unlocked icon, follow the instruction below:

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Launch Nexus Root Toolkit > keep your Android 5.0 Nexus device connected to your computer via the USB cable > Click 'Backup' > click 'Create Nandroid Backup w/Custom Recovery'. Next, back to the main window > click the 'Unlock' button in the main windows of Nexus Root Toolkit to unclok the bootloader.

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Step 5. Root Android 5.0 Lollipop

On Nexus Root Toolkit, click 'Root' at the bottom of the main window and wait for the program to proceed. If there is pop-up, offers to download files, just confirm it by clicking 'Download +Update All File Dependencies'.

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Next, it will tell you the 'Rooting instructions'. You must read it carefully because you need to follow it to root Android 5.0 on your device. Just do as what it tells you to do on your Android Lollipop device. Below are the detailed steps.

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On your Android Lollipop device, click the 'Install' button > then 'ReadyToFlash' > then 'Root_Files' to open it. Select '' and swipe the slider under to install it. When the installing process is done, tap the 'Back' button. In the window, select '' and swipe the slider under it to install it. When finished it, tap 'Reboot System'

On Nexus Root Toolkit, click 'OK' to wait for the good news 'Automated Rooting Procedure Complete!'. When you see the news, it means you've successfully rooted Android 5.0 on your device. Now you can disconnect your device from your computer.