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Old November 2nd, 2013, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Nexus Experience!

This is the manual method....Automated root tools can be found in the 2nd post.

Warning: unlocking your bootloader will perform a factory reset on your device. Backup everything important before proceeding

This looks long, buts its just the initial setup

If you aren't familiar with doing things from fastboot, chances are the first thing you are going to need to do is properly setup the folders to carry out the fastboot commands. This setup is going to take the most time and after you have it all set up its very quick to do after that.

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Thanks to user Wrend for this helpful guide on CF Autoroot:
Nexus 5 Easy Rooting Guide Using CF-Auto-Root


Nexus root toolkit (AKA Wugs toolkit):
http://www.wugfresh.com/
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Remember the storage issues I had after rooting?

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I had this same exact trouble, and yes, I did have to go back and flash Google stock images.

Apparently, it is because on day one when I unlocked the bootloader, I flashed my custom recovery immediately afterward while still inside the bootloader. Apparently, if you don't reboot between bootloader unlocking and flashing the custom TWRP recovery, it causes this kind of problem.

I flashed the stock image, started over like I just took it out of the box, and everything worked OK. Cataclysm flashing failed a could times, but I rebooted recovery after every attempt, and on the third attempt it took.

So yes, they are still working out issues.
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Not sure if this issue affects everyone or if others just didn't immediately flash recovery after unlocking the bootloader?

Even if it affects only some, might be good to add a step to the guide to boot the system and return to the bootloader before flashing recovery.

It only takes an extra minute to do and might save people some of the headache I went through...
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I would highly recommend if you're planning on flashing anything to back up your EFS data. It could save you one day to back it up and then store it in the cloud and/or on your computer.
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What is contained in that partition? Regardless I backed up all partitions immediately upon installing recovery (before flashing su) and placed safely on the cloud.
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What is contained in that partition? Regardless I backed up all partitions immediately upon installing recovery (before flashing su) and placed safely on the cloud.
Your IMEI and/or MEID.
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I know twrp has an option for that. Get it backed up and into the cloud.

There's also an app that'll create a flashable backup
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Yes, indeed. If for some reason your EFS gets corrupted or deleted and you don't have a backup, then your device will not connect to a carrier ever again and it CANNOT be fixed. With a backup, you can either manually restore it with adb or reflash it using recovery to restore it and all will be good again. Just don't keep backing it up. Make one as soon as possible and keep it in a safe storage location outside of your device.
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My first time unlocking and rooting manually and is was easy as pie thanks to your guide. Thanks!
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Is it safe to use the twrp recovery now? I've always wanted to try it.
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I've been using it just fine. If you don't check the option in the twrp settings "use rm -rf instead of format", wiping cache takes a long time. It has cause problems with people thinking it's frozen and interrupting the format. Other than that (user error) I haven't had or heard of any issues.
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Does CWM have that somewhere, too? I never backed up anything like this on my computer on the GNex all those times.

Also, are the 0/0 etc. duplicate/legacy folder problems fixed? Both my GNex and OG N7 had a terrible time with storage capacity because of it.
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I've been stalking the ClockworkMod recoveries page the last few days and just noticed this today: Official N5 Clockwork Recovery. It's updated to 6.0.4.4, but there's no touch recovery yet. Looks like the official CWM recovery is here! Anyone use it?
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Does CWM have that somewhere, too? I never backed up anything like this on my computer on the GNex all those times.

Also, are the 0/0 etc. duplicate/legacy folder problems fixed? Both my GNex and OG N7 had a terrible time with storage capacity because of it.
I'm not sure if cwm has the option, but there is a zip file that contains a script that will do it for you. The duplicating 0/0 is fixed though
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My first time unlocking and rooting manually and is was easy as pie thanks to your guide. Thanks!
Johnny, it is good that I saw your post as I have an LG Motion on MetroPCS and just ordered a white Nexus 5 and was watching Youtube reviews and as a result of hearing such things as a bad speaker and camera was going to return it and go with the MetroPCS Samsung s4. Since you have the Motion 4G, perhaps you can tell me what you think of the Nexus in comparison to it.

Also I also am not a technical person and I see your comment re "easy as pie" and I am wondering what is your computer experience/technical level?

Finally, how much did you have to pay MetroPCS to switch from the Motion, or was this a new account? TYVM
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Johnny, it is good that I saw your post as I have an LG Motion on MetroPCS and just ordered a white Nexus 5 and was watching Youtube reviews and as a result of hearing such things as a bad speaker and camera was going to return it and go with the MetroPCS Samsung s4. Since you have the Motion 4G, perhaps you can tell me what you think of the Nexus in comparison to it.

Also I also am not a technical person and I see your comment re "easy as pie" and I am wondering what is your computer experience/technical level?

Finally, how much did you have to pay MetroPCS to switch from the Motion, or was this a new account? TYVM
I would say the speaker is better on the motion. Unless you had cm10 on it then its about the same.

Camera definitely better on the nexus. Still doesn't forget its a phone so don't expect it too much.

As for my experience, I've only flashed some Roms and used automated root tools.

I haven't connected my nexus yet. I've been working. Today is my day off so I will go today. You can expect to pay 25 for them to connect it. Or you can just order the Sim card online for 10 and call and activate it over the phone and save yourself 15. I just want it connect and I hate dealing with customer service Representatives.

I am more than pleased with my Nexus. Besides its $200 cheaper than the s4. The only thing the s4 has that the nexus doesn't is IR blaster and a SD card slot
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I would say the speaker is better on the motion. Unless you had cm10 on it then its about the same.

Camera definitely better on the nexus. Still doesn't forget its a phone so don't expect it too much.


I haven't connected my nexus yet. I've been working. Today is my day off so I will go today. You can expect to pay 25 for them to connect it. Or you can just order the Sim card online for 10 and call and activate it over the phone and save yourself 15. I just want it connect and I hate dealing with customer service Representatives.

I am more than pleased with my Nexus. Besides its $200 cheaper than the s4. The only thing the s4 has that the nexus doesn't is IR blaster and a SD card slot
Johnny, than you for your response.. your comment about the Motion having a better speaker is important to me as i only use speaker mode and I think it is poor on the Motion so now it seems that I need to cancel the Nexus and wait for a faster phone that also has a good speaker. Wow I did not expect this..
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Johnny, than you for your response.. your comment about the Motion having a better speaker is important to me as i only use speaker mode and I think it is poor on the Motion so now it seems that I need to cancel the Nexus and wait for a faster phone that also has a good speaker. Wow I did not expect this..
I've been messing with my nexus more and I finally got to put my music on it. Its much louder now, earlier I had only tested on videos. I have yet to make a phone call on speaker, once I do I'll get back to you.
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Made my girlfriend go to the kitchen and call me, didn't sound as good as playing music but its better than what I first thought

I would suggest you didn't cancel you're order. Once the phone arrives you can see for yourself. If you don't like it, I'm sure it won't be too hard to sell it.
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Not to mention there are various sound tweaks for increasing volume or tuning it to your liking.
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Yes, i loaded twrp first, GUI touch, nice but some things are not automagic, the ( the "use rm -rf instead of format" thing ),There's a bug with TWRP that remove/corrupt your baseband during flash. Didnt happen with me but its there still.
Also I had kernels flash fail with twrp, everytime, never did get it to flash a kernel. Fastboot was fine but then installed CWM and havent looked back.
It IS touch just not fancy GUI. Swype down to move up/down, swype side to select. I like it and CWM has not failed a flash yet. 4thROM 3rd kernel
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Made my girlfriend go to the kitchen and call me, didn't sound as good as playing music but its better than what I first thought

I would suggest you didn't cancel you're order. Once the phone arrives you can see for yourself. If you don't like it, I'm sure it won't be too hard to sell it.
Thank you Johnny.. Google says I have 15 days to try it out and if not good I can return or replace it.
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By the same token, do you think some of the camera issues can be tweaked with other software?
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By the same token, do you think some of the camera issues can be tweaked with other software?
It'll likely be patched by Google in the coming weeks, but there are camera tweaks. Haven't tries them myself personally

Alternatively, you can just install a different camera app
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Hello everyone. I was wondering if someone could help me.

I want to use the above method to root my phone and wondered if I would still be able to recieve Android updates if my phone is rooted?
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Hello everyone. I was wondering if someone could help me.

I want to use the above method to root my phone and wondered if I would still be able to recieve Android updates if my phone is rooted?
In General, no, not OTA anyway. Any updates become available for root users that you can flash manually.

It's Possible however, that if you boot the recovery temporarily one time, rather than flash it to the phone to replace the stock recovery, and you stay on the stock rom and only add root (rather than using a custom rom), and you don't remove or freeze any system apps, you could probably take an OTA update.

It might remove your root when you do, but that can easily be added again.

In past experience with other devices, I had updates way before they were available for my phone because I was rooted. I even updated beyond what was ever available for my device. I know the Nexus devices get updates first though, so that may not be as big of a deal with this one.

So basically, you can get updates no matter what. Maybe not OTA, but you'll still be able to update.
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OK. I am trying to root using this guide and have fallen at the first hurdle. When I try to unlock the bootloader nothing happens. I have all the files needed downloaded in a folder on my C: Drive called Android. Inside the Android folder is another folder called platform-tools with all the files in.

I open up a command prompt and type: cd C:\Android\platform-tools

Then I type fastbook devices. Nothing happens expect that another command prompt appears.

I have rebooted the phone into Fastbook mode. I have also tried changing the USB computer connection from MTP to PTP and also I have enabled USB Debugging by tapping the build number in the about phone section.

Can anyone help please?
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OK. I am trying to root using this guide and have fallen at the first hurdle. When I try to unlock the bootloader nothing happens. I have all the files needed downloaded in a folder on my C: Drive called Android. Inside the Android folder is another folder called platform-tools with all the files in.

I open up a command prompt and type: cd C:\Android\platform-tools

Then I type fastbook devices. Nothing happens expect that another command prompt appears.

I have rebooted the phone into Fastbook mode. I have also tried changing the USB computer connection from MTP to PTP and also I have enabled USB Debugging by tapping the build number in the about phone section.

Can anyone help please?
You don't have the the drivers installed. I ran into this problem. I found some drivers that worked on Google. let me see if I find them

Edit: couldn't find them. Too lazy through my history. I found these from Koush should work

http://koush.com/post/universal-adb-driver
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If you look at the device manager for Windows, is there a driver that shows up as Android Bootloader Interface?
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In the device manager under "Other devices", Android appears. It has a yellow triangle next to it.
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There is no drivers that show up. Just the yellow triangle.
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Thanks everyone. Those drivers worked and I am now rooted.
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I've been using it just fine. If you don't check the option in the twrp settings "use rm -rf instead of format", wiping cache takes a long time. It has cause problems with people thinking it's frozen and interrupting the format. Other than that (user error) I haven't had or heard of any issues.
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Haven't had time to flash yet but twrp 2.6.3.4 is out.

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Gonna flash that now!
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Haven't had time to flash yet but twrp 2.6.3.4 is out.
Here's a link for the lazy.

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I can confirm the wiping issues are gone.
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Rooted last night. TWRP works fine. Still stock, but eyeballing the Cataclysm/Franco combo for the near future.
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In General, no, not OTA anyway. Any updates become available for root users that you can flash manually.

It's Possible however, that if you boot the recovery temporarily one time, rather than flash it to the phone to replace the stock recovery, and you stay on the stock rom and only add root (rather than using a custom rom), and you don't remove or freeze any system apps, you could probably take an OTA update.

It might remove your root when you do, but that can easily be added again.

In past experience with other devices, I had updates way before they were available for my phone because I was rooted. I even updated beyond what was ever available for my device. I know the Nexus devices get updates first though, so that may not be as big of a deal with this one.

So basically, you can get updates no matter what. Maybe not OTA, but you'll still be able to update.
Carrying on from this, if I root using the above steps am I right in saying I won't get OTA updates anymore? If so, where would I get the updates from? What do they come in the form of and how would I install them?

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Carrying on from this, if I root using the above steps am I right in saying I won't get OTA updates anymore? If so, where would I get the updates from? What do they come in the form of and how would I install them?

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https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images#hammerheadkrt16m

There is usually a link like this to the latest in the Guide To Rooting FAQ stickied here.

Or you can use a toolkit like WUG's to unroot and wait for the OTA. That's what I did for my Nexus 7 that just updated.
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Rooted last night. TWRP works fine. Still stock, but eyeballing the Cataclysm/Franco combo for the near future.
That's what I'm running, battery seems to improve and I'm loving the quicktoggles
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Guys I am stuck on the last section, flash SU files. I downloaded SuperSU and put it on my internal storage but when unlocking bootloader and flashing recovery it must have wiped all my data because now in recovery I can't find the directory that I put SuperSU. I don't know how to get it from my PC on to my phone now...

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Guys I am stuck on the last section, flash SU files. I downloaded SuperSU and put it on my internal storage but when unlocking bootloader and flashing recovery it must have wiped all my data because now in recovery I can't find the directory that I put SuperSU. I don't know how to get it from my PC on to my phone now...

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When you unlock the Bootloader it wipes EVERYTHING. But no worries. Just reboot the phone by toggling the volume keys in the Bootloader and start it up. Congratulations, you now have a rooted phone on a stock ROM.

Use MTP to transfer your SuperSU zip and any other files, i.e ROM, kernel, mods onto the "SD" portion.

Reboot into Recovery via Bootloader and flash said files. I always flash the SuperSU last.

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When you unlock the Bootloader it wipes EVERYTHING. But no worries. Just reboot the phone by toggling the volume keys in the Bootloader and start it up. Congratulations, you now have a rooted phone on a stock ROM.

Use MTP to transfer your SuperSU zip and any other files, i.e ROM, kernel, mods onto the "SD" portion.

Reboot into Recovery via Bootloader and flash said files. I always flash the SuperSU last.

Good luck!
When I turn off and reboot the phone after unlocking the bootloader it becomes stuck on the four coloured circles bootscreen.

The recoveries I am trying can't see my internal storage. And when I try to adb sideload or adb push it says error device not found. Help.
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For those looking at this in the future, I didn't solve my problem. Because I felt so stuck in a loop I took advise from jhawkkw and flashed the factory image, detailed here: Help with rooting
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When you unlock the Bootloader it wipes EVERYTHING. But no worries. Just reboot the phone by toggling the volume keys in the Bootloader and start it up. Congratulations, you now have a rooted phone on a stock ROM.
Does unlocking the bootloader and rebooting the phone really give you root?
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Does unlocking the bootloader and rebooting the phone really give you root?
Doing it the manual method provided in the guide no, but if you use the cf auto root method, then yes. The problem with the cf method is that it might not work once the bootloader is updated with an update. However the manual method will always work.
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