In this tutorial checkout How to install CWM Recovery and Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop - Guide
Google has just released the Android 5.1 Lollipop Factory Images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 with build LMY47D and earlier we had a tutorial on how to install the Android 5.1 Lollipop Factory image on Nexus 5 and those who have followed that tutorial and want to install CWM Recovery and Root Nexus then this guide might help you.
Before we proceed to install CWM Recovery and Root Nexus 5, we must get all the things ready for the process and we can do it by following the steps listed below.
- Backup all of your important data to safe place to avoid data loss.
Backup and Restore SMS
Backup and Restore Contacts
Backup and Restore Call Logs
Backup files on internal storage to PC
- Charge Nexus 5 to at least 75%.
- Enable USB Debugging on nexus 5.
- Download and install USB Drivers.
- Setup ADB and Fastboot drivers on PC.
- Unlock Bootloader on Nexus 5.
Disclaimer: Rooting and installing Custom Recovery on Nexus 5 will void its warranty and if done incorrectly can brick your device. So we should not be held liable or responsible for any damage to your device and proceed at your own risk.
How to Install CWM Recovery on Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop:
Step 1: Download the CWM Recovery Package from here.
Step 2: Copy it to Fastboot folder.
Step 3: Power off Nexus 5.
Step 4: Connect to PC using appropriate USB Cable.
Step 5: Boot into Fastboot / Bootloader Mode by pressing and holding Volume down + Power buttons simultaneously until you see Fastboot Menu.
Step 6: Open the Fastboot folder and press and hold the Shift Key and right click inside the Fastboot folder and choose open command window here.
Step 7: Now in CMD type the following command and hit enter:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-188.8.131.52-hammerhead.img
Step 8: This will install the CWM Recovery on Nexus 5.
Now as the CWM Recovery is installed its time to Root Nexus 5.
How to Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop LMY47D:
Step 1: Download the SuperSU zip Package from here.
Step 2: Copy it to root of your device’s internal or external storage.
Step 3: Power off Nexus 5.
Step 4: Boot into Recovery Mode.
- Turn on Nexus 5 pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons.
- Choose RECVOERY from Fastboot menu.
Step 5: Now flash the Rooting Package using CWM Recovery. How? Follow here.
Step 6: Reboot Nexus 5 and check for Root permissions using Root Checker App.
That’s it now you have successfully installed CWM Recovery on Nexus 5 and rooted it. Do let us know in the comment section if you face any issues while trying to Root Nexus 5. Also share this tutorial with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.