There are many advantages to rooting a Nexus 5, 5X, 6, 6P, and 7 devices. Some of the benefits of rooting include getting access to exclusive root-only apps, having the ability to flash any customized version of the OS, and even overclock the CPU using a custom kernel.

Root lets you make changes to the very core system of your device making it a truly customizable phone you’ve ever had. There are certain procedures you need to follow to gain root on your devices.

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    Root a Nexus 5 & Install a Custom Recovery On It

    • Download CF-Root for Nexus 5 and extract it to your computer.
    • Turn off your phone.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time to reboot into the bootloader mode.
    • Double-click on root-windows.bat in the CF-Root folder and it’ll root your device.
    • Once your device is rooted, head over to the Google Play Store and download and install TWRP Recovery app on your phone.
    • Tap on TWRP Flash on the main interface.
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    • Select your device and TWRP file. Then tap on Flash to Recovery.
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    • Reboot your device when the recovery is flashed.

    You’re now rooted and have a custom recovery installed on your Nexus 5.

    Root a Nexus 5X

    Unlock Bootloader:

    • Go to Settings > Developer options and enable both USB debugging and OEM unlocking.
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    • Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable.
    • Download Fastboot and extract it to your computer.
    • Open the Fastboot folder, hold down Shift, right-click anywhere blank, and select Open command window here.
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    • Run the following commands hitting Enter after each line.

      adb reboot bootloader
      fastboot oem unlock
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    • Then run the following command to reboot your phone.

      fastboot reboot
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    Flash TWRP Recovery:

    • Download TWRP Recovery IMG file and save it in the Fastboot folder.
    • Open Settings > Developer options and enable USB debugging.
    • Run the following command in Command Prompt.

      adb reboot bootloader
    • Type the following and hit Enter to flash TWRP recovery. Replace twrp.img with your actual file’s name.

      fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
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    • Reboot your phone.

    Root a Nexus 5X:

    • Download SuperSU and transfer it to your phone.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power buttons together. Then select Recovery from the menu on your screen.
    • Tap on Install and install the SuperSU file.
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    • You’re rooted.

    Root a Nexus 6

    Unlock Bootloader:

    • Go to Settings > Developer options and turn on both OEM unlocking and USB debugging.
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    • Connect your phone to your computer.
    • Download Fastboot and extract it.
    • Open the Fastboot folder, press and hold down Shift, right-click on any blank space, and select Open command window here.
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    • Run the following command when Command Prompt launches.

      adb reboot bootloader
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    • Use the following command to unlock your bootloader.

      fastboot oem unlock
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    • Use the following to reboot your device.

      fastboot reboot
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    Root a Nexus 6:

    • Download CF-Root for Nexus 6 and extract it to your computer.
    • Turn off your phone.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power buttons to boot into the bootloader mode.
    • Connect the phone to your computer.
    • Run the file named root-windows.bat from the CF-Root folder.
    • You’re now rooted.

    Install a Custom Recovery:

    • Download TWRP Recovery and save it in the Fastboot folder.
    • Enable USB debugging from Settings > Developer options on your phone.
    • Run the following command to boot into the bootloader.

      adb reboot bootloader
    • Use the following command to flash the recovery. Replace twrp.img with the actual file’s name.

      fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
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    Root a Nexus 6P

    Unlock Bootloader:

    • On your phone, go to Settings > Developer options and turn on both OEM unlocking and USB debugging.
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    • Plug-in your phone to your computer via a USB cable.
    • Download and extract Fastboot on your computer.
    • Launch the Fastboot folder, press and hold down Shift, right-click anywhere on your screen, and select Open command window here.
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    • Run the following commands to unlock your bootloader.

      adb reboot bootloader
      fastboot flashing unlock
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    • Use this command to reboot your phone.

      fastboot reboot
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    Flash a Custom Recovery:

    • Download TWRP Recovery for Nexus 6P and save it to the Fastboot folder.
    • Enable USB debugging from Settings > Developer options on your phone.
    • Connect your phone to your computer.
    • Run the following command in Command Prompt.

      adb reboot bootloader
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    • Use the following command to install the recovery. Make sure to replace twrp.img with the original name of your file.

      fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
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    Root a Nexus 6P:

    • Download SuperSU and move it to your phone.
    • Power off your phone.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power buttons to reboot into the bootloader mode. Then select Recovery.
    • Tap on Install and install the SuperSU file.
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    • You’re rooted.

    Root a Nexus 7 & Install a Custom Recovery On It

    • Download CF-Root for Nexus 7 and extract it.
    • Turn off your phone.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power.
    • Plug-in your phone to your computer.
    • Run root-windows.bat from the CF-Root folder.
    • You’re rooted.
    • Download and install TWRP Recovery app.
    • Tap on TWRP Flash.
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    • Select your device and tap on Flash to Recovery.
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    Unroot a Nexus 5, 5X, 6, 6P, & 7

    • Download the factory image for your phone and extract it to your computer.
    • Turn off your Nexus device.
    • Press and hold down Volume Down and Power buttons to reboot into the bootloader mode.
    • Launch a Command Prompt window in the unzipped factory image folder and run the following command:

      flash-all.bat
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    • Wait for it to flash the stock firmware on your phone.
    • When the firmware is flashed, run the following command to relock your phone’s bootloader.

      fastboot oem lock
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