Root Nexus 5X on Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat Firmware Update
Root Nexus 5X after flashing the newest Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat firmware via this detailed article. Google has released the security patch build for the month of January. This newer build hasn’t upgraded anything major except for the mentioned security code. That said, once you do update to the firmware, your root status would be reverted back to stock. To regain root, you need to go through the full procedure. Regardless that you were rooted before the update or not, the procedure will remain the same. For tools, we will use TWRP recovery coupled with latest SuperSU. The steps are quite detailed and include tips and tricks as well. Before you actually proceed to implement the procedure, make sure you are running the latest firmware if not, read: Install Nexus 5X Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat Factory Image. You can easily root Nexus 5X on Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat using the tutorial below. You will need to have an unlocked bootloader first, or this tutorial will wipe off all your data. Don’t worry, we have everything covered in the detailed steps below – even a tutorial on how to install TWRP 3.0 Recovery. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to root Android 7.1.1 N4F26I on Nexus 5X with complete steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will use ClockworkMod recovery as our custom recovery and SuperSU as our rooting package. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Nexus 5X Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Details:
Android 7.1.1 Nougat is now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 phones. These are the major changes in final release of Android 7.1.1, as per Google:
The newer firmware now sports the latest January 2017 security patch. It is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat which itself has loads of new features such as Google assistant integration, better Android Pay and more. Moreover, with newer builds, we do expect newer hardware drivers which therein improve the overall performance of the device.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 7.1.1: How to Update Nexus 5X to Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Nougat based ROMs for the Nexus 5X, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Nexus 5X Android 7.1.1 has been explained with instructions on the next page. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.
LG Nexus 5X USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 5X properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Nougat.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the page below and root Android 7.1.1 N4F26I on Nexus 5X + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.
HOW TO: Root Android 7.1.1 N4F26I on Nexus 5X Nougat Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 7.1.1 N4F26I Nougat on Nexus 5X. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.
Just To Remember:
- This root method is only for Android 7.1.1 (N4F26I) installed on Nexus 5X and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus 5X on other carriers.
- Your Nexus 5X bootloader should be unlocked.
- Nexus 5X should be on Android 7.1.1 N4F26I software version.
- Make a Nandroid backup of your previous phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Nexus 5X.
Step 3 – Download Fastboot from the following links depending on your OS and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.
NOTE: Skip Steps 1, 2, 3 if you already have them.
Step 4 – Download SuperSU v2.79 for Nexus 5X on your PC, if you haven’t already.
Step 5 – Connect and mount your Nexus 5X USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.
Step 6 – Now copy/paste the SuperSU-v2.79-201612051815.zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card / internal storage root (not in any folder).
Step 7 – Then turn OFF your phone.
Step 8 – Download twrp-3.0.2-0-bullhead.img and save it to your android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your computer.
NOTE: You can use any of the two custom recoveries – CWM or TWRP. If one fails to work, try installing the other one and use that.
Step 9 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Nexus 5X. How? Press Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.
Step 10 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
Step 11 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.2-0-bullhead.img
Step 12 – Once completed, choose RECOVERY from the Fastboot menu and enter Recovery Mode.
Step 13 – In ClockworkMod recovery, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the power button to select it.
Step 14 – Press the Power button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.
Step 15 – Now using your volume keys, navigate to SuperSU-v2.79-201612051815.zip and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.
Step 16 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.
That’s it! Your Nexus 5X is now rooted on Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware on your phone! Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify.
To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.
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