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Root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat and Install CWM Recovery

You can now root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat software update. This latest KitKat build was released just a few hours back and can be flashed manually using the factory image. Since this Android 4.4.4 KitKat KTU84P OTA is slowly rolling out to all the Nexus 5 users, you would want to root your devices later as well. No updates on if any new Nexus 5 specific features have been included in this update, but we will soon post a full changelog. You can easily root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4 KTU84P KitKat 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 CWM. 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 4.4.4 KTU84P on Nexus 5 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. Read our list of the essential root apps available! For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KTU84P

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 ( 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 5 Android 4.4.4 KTU84P Details:

Android 4.4.4 KTU84P was released a few hours ago. This is a security fix for the Nexus family of devices, other than that, there are no announcements or news of anything else added into the latest KitKat software update. A full change log with all the details might get released soon. You can install this Android 4.4.4 update on the Nexus 5 (full tutorial), Nexus 4 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). And with this tutorial, you can now also root Nexus 5 on Android 4.4.4.

The method to root Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 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 5 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 5 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 5 USB drivers!

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:

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 KitKat.

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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 4.4.4 KTU84P on Nexus 5 + install ClokworkMod recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

About the author

Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


  • when i type “fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-” in the command prompt, it said “error: cannot load ‘recovery-clockwork-touch-’.How can i fix that ?

    • Okay I figured it out. Something so simple but for an idiot like me took some time. type into the command prompt ‘recovery-clockwork-touch-’ the .img is important.

      After that go into recovery mode, install zip, choose zip from /sdcard, go into the 0/ folder, go on the bottom. and install it there.

      While going back to reboot, it told me the root may have failed and gave me the option to fix it. Of course I clicked Yes. Fix the root.
      And I now have a rooted Nexus 5.

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