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Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.0 LRX21O Lollipop and Install CWM Recovery

You can now root Nexus 5 on Android 5.0 LRX21O Lollipop software update. This latest Lollipop build was released just a few minutes back and we already have both the tutorials up — on how to install Android 5.0 and root it as well. Nexus 5 users should be getting this software update via OTA, but you all can also flash it using the factory image. Android 5.0 brings an all user interface, better notifications and improved battery life to your Nexus 5. You can easily root Nexus 5 on Android 5.0 LRX21O Lollipop 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 5.0 LRX21O 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 5.0 LRX21O

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 5.0 LRX21O Details:

Android 5.0 LRX21O 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 Lollipop software update. A full change log with all the details might get released soon.

The complete official Android 5.0 Lollipop software update has just started rolling out and you can now grab this latest update using the factory images provided by Google for Nexus devices. The official factory image updates have been released for the Nexus 5 along with other Nexus series of devices by Google. We already know what’s coming out with this Android 5.0 update — Material Design, better notifications, improved battery and a lot of new features. You can install this Android 5.0 update on the Nexus 5 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2013 (full tutorial), Nexus 7 2012 (full tutorial), Nexus 9 (full tutorial) and Nexus 10 (full tutorial). And with this tutorial, you can now also root Nexus 5 on Android 5.0.

The method to root Nexus 5 Android 5.0 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 Lollipop.

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 5.0 LRX21O 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.


  • Do we have a modified kernel for this latest build? I tried the steps outlined here, but I still get no root access. SuperSU says “there is no SU binary…”

    • You need to flash the CF-AutoRoot image by Chainfire. Download it and copy it to the same folder as the fastboot file. After following all the steps in the post above, reboot your Nexus 5 into Bootloader/Fastboot mode and run this:

      fastboot boot CF-Auto-Root-hammerhead-hammerhead-nexus5.img

      Root should work now.

      • Hey, I had that problem too and I did what you said and it fixed it!

        but I have a problem with titanium backup, when I launch it and it grants root permissions (it does) and it says:

        “Sorry, I could not acquire root privilieges. This application will *not* work! Please verify that your ROM is rooted, and try again.

        This attempt was made using the “/system/xbin/su” command”.

        I have rooted LRX21O with ElementalX 2.03 kernel stock rom.

        • I had the same problem yesterday. The version of Titanium Backup that was on Google Play yesterday was not compatible with Lollipop. They have just updated it so you probably already got the updated version. I manually installed their test version last night, which also worked.

    • I just used the modified kernel for the developer preview. It worked. I hope little if any has been changed between the dev build and the release one…

  • Just use Wug’s Toolkit.He just updated it to 1.9.4 and it now fully supports Lollipop 5 latest firmware and it does all you need automatically.It uses modified img’s offcourse like Furst well said.May the force be with ya’ 🙂

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