Recent addition to the Nexus lineup, HTC Nexus 9 can now be rooted on the latest Android 5.0 LRX21L Lollipop firmware. If you are running an older build than LRX21L build then please do read our previous post which details on how you can update your tablet. This post is just on explaining the process involved in rooting your Nexus 9 tablet. Why would you think about rooting? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. As this is the first device with a 64-bit architecture, the root process is slightly different. Also, this post wont be showing you how to install a custom recovery rather we’ll only focus on rooting. The tool we will be using comes from Chainfire, man behind popular CF-Auto-Root. You can now root Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus 9 using the tutorial below.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 9 on Android 5.0 LRX21L Lollipop software update with backup tips and other important points given below that you should keep in mind. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Again, be aware that this guide will not show you how you can install a custom recovery. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.
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 9 Android 5.0 LRX21L Details:
Android 5.0 LRX21L factory image is now already available for the Nexus 9 and with that, we also have a complete tutorial on hwo to root Nexus 9 on this software version. The overall method for rooting this device has changed because of a change in the architecture of the tablet. A few tweaks are needed now along with the usual method of flashing the SuperSU update.
In case you want to update Nexus 9 to Android 5.0 LRX21L Lollipop using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:
- Factory Image: How to Update Nexus 9 with Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Image.
HTC Nexus 9 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 5.0 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 9 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.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich 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 tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet 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 tablet 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 next page and root Nexus 9 on Android 5.0 LRX21L software version.