A complete guide on how to root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 LMY47D Lollipop update is now available. Android 5.1 was just released and announced a little while back and we are now already seeing the very first factory images up online. You can easily root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 LMY47D 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 ClockworkMod 6 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 5.1 LMY47D 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. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Nexus 5 Android 5.1 LMY47D

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Root Nexus 5 Android 5.1 LMY47D Details:

Android 5.1 Lollipop was just announced earlier today and we already now have the new Android 5.1 LMY47D Lollipop factory image files for all the Nexus family of devices. This will be the second major update to Lollipop after the first one was released a few months back. We have written a complete step by step tutorial on how to root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1 Lollipop update. For those who have just found out about the new Android 5.1, this is mostly a bug fix update with some minor new features.

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The method to root Nexus 5 Android 5.1 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 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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 5.1 LMY47D on Nexus 5 + install ClokworkMod recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

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  1. Nick Major Reply

    I followed the instructions to the letter, the phone went through the motions but root checker says it is not installed. Also, the CWM recovery does not seem to work either. Help!

    • Same thing here. Root files installed, but it can’t install su binaries
      Maybe wr need a new exploi (5.1 brought a LOT of security updates, maybe the root vulnerability is fixed?)

      • rednas ezialb Reply

        When you finish step 11 (flashing CWM) do not reboot your device. Currently you will see a green FASTBOOT. Press volume up or down to select RECOVERY and press the power button. You will see CWM menus. Navigate using up/down volume and selecting using power button. Select “install ZIP” and then “flash ZIP from sdcard” and find the SU file on your device.
        Now running rooted 5.1

  2. aSystemOverload Reply

    When trying to [fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-], i get :
    target reported max download size of 1073741824 bytes
    sending ‘recovery’ (5 KB)…
    OKAY [ 0.220s]
    writing ‘recovery’…
    FAILED (remote: image is not a boot image)
    finished. total time: 0.400s

    What’s going on?

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