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Root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1.1 LMY48B Lollipop and Install CWM Recovery

We already have a complete tutorial on how to root Nexus 5 on the new Android 5.1.1 LMY48B Lollipop software update. An official factory image is now available for manual installation on your phone, or you can always wait for the OTA (over-the-air) update to arrive on your phone. This Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was first released for the Nexus tablets, but looks like Google has finally woken up to roll it out for the Nexus 5 phone as well. You can easily root Nexus 5 on Android 5.1.1 LMY48B 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 5.1.1 LMY48B 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 5.1.1 LMY48B

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 5.1.1 LMY48B Details:

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was released by Google a few weeks back, but only for the tablets. There has not been a proper changelog as always yet, but think this is a very minor bug fix update. This will be the third Lollipop update to be released. We first saw Android 5.0, then came Android 5.1 Lollipop and now we have the minor update — Android 5.1.1. We have written a complete step by step tutorial on how to get this new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update installed and working on your phone.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

The method to root Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 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 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 5.1.1 LMY48B 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.


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