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Root Nexus 5 on Android M MPZ44Q Developer Preview

Now that you have updated your phone to the latest Android M, here is how you can root Nexus 5 on this developer preview. This new Android M MPZ44Q was just announced over at Google I/O 2015, and now has been released for a few nexus devices for developers to try out the new APIs. We already have a complete tutorial on how to install Android M MPZ44Q on Nexus 5 here: Update Nexus 5 to Android M Developer Preview. You can easily root Nexus 5 on Android M MPZ44Q Developer Preview 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 M MPZ44Q 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 M MPZ44Q

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 M MPZ44Q Details:

Android M Developer Preview is now available for select Google Nexus devices. You can download the official developer preview images for your phone and explore around what new has Google included in this upcoming Android update. Android M has a build number of MPZ44Q and is available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Google seems to have decided to drop support for some of their older Nexus hardware.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

The method to root Nexus 5 Android M 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 Developer Preview.

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 M MPZ44Q 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.


  • Have you actually tested this method on Android M, because it doesn’t work. If you truly want root on Android M right now; you need to modify your kernel so SELinux is set to permissive or disabled, whichever works best for you until Chanfire updates SuperSU.

    • I’d have to agree. I’ve tried twice and sit at bootlooping forever. I don’t think it’s the SU package necessarily b/c I tried flashing the IMG and rebooting before moving the SU zip to the phone….never got that far. I also tried moving the file, flashing recovery, installing SU, reboot…another dead end.

      I only wanted SU to install BBS and do some comparisons to stock/CM setups but hopefully I can find a non-root way of monitoring battery drain, wakelocks and etc.

  • The root method doesn’t work. It will cause boot loop.
    To recover from boot loop, re-flash recovery and system again.

  • Just a bunch of ignorant teens who think Android M is just Android 5 with a different letter.

    Android M has a kernel that is written completely differently.

    If you read a website that says you need SuperSU2.46 to root Android M, they’re complete idiots.

    There is absolutely no root for Android M right now, if there IS, you would find it on XDA first, and not some random website.

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