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Root Nexus 6 on Android M MPZ44Q Developer Preview and Install TWRP Recovery

A complete tutorial is now available on Team Android on how to root Nexus 6 with Android M MPZ44Q Developer Preview. Not many would need to root their Nexus 6 while on the preview build of ANdroid M, but for those who want to root, we have a guide for you. Android M was announced just recently with new features and lots of new additions. You can easily root Nexus 6 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 TWRP 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 6 with complete steps and how to flash TWRP recovery on your phone. We will use Team Win Recovery Project as our custom recovery and SuperSU as our rooting package. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.


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 6 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 6 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.

Motorola Nexus 6 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 Motorola Nexus 6 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Motorola Nexus 6 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 6 + install TWRP 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 you just copy/paste old articles and change the version numbers?

    This does not work. None of current rooting methods work on M Preview images. They install fine, but the devices do not boot.

  • This is what happens when you have 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.

  • I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that you guys didn’t even try this before posting this tutorial, or you’d know that SuperSU isn’t working on Android M. You get stuck in a boot loop. Chainfire is working on it, and it isn’t going to be 2.46. I’m guessing you just copied the tutorial from Lollipop and changed everything to M…

  • I just tried this on a fresh M install and it wouldn’t let me boot. I kept getting “Verification Failed.” 🙁

    • This method does not work. They just blindly copy-pasted the old Lollipop instructions and changed version numbers. I would suggest avoiding this site altogether.

  • Once again, this method is the normal method of rooting ANY nexus device. BUT, android m is different than lollipop and cannot be rooted without a modified kernel. Head over to XDA and you can find the article that describes how to root the nexus 6 android m preview. Currently, supersu has not been modified for android m, so this is not valid article at the moment.

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