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How to Root Nexus 5X on Android 6.0 Marshmallow – Complete Tutorial

Here is a complete tutorial on how any LG Nexus 5X owner can root the phone while running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Nexus 5X is the replacement for the old Nexus 5, with better screen, a better camera, fingerprint scanner and more, it is bound to win over many hearts. Users who opt for a Nexus are usually developers or people who like the vanilla Android experience and want latest updates quickly. This target audience is also interested in rooting the phone as well, how? Find out through this full guide. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings with itself some awesome new features like Nexus Imprint that are designed for the new Nexus 5X. In order to use the phone at it’s most and enjoy the best Android experience, root your device. Why root a Nexus device? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. We will be using SuperSU for rooting this phone. You can now root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus 5X using the tutorial below.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through all the steps of how to root Nexus 5X on Android 6.0 Marshmallow 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.

 

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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 5X Android 6.0 Marshmallow Details:

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X phones. These are the major changes in Preview 3 release of Android 6.0, as per Google:

  • Android Platform Change:
    • Final Permissions User Interface — we updated the permissions user interface and enhanced some of the permissions behavior.
  • API Change:
    • Updates to the Fingerprint API — which enables better error reporting, better fingerprint enrollment experience, plus enumeration support for greater reliability.
  • Doze and App Standby

    This release introduces new power-saving optimizations for idle devices and apps. These features affect all apps so make sure to test your apps in these new modes.

    • Doze: If a user unplugs a device and leaves it stationary, with its screen off, for a period of time, the device goes intoDoze mode, where it attempts to keep the system in a sleep state. In this mode, devices periodically resume normal operations for brief periods of time so that app syncing can occur and the system can perform any pending operations.
    • App Standby: App Standby allows the system to determine that an app is idle when the user is not actively using it. The system makes this determination when the user does not touch the app for a certain period of time. If the device is unplugged, the system disables network access and suspends syncs and jobs for the apps it deems idle.

In case you want to update Nexus 5X to Android 6.0 Marshmallow using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:

  • Factory Image: How to Update Nexus 5X with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Factory Image.

Also, you might be interested in the following posts:

LG Nexus 5X USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 6.0 USB drivers for Samsung Nexus 5X properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Nexus 5X 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:

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 LG 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 Marshmallow.

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 5X on Android 6.0 Marshmallow software version.

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Taimur Akmal

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