For those who have updated their HTC Nexus 9 to the latest Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 firmware, can follow along this guide to gain root. Right of the bat, this 5th Developer Preview image from Google is the last we will see for Android Nougat as the brand aims to publicly release the software quite seen. Overall, this build is the most stable and has all the new features implemented and running. Once you do update to it, you can root it as well. Our guide will use simple and easy tools to gain root. Also, for your ease, detailed steps have been included along with tips. The aforementioned tools include Chainfire’s SuperSU package and TWRP custom recovery. Rest, we need you to make sure you are already to Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 as this guide is catered towards it specifically. You can easily root Nexus 9 on Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 using the tutorial below. Please note, that you need to have an unlocked bootloader first, which we think you should already have it unlocked if you installed this image manually. 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 N NPD90G on Nexus 9 with complete steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will use TWRP recovery 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 (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 9 Android N NPD90G Details:
Android N Developer Preview 5 is now available for the Nexus 9, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 phones. These are the major changes in final release of Android N, as per Google:
As we close in on the public rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat to devices later this summer, today we’re releasing Developer Preview 5, the last milestone of this preview series. Last month’s Developer Preview included the final APIs for Nougat; this preview gives developers the near-final system updates for all of the supported preview devices, helping you get your app ready for consumers.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android N: How to Update Nexus 9 to Android N NPD90G Developer Preview 5 Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Developer Preview 5: How to Install Android N Developer Preview 5 on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Nexus 9, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Nexus 9 Android N 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.
HTC Nexus 9 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 HTC Nexus 9 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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 5.
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 N NPD90G on Nexus 9 + install ClokworkMod recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.