How to Root Nexus 5 Android 4.4 KitKat using CF-Auto-Root


Hey there folks! Previously, I covered How to Unlock Nexus 5 Bootloader and now in this post, I’ll be showing you how you can easily Root your Nexus 5 with popular CF-Auto-Root tool. The perks of rooting are that you get to Flash different Custom ROMs or customize your Android Device with different Tweaks and kernels and much more.

I have written a detailed step-by-step guide below on How to Root Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware. But before you move on to that, there are a few things that you need to make sure. Take a look at them after the jump!

Things to remember before Rooting Nexus 5:

  • This Rooting Tutorial is ONLY for Google Nexus 5. Please DO NOT try this on any other device.
  • Make sure you have already Unlocked the Bootloader of Nexus 5. If not, you can do so with the help of the following tutorial:
  • Make sure you have installed Nexus 5 USB Drivers in your Computer.
  • Backup all your important data before proceeding for just in case something goes wrong.
  • Enable the USB Debugging option in Developer Options Settings if you haven’t already. If you don’t see the Developer Options in the Settings Menu, go to Settings > About Phone and press the Build Number 7 times until it says that you are now a Developer. After doing so, go back to the Settings > Developer Options and Check the USB Debugging option.
  • Thoroughly read the whole tutorial first before actually rooting your Nexus 5.
  • Make sure your phone’s battery is charged up to 60%.

That’s all! Let’s get on with the Rooting now!

How to Root Nexus 5 Android 4.4 KitKat using CF-Auto-Root:

Note: Make sure you have Installed Android SDK on your Computer:

Step 1: Download and extract the following zip file and place the contents of it in a folder on desktop:

Step 2: Switch off your phone and boot it into Fastboot or Bootloader by pressing and holding “Volume Down” + “Power” buttons together.

Step 3: Now open up Command Prompt and point it to the Folder’s directory that you made in previously in first step.

Step 4: Then connect your phone to your PC via USB Cable.

Step 5: Now enter the following command in Command Prompt to start the process of Rooting:


Note: Do not press any buttons until the process is completed.

That’s it! You have successfully Rooted your Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. Now you can Flash any custom ROM of your choice in your Nexus 5 or customize it with other kernels! If you ran into any problem, just drop your comment below and I’ll get back to you!!