An easy to follow rooting guide for Nexus 5 is now available at TrueAndroid. Rooting is absolutely necessary to perform system level tweaks. Also few advance apps that available at Play store require root. In this guide we used custom recovery TWRP. You can follow this guide to install TWRP: Nexus 5 : Unlock & Install TWRP Recovery 3.2.3-0 – Easy Tutorial.
To root Nexus 5 we will use Magisk utility. Magisk is popular mostly because its ability to bypass Google’s SafetyNet system. With Magisk, you can have root and custom mods while still using services like Google Pay. It works by leaving the system partition untouched and modifying the boot partition. That’s why it’s referred as a “systemless” root method.
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Warning: We at True Android produce tutorial to help out fellow Android users but all this guide are educational purpose only. You should try this guide at your own risk. Neither we nor the developer should be responsible if your Android device experience a damage after following this tutorial. Also remember,this guide is only applicable for Nexus 5. Don’t try this guide in any other Android device. It may hard brick your device.
Although the method don’t wipe your data but we still recommend you to back up it. You may follow our Android backup guide.
How to root Nexus 5 easily with Magisk
Step 1: Download Magisk zip.
Step 2: Copy downloaded zip file to your device memory.
Step 3: Boot into recovery mode. To boot into recovery first turn off your Nexus 5 and then press and hold Volume Up and Power button together until the bootloader appears, then release the buttons. Use the volume buttons to scroll to “RECOVERY” and press Power to select. You can also boot into recovery without key combination.
Step 4: Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the Magisk zip file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
Step 5: When the installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your device.
Step 6: Now check whether Magisk Manager is installed. If not then download the apk and installed it manually. You may need to allow unknow sources when asked to install it. Make sure you have latest Magisk manager installed.