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How To Root Android L

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The world already had a peek on what and how the new Android, the Android L will become. Rich with new features, better productivity and more intuitive. An even greater news is, it has already been rooted, so if you are skeptical about trying out Android L before, because it didn?t support root access, that most of you have already gotten used to, now?s the time to reconsider.

Root access works perfectly with Android L, but some apps like ?Titanium Backup? aren?t updated yet for the new OS. Regardless, you can try out different alternatives for the time being. At the moment, this works on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

Things that you?ll need:

  • Nexus Device with Android L
  • Windows PC

STEP 1: The first you need to do is make sure that the ?USB Debugging? is enabled on your device and be a developer. To do this, go to Settings>About Phone> and tap the build number 7 times, until a message pops out and tells you that ?You are now a developer!?.

Now if you?ll go back one level, you will be able to see the Developer Options. Go there and put a tick on ?USB Debugging?.


STEP 2: The next step would be going to your PC and installing Nexus Root Toolkit. You download it from here. Upon installation, it will ask for the device name and build number, but ignore this for now and go for Auto Detect Device + Build because Android L isn?t in the toolkit?s library just yet.

On your device, once connected, it will pop up this message. Simply tap OK.

After doing this, you should be sent to the toolkit?s main page. For first time users, clicking the Full Driver Installation ? Automatic + Manual to install all the needed drivers. If you?ve done this before, simply skip to Step 3.

Once done, go to Step 3 tab and check the Recommended Solution and select that one.

STEP 3: The next you need to do is to make sure that your bootloader is already unlocked.

Be sure to tick ?Custom Recovery? and Backup your device first before unlocking, because this WILL wipe out data on your device. Once you?ve got everything done, you can proceed with clicking ?Launch?.

Once you?ve clicked the button, you?ll be sent to another screen, be sure to have the same settings as shown below, especially Flash (Permanent)

On the following screen, just click OK and then select Latest TWRP and then follow the instructions on the screens afterwards. Once the process finishes, you can close NRT and disconnect your device from the computer.

STEP 4: Now you should proceed with installing SuperSU ZIP on your device. You can grab it here. Once done downloading, you need to reboot your device into recovery mode. To do this, turn off your device completely. Once it is turned off, press and hold both the Volume Down and Power Button. This should bring you to the recovery mode. Once you see the menu, simply select recovery mode by pressing the volume down button and power to confirm.

You will see this menu:

Tap on ?Install? and browse to the file you downloaded (SuperSU ZIP), ?once it is installed. Go back and tap reboot and restart the phone, and then voila, your Android device is now rooted!

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