Android 5.1 was released only a few days ago but many developments have already taken place. Updating the device to the latest Android version has only one disadvantage. You will lose your root access. Luckily, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and the WiFi version of the Nexus 7 2012 running on Android 5.1 have received the root access. For this you will need a custom recovery like CWM installed on the device. Follow the guide below to root the device.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus device:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android device via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Device and Email
- Custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP installed
- SuperSU zip file
Steps to root the Nexus:
- Create a Nandroid backup from recovery, in case anything goes wrong.
- Download the SuperSU zip file and transfer it to the phone.
- Switch off the phone and boot the phone into Recovery mode.
- Next, wipe the cache and the dalvik cache.
- Go to ”Install zip”, then “Select zip”. Choose the SuperSU zip file.
- After the process is complete, reboot the phone.