Nexus 9 is the latest in the Nexus line of tablets, designed and developed by Google, in conjunction with HTC, and released in Q4 2014. It features an 8.9″ IPS LCD display with 1536 x 2048 resolution. It’s powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 dual-core 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is available in either 16GB or 32GB. The Nexus 9 features a large 6700mAh battery, and 8MP camera, with 1080p video recording, along with a 2.1MP secondary front facing camera.

Chainfire has already found a way to root the Nexus 9. But before that, you will have to unlock the bootloader. This will wipe out all your data. So make sure a proper backup is in place. Follow the detailed guide given below.


Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. The writer cannot be held responsible for any bricked or unusable devices. Even though the chances of your device getting bricked are negligible, the owner of the device must take full responsibility of it!

Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 9:


  • Nexus 9 drivers installed on the computer
  • Android SDK installed on the computer
  • ADB and Fastboot installed on the computer


  1. Make sure ADB and fastboot files are placed in the same folder.
  2. Go to Settings >> About phone. Tap on Build Number 7 times to become a developer.
  3. Now go to Developer options and enable the OEM unlock.
  4. Connect your device to the PC.
  5. Go to the folder where ADB and fastboot are present. Open command prompt in this folder.
  6. Type the following command and press enter
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. In Bootloader/HBOOT mode, highlight the FASTBOOT option using the Volume keys and select it pressing the Power button to enter Fastboot Mode.
  8. In the fastboot mode, type the following command
    fastboot oem unlock
  9. Unlock the bootloader by pressing Volume up button. Done!

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