Motorola’s Nexus 6 is the latest and greatest offering in the Nexus lineup. The smartphone comes with the latest and greatest in terms of hardware as well as software. Even though the phone is owned by a handful of users. Senior XDA member Chainfire has already come up with a method of rooting the Nexus 6. As compared to other OEMs. Nexus devices are easier to root. You just need to unlock the bootloader and then root your phone with a method that’s ridiculously simple.

Note: This guide requires you to unlock your bootloader, doing so will erase your storage. It is advised that you back up your Nexus 6 before unlocking the bootloader.

Prerequisites

  • You will need the root package which you can download by going here.
  • A USB cable to connect your phone to your computer.
  • A backup of your entire internal storage since the bootloader unlocking process will delete your entire storage.
  • Some Android know-how.

How To Root Nexus 6

  1. Download the CF-Auto-Root.zip file and extract the contents of the file in a folder. It is prefered to place these files on the desktop since it’s easier to access.
  2. Power off your Nexus 6 and turn it on again in bootloader mode. To do so; hold down the volume button and power button together
  3. Once you see the ‘restart bootloader’ message on screen, leave the keys and tap on the message on screen and your device will reboot in the bootloader mode.
  4. Plug in your Nexus 6 to your computer using the USB cable.
  5. Now we need to execute the automatic root script. If you are using Windows, simply run the ‘root-windows.bat’ and sit back while your phone gets rooted.In case you are using a Mac, you will be needing to open the Terminal, then navigate to the folder where you extracted the files usin the terminal and enter the following command.

    ./root-mac.sh

    Linux users should execute the following command.


    ./root-linux.sh

  6. Press enter on your computer and you will get a prompt on your computer screen asking about unlocking the bootloader. Hit the enter key and relax while the script runs and roots your phone. After few seconds, you will see on your device a message that says that your phone is being rooted. Once the script completes itself, your phone will reboot.
  7. Once your phone boots up again, you can check the root access by downloading any root checker from Play Store.

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