The Google Nexus 6 from the folks out of the Googleplex is this years flagship for the aforementioned colossus technology company. It comes pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop even though we have the factory images and other various ways to update. Lollipop isn’t without its problems, though, as many folks are waiting for a refresh to bring several bug fixes. The latest instability issues arise when customers are changing the language to french Canadian. We know little tweaks in the software must come and small bugs are always going to be there. However, if you want to skip waiting for fixes, why not install a custom ROM or custom firmware? You must have root access before you can install anything custom including the same.
Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with brand new Material Design, Battery saving mode, guest user support, Priority Mode, new lock screen notifications, additional Quick Settings toggles and much more. It’s time to move on and check out some custom features by tinkering with the OS if you are wanting to get more out of your device.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- The method we are using today comes from the trendy developer Chainfire. We adore his work for distributing a close to stock Android experience. No other package comes closer. Moreover, it’s an easy guide that isn’t restricted to the advanced Android users. Those of you with an intermediate sill level with customizing will walk through the steps here. If you have no experience what so ever we recommend you find a friend who does.
- Don’t start anything until you backup the data if you lose it. There are times when we must restore the smartphone by performing a factory reset. These resets wipe the data unless it’s stored on the internal memory. That’s why we recommend to back up phone contacts, videos, pictures, SMS texts and all other data using the internal memory. If you don’t have any more space available from the internal memory you must make space since the Nexus range don’t come with storage expansion. The Google Nexus 6 does come with 64 GB’s of internal memory, so you should have ample space. Google drive offer a free service for storing data. The Google Play Store is home to Helium, Titanium, Holo and other backup solutions you ought to try if you don’t already have a preferred method.
- You must enable USB Debugging Mode commencing at the Developer Options menu. The menu comes from the Settings menu. Furthermore you want to find the up-to-date USB drivers. If you are connecting the phone to the computer and you can get access to the data, you already know the drivers are working. Therefore, you don’t need to look for more drivers.
- Connectivity options for the nexus 6 include Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, USB Mass Storage Device and USB charging. The last two options are useful here to use today. The USB charging is especially important since we are connecting to a computer for most of the guide. That means, as long as the phones working properly, it will automatically charge the battery just by connecting to the computer with the USB cable. It doubles as a charger. The downside is it doesn’t always charge the battery as fast so you’ll prefer rolling with the standard charger by day. If the charging feature isn’t working for you, check the battery level and don’t start until it reads 50%. You can check the battery level by looking at the status bar.
- You must sought after a computer of some description. It doesn’t have to be Windows this time since there’s no Odin or Windows only file. Nevertheless, we still want to stop the security programs just the same. Stop the antivirus on the Android phone and the computer. Most programs have the icon available from the taskbar on the bottom of the desktop. Additionally, you want to check the applications from the phone. If you haven’t installed any security apps yourself, there’s nothing running and you can skip this step.
- Owners ought to know that following this procedure does void any warranty remaining on the handset from the manufacturer. Tinkering with the operating system in such a way is not condoned by Google or Android. In this instance, it’s a double whammy since they are both owned by the same company. They say if you aren’t rooting the Nexus then you aren’t doing it right. That said, we know the Mountain View guys stepped up the security in a big way for Lollipop. That’s why it requires a different file compared to last time. The developers patched the exploit and it requires Chainfire to find another exploit. Now that you know, it goes without saying you can install this file on any other device other than the Nexus 6 even if it’s still in the Nexus range. All files are extremely specific and cannot be shared. Failing to understand this often results in bricking. Bricking is your worst case scenario.
How To Root The Nexus 6 In Under Five Minutes With Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root Pack
- Start by turning your computer on and logging in to your user account.
- Download the exploit from this page.
- Extract the contents to the desktop. Locate the executable .bat file.
– we are coming back to this file in a minute.
- Find the USB cable.
- Boot the Nexus 6 in bootloader mode.
- Plug the nexus 6 into the computer using the USB wire.
- Run the .bat file.
- Watch as the on-screen instruction pop up automatically. Follow them until the flashing starts.
- Reboot the smartphone after it finishes.
- Key in your details to the Google account.
- Disconnect the phone properly by visiting the “safely remove hardware’; icon.
- Stop the USB mass Storage device.
Now you are ready to check out some apps you couldn’t use before such as Screencast Video Recorder, Honey Bar, Game On, WiFi protector, Mobile Odin pro, Undelete, Call Master and more.