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    Default Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Just got the 4.4.3 OTA, and it installed normally. I am rooted and unlocked but stock.
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Are you on Sprint? Because I got the notification to update on my Nexus 5 on Sprint and I'm rooted but in stock. Did anything got messed up by doing the update rooted?

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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Didn't work for me. I'm stock but I have Xposed Framework on the system. The OTA showed up but it wouldn't install. I gave up and installed the factory image directly.
    Last edited by bjrosen; 06-06-2014 at 01:12 PM.
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    I'm on T-Mobile.

    If you have modified your stock apps or system files it might not work. For example switching kernels or using that app that changes the navigation icons. It might also not work if you have disabled any of the stock apps. I have been told it will still work even if you have a modified recovery, although mine is stock.

    But I was rooted and unlocked and got the OTA, and it installed like normal. It did unroot me though.
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    According to this page if you have a custom recovery, 4.4.3 will overwrite it with the stock one. Not sure if this is true when using the OTA though.
    Cult of Android - How to root Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3 KitKat
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Quote Originally Posted by bjrosen View Post
    Didn't work for me. I'm stock but I have Xposed Framework on the system. The OTA showed up but it would install. I gave up and installed the factory image directly.
    For future reference, (assuming XPosed was the only system modification you did) all you needed to do was to open XPosed framework app, go to settings in that app, and click the uninstall button (that would restore the system file that was modified by XPosed installation. Do not uninstall XPosed app itself). Then, you could download the OTA zip file to your phone, and flash it in your custom recovery.
    This would eliminate the need for flashing the entire factory image.
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    It might also not work if you have disabled any of the stock apps.
    Disabling the stock apps shouldn't cause any issues. Uninstalling any of the stock apps however will cause issues.
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    Default Re: Can confirm OTA works for rooted users

    Ok, so to re-root, I ended up installing TWRP recovery, which was actually pretty easy. Instructions on this page:
    Cult of Android - How to root Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3 KitKat

    TWRP seems to be the new go-to standard for custom recoveries nowadays, and it is pretty awesome. Intuitive and fully-touch-based UI. But...it would not root me like the instructions said it would. I got to the end of the page where suppodely you "reboot to system" and TWRP will ask you if you want to root...but mine did not.

    So I just booted normally and installed the Superuser app from the play store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...infire.supersu - Running it, it informed me I was not rooted and offered to root me on auto-pilot using TWRP. And it worked great. The phone rebooted into recovery, rand a script, and rebooted again. Whole process took about 40 seconds.

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