So....famed hacker GeoHot just released a one click root .apk yesterday. Apparently it should work with the Nexus 5 as well as just about any Android device with a kernel from earlier than June 3, 2014. Just trying to start a conversation about this root tool. I have yet to root an Android device and this might be just the thing to get me to do so finally. Jailbroke every iPhone I owned but haven't felt the strong need to root my Nexus 5. Though I am very interested in Greenify and some sort of app to trick the internal GPS so I can view blacked out games of my local baseball teams via the MLB At Bat app.
If anyone has successfully rooted their device with this tool (and more specifically on 4.3.3), I'd love to hear how it went. I'll chime back in if/when I do so. Was hoping to get confirmation that this definitely works with the Nexus 5 on 4.3.3 before making the plunge. Pretty sure it will but yeah, just trying to be careful....
I rooted yesterday with an 18 month old Droid Razr Maxx HD. Worked like a charm. And I'm on 4.4.2 as well. Far easier than jailbreaking my iPhone 3G back in the day. It's nice not having all of that Verizon bloatware on the phone anymore. I say "Go for it!".
I can confirm that it works on the Nexus 5. Did it earlier today. You need to make sure to install supersu once rooted and it is suggested to install a custom recovery thru Flashify. Both SuperSU and Flashify are avaliable for free on the Play Store.
I used Towelroot on mine (Android 4.4.4), and it was so easy. I confirmed the root status with the root checker app. I installed Greenify and also ROM Manager with Clockwork and Samba fileshare. However, my battery life started dropping 2-3% every hour or more. I uninstalled ROM Manager and Samba Fileshare, and now my battery life is back to its baseline pre-root. Not sure if it was ROM Manager or Samba that was causing the drain. I'm new to rooting, so I'm still in the learning process as to which apps to install to take advantage of root.
Never rooted before, have read a lot about it but never done it because I've only got one device right now downloaded towelroot pushed the button and nothing happened asides a small pop up saying "you are now rooted" and everything works wonderfully now just installing a custom recovery and then the fun with xposed framework will begin! Lg g2 D800[20u]
I used fastboot/adb on my Nexus 5 but I have use towelroot on my ladies skyrocket and a friends us cellular S3 and was fast and easy
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Do you know what OS was on your friends US Cellular S3? I ask because I just tried towelroot on my S3 running 4.4.2 and nadda. I hit the "make it rain" button and it says "this device not supported"....
GS5 w/ 4.4.2 and build earlier than June 4, used towelroot BUT a few days later the S5 started throwing errors and the radio went dead, could not revive it after trying many things. Uninstalled a few of the latest apps then tried safe mode, no luck. Backed the data up then jumped in with both feet and did a factory reset, no joy. "unfortunately cell.android.phone stopped working" and "unfortunately settings stopped working" kept coming up. Luckily it's under warranty so I'll try that to get restarted.
The rooting went fine itself, too bad, I was enjoying that. I'll have to wait around for v2.0 that can handle post June 4 builds.
In any case, GeoHot did a fine job with this public service, nice job programming using the exploit that takes advantage of the rooted state after causing a deliberate crash, all impressive work.