Nexus 4 users who had waited for two long days before they got the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image. The legendary developer Chainfire had been so generous and unveiled the root tool for the Nexus 4 devices running on Android 5.0 Lollipop before the factory image got to the shelving. The root comes in the type of the popular Chainfire Auto-Root tool (CFAR) which is a lightweight tool which roots a device with no longer than a one click from the user.
The Chainfire Auto-Root tool is an automated script that utilizes the fastboot commands to root your Nexus 4 while you relax on your couch. The tool works with each locked & unlocked bootloaders with the only exception that all the consumer data will be wiped on locked bootloaders as the tool attempts to unlock the bootloader just before it squeezes some special on your device. This might look like a little tough for the first-time rooters but this is extremely-normal in the Android world.
This tutorial is intended only for the Neuxs 4, so it’s advisable not to test it on other devices. The below presented guide is well accepted and has a high success rate but there could be still a probability for misfortunes, so it’s completely the user’s choice to follow the guideline. You alone are responsible for any effects that might occur while in the process, we shall not be held responsible for any harm to your device.
1. Make sure that your device battery is charged to above 60% to prevent it from unexpected shutdowns leading to damaged partitions.
2. Locked Nexus 4 will be wiped clean, so ensure you’ve proper backups of anything on the device.
3. Download & install Google USB Drivers.
4. Make sure your device has USB Debugging enabled in Developer Options.
5. Finally, download the Chainfire Auto-Root tool from here.
Root Nexus 4 on Android 5.0 Lollipop Step by Step:
Step 1: Download & extract the Nexus 4 Chainfire-Auto-Root zip file.
Step 2: Boot your Nexus 4 into bootloader mode:
Shutdown your Nexus 4.
Now turn it back again on by press and holding down the Volume Down + Power buttons together until you enter the bootloader mode.
Step 3: Connect your Nexus 4 to the PC using an USB data cable and make sure the device is recognized.
Step 4: Double click on the root-windows.bat file. A command window will open up and asking you to press a key to continue with unlocking the bootloader and rooting the Nexus 4.
Step 5: Wait for the process to finish & click any prompts on your device that come up when asked to.
Step 6: You’ll see some weird scripts running on your Nexus 4, but don’t worry. The phone will reboot once everything is done.
That’s it folks, upon booting you will find the SuperSU app in the app drawer. You can confirm the root using the Root checker app from Google Play Store.