Nexus 5: Lollipop OTA, keep root, keep data :)

Say you have a towel (or other exploit) rooted Nexus 5, Android 4.4.4, with locked boot loader, careful setup and data. Lollipop OTA knocks at the door. You want it. You realize: I WILL LOOSE ROOT. You could use chainfire’s auto root. You realize: I WILL LOOSE DATA. Damned.

Disclaimer: Lolli colors might make your kittens escape into microwave oven. Check. Your business. Not mine.

Ok, so this is how to go:

  1. Unlock your boot loader from the INSIDE. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.segv11.bootunlocker&hl=en
  2. Install the OTA update. Takes a while. Brings colors. And, er, bugs. Facebook app to hell. 100% weird.
  3. Enable USB Debugging. Oh my gosh! http://www.kingoapp.com/root-tutorials/how-to-enable-usb-debugging-mode-on-android-5-lollipop.htm
  4. Reboot 2 times. Bugs getting better (aha!)
  5. Download CF-Auto-Root, follow instructions. http://autoroot.chainfire.eu/#fastboot (I’ve modified the script a bit, because I’m sort of paranoid. Commented out the line that unlocks the boot loader. But should be fine without doing so, as it’s already unlocked)
  6. Optional/recommended: relock your boot loader for safety.

Done. Have fun. Facebook fine after un- and reinstalling.

2 thoughts on “Nexus 5: Lollipop OTA, keep root, keep data :)”

  1. A marvelous post. Right now what i can say that Google Nexus is really rocking the market and they really are providing their users with a bunch of features. And when we root it, then we’re able to gain access to a number of unbelievable features. Really thanks for a beautiful share! THANKS!!!

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