How to Root Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on NPD56N Android N Developer Preview 4

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Jun 15, 2016
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We have already shared with you the steps to flash Android N NPD56N on Nexus devices using factory images. If you want to root NPD56N Android N developer preview 4 on your Nexus 6P or 5X, follow this guide for all the steps and required files.

For changelog, factory images and OTA files, please visit: Download Android N Developer Preview 4 Factory Images and OTAs

Prerequisites to root NPD56N on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus device.
  • Your Nexus 6P and 5X should be updated to NPD56N Android N.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus in your computer.
  • The Nexus bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Ensure that your Nexus device carries more than 70% of charge.

How to root NPD56N on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Required files: 

  • Download Android SDK and install it. Set it up with platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK.
  • Download SuperSU v2.71 for Nexus on your PC.
  • Download TWRP recovery and save to the android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your computer.
  • Also, download Fastboot from the following links, depending on your OS:

Step 1: Extract the downloaded Fastboot file in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your PC. Create directory if not already there.

Step 2: Connect your Nexus device to your computer via USB.

Step 3: Copy and paste SuperSu file to your device’s SD card root folder.

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Step 4: Turn your Nexus off.

Step 5: Enter the Bootloader mode: power your Nexus on while pressing and holding Volume Down Power keys.

Step 6: Go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt) and type the following command:

  • fastboot flash recovery twrp-2.8.7.0-angler.img (on Nexus 6P)
  • fastboot flash recovery twrp-2.8.7.0-bullhead.img (on Nexus 5X)

Step 7: Once done, enter recovery mode by choosing Recovery from the Fastboot menu.

Step 8: In the recovery mode (CWM or TWRP), scroll to flash zip from SD card choose zip from sdcard.

Step 9: Using the volume keys, locate SuperSU zip file and select it. Confirm the installation process.

Step 10: After installation is completed, go to +++++Go Back and reboot your Nexus device. First boot may take a few minutes.

Ta da! Your Nexus is now rooted on Android N NPD56N. You can verify the root with any Root Checker app.

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