Update and Root Nexus 9 on MRA58K Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Rafia Shaikh
Posted Oct 6, 2015
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Google made the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images live a few hours ago. Android Marshmallow brings several feature enhancements, including some amazing battery modes. Follow this guide to install and root Nexus 9 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow MRA58K.

Install and Root Nexus 9 on Android 6 MRA58K Marshmallow

Prerequisites to install and root Nexus 9 on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow: 

  • Create a backup of all important data on your Nexus 9 device. Creating a Nandroid backup of your device is highly recommended.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Nexus 9 in your computer.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Make sure that Fastboot and ADB are installed on your system and you have experience working with them.
  • Ensure that your Nexus 9 carries more than 70% of charge.

How to install Android 6.0 MRA58K on Nexus 9:

Required files: download Android 6 Marshmallow factory images for Nexus 9:

Once downloaded, follow these steps to install Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow on Nexus 9:

  • Connect your Nexus 9 using a USB cable and turn it off.
  • Now, start the device in Fastboot mode (assuming that you have Fastboot and ADB already set up and ready to use): press and hold Volume Up + Power buttons.
  • Go to the downloaded folder volantis-MRA58K and copy / paste all the files to your Fastboot directory. Your Fastboot directory should be the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK directory.
  • From the factory images files in your Fastboot directory, run the following command depending on your operating system:
    • On Windows: Run flash-all.bat
    • On Mac: Run flash-all.sh using Terminal
    • On Linux: Run flash-all.sh
  • Once the script finishes running, your Nexus device will reboot. All you need to do now is to lock the bootloader back for security.
Nexus 9 Will Not Be Receiving Vulkan Support – Sorry Guys

How to root Nexus 9 on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow:

Here are the required files and steps to help you root Nexus 9 on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow.

Required files: 

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 9 to your computer via USB.

Step 3: Copy and paste ElementalX-N9-3.00.zip and BETA-SuperSU-v2.49.zip files to the root folder of the SD card of your Nexus 9.

Step 4: Turn your Nexus 9 off and download TWRP on your computer. Save it to your android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory on your computer.

Step 5: Enter the Bootloader mode: turn your Nexus 9 on by 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.img-2.8.7.0-flounder – press Enter.

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

Step 8: In the recovery mode, scroll to flash zip from SD card choose zip from sdcard.

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

Step 10: Once done, repeat the steps 8 and 9 for BETA-SuperSU-v2.49.zip file as well.

Nexus 9 Will Not Be Receiving Vulkan Support – Sorry Guys

Step 11: After installation is completed, go to +++++Go Back and reboot your Nexus 9. First boot may take a few minutes so please be patient.

Your Nexus 9 is now rooted on Android 6.0 MRA58K Marshmallow. Let us know how it behaves on your Nexus device and if you are already loving it.

– Recommended: Download All the New Android Marshmallow Wallpapers

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