Rooting Nexus 6 and Installing TWRP Recovery

To a number of Nexus 6 users, it is about time that it joined the rooting wagon. Better late than never though, because now users can enjoy the root and recovery option with such a powerful device as the Nexus 6. With the rooting option, users are afforded the privilege of deciding on what to do with the different apps and services available.

root Nexus 6

With the simple one-click root method (CF Auto Root) provided by Chainfire, rooting has been made much easier. In order to utilize the CF Auto Root though, you have to have unlocked the bootloader and the event you haven’t, the tool will automatically do the job for you, although you will lose data during the process.  In order to unlock the device, you need to enable the OEM unlock option which can be found in the settings bit of the menu under the developer options. Once the device is rooted, a custom recovery is essential to backing up the device in addition to trying out numerous mods and ROMS which can be gotten in the form of the TWRP recovery.

Let’s have a look see at how you can root the Nexus 6 and install TWRP recovery:


This rooting guide is not meant for any other device than the Nexus need to take care as you choose the rooting recoveries and firmwares since flashing the wrong ones might result in bricking your device. During the process, any consequences that might occur are left at your door step, meaning that no responsibility of the same will be accepted from us in case your device is damaged.

Preparing the device

  • Ensure that your Nexus 6 is charged to above 60% battery level if you don’t wish to have a shutdown during the process.
  • Enable USB Debugging
  • Ensure that the required USB drivers are installed on your PC
  • Make use of Google Sync service or any third-party app to backup your device contacts, storage, and SMS among others.

Rooting Nexus 6

Here are detailed steps for rooting Nexus 6.

  1. Download the CF one-click root tool for your Nexus 6
  2. Go to settings-Developer options and enable OEM unlock
  3. By way of the adb method it hardware combo, reboot the device into bootloader mode
  4. Extract the CF-Auto-Root-Shamu-Shamu-NEXUS6.Zip file on your PC
  5. By way of a USB cable, connect your device to the PC and ensure that it is detected.
  6. Click the root-windows.bat script in order to root your Nexus 6
  7. It is important to note that data from your device will be wiped in the process since the CF-Auto Root tool will also unlock the bootloader for the device. As such, it is imperative that you backup your apps and data beforehand. On the other hand, in the event your phone is already unlocked, the tool will only make attempts to root the device.

Once it has been successfully rooted, the Nexus 6 will reboot and mean that you can now move onto the TWRP installation part.

Installing TWRP on Nexus 6

  1. On your OC, you will have to download and extract the fastboot file
  2. Then you will need to visit with the TWRP official download page and download the latest TWRP recovery page.
  3. For convenience’s sake, you may need to rename the downloaded file as recovery.img, although it is not necessary.
  4. On your PC, in the folder with the extracted fastboot files, transfer the recovery.img file
  5. Go through the fastboot files folder and open the command prompt located in the folder. This can be done by pressing Shift Key + Right Click in the empty space in the folder. In the Windows context menu, select the Open command window here.
  6. Connect the Nexus 6 to the PC and ensure that it is detected before booting your device into the bootloader mode by making use f the command below in the command:

adb reboot bootloader


  1. You may make use of the fastboot command below once in the bootloader mode in order to flash the recovery image on your device:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

  1. Once the recovery is flashed, reboot the Nexus 6


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