The Google Nexus 9 is a device that many took a liking to, and even more are interested on getting their hands on some authorization beyond what Google gives you when you buy the gadget. Known developer Chainfire came up with a way to root the Nexus 9, and for anyone interested in getting root access on their Nexus 9, we are here to pass on the information.

Before we get started

There are some things you should know before you start the process. For starters, the new Android 5.0 needs its kernels to be patched live, so that complicates the rooting process a little, but in essence it is still easy to perform. You will have to get a little deeper into the rooting than you would have done for other versions and other devices, due to the fact that the framework update needed for the auto-root method is yet to be at our disposal.

You will have to use command lines to get through with the rooting, but you shouldn’t get worried, as you will only be required to introduce a few lines. The Nexus 9 is a 64-bit device, which means that the root method we are going to show you in this article will feature the SuperSU 2.18.

The actual rooting process

As a reminder, we are not responsible for the damage you may cause your device through attempting this process, so know that whatever happens, it’s entirely on you. That being said, let’s see what you’re going to need. First off, you are going to need the obvious Nexus 9 and a computer, followed by an ADB and fastboot.

Here’s the actual process:

  • Back up your files so that nothing of importance to you is left unsaved on your device. The rooting process will wipe your memory clean, so once you started, you can pretty much say goodbye to those photos you forgot to back up.
  • Next, you have to make sure that USB Debugging is activated on your device You can do this by going to your developer settings and checking the appropriate box. If you don’t have your developer settings enabled, go to the About Tablet section in your settings and tap the build number repeatedly. After a few times, it should prompt you that the developer settings are activated.
  • Get your device into the bootloader by turning it off and then turning it back on by holding down the power and volume down keys together. You can also do this by using the ADB on your computer, using the command “ adb reboot bootloader”.
  • From the new the bootloader menu, select Fastboot using the power button.
  • Next, you have to unlock the bootloader by using the “fastboot oem unlock” command on your computer. When prompted for confirmation, accept and continue, but be sure to back up all your important files.
  • You now have to flash the SuperSU to your system partition by going to the folder where you have the inject.img file and using the command line “fastboot boot inject.img”.
  • For the SuperSU to properly work, you need to also flash the patched.img file. Just go to the folder where it is, then use the command line “fastboot flash boot patched.img”.
  • Once you’ve reached this step, you’re ready to reboot your device.

As Android 5.0 and 64-bit architecture are fairly new, you might discover that a lot of root apps will not function properly, but that is bound to change as more developers start to really get into them.

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