I'm trying to install Xposed on my Nexus 5 running 5.0.1. I used Wug's rootkit on Windows to root my device, but first of all it seems that I cannot root. I have gone through the whole process listed on the XDA page. And everything the root kit itself walks me through.

I don't see SuperUser installed after my device reboots; I have done a second test to see if I'm rooted by going into the terminal on my device and checking the symbol after the prompt is a '#' instead of a '$'. It's a '$' currently, which I'm told indicates that I'm not rooted.

It's worth noting I suppose that my device is encrypted, but I don't think this would affect anything since the encryption function encrypts only the /data folder and not the /system folder.

Does someone know if there is an issue with 5.0.1 or perhaps something else I need to be aware of? I'm not sure why this doesn't work.

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    Well, first of all $ does not indicate a non-rooted device; it indicates a non-rooted user, try the su command. If it succeeds, then your device is rooted. Also it's still unclear to me what Xposed has to do with your attempt to root your device.
    – GiantTree
    Mar 6, 2015 at 20:11
  • su doesnt work either
    – user92827
    Mar 6, 2015 at 20:13
  • @GiantTree device must be rooted to install Xposed framework
    – user92827
    Mar 8, 2015 at 8:28

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Hopefully I don't get burned too badly for this, but I thought I would share this info for people who haven't rooted/unlocked their phones lately (or never have).

In order to root one must unlock first; this functionality is provided in Wug's rootkit as well as the rooting function.

I was trying to mod my phone as little as possible, and I was told by several people that I could root without unlocking first, but it appears that this can never be done (perhaps Wug's rootkit should make that a pop up notification that the user must read in case a scenario presents itself where a user tries doing what I did; this way they can take recourse). In short, I had heard long ago that rooting and/or unlocking could potentially permanently disable Google Wallet, (more deeply speaking, I believe it would disable the use of the NFC chip) and I use NFC for lots of things so I didn't want to risk it if I didn't have to.

I've restored now, and everything has been tested and is fully functional.


Use chainfire's autoroot for root. This requires adb. http://autoroot.chainfire.eu

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