Our How to root Nexus 5 question has no answer, so I followed the most OK-looking Nexus 5 rooting tutorial on the rest of the web, all went well until the step that says:

After booting into recovery mode, tap the ‘Install’ button and then select the SuperSU ZIP file you had transferred

Team Win Recovery Project ZIP file is corrupt

The trap is that on that tutorial, what seems to be a link to the ZIP file is actually a link to a page containing the real link surrounded by advertisement. So when I pressed "Save Link As" I actually downloaded some HTML rather than the real ZIP.

Realizing that, I wanted to reboot to try again with the real ZIP so I pressed "Reboot", it proposed me to install SuperSU so I accepted, happy to get it done quickly. The phone seemed to install something, then started to reboot.

PROBLEM: The following animation has been looping for an hour already and no sign that it will ever end:

Android loading

QUESTION: How to correctly finish the rooting?
I am afraid that shutting it down now will brick the phone or something.

  • Shut it down, wipe the cache partition, and try booting it up. Nothing will happen.
    – rjt.rockx
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 13:58
  • @rjt.rockx: I shut down, started TWRP recovery, wiped to factory settings then wiped the cache, then launch system boot. After 5 minutes it is still on the same animation. Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 14:09
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    If all else fails, flashing a factory image from fastboot will generally solve boot issues. NB: If you do want to re-attempt rooting, that version of SuperSU is super old - it probably won't work. The latest (stable) version looks to be 2.65. Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 14:18
  • CF Auto-root (autoroot.chainfire.eu) would be a good option to root again after booting up.
    – rjt.rockx
    Commented Apr 8, 2016 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


This solved the problem:

  • Download the latest stable SuperSU, it is the ZIP file that can be downloaded at http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu-stable
  • Restart in TWRP Recovery mode
  • Press Mount
  • Delete the faulty ZIP and copy the right one instead (at the root of the filesystem)
  • Fixed! Now continue with the tutorial normally.

Thanks rjt.rockx and eldarerathis for the tips!

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