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Is it possible to root Nexus 4 Lollipop from the phone, without needing to connect to a PC of some sort? Since Lollipop update, Android file transfer cannot find my phone.

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Try Framaroot. I'm not sure if it will work with Lollipop, but it is the only option I can think of that does not require a PC. More info and FAQ in the link. Download the latest version from the bottom of the first post.

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Go to http://kingroot.net, download and install their apk. Then run the app and try to root the phone. This is one of the best rooting app. Tried it with many many devices and it worked well.

  • 2 questions: Are you sure kingroot will work on a Nexus? What about the side-effects of it? Seeing how many issues pop up here for one of them, I'm not sure I'd even recommend it as last resort. – Izzy Dec 19 '17 at 7:45
  • Kingroot doesn't work on any devices. Tried and tested. – TheOnlyAnil Dec 23 '18 at 11:20
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You can Root your device with any one of these 2 tools

KingRoot,

Kingoroot

its recommended to turn on oem unlock from developer settings as it won't block or trigger FRP,

apps which are mentioned above are used for mainly 3 reasons 1. No need for PC. 2. No Bootloops or other major issues like in flashing. 3. They first check for success rate and availability of root strategy for your specific device.

Note:

*NO ONE CAN GUARANTEE WHEN IT COMES TO ROOT WITHOUT PC.

*ANY APPS INSTALLED WHILE ROOTING WITH THESE APPS CAN BE REMOVED AFTER YOUR DEVICE GETS ROOT(u can even debloat system apps).

*ROOTING WITH SUPERSU OR MAGISK HAS HIGHER SUCCESS RATE OF ROOTING BUT U NEED TO FLASH CUSTOM RECOVERY MAY LEAD TO BOOTLOOPS AND BRICKING.

for devices running on lollipop there is a 50% probability of getting root without pc using any of these apps in your device just install Kingroot try to root if it fails then try kingo if that fails too then you need to flash custom recovery then use supersu or magisk zip to get root access

but rooting a device makes warrenty void I personally do not support rooting its purely your will

  • 2 questions: Are you sure the two will work on a Nexus? What about the side-effects of those tools? Seeing how many issues pop up here for one of them, I wouldn't even recommend them as last resort. – Izzy Dec 19 '17 at 7:44
  • No one can guarantee when it comes to rooting a device with 5.1 or later android without pc but these apps won't result in bootloops, they first check whether or not your device supports the root strategy that these apps provide if your device supports then the app will prompt you saying root strategy available – trinadh thatakula Dec 20 '17 at 5:31
  • i used to have a device with 5.1.1 and i have rooted that using Kingroot, it took just 5mins, device reboots a few times while rooting but it has no other issue after rooting & its recommended to turn on oem unlock from developer settings – trinadh thatakula Dec 20 '17 at 5:36
  • As you now said yourself: no guarantees, and your device probably is no Nexus 4 – while your answer states "You can Root your device with any one of these 2 tools", which suggests what you wrote works on a N4. Your answer should at least include those facts. Then, at least from KingOroot we've had a lot of reports stating it brought unwanted "features" along (e.g. installing apps one couldn't get rid of). That's what I meant by "side effects". Did you see any of those? Then, "OEM unlock" suggests bootloader unlocking, which usually implies a factory reset. Did that happen? – Izzy Dec 20 '17 at 8:19
  • i have already stated in my post that there is only 50% probability to root using those apps and for unwanted apps when you are on rooted device you can get rid of literally any app even though it is installed by any root monitoring app – trinadh thatakula Dec 20 '17 at 9:25

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