How To Flash and Root Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W on LG Nexus 5X


Here’s a guide on how to update Nexus 5X to Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W and see how to root Nexus 5X phone. Security Updates for Nexus devices are now available with added important security patches. Google has started rolling out October security updates for Nexus branded smartphones. On most Nexus devices this Android 7.0 Nougat update should be available via OTA update, however, it is being rolled out in phases, so if you region is yet to receive OTA NBD90W Android Nougat 7.0 update for LG Nexus 5X you can manually install the updated version of Android 7.0 Nougat on LG Nexus 5X phones. And this means you can now also root Nexus 5X as well. Here’s how you can manually flash and root Nexus 5X on NBD90W Android 7.0 Nougat firmware with latest security patch enabled.

Before You Start:

Download Nexus USB Drivers on your PC and install them. (Google Drivers work for nexus devices)

Make sure the Nexus 5 bootloader is unlock. (process is same for all Nexus devices)

Backup all important data on your device.

Enable USB debugging on Nexus 5: Head to Menu > Settings > Applications. Scroll down to the Developer Options and tap on it to enable USB debugging.

Please ensure that Nexus 5X has 80% charging before starting the process to avoid accidental device shutdown.

Download File:

Android 7.0 Nougat (NBD90W)Download for Nexus 5X on PC.

Steps To Flash Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W on Nexus 5X

1 – Connect Nexus 5X to PC using USB cable.

2 – Make sure ADB and Fastboot is installed on PC.

3 –  Now to start the device in Fastboot mode: Turn on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons until you see the Fastboot menu on the screen with the START on top.

4 – Extract the downloaded Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W file on PC.

5 – Head to the ‘bullhead-nbd90w’ folder and copy all the files from this folder to the Fastboot directory (C:/Program Files/Android/sdk/platform-tools).

6 – Now to flash the desired factory image to your Nexus 5X, open the folder containing the Android 7.0 Nougat factory image (the one you downloaded and extracted above).

7 – In the folder’s address bar, type cmd followed by the command mentioned below and hit the Enter key.

  • flash-all.bat (for Windows)
  • (for MAC)
  • (Linux)

8 – Wait for the scrip to execute after which the device will reboot. First reboot takes several minutes to complete, so don’t be alarmed if the device takes around 5 or more minutes to reboot.

After reboot Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W with October security patch will be installed on the Nexus 5X. Next, its time to root Nexus 5X.

How To Root Nexus 5X on Android 7.0 Nougat NBD90W:

Important Downloads:

Download SuperSU 2.78 on PC.

Download and Install Android SDK on PC.

Ensure that the device has TWRP or CWM custom recovery installed on it.

Download Fastboot from the links below for your PC operating system and extract its content in Android-adk-windows\platform-tools directory. Manually create a new directory folder if there is none.

How To Root LG Nexus 5X:

1 – Connect your device to PC via USB cable.

2 – Copy and paste SuperSu zip file to your device’s SD card root folder.

3 – Turn OFF your Nexus 5X.

4 – To enter the Bootloader mode, press and hold Volume Down + Power keys.

5 – Navigate to Android-adk-windows\platform-tools directory and open command prompt (Shift + Right Click on mouse > Open Command Prompt) and type the following command:

flashboot flash recovery twrp-

Note: You can replace twrp version in the above command for the one installed on your device.

6 – From the Fastboot menu, select Recovery to enter the recovery mode.

7 – Scroll to flash zip from SD card > choose zip from sdcard option in the TWRP or CWM custom recovery mode.

8 – Locate file and select it, use the volume keys to navigate through the menu.

9 – Swipe to confirm the process.

10 – Once the installation is complete, return to the +++++Go Back and reboot your Nexus device. First reboot takes a few minutes to complete, so don’t panic if your device takes long to reboot, its normal during this process.

That’s all. You have successfully update and rooted Nexus 5X on NBD90W Android 7.0 Nougat. You can use any root checker app to verify the successful rooting of your Nexus mobile. For queries, drop comments below or contact us via any of our available social media accounts.

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