Root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus devices keeping the System intact


In this guide you will be able to root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus devices keeping the System intact. This new root method is OTA friendly which means once you root your Nexus devices on Marshmallow you will be able to receive the future system updates via OTA. The root doesn’t make changes to system partition and hence you can enjoy OTA updates even after having root access, the root method is working on the following Nexus devices,

Nexus 5

Nexus 5X

Nexus 6

Nexus 6P

Nexus 7 WiFi

Nexus 7 LTE

Nexus 9 WiFi

Nexus 9 LTE

Nexus Player

How to root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus devices keeping the System intact

Disclaimer: This tutorial includes multiple operations which includes installing Custom recovery and root. Follow the guide on your own risk, we are not responsible if you brick or damage your device however the chances of bricking a device are rare but you have to pay full attention on the complete guide to avoid any issues and difficulties while performing any of the above mentioned operation.

Enable USB Debugging (Settings >> Developer Options >> USB debugging)

Your phone battery should be charged minimum 60%

Your device bootloader should be unlocked or Click Here (Remember the bootloader unlock process for all the nexus devices is the same so follow the whole procedure as described in Nexus 6P post)

Download these files:

Download Nexus USB drivers.

Download and Extract adb fastboot.

Recovery files for Nexus devices (rename it as recovery.img)

Modified Boot.img files

Download SuperSU v2.50

Process to root Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus devices

Just follow the below simple steps in sequence to root your Nexus device.

Extract the downloaded file and you will get a boot.img

Now connect your device to the PC using USB cable.

Open the adb-and-fastboot folder you extracted earlier and copy the custom recovery inside the adb-and-fastboot folder.

Inside adb-and-fastboot folder, press SHIFT and Right-Click on an empty space inside the same folder.

Click on Open command prompt here as shown in picture below.


Now enter the following command to boot your device into bootloader mode,

“adb reboot bootloader”

Then type the following command to flash custom recovery in your device,

 “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img”

Wait for the process to complete and then type the following command

“fastboot flash boot boot.img”

This command will flash TWRP recovery on your device. Reboot the device.

Now comes the final process to root your Nexus device on Android 6.0 Marshamallow

How to root Nexus device on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Just follow the below steps in sequence to obtain root access on your Nexus device

Connect your device to your PC

Copy the in the internal memory of your device.

Turn off your device and enter into Recovery mode by using hardware key combination or by typing the following command.

         ” adb reboot recovery “

Once your device reboot into recovery mode, hit Install

Select the file and swipe the slider to start flashing.

Once the installation process is complete, select Reboot.

That’s it, you have successfully rooted Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware on Nexus device and kept the system files intact. If you have any query feel free to contact us by posting your comment in the below provided comment section. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ for future update.

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