How to root Nexus 5 on Android M Developer Preview 2 (MPZ79M) [Guide]

Android MDid you choose to check out the latest version of Android with the Developer Preview and now want to flash a custom ROM or install root-only apps again? Easily root the Nexus 5 on Android M MpZ79M Developer Preview 2 by following the guide after the drop. Here’s everything you need:


  • You must unlock the bootloader before starting.
  • Use the guide on the Nexus 5 only and not a different Nexus device.
  • The guide is only recommended for the Android M Developers Preview 2 with corresponding build number MPZ79M.


  • Download the Google USB Drivers from our downloads page.
  • Enable USB Debugging Mode from your devices Settings menu.


  1. Download the Android SDK package from the official developer’s website here.
  2. Learn how to set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows if you don’t have it already.
  3. Download Fastboot for Windows here.
  4. Download the Despair kernel here. Transfer it to the root of the SD card on the Nexus.
  5. Download the SuperSU here. Transfer the SuperSU from the desktop of the computer to the root of the SD card so it’s not in any folder.
  6. Download the ClockworkMod Recovery image from here. Extract the custom recovery to the same folder where you have Fastboot.
  7. Completely power off the Nexus 5 by holding down the Power button until it’s off.
  8. Boot it up in the Fastboot Mode by holding the Volume Down + Power keys.
  9. Connect it to the Windows computer where you have ADB and Fastboot.
  10. Open the folder where you have Fastboot and the custom recovery and right-click the mouse on an empty white area and hold the shift key.
  11. You should get a new menu popping up which let’s you chose to open the Command Prompt. Do that.
  12. Type your first command:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-touch-
  13. Choose the Recovery option from the menu on your Nexus 5.
  14. Frm inside the recovery mode, install the Despair kernel and the SuperSu files one at a time by selecting the “Install” option from the menu.

Go back to the main menu and choose to reboot the system and you’re all set. Cheers!

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