If you’ve managed to escape the invite system and end up with a OnePlus 2 handset already, you might be looking to gain root access so you can install custom ROMs or those lovely root-requiring apps. Here’s everything you need to know to root the OnePlus 2 running the Android 5.1 Lollipop it comes with out of the box.
- You can only try this using the OnePlus 2 smartphone. It doesn’t work for the first-generation handset.
- Additionally, the guide is made for the unlocked version of OnePlus 2. We don’t recommend following this guide if you are using a carrier specific guide. While it’s not completely ruled out, we can see there isn’t extensive testing done for carriers and the general consensus is you should not try it.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Download and install ADB and Fastboot  on your computer. Those with both set up already don’t have to do it again. However, if you don’t have them yet, follow our guide through to help you set these up.
- You should have already flashed TWRP recovery on the OnePlus 2  before using this guide.
HOW TO ROOT THE ONEPLUS 2 RUNNING ANDROID 5.1 LOLLIPOP
- If you have just come here from the TWRP guide, unplug from the computer and reboot the device to normal mode.
- Download the SuperSU file from here .
– download the Super to the computer and not the smartphone.
- Connect the OnePlus 2 handset to the same computer where you have the SuperSU file and transfer it to the root of the SD card. What’s that mean? Just make sure you do not hide it in any sub folder or you won’t find it later.
- Reboot the OnePlus 2 into the recovery mode.
- Select “Install” from the recovery main menu and browse for the SuperSU package you transferred earlier.
- Flash the SuperSu zip file and navigate back to the main recovery menu.
- Choose to reboot the system now from the recovery menu.
Now you should have the custom recovery installed for flashing custom ROMs and taking NANDroid backups and root access so you can install those root-only apps from Google Play. Enjoy!