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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Root in Nexus Without Losing Data

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 by Jean to Android Data Recovery

Be sure you've backed up the important data before Android 6.0 Marshmallow root in Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and Player. Learn the detailed guide to root Nexus devices running Marshmallow without data loss.

Before Android 6.0 Marshmallow Root in Nexus

As soon as Android Marshmallow was released and confirmed to run on Google Nexus devices, a root method quickly came out. Rooting means gaining access to the Nexus, by which you can modify your phone's software on the very deepest level. To root Nexus running the brand new operating system, you should bear in mind that if you're using Nexus 6 or Nexus 9, it's highly probable that this root method will wipe all of the data on your devices. So you'd better backup Nexus before starting the root process.

How to backup Nexus in an easy way? Try a third-party Android backup and recovery utility. EaseUS MobiSaver for Android comes in handy with the ability to backup Nexus data to a Windows PC, from which you can quickly retrieve the data in case having it erased during the rooting procedure.

Step 1. Connect Nexus to a computer

Install EaseUS MobiSaver for Android on your computer, and correctly connect your Android phone to it with a USB cable. Launch the android backup software, then click "Start" button. It will quickly recognize and connect your device.

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Step 2. Scan all Android data

After detecting the phone, EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan over the existing data, also the lost items. When the scan is completed, all found data will be displayed in specific categories.

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Step 3. Save Nexus data to the computer

In the final, you can select the data as you want to backup and click "Recover" to save them all to the computer without any trouble.

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How to Root Nexus Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

Step 1. Download necessary files

Before starting out, you need to download a custom kernel for your Nexus called ElementalX, which is required by Android 6.0 root.

Step 2. Flash ElementalX to enable rooting

With ElementalX installed, boot your Nexus into custom recovery by powering it completely off. Then the screen turns black, press and hold the volume down and power keys at simultaneously to enter bootloader mode. From here, press the volume down button twice to highlight "Recovery mode," then press the power button to select it. From TWRP's main menu now, go ahead and press the "Install" button. Next, navigate to your device's Download folder, then select the ElementalX kernel file that you downloaded in Step 1. From here, simply swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install the kernel, and when that's finished, tap the home button in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Step 3. Flash SuperSU to get root access

Tap the "Install" button from TWRP's main menu and navigate to your Download folder again. From here, select the BETA-SuperSU-v2.50.zip file and swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install it. When that's finished, tap the "Reboot System" button to wrap things up.

Step 4. Verify root

You can download a third-party app to verify the root, for example, Root Checker. When you open up the app and tap "verify root", if it prompts you a message saying congratulations, then the root access is properly installed on your Nexus.