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[Q] Obtain root access without computer? (apk? TermEmu?)

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10th April 2014, 04:13 AM   |  #1  
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Is this possible? I recently messed up my laptop and now I can't mess with my new N5! So is there a way I can root without a computer? Like a APK or do it in Terminal Emulator or something? Sheesh, not being able to mess with my phone is driving me nuts

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10th April 2014, 04:16 AM   |  #2  
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Is this possible? I recently messed up my laptop and now I can't mess with my new N5! So is there a way I can root without a computer? Like a APK or do it in Terminal Emulator or something? Sheesh, not being able to mess with my phone is driving me nuts

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No, you need to unlock the bootloader which requires a computer.

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10th April 2014, 08:02 AM   |  #3  
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I was wondering about this too. My boot loader is unlocked but I'm completely stock at the moment

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10th April 2014, 08:09 AM   |  #4  
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I was wondering about this too. My boot loader is unlocked but I'm completely stock at the moment

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If the BL is unlocked you don`t need a PC to flash and modify your phone. Just download a custom recovery (.img file) and flash it with Flashify from Play.

-Edit- missread and assumed you had root. Nope can`t flash custom software from third (stock) recovery.
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If the BL is unlocked you don`t need a PC to flash and modify your phone. Just download a custom recovery (.img file) and flash it with Flashify from Play.

Not if he is unrooted. Flashify requires root

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If the BL is unlocked you don`t need a PC to flash and modify your phone. Just download a custom recovery (.img file) and flash it with Flashify from Play.

Flashify requires root.. So if he just has the bootloader unlocked, he couldn't do anything with it..

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Not if he is unrooted. Flashify requires root

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I was just about to say that. I've used flashify before. I know how to root with a custom recovery, I was just curious if there was a way to do it on the move.

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There isn't. Android blocks access to all / (root) by default. The only way to root android from within Android itself is to take advantage of an exploit but as yet there doesn't seem to be one for KK /N5.

All unlocking the bootloader does is allow you to fastboot flash a custom recovery. Rooting from a recovery is easy because android is running therefore not "blocking" / (root). But since the recovery partition is on the / root of the device, you cannot flash a recovery whilst android is running....unless you have root access.

....so fastboot flash a recovery is the only way to get root, which requires obviously a computer.

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Yes I understand. That is everyone.

Reason I asked. When I had my Nexus 4, all I did was download SuperSU. It was a stock device. But supersu asked to update us binary and it rooted the phone from there. I then downloaded a app to unlock the bl and did it all without a computer. Just curious if this could be done on the n5 as well. But I guess not. Thanks everyone.
10th April 2014, 10:38 PM   |  #10  
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Yes I understand. That is everyone.

Reason I asked. When I had my Nexus 4, all I did was download SuperSU. It was a stock device. But supersu asked to update us binary and it rooted the phone from there. I then downloaded a app to unlock the bl and did it all without a computer. Just curious if this could be done on the n5 as well. But I guess not. Thanks everyone.

on the n4, and n5, there are apps that can lock and unlock the bootloader. but you need root for that. if you downloaded supersu and it asked to update the binaries, that means that your device had root(old) already, and just had its bootloader relocked..

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