The next version of Android will be called Android M and it’s scheduled for release later this year. Thanks to clever developers, however, Android M has already been rooted.
Google released a developer preview for Android M a few days ago. That preview is available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones as well as the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player TV box.
It took only days for developers to tinker with Android M enough to root it.
Want to root your Android M device? It’s not easy. You’ll need some intermediate-level technical knowledge and you’ll need to run some commands. If you’re good at following instruction guides online, however, then you shouldn’t have much trouble.
Two main rooting guides have been released for Android M thus far, including:
Both guides use the same basic rooting process. I recommend using the second guide, created by ericgaebel, because he posts links to all of the download files you need.
Ericgaebel has even created his own executable Windows files, which means you can download those to your PC and run them instead of manually typing in commands.
Some people, however, have had more success typing in their own root commands, so I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Rooting Android M involves downloading an SDK, enabling USB debugging on your device, and then running a series of commands to place files on your Android device and run those files until you root.
The full list of steps can be found on the guides above.
What to Do After Rooting Android M
One of the first things you should do after rooting Android M is to install a backup app like Titanium Backup. Since you’re running a developer’s preview edition of Android, you never know when something could go wrong.
By default, Android only backs up a certain number of your files. Titanium Backup, however, takes a complete picture of your device. You can instantly restore every byte of data on your device with no hassle – so if Android M suddenly explodes, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
Other popular things to do with rooted Android M include installing apps that are not officially authorized for the device.
Many apps on the Play Store will say something like “This app is incompatible with your device”. That usually just means that the app has not been individually certified to work with your device. By rooting Android M, you can get around this restriction and even install geo-restricted apps.
Whatever your Android goals may be, you can easily root any version of Android – including the version of Android that has only existed for about 7 days.
Check out the video tutorial below if you need extra help rooting the Android M Developer Preview.