The Google Nexus 5 comes with a locked bootloader and for those looking to root the phone, you first need to follow the instructions in this post.

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The advantages of having an unlocked bootloader are that you will be able to install custom roms, recoveries, kernels and of course, rooting.

Disclaimer:

Unlocking your device's bootloader voids your warranty! Not following such procedures carefully and failing to complete it might brick your device. AndroidJunkie will not be held responsible for your actions.

Pre-requisites:

  • Be sure to have the USB Drivers installed for the Nexus 5 in order to be able to transfer files between the phone and computer.
  • Create a backup of all your valuable saved messages, app data, contacts and everything else you want to keep
  • Enable USB debugging on the phone by going to Settings -> Developer options. If you don't have Developer options enabled, head into Settings -> About phone - now begin tapping continuously on where it says Build number and it should say "You are now a developer".
  • Make sure you have some battery juice because if the device shuts off before the procedure is completed, you may corrupt your rom and end up with a bricked device.

    How to unlock Nexus 5 bootloader:

    1. It's finally time to begin the procedure. So download the Android SDK and set it up with downloading platform-tools in SDK. If you're not sure how, you can check out this guide by TeamAndroid - Click here. 
    2. Download Fastboot and extract it in the directory android-sdk/platform-tools.
    3. Once the file is on your phone, power it off. Now hold the Volume up + Volume down + Power buttons simultaneously to boot into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode until you see it appear on your phone.
    4. Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer with your USB cable.
    5. Now head into the platform-tools directory, hold Shift and right-click with your mouse on a blank spot inside that folder and click on Open command prompt.
    6. Type in the command fastboot oem unlock and press Enter.
    7. The process should begin. Follow the on-screen instructions on your phone to unlock the bootloader and erase all data.
    8. Once finished, your Nexus 5 should reboot. Incase it doesn't type in the command fastboot reboot in the Command prompt and the device will reboot.
    9. Your bootloader should now be unlocked.
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