How to Root and Install Android L Developer Preview Easily

It’s been a couple of weeks since Google announced the Android L during Google I/O event. Android L is considered as the most anticipated Android release so far, although end users will be able to get only the Android L developer preview version to taste and the final build is far from its release date. If you are among those user who want to try Android L developer preview then keep reading further, we will explain how to root and Install Android L developer preview. Catch us after the jump!

 Install Android L Developer Preview

Well, for now only Google Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 are considered as the supported device to run Android L smoothly, however there is always a workaround correct? Chainfire, a recognized Android developer was able to find the exploit in boot.img file that allows end user to root the device running on Android L.

 Disclaimer: Please follow this tutorial at your own risk, TechDistinct is not to be held responsible in any case, if your devices gets damaged or bricked during the process. We strongly recommend to backup all data, settings saved on the phone before beginning the process.

Difficulty Level: Average

Pre-requisite to Install Android L Developer Preview:

  • Android L Developer Preview compatible device ( Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013).
  • Android SDK Manger [Download]
  • Download required system image from here, make sure your are downloading the correct one, check MD5 and SHA-1 checksum to confirm the download.
  • ADB tool
  • USB Drivers Nexus 5 [Download], Nexus 7 2013 [Download]

Once done with pre-requisite, you are all set to install Android L developer preview.

Steps to follow:

  • Download the appropriate system image for your device and unzip it to a safe directory.
  • Connect your device to your computer over USB ( in USB Debugging mode)
  • Boot the device in fastboot mode by using either ADB emulator or by pressing appropriate key combination.
  • If your device requires unlocking, go to ADB emulator and enter “fastboot oem unlock” without quotes.
  • Via terminal window, navigate the system image file and execute “flash-all” script file to install Android L Operating System, bootloader, baseband and firmware.
  • All done! Your device will reboot and it will be up & running on Android L developer preview.
  • As, we have not locked OEM after flashing new ROM that means it’s bootloader will allow end user to flash root kernels into it.


To Root Android L Developer Preview:


  • CWM Recovery file for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013 [Download]
  • SuperSU v2.01 [Download]

What SuperSU is?

SuperSU allows for advanced management of Superuser access rights for all the apps on your device that need root. SuperSU has been built from the ground up to counter a number of problems with other Superuser access management tools.

Steps to follow:

  • Turn off Nexus devices, press and hold volume down button together until you see START written on the screen with an arrow around it.
  • Now, keep pressing volume down couples of times until the device shows recovery option.
  • Use volume key to select recovery option
  • Locate CWM Recovery zip file, “Install zip form sdcard”->”Choose zip from sdcard”-> browse SuperSU file to install.
  • The device will take a while to start for the first time. So, wait until the device boots up to the home screen.
  • Now, install SuperSU v2.01 from Play Store, that’s all.

My Verdict:

Android L Developer Preview is a nice, crisp and more polished version of Android ROM which offers amazing features to the end user especially with Google Now. So, if you are hungry and not happy with your current Android ROM then go ahead and give a try to Android L Developer Preview, you won’t regret.

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