There are always some bumps along the road when a new version of Android comes out, and this one isn't even technically done yet. Nevertheless, Chainfire has tweaked SuperSU to enable root access on the Android L developer preview. This man works fast.


If you're running the L preview, just flash the ZIP through a custom recovery and you should be good to go. The CF-Auto-Root installers have been updated as well, so you may be able to go that route. We've tested the updated SuperSU flashable ZIP, and everything seems to be working as expected on the Nexus 5.

Grab the ZIP file below, but be aware some root apps will be broken just like the non-rooted ones you've been playing with the last few days. They might fail a little more spectacularly, though.

[SuperSU, XDA]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Daniel Traynor

    Franko Kernel App - Crash
    System App Remover - Crash
    Lagfix - Crash

    • Js__

      Developer Preview!

      Developer Preview!

      Developer Preview!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Helium - crash or hang, followed by a remake of the whole ART cache. Told Koush, he's aware now.
      TitaniumBackup - fails to recognize root is granted.

      I think SuperSU has done its job, now it's up to app devs to update their apps. I'm loving everything about this preview program - it's exactly what we need to have a solid L release.

      • Wyatt Neal

        Agreed. I'm super excited they're starting to get more things out to the hacks who are willing to be the space monkeys so the rest can have a solid product.

      • MJ

        Artem... What about ClockworkMod's Superuser? Is Koush still developing it?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          He told me he hasn't updated it yet but it sounds like he will.

      • Adam Benfer

        Tried the Helium update Koush just pushed out but it still crashes and forces a remake of the ART cache. (Edit: Not that I'm complaining, it is a preview)

    • MJ

      WTF? How many times have to tell people people Android L is just a developer preview. Many apps will not work right with it yet and most apps that need root will not work at all.

      • XerBlade

        They know. They're listing off apps that are broken (and how) so others will know (and can save themselves the trouble). There would obviously be no other purpose in posting such lists here. It's not like the app developers are going to get the message that way or anything.

        • MJ

          You sir give your fellow man much more credit then I...

    • Armando Rodriguez

      Why on earth do you still need "Lagfix"? that thing only calls TRIM and is built in on 4.3+

  • mlj11

    Chainfire ftw!

  • tyguy829

    Titanium is claiming it doesn't have root privelages even after I grant them with SuperSU...rootchecker works though. Anybody else?

    • Brad

      i read titanium didn't work with the preview....

    • scuttlefield

      Titanium is still awaiting an update to work with SELinux. It's up to the dev at this point.

      • Alvin Brinson

        Titanium dev is not the most communicative person ever. I'm sure he'll get something out by the time that L goes public though.

        • Roh_Mish

          He should also bundle new icon and refreshed/new UI.
          Although it is one if the best tools which I use, it also has the worst UI.

  • Michael

    This app needs a redesign.

    • Chainfire XDA

      It certainly does. Most of the time I have is spent making sure it actually works, though. You can always throw mockups my way ... :)

      • Steph Chi

        Love it ;-) @Michael Did you gave him few bucks ?

  • Chris

    Woo! I'm pretty sure this means we can use the "Ok Google" everywhere solution on Android L without a softbrick. I'm giving it a shot now!

  • Fexlom

    Does Towelroot work on the L preview?

    • Mike Reid

      Probably not.

      But doesn't matter when Nexus are so easy to flash recovery, then SuperSU.

      Nexus still wins, at least current gen N5/N7 so far.

    • Danish Prakash

      Doesn't work, tried it.

  • Henrique Persechini

    Is there any case where using CF-autoroot is more recommended/practical than towelroot? (honest question)

    • dddde

      Maybe the exploit used in towelroot doesn't work on older linux kernels like 2.x or early 3.x. Just guessing though i dont even know when it was introduced

  • Stanley C.

    Andoid L will only worth after rovo update xposed... till then, Is useless...

    • dude

      If it wasn't for me not wanting Disqus to access my account, I would log in to thumb you down.

      • mlj11

        It's ok. I got your back, dude.

      • imneveral0ne

        I've done it for you.

  • John Smith

    supersu was working on the L with the modified updater-binary in 5 minutes after chainfire tweeted the solution. AdAway is working, busybox pro is working. Most of the rest apps gives reboot with optimizing apps. Last version of Helium is working with internal storage. Use it with Multirom. Backup the Tasker data on 4.4.4, boot the L, launch the Helium, deny the superuser request (or manually do it on superuser app befor Helium launck), restore the backup - profit.
    Titanium backup can make update.zip - that can be flashed from recovery to restore data...

  • Roh_Mish

    Is xposed getting rewritten to support ART or is it dead now? (I had heard that it will be rewritten for ART, just asking if it is true)

  • Amardeep
  • someone755

    OH NO you did NOT just use the screenshot of the WORST and UGLIEST root checker (Facebook taking the "Worst app" award) on the planet!

  • JazzEspresso

    holly cow! that's fast...Chainfire is unbelievable!