Why can't I root my Google Nexus 6?

Episode 1143 (1:44:13)

Pete from Brooklyn, NY
Google Nexus 6

Pete wants to root his Verizon Google Nexus 6, but every time he tries, he can't seem to make it work. Leo says that Verizon tends to make changes to Google phones to prevent them from being rooted.

Leo advises checking XDA Developers forums to get tips on how to deal with unlocking the boot loader, then rooting it and getting custom recovery on it.

Another option is to take out the Verizon SIM while he does it. But Pete should make sure he really has a reason to, like turning off software encryption. There's also a simple one step download program that will do it as well. There's an option in the settings to enable OEM unlock.