How to Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL in 4 steps
How to Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google Pixel and Pixel XL which comes with Android 7.1 Nougat, allows unlocking & rooting easily just like the Google Nexus devices. Although rooting Pixel smartphones isn’t much needed, but if you’re someone who loves to keep on experimenting & make the device as you wish; you can root your device. Root access for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL is available by installing SuperSU which enables su access without touching anything in the system partition and allowing for dm-verity to be toggled.

Systemless Root for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is very useful as it you can temporarily disable Root in your device if you face any app not working because of Root. Google has always supported Rooting & experimentation with Google devices hence keeping no fancy securities in bootloader unlocking process.

Prerequisites:

  1. A Google Pixel device with unlocked bootloader. If you’ve purchased your Pixel device straight from Google, then you can easily unlock your device by using this method: How to unlock bootloader in Google Pixel and Pixel XL . In case you purchased your Pixel from Verizon or EE, you would need to unlock your bootloader through the dePixel8 tool.
  2. A Windows PC
  3. Setup Minimal ADB and USB Drivers
  4. Pixel device charged upto 30% to avoid any shutdown during the flashing process.
  5. Make sure you backup your important stuffs like contacts & messages. Even though this process won’t erase any data; but in you mess up something, you can get all your data back.

How to Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Step 1. Setup Minimal ADB. Connect your Pixel device to your computer and launch adb.exe

Android Debug Bridge (ADB)
Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Step 2. To check if everything is working fine, type the following command – “adb devices” and press enter. It will return your device’s code. (After entering the command, you’ll see a popup in your device, just press OK)

"adb devices"
“adb devices”

Step 3. To boot your device into fastboot mode, type the following command – “adb reboot bootloader”.You will now need to download the boot-to-root images for the Pixel or Pixel XL (end of the post). Place the boot-to-root.img files in fastboot folder.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL rooting
Google Pixel and Pixel XL rooting

Step 4. After downloading the zip, you need to fastboot boot the boot-to-root image, DO NOT fastboot flash the image! In other words, the only command you’ll need for the two devices is the following:

fastboot boot boot-to-root.img

Wait a few minutes, and after a few reboots you’ll be booted up with full root access.

Download Boot to root for Google Pixel and Pixel XL

FAQs:

1. How to use “Now on Tap” after rooting?

> All you need to do is edit build.prop with the following change, reboot, and clear Google App data and you’ll no longer be greeted with the Google Assistant.

Change

ro.opa.eligible_device=true

to

ro.opa.eligible_device=false

A big thanks to Chainfire for bringing root over to the devices! Systemless root allows you to unroot any time or disabled root temporarily without doing any procedures. It keeps your System files intact and allows using of apps that don’t like root access like Android Pay. Something not working out in your case? Comment below & we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Last updated on: Nov 9, 2016 @ 1:46 am