How to Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Android Oreo
Installed Oreo on your Pixel yet? You can Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Android Oreo now easily by following this Guide.
If you’ve not install the Android Oreo on your PIXEL devices then follow this guide and install the latest Android 8.0 oreo.
Android Oreo has been around since weeks now and it allows you to enjoy several new features on your Pixel. But if you are a root fanatic and have already tried to root Google Pixel and Pixel XL, using the traditional root method, you might have possibly failed.
There’s a real reason behind this. The Google Pixel series is a way bit different that what we have experienced with Nexus, all these years. The two major obstacles we face regarding Pixel is dual system partitions and file-based encryption. Which are the reason why we still can’t permanently install TWRP recovery on it, like all the other devices out there. Having that told, there is still a workaround for this situation and it has proved useful enough to allow any user to root Google Pixel on Android Oreo.
While it may sound much complicated for now, but rooting this device is just as easy any other, but just a bit different. And, we will be covering it all in-detail below. Before you get to it, let’s lay down a few advantages of rooting your Pixel.
Why Root Google Pixel?
There are several uses of root permissions on an Android device, just like a Unix-based system. Root permissions all you to take over complete control over the operating system. So, it means you can do anything with it, and customize it the way you want it, in terms of performance and visual UX. To be precise, the following are the additional advantages you will have after performing the instructions below.
- Custom ROMs and kernels for increased performance, battery life, and additional features.
- Take full backups (Nandroid) of your firmware and storage.
- Install custom themes on your device using OMS.
- Remove unnecessary preinstalled apps (Bloatware) using root applications.
- Full access to the device’s file system. Which means, you can modify any file on it, according to your will.
- Block ads system-wide using apps like AdAway.
Root Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Android Oreo:
Now that you are aware of the superpowers you are going to attain on your device, you can follow the instructions below to root Google Pixel. The steps will also additionally help you bypass any SafteyNet tests.
- Take a full backup of your Android device before moving ahead. This tutorial will wipe your device completely, including internal storage.
- You must have an unlocked bootloader for this to work.
- Charge your Pixel to at least 60% battery level to avoid any hiccups during this process.
- Enable USB debugging and setup ADB and fastboot access. This will be required for you to execute the commands below: Tutorial
- Power down your Pixel device completely.
- Press and hold the Power + Volume Down keys until you see the bootloader screen.
- Now, while your Pixel is in bootloader mode, connect it to the PC via USB cable.
- Move the downloaded TWRP recovery image (twrp-3-1-pixel-bootable-mod.img) file to the C:\adb folder where the fastboot files are present.
- Open the Command Prompt window on your PC (Check #4 in Requirements).
- Enter the following command to boot your Pixel into TWRP:
fastboot boot twrp-3-1-pixel-bootable-mod.img
- Note that we are not flashing, but just booting TWRP. We still can’t permanently flash it because of the A/B partition scheme on these devices.
- Once your device reboots into TWRP recovery, go to Wipe > Format Data. Enter “Yes” in the provided field to format the complete device.
- Now, go to TWRP > Reboot > Recovery.
- Your Pixel will reboot into TWRP again.
- Now connect your device to the PC. Go to TWRP > Mount and press “Enable MTP”.
- Copy the previously downloaded SuperSU and SuHide flashable zips to the storage.
- Disconnect the device.
- Tap on the “Install” tab. Browse the storage and select the “SR3-SuperSU-v2.82-SR3-20170813133244.zip” file. Swipe the button the screen to flash it.
- Now, do the same for “UPDATE-suhide-v1.08-20170815171034.zip”.
- Finally, reboot your device by pressing the “Reboot System” button.
That’s it! You have just rooted your Google Pixel running Android Oreo. Go ahead and enjoy the benefits of rooting your device. If you have any problems during or post rooting, let us know.