In this tutorial, we show you how to root your Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone. Rooting will allow you to get full “admin” access so you can install rooted apps such as Viper4Audio, Xposed, Titanium Backup app, and much more.
Rooting involves unlocking the bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe EVERYTHING on your phone so please BACKUP everything beforehand!
This root method will work on all Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook. While the video tutorial is made with Windows, you can substitute the commands for Mac, Linux, or Chromebook below easily.
Drivers are only required for Windows computers so if you have Mac, Linux, or Chromebook, please skip the driver installation step.
This root method will work on Android 7.1 and 7.1.1. If your Android version is not listed, please do not follow the tutorial.
For Verizon Pixel or Pixel XL models, follow these instructions to unlock your bootloader then go to Step 9.
Download Files Required for Rooting:
- Android USB Drivers for Windows – This is ONLY for Windows, you do not need drivers for other OS.
- Boot image for Rooting for Pixel (root-sailfish-pixel.zip) – If you have Pixel, download this.
- Boot image for Rooting for Pixel XL (root-marlin-pixelxl.zip) – If you have Pixel XL, download this.
- fastboot.zip – These are fastboot.zip files for all Windows, Mac or Linux.
Unzip the USB drivers into “usb_driver” folder and fastboot.zip into “fastboot” folder in your Downloads directory.
Also unzip the boot image and copy the file “boot-to-root.img” into the “fastboot” folder.
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