How to Root Google Pixel or Pixel XL! [Windows/Mac/Linux/Chromebook] - Page 2


Step 1. Go to Settings->About phone and tap on the “Build number” about 5 times until it says “You are now a developer!”


Step 2. Tap on the back button once, then tap on “Developer options”.


Step 3. Make sure “OEM unlocking” is checked ON.


Step 4. Power off your Pixel or Pixel XL.  Then hold down Volume Down and Power buttons together for about 5-7 seconds until you see the bootloader menu (where the Android lies belly up).


Step 5. Connect a USB Type C cable from your phone to your computer.


Step 6. For Windows, install the drivers.  If you do not know how to do this, watch the video tutorial.  No drivers are required for Mac, Linux, and Chromebook.


Step 7. Open up a command prompt for Windows or terminal for Mac/Linux/Chromebook and type:

For Windows/Chromebook:
cd Downloads
cd fastboot
fastboot flashing unlock

For Mac:
cd Downloads
cd fastboot
chmod 755 *
./fastboot-mac flashing unlock

For Linux/Ubuntu
cd Downloads
cd fastboot
chmod 755 *
sudo ./fastboot-linux flashing unlock


Step 8. Go to your Pixel or Pixel XL screen, use the Volume keys to select “Yes” then hit the Power key. Your phone should reboot into bootloader mode.



Step 9. Next type:

For Windows/Chromebook:
fastboot boot boot-to-root.img

For Mac:
./fastboot-mac boot boot-to-root.img

For Linux:
sudo ./fastboot-linux boot boot-to-root.img



Step 10. Your phone will reboot. After rebooting, sign into your phone.

Step 11. If you do not see SuperSU app in your app drawer, put it back into bootloader mode (repeat Step 4-5) then redo Step 9. You should see SuperSU on the second try if it didn’t work first time.

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5 Responses

  1. Fido says:

    I unlocked and rooted my new Pixel XL today. When I was testing the Google Assistant, a message ‘System UI has stopped’ appeared, I selected ‘Close app’, the message appeared again, then repeat. I could do nothing. I tried to reboot the phone, factory reset, un-unlock, unlock, nothing worked. Now I root the phone, it stays on the ‘let’s go’ page with the message ‘System UI has stopped’.
    Is there any suggestion?
    Best regards,

    • jorge says:

      I have the same error help please!

      • Yatharth Gupta says:

        @niko26, I experienced the same issues at 15% charge i.e. The system UI has stopped message. I put my pixel on charging and it started working. Also, you can wipe the dalvik cache for a temporary fix to avoid future crashes.

  2. Joseph Van Wye Jr says:

    Hey Max, any chance on getting pokemon go to play on this after having rooted?

  3. niko26 says:

    @Fido, I read about issues when the battery drops below a certain threshold (15% IIRC). Can you confirm your battery charge level is higher?