How to Root your Google Pixel and Pixel XL phone

How to Root your Google Pixel and Pixel XL [Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL] Phone

The Pixel and Pixel XL, Google’s new flagship phones, have plenty of users impressed. However, even though they’ve only been on the market for less than two months users want to know how to root them. As Pixel and Pixel XL stand alone compared to other smartphones, so does the process to root them.

An Android developer known as Chainfire has figured out how to root the Pixel and Pixel XL. He uses what’s called a “systemless root.” For those with more technical know-how, find his notes on his Google+ post.

There are a few things you should keep in mind before continuing. One of the steps involves unlocking your phone’s bootloader, which will reset your phone to factory specs. Make sure to backup your device or at least make sure any important data you have on your phone is backed up.

You also need to have a computer that runs Mac, Windows or Linux and a USB cable.

How to Root your Google Pixel and Pixel XL [Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL]:

Step 1: Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your computer. You will need this to send commands to root your phone.

Step 2: Unlock your phone’s bootloader. Remember the earlier advice to make sure your phone’s data is backed up first.

Step 3: Download the CF-Root file for your device to your computer. Select which one below matches your device.

Download the CF-Root file for Pixel (.zip)
Download the CF-Root file for Pixel XL (.zip)

Open the contents of the zip file. The boot-to-root.img file will be needed to root your phone.

Step 4: Next you want to copy the extracted boot-to-root.img file and past it in your platform-tools folder that you will find in the ADB and Fastboot installation directory. Using Windows? Look for the folder at C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk. You will find them on Mac and Linux computers in the platform-tools folder.

Step 5: You need to put your Google Pixel or Pixel XL into Bootloader Mode to continue. This will let you run commands to root your phone.

Turn your phone off and, when your screen fades to black, hold your volume down and power buttons at the same time. The Android Bootloader menu will pop up.

When you see the menu, use the USB data cable to connect your Pixel phone to your computer.

Step 6: If you are using a Mac or Linux computer, launch Terminal and change directories to your platform-tools folder. If you are using Windows, hold down the shift button and right-click on any blank space inside your platform-tools folder. Next select “Open Command Window Here.

The following steps will be for Windows users. If you own a Mac, put a period and a slash (/) in front of all commands. Linux users just have to put a slash. It will look like this: ./fastboot devices if you have a Mac, and /fastboot devices if you have a Linux.

Step 7: Type in the command Fastboot devices. Remember the above note if you use a Mac or Linux computer.

Do you see a sequence of letters and numbers and the word “fastboot”? If so, you’re on the right track.

Step 8: Again open the command window in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder. Type “fastboot boot boot-to-root.img” and hit Enter. This writes the modified boot image onto your Pixel or Pixel phone.

Step 9: You will see a message saying the process is done. Disconnect your USB cable and wait for your smartphone to reboot two times.

Step 10: Want to see if you’re successful? You can download the Root Checker app. Download the app, launch it and tap on Verify Root. When it asks for Superuser access, press Grant.

If successful the device will flash a message saying root access is properly installed on your device.

There is just one other catch. After you root your device, whenever your battery level gets to 15 percent you will see a message saying “Unfortunately, System UI has stopped.” Keep your phone above 15 percent or set up Android’s Battery Saver Mode and set it to turn on when your phone reaches 15 percent. That should keep the message away.

Congrats. If successful, your phone is now rooted and you can use your favorite apps.

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