Root Google Pixel XL on Android 8.0 Oreo Software Update

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As the new Android 8.0 Oreo standard has been announced and is now available for the Pixel XL phone, read this guide to root Google Pixel XL. We have complete steps on how you can root Google Pixel XL running Android 8.0 Oreo OPR6 build.  With the update Android version comes a lot of exceptional new features. Fortunately, you can extend the functionality by rooting your phone. Once rooted, you would have direct access to hundred of root apps available on the Play Store. Further, if you want to further mod your phone, the root will be the underlying requirement for many mods. Now, how can you root your Google Pixel XL? The whole process has be explained clearly below. We will use TWRP custom recovery and SuperSU package to gain root. Take note that you should be on the latest update, if not, read: Update Pixel XL to Android 8.0 OPR6 Oreo Factory Image. For a detailed list on the benefits, read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can easily root Pixel XL on Android 8.0 OPR6 Oreo using the tutorial below. You will need to have an unlocked bootloader first, or this tutorial will wipe off all your data. Don’t worry, we have everything covered in the detailed steps below – even a tutorial on how to install TWRP 3.1 recovery.

As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to root Android 8.0 OPR6 on Pixel XL with complete steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will use TWRP recovery as our custom recovery and SuperSU as our rooting package. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Root Google Pixel XL, Android 8.0 Oreo OPR6

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root Google Pixel XL Android 8.0 OPR6 Details:

Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C tablets and phones. These are the major changes in final release of Android 8.0, as per Google:

Android 8.0 Oreo brings several new features to the Android platform. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 has been dropped from official support by Google. Most notable features of Oreo are:

  • Notification dots
  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Username / password autofill for apps
  • New Settings screen
  • Android Instant Apps
  • … and many under-the-hood changes to make Android super fast!

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

The method to root Pixel XL Android 8.0 has been explained with instructions on the next page. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.

Google Pixel XL USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel XL USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 8.0 OPR6 on Pixel XL + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.