Root Google Pixel XL on Android 8.0 OPR3 Oreo Software Update

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Google Pixel XL can now be updated to Android 8.0 OPR3 Oreo firmware and with this guide you can root Google Pixel XL running the latest firmware. This is the first maintenance update we are receiving after the initial launch of Android Oreo few weeks back. The root utility is the most popular utility available for Android and with each release, it is getting more flexible and usable. After you root, you would have access to all root apps available on the Play Store and also, third-party mods. Our root procedure is quite simple. We will start off by installing TWRP custom recovery and then we will be using it to flash SuperSU root package. The steps have been split into smaller parts which are easier to understand and simple to implement. However, before you implement, you need to be on the latest Google Pixel XL firmware and if you are not, read: Update Pixel XL to Android 8.0 OPR3 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 OPR3 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 OPR3 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 OPR3

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 OPR3 Details:

This update only brings a newer security patch with some bug fixes however, you can read about the changes of Android 8.0 Oreo right below:

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 OPR3 on Pixel XL + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.