With this easy guide, root Google Pixel XL running the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware along with install latest stable TWRP custom recovery. The new Pixel XL smartphone has been a hit with many users in its pure and unmodified form but still, enthusiasts like to have a rooted Android device. To satisfy this need, developers have released both a custom recovery and a compatible root package. We will show you how exactly you can gain root by our guide below. Fortunately, the root process is quite simple and is reliable for the Pixel XL. Not sure what is root and what it provides? Read our post: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can now root Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Pixel XL using the tutorial below.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through all the steps of how to root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.1 Nougat software update with backup tips and other important points given below that you should keep in mind. Read our list of the essential root apps available! Again, be aware that this guide will not show you how you can install a custom recovery. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.
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 Pixel XL Android 7.1.1 Nougat Details:
The root process for the Google Pixel XL smartphone is quite easy and simple. We would utilize Chainfire’s new root package. This package just needs to be booted from and then it will automatically root your phone. Old procedures and packages often relied on TWRP or other custom recoveries in order to flash a ZIP file but with this new exploit, all you need to do is download the package and boot from it on your Pixel XL. Don’t worry if you can’t grasp the whole procedure as we have detailed steps given below.
In case you want to update Pixel XL to Android 7.1.1 Nougat using the official OTA software update or with the official factory image, read the following tutorials:
- Factory Image: How to Update Pixel XL with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Factory Image.
Also, you might be interested in the following posts:
- Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel XL.
- Install Nougat: How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of custom ROMs on Team Android, visit our Custom ROM section!
Google Pixel XL USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 7.1.1 USB drivers for Google Pixel XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Nougat.
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 tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. 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 tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.1 Nougat software version.
How to Root Google Pixel XL on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Software Version
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. If you are used to rooting Google Nexus devices, then this should not be any different for you.
Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- This root method tutorial is only for Pixel XL. Please don’t try this on any other variants of the tablet.
- Your tablet should be on Android 7.1.1 Nougat software version.
- Make a Nandroid backup of your previous phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.
Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Pixel.
Step 3 – Download Fastboot from the following links depending on your OS and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.
NOTE: Skip Steps 1, 2, 3 if you already have them.
Step 4 – Download SuperSU v2.78 SR5 for Pixel on your PC, if you haven’t already.
Step 5 – Connect and mount your Pixel USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.
Step 6 – Now copy/paste the SR5-SuperSU-v2.78-SR5-20161130091551.zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card / internal storage root (not in any folder).
Step 7 – Then turn OFF your phone.
Step 8 – Download twrp-pixel-installer-marlin-3.0.2-0-RC1.zip and place the ZIP file on the root directory of your phone. After that, turn your phone OFF.
Step 9 – Connect your Pixel to your computer using a USB cable.
Step 10 – Download TWRP (twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-marlin.img) and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.
Step 11 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Pixel. How? Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys for a few seconds till you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.
Step 12 – Navigate to the same directory now as where you have Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) and on Windows: Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.
Step 13 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
fastboot boot twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-marlin.img
Step 14 – Once you enter the command, the phone will boot into TWRP. Now use the “Install” option to flash the “””” zip file. This will ensure your TWRP doesn’t get reset to stock on reboot.
Step 15 – Now using your volume keys, navigate to SR5-SuperSU-v2.78-SR5-20161130091551.zip and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.
Step 16 – After the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by selecting “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.
That’s it! Your Pixel is now rooted on Android 7.1 Nougat firmware on your phone! Check for the SuperSU app in your apps list to verify.
To make sure you have correctly installed the above root method and it’s working, verify with Root Checker as given in the link.
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