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Root Google Pixel XL on Android 7.1.2 N2G47O Nougat Official Firmware

Right after you update your phone to Android 7.1.2 N2G47O Nougat, root Google Pixel using this guide. The new Android 7.1.2 N2G47O Nougat build isn’t anything major but it does bring May 2017 security patch. Unfortunately, once you update, your root status would be gone hence requiring you to root again. Thankfully, we have the whole procedure mentioned below for your ease. This process applies to both phones, the one which hasn’t been rooted before and the one which was running root before the update. It is to be noted that the article below assumes that you are running Android 7.1.2 N2G47O, if you are not, read: Update Pixel XL to Android 7.1.2 N2G47O Nougat Factory Image. You can easily root Pixel XL on Android 7.1.2 N2G47O Nougat 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 3.0 recovery. Why should you root? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device.

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 7.1.2 N2G47O 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.


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 ( 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 7.1.2 N2G47O Details:

Android 7.1.2 Nougat is now available for the Pixel XL, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 phones. These are the major changes in final release of Android 7.1.2, as per Google:

The newer Android 7.1.2 Nougat release carries with itself some minor bug fixes and improvements. Arguably, the major change in this build is the new security patch level update to this month – May 2017.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

The method to root Pixel XL Android 7.1.2 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. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

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.

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 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 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?

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 phone 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 go to the next page and root Android 7.1.2 N2G47O on Pixel XL + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

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Taimur Akmal

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  • I followed these instructions to a tee.

    Not only are several steps (7&8) out of order, but this ended up bootlooping my phone.

    • i did too. and mine boot looped like a mother… turns out flashing twrp in the official may security patch results in an immediate boot loop. so i went back to the april security patch rooted and install twrp. flashed elemental x with the may security patch in that

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