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Root Nexus 5X on Android 8.0 Oreo OPR6 Software Update

Just finished updating? Read ahead to root Nexus 5X running on Android 8.0 OPR6 Oreo firmware. The guide below will take you through all the steps required to successfully root Nexus 5X on latest official firmware. We will be utilizing TWRP custom recovery and then we will use it to flash SuperSU. If you had root prior to updating, you still are required to implement this guide from scratch as any official firmware sets the root status back to stock. Before you actually proceed to the actual guide, make sure you are running the correct firmware. If you haven’t yet updated and are looking for the update tutorial, read: Update Nexus 5X 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 Nexus 5X 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 Nexus 5X 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 Nexus 5X, 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 Nexus 5X 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 Nexus 5X 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.

Nexus 5X 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 Nexus 5X properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Nexus 5X 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 continue reading below to root Android 8.0 OPR6 on Nexus 5X + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

HOW TO: Root Android 8.0 OPR6 on Nexus 5X Oreo Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 8.0 OPR6 Oreo on Nexus 5X. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.

Just To Remember:

  • This root method is only for Android 8.0 (OPR6) installed on Nexus 5X and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Nexus 5X on other carriers.
  • Your Nexus 5X bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Nexus 5X should be on Android 8.0 OPR6 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 1.1 – 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.

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Step 1.2 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Nexus 5X.

NOTE: Skip Steps 1.1, 1.2, 2 if you already have them.

Step 3 – Download SuperSU v2.82 SR3 for Nexus 5X on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 4 – Connect and mount your Nexus 5X USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now copy/paste the SR3-SuperSU-v2.82-SR3-20170813133244.zip file to your SD card. Make sure the file is in the SD card / internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 6 – Then turn OFF your phone.

Step 7 – Download twrp-3.1.1-0-bullhead.img and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 8 – Connect your Nexus 5X to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 9 – Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Nexus 5X. 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 10 – 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 11 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

fastboot boot twrp-3.1.1-0-bullhead.img

Step 12 – 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 13 – Now using your volume keys, navigate to SR3-SuperSU-v2.82-SR3-20170813133244.zip and select it using the Power button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 14 – 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 Nexus 5X is now rooted on Android 8.0 Oreo 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.

Have fun playing with it! If you have any issues, please fire them up in the comments below!

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