Here is a complete guide on how to root Nexus 5X running the new Android 8.1 Oreo OPM3 official firmware from Google. For any dated device, root serves as a very great utility to keep it up to speed by boosting performance and adding mods which are otherwise unsupported. Nexus 5X, being few years old, lacks performance. Use this guide to root it and get it up to pace. We will be using TWRP recovery to gain root along with Magisk package. We have added direct download links for both the utilities. Also, it is important to note that you should already be on the latest firmware before implementing this guide. If, for any reason, you skipped our previous update article, read: Update Nexus 5X to Android 8.1 OPM3 Oreo Factory Image. For a detailed list on the benefits of root, read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can easily root Nexus 5X on Android 8.1 OPM3 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 8.1 OPM3 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 Magisk Manager 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 (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 8.1 OPM3 Details:
Android 8.1 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 8.1, as per Google:
Android 8.1 Oreo update brings in the new January 2018 security patch. Along with the upgraded security patch level, it carries bug-fixes that users have reported and performance refinements to give the best experience possible on supported devices.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Nexus 5X to Android 8.1 OPM3 Oreo Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android Oreo: How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Android Oreo based ROMs for the Nexus 5X, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Nexus 5X Android 8.1 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:
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 8.1 OPM3 on Nexus 5X + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.
HOW TO: Root Android 8.1 OPM3 on Nexus 5X Oreo Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 8.1 OPM3 Oreo on Nexus 5X. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.
Just To Remember:
- This root method is only for Android 8.1 (OPM3) 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 8.1 OPM3 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.
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.
- Windows: Download platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
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 Magisk-v15.2.zip 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 Magisk-v15.2.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-3.2.1-0-bullhead.img
Step 12 – Once you enter the command, the phone will boot into TWRP. Now use the “Install” option.
Step 13 – Now using your volume keys, navigate to Magisk-v15.2.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 8.1 Oreo firmware on your phone! Check for the Magisk Manager 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!