This is the perfect guide to follow up after you update your device as it shows you how to root Nexus 6P running Android 8.1 OPM5 Oreo image. Google just started pushing the new Android 8.1 build but as soon as you update to it, your root status is reverted to stock. In order to begin using root apps on the new firmware, you would be required to root your Nexus 6P from scratch all over again. Whether you had root before or not, once you update, the process of gaining root remains exactly the same. So, why would you want to root your phone in the first place? Well, there are many reasons but the obvious ones includes the extended functionality you get especially by root apps directly from the Play Store. If you aren’t sure about root, you should read our dedicated article: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can easily root Nexus 6P on Android 8.1 OPM5 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 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 OPM5 on Nexus 6P with complete steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will use TWRP recovery as our custom recovery and Magisk 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 6P Android 8.1 OPM5 Details:
Here are the changes included in the new Android 8.1 OPM5 Oreo image for Nexus 6P:
New February 2018 security patch has been bundled in with the new Android 8.1 Oreo update release. For newer devices like Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, this update unlocks Visual Core to be utilized by developers in their own apps. Further, this update also adds Augmented Reality (AR) stickers which interact with the real world and with themselves through the stock camera app. Performance improvements and bug fixes have also been incorporated.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Nexus 6P to Android 8.1 OPM5 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 6P, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Nexus 6P 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 6P 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 6P 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 go to the next page and root Android 8.1 OPM5 on Nexus 6P + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.