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Root Android P on Google Pixel / Pixel 2 Devices

This is a tutorial on how to root Android P on the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. Installed the newest Android P Preview on your Google Pixel or Pixel 2 device? If yes, then you can use this guide to root it. This tutorial is for the Google family of devices: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. As per tradition, Google has released a work-in-progress revision of Android P so that developers can take a look at whats new and start adopting their apps to the newer standards. Fortunately, for modding enthusiasts, root has been updated to support Android P.

Magisk, the popular systemless root solution, maintained by topjohnwu got updated to Magisk 16.1 beta which you can download and use to root Android P. With this revision, basic root functionality has been achieved on the Pixel and Pixel 2 devices. We expect to see a stable build come out quite soon but till then, you can use the Beta build. We have a complete guide below for those who want to root their Pixel and Pixel 2 phones running on Android P Developer Preview.

 How to Root Android P

Root Android P with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility, specifically Magisk 16.1 Beta, which is designed to work with Android P. Magisk is a systemless root package which means it doesn’t actually modify the system files. This allows for better reliability and easier installation. The new Magisk 16.1 Beta has been announced just so that the latest Android P developer previews can be rooted. We can safely say that this utility will be maintained and updated regularly as we see future Android P preview updates from Google.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel device.

With Android P, Google has dropped support for older Nexus devices and now the brand will be focusing on their Google Pixel Android phones only.

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Root procedure might sound a huge process to some but we have the whole task broken down into smaller steps which are easier to follow and implement.

Google Pixel / Pixel 2 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the proper USB drivers for your Google Pixel / Pixel 2 device. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel / Pixel 2 USB drivers!

HOW TO: Root Android P on Google Pixel / Pixel 2 Devices

We have gathered all the steps you would need in order to root your Google Pixel or Pixel 2 device. Our method requires you to have TWRP custom recovery installed.

For root, it is essential you first unlock the bootloader of your device:

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel / Pixel 2 devices running Android P Preview 1.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android P Developer Preview.
  • Enjoy rooting your Google Pixel / Pixel 2 and let us know about it in the comments!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed on your Google Pixel / Pixel 2 device i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorials:

Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v16.1_1610_.zip) for Google Pixel / Pixel 2 device to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel 2 device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v16.1(1610).zip files to your internal storage. Make sure the file is in the internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode (TWRP Recovery). Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone.

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NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.

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