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Root Google Pixel on Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo Official Firmware

After you are done updating, read this guide to root Google Pixel on Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo factory image. The Google Pixel was the brand’s first attempt at making a smartphone completely on its own and it was a good attempt at that. However, the phone has started to age now and Pixel 3 is incoming later this year. However, you can try root to bring it up to speed. And by this time, your warranty would already have been expired so there is not much to lose with applying root. The procedure has been detailed right ahead but make sure you are running the correct build on your Google Pixel.

We would be assuming that you have already updated your Google Pixel to Android 8.1 April 2018 update so if you haven’t please read our previous article: Update Pixel to Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo Factory Image. Users who are new to the whole root concept should also look at: Benefits of rooting an Android device. Before we actually begin, make sure you know how to backup your important data as system modifications sometimes result in reformat hence deletion of current data. Just after the jump, you will find details for how to root Android 8.1 April 2018 on Pixel with complete steps.

Root Google Pixel, Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo

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 Google Pixel Android 8.1 April 2018 Details:

Despite the update being a part of the monthly release schedule, here are all the changes included:

There’s a whole host of changes that are accompanied with Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build. Google has improved majority of its services like anomaly detection metrics, diskstats logging, lock screen performance and more. Further, in this build, you would find that the Call Forwarding UI has been tweaked as well.

For a full list of change log for April 2018 builds, you can find it here.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

The method to root Pixel 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.

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

Download Google Pixel 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 go to the next page and root Android 8.1 April 2018 on Pixel + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

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