Once you complete upgrading, read this guide to root Google Pixel XL running Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory firmware. As with all older phones, root serves as a great utility to bring the smartphone up to speed. Thankfully, we have the complete root procedure listed right ahead for Pixel XL while on Androdi 8.1 Oreo April 2018 firmware. Users not acquainted with root should definitely know that this utility has been around since the very start of Android and is still going strong. Root apps, modifications and packages are numerous and so are the possibilities. To address all these advantages we have a dedicated article on: Benefits of rooting an Android device. With an unlocked bootloader and the steps given right ahead, you should be able to have your Google Pixel XL rooted quite quickly.
It is essential that before you start, you know how to backup your important data as with all system tweaks can result in factory reset which wipes the whole phone and resets it stock. Further, you should note that in order to root Android 8.1 April 2018 on Pixel XL we would first install TWRP custom recovery and then use it to install Magisk systemless root package.
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 Google Pixel XL Android 8.1 April 2018 Details:
Read about all the changes with the new Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build:
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:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Pixel XL to Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android P: How to Install Android P on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Android Oreo based ROMs for the Pixel XL, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Pixel XL 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 XL 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 XL 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 and root Android 8.1 April 2018 on Pixel XL and also install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.
HOW TO: Root Android 8.1 April 2018 on Google Pixel XL Oreo Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo on Pixel XL. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.
Just To Remember:
- This root method is only for Android 8.1 (April 2018) installed on Pixel XL and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel XL on other carriers.
- Your Pixel XL bootloader should be unlocked.
- Pixel XL should be on Android 8.1 April 2018 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 Pixel XL.
NOTE: Skip Steps 1.1, 1.2, 2 if you already have them.
Step 4 – Connect and mount your Pixel XL USB memory on your computer using the USB cable.
Step 5 – Now copy/paste the Magisk-v16.3.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-3.2.1-0-marlin.img and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.
Step 8 – Connect your Pixel XL to your computer using a USB cable.