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Root Android 9.0 Pie on Google Pixel / Google Pixel 2 Devices

Here is a complete guide which users can utilize to root Android 9.0 Pie running on Google Pixel / Pixel 2 smartphones. Google just weeks back finalized Android P development and with that, it also announced the final name — Android 9.0 Pie. Now that most users would have updated their devices to this latest revision, here are steps that can help to root Google Pixel or Pixel 2. Despite all the new additions, there is still some functionality that users can only implement through root. Don’t worry, with the guide ahead you will be back to running your favorite root solutions on your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.

Gladly enough, through the previous Developer Preview builds, developers got an early chance to test out root exploits and come up with a viable solution that works. Even further, this exploit has been found to work flawlessly on the final public update. For our guide, we will use latest Magisk system-less root solution. Not only is Magisk reliable but it is also continuously being improved and comes with a strong base of mods through Magisk Manager.

 How to Root Android 9.0 Pie

Root Android 9.0 Pie with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility, specifically Magisk 16.7 Beta, which is specifically developed for Android 9.0 Pie. As indicated earlier, Magisk is a system-less root package which means it doesn’t actually modify the system files. This allows for better reliability and easier installation. On top of supporting Android 9.0 Pie, this singular package works with older versions as well.

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

With Android 9.0 Pie, Google has dropped support for older Nexus devices and now the brand will be focusing on their Google Pixel Android 9.0 Piehones 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 9.0 Piehone 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 9.0 Pie 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 9.0 Pie Preview 1.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 9.0 Pie 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-v16.7.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-v16.7.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 9.0 Piehone.

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

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