This is the perfect guide for users looking to root Android 9.0 September 2018 official firmware running on Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Last month, the usual monthly security release was overlapped by Android Pie upgrade announcement. However, returning back to schedule, we have a new update for September 2018. Based on Android 9.0 Pie, this patch provides security enhancements and bug fixes. Now, after you update your device, you would be required to gain root in order to have your favorite root apps and mods running. Don’t worry as we have the complete procedure explained in detail right ahead.
For rooting Google Pixel and Pixel XL, we would be using TWRP custom recovery and latest Magisk ZIP package. Magisk is a system-less root solution that was updated to support Android 9.0 Pie. The utility is quite reliable and on top of that, quite easy to install. Before actually proceeding to the actual steps, we recommend you make a backup of all your data. If you have cloud-backup setup, we advise to manually update it before implementing this guide. Ahead, we have a one-stop solution for readers on how to root Android 9.0 Pie September 2018 update on Google Pixel and Pixel XL along with fast download links for utilities required.
Root Android 9.0 September 2018 with Magisk – Details:
We will be gaining root through Magisk utility which is specifically developed for Android 9.0 September 2018. 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 September 2018, 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 September 2018, Google has dropped support for older Nexus devices and now the brand will be focusing on their Google Pixel smarthones only.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Download Android September 2018: Download Android September 2018 for Pixel / Pixel XL Devices.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Android Oreo based ROMs for your Pixel or Pixel 2 device, visit our Custom ROMs page.
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 XL USB Drivers
You will need to connect your smarthone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the proper USB drivers for your Google Pixel / Pixel XL device. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
HOW TO: Root Android 9.0 September 2018 on Google Pixel / Pixel XL 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 XL devices running Android 9.0 September 2018 Preview 1.
- Your phone should be running latest Android 9.0 September 2018 Developer Preview.
- Enjoy rooting your Google Pixel / Pixel XL 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 XL device i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorials:
Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v17.1.zip) for Google Pixel / Pixel XL device to your computer.
Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel XL device to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v17.1.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.
NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.