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Root Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P on Android 8.1 October 2018 Update

Just finished updating your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X to October 2018 firmware update? Read ahead to find how you can root your smartphone using Magisk and TWRP. Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are two Google smartphones which have seen the most number of software updates, both major and minor. Now, as users install latest October 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo update, they would lose existing root functionality. In order to gain root and use root apps, you can follow our guide ahead. Our procedure is designed specifically for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — running October 2018 build.

As detailed previously, we will make use of two major utilities. One is TWRP custom recovery and the other is Magisk systemless root. Latest versions of both tools have been linked within the guide so you don’t jump between pages looking to find them. Moreover, thanks to Magisk, users can also make use of Magisk Modules which are proprietary mods created available for Magisk. Before beginning to explain the steps, we advise you backup all your user data because mods like this tend to require a factory reset at times. How to Root Android 8.1 October 2018

Root Android 8.1 October 2018 with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility, specifically Magisk 16.7 Beta, which is specifically developed for Android 8.1 October 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 8.1 October 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 8.1 October 2018, Google has dropped support for older Nexus devices and now the brand will be focusing on their Google Pixel smartphones 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 Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P device. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P USB drivers!

HOW TO: Root Android 8.1 October 2018 on Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P devices running Android 8.1 October 2018 Preview 1.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 8.1 October 2018 Developer Preview.
  • Enjoy rooting your Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P device i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorials:

Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v17.2.zip) for Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P device to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v17.2.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.

Root Google Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P on Android 8.1 October 2018 Update 9

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

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