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Root Google Pixel / Pixel XL on Android 9.0 October Factory Image

Use these detailed steps to root Google Pixel and Pixel XL on Android 9.0 October 2018 firmware. Whenever users install a factory image, root is reset and phone is set back to stock. Due to this, after the update, the smartphone is unable to run any root apps or mods. Fortunately enough, we have a complete step-by-step article which shows exactly how to root October 2018 firmware. Within our guide, along with steps, we have also included fast download links to all the tools required. Further, our guide also works with Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that didn’t have root installed prior to the update.

For rooting Pixel / Pixel XL, our guide uses TWRP custom recovery and Magisk system-less root package. Both of these tools have been rigorously tested to work with October 2018 Android 9.0 Pie build. Once you complete all the steps, your smartphone would then be eligible to install root apps straight from the Play Store, root mods and more. As this is a detailed system modification, please do make sure you have already backup all your data before proceeding ahead.

 How to Root Google Pixel on Android 9.0

Root Google Pixel / Pixel XL with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility which is specifically developed for Android 9.0 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 9.0 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 9.0 October 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:

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:

Download Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB drivers!

HOW TO: Root Android 9.0 October 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 October 2018 official firmware.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 9.0 October 2018 factory image.
  • 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 ( 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 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.

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

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