Here is a detailed guide how to root Google Pixel and Pixel XL and install SuperSU. The developer of SuperSU, Chainfire has been working on root for Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices running Android 7.1 Nougat. After a hard work finally he did it. It was difficult because Google has changed the way Android 7.1 works.
Pixel and Pixel XL are the firs devices to come with Android 7.1 Nougat. This version of Android comes with a new partition scheme. The recovery and cache partition are gone. There are only two Android partition, system, boot and vendor. Google also decided to change full-disk encryption and replace it with file-based encryption.
Despite this changes Chainfire managed to update SuperSU and make it work on Android 7.1 Nougat. So you can get root access on Google Pixel and Pixel XL by installing SuperSU 2.78 SR2. It enables SU access without touching anything in the system partition and allowing for dm-verity to be toggled.
How to root and install SuperSu on Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Chainfire explained everything in a Google+ post but before going to the guide how to root Pixel and Pixel XL you will need to unlock bootloader first. If you haven’t done it yet follow the steps below:
- Download and install adb and fastboot. We recommend Minimal ADB and Fastboot.
- Install the proper USB driver on your computer.
Under Settings > Developer Options, enable OEM unlocking. Once you do that, turn off your device and boot it into bootloader mode. Press and hold Volume Down and Power Buttons. Then type the following code:
fastboot flashing unlock
If you have purchased the device from Verizon or EE you need to use dePixel8 tool to unlock bootloader. Hurry up to do that because the developers mentioned that the bootloader exploit may be patched in the upcoming update.
Download the zip file and extract it, you should see a file named boot-to-root. You should flash it using fastboot. Here is how to do it. Put your phone into download mode and then run the following code:
fastboot boot boot-to-root.img
This single line of code will root Google Pixel and Pixel XL and flash SuperSU. Wait a couple of minutes and after some reboots, your Pixel device will boot up with root access.
Now your Pixel or Pixel XL will be running a fully rooted Android 7.1 Nougat with SuperSU installed. Go to app drawer and you will see SuperSU. Also go to Play Store and install Root Checker to verify if your Pixel device has root access.
For more info you can visit Chainfire’s Google+ post.