Google recently launched one of its high-end smartphones, Google Pixel. If you have purchased this device and looking for a way to root it, then you are in the right place. Here, I have given the step by step tutorial on how to root Google Pixel smartphone using fastboot.
By following the rooting tutorial given here, you will be able to gain root privileges on your Google Pixel device.
WARNING: Rooting your Google Pixel smartphone will void the warranty of the device. Also, if you don’t follow the procedure carefully, you might brick your device. Please don’t hold us responsible or liable for any damages that occur to your device while following the tutorial given here.
Step 1: Rooting your Google Pixel smartphone will wipe out all the data. So, take a complete backup of personal data in your smartphone using appropriate apps.
Step 2: Next, make sure that your device has enough battery backup before starting with the rooting procedure.
Step 3: Now, enable USB debugging mode in your smartphone by following this path: Settings -> Developer Options -> USB Debugging. If Developer options are not enabled, enable it by following this path: Settings -> About Phone (tap 5-7 times on the build number to enable Developer Options). Also enable “OEM Unlocking” in your device.
Step 4: Disable antivirus applications in your computer as they tend to interrupt the unlocking process, which might result in a bricked device.
Tutorial To Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel:
Step 1: To get started, download Minimal ADB and Fastboot and install it in your computer. Once done, launch the application window.
Step 2: Now, connect your smartphone to the computer using the original USB data cable. Once done, reboot your smartphone to the fastboot \ bootloader mode by entering the following command in Minimal ADB and Fastboot:
adb reboot bootloader
Step 3: Your device will reboot into the bootloader mode. To ensure that your device is properly connected to your computer, enter the following command in Minimal ADB and Fastboot:
If the window shows up a connection, then your device is connected successfully to your computer.
Step 4: Now, unlock your device’s bootloader by entering the following command:
fastboot flashing unlock
(Note: You will get a confirmation message as soon as you enter the above command. You will need to use the Power button and Volume Up button to click “Yes” in your device).
Step 5: It will take a minute or two for your device’s bootloader to be unlocked. Once it does, reboot your device by entering the following command:
Your device will reboot successfully.
That’s it. Now, you have successfully finished unlocking the bootloader of your Google Pixel smartphone. Let’s find out how to gain root privileges on your device.
Tutorial To Root Google Pixel:
Step 1: To get started, download Chainfire SuperSU of your smartphone.
Step 2: Once done, launch Minimal ADB and fast window. Next, transfer the downloaded SuperSU file to the Minimal ADB and Fastboot installation folder. (C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot)
Step 3: Now, connect your smartphone to the computer using the original USB data cable and reboot it into the fastboot :\ bootloader mode by entering the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
Step 4: Next, flash the SuperSU file to your smartphone by entering the following command:
fastboot flash boot-to-root.img
Step 5: Your device will reboot for several times. Don’t panic. Once everything is finished, you will be able to access your smartphone without any issues.
That’s it. Now you have successfully finished rooting Google Pixel smartphone. For confirmation, open up your Apps menu and look for the SuperSU app. If you can find it there, your device is successfully rooted.
Alternatively, you can confirm the root privileges of your smartphone using the Root Checker for Android.
If you own a smartphone or tablet other than Google Pixel and would like to get rooting tutorials for the same, kindly visit our Rooting Tutorials page.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know via comments.