Are you searching for the right root solution compatible with the new Google Pixel XL 3? If you’re ready to gain root privileges on your new Google branded smartphone then we might have to perfect method for you – at least the root solution that is working without associated problems. Thus, read all the lines explained below and learn how to successfully and safely root the Android OS that runs by default on your Google Pixel XL 3: along with the root steps we will also discuss about general root aspects, about risks and about essential pre-requisites.
The root process is an unlocking initiative that once applied ensures an Android OS that can be further customized and optimized. In a few words you can now manage to remove the factory restrictions that are pre-loaded on your Google Pixel XL 3. In the end you will gain further control over built-in features, apps, processes and capabilities and you can choose how to modify the default Android functionality in order to improve general performance. Bottom line you will have endless tweaking possibilities at your disposal.
In case you are not yet convinced, here are the main custom operations that can be completed on a rooted Google Pixel XL 3: you can set up a custom recovery image; you can add custom kernels and MODs; you can install complex apps; you can download and flash apps from other sources than Google Play; you can remove start-up programs or bloatware; you can get custom features which cannot be found on the official Android platform; you can flash custom updates in form of specialized custom ROMs (like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android); or you can choose to overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies.
Removing factory restrictions is always an unofficial process that isn’t supported by Google. So, in our case you complete the root operation at your own risk – the warranty of your Pixel XL 3 will get void and there’s nothing you can do about this aspect. Note: you can regain the warranty flag by choosing to reinstall the stock Android firmware, though in that case you will lose the root access and you will restore everything back to factory state.
A backup is required at this point. This will help you avoid unpleasant situations as your personal files might get corrupted or wiped out during the unlock operation. So, use your favorite backup and restore solutions and secure your personal data, info, accounts and files – download and use dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play, sync your files with your Google Account or just use built-in cloud storage services (bottom line, in the end save the files which might be still required afterwards).
A few preparation tasks must be considered first – do check the tasks explained during the following list as without it the root operation cannot be successfully completed:
- Your Google Pixel XL 3 must run on an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, before doing anything else learn how to perform this additional procedure (just access the appropriate link for being able to follow our dedicated step by step guide).
- A computer will be needed during the root operation as from there you will start the unlocking procedure. Your phone and its USB cable are also needed.
- On your computer the Pixel XL 3 drivers must be installed.
- Moreover, the Android SDK toolkit must be first flashed on your PC – you can do it by following: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
- On your handset enable the USB Debugging option – you can do it from Settings - > Developer Options.
- If you cannot find Developer Options go to About Phone and tap repeatedly (between 7 or 10 times) on Built Number – do that until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up.
- Charge your Google Pixel XL 3 before starting the root operation if you want to avoid unpleasant situations such as ending up in soft-bricking your Android device.
- If a sudden switch off happens the Android OS might run with severe issues in the end. So, if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%, charge your device before going any further.
- Of course, keep in mind that this tutorial is meant to be used only for the Google Pixel XL 3 and not for any other Android based device; so be careful and try not to mess things up.
How to Quickly and Easily Gain Root Access on Google Pixel 3 XL
- Power on your computer and access this page. From there download the stock boot image and save it on desktop.
- Unzip this package into a separate folder and afterwards, connect your Pixel 3 XL with your computer and transfer the resulted boot.img file on your smartphone.
- Meanwhile, on your handset install the Magisk Manager beta app – you can get this app from here.
- Then, run the Magisk Manager beta tool on your phone and from its main window tap on the Update Channel field and then select Beta.
- Next, in Magisk Manager select Install - > Patch boot - > Image file.
- Select the boot image that was loaded on your smartphone earlier.
- Magisk will now patch this file and will automatically save it in the end under the Downloads folder.
- Take this patched image and place it inside the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right-click on any blank space and select ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In the cmd window execute ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and wait while your device automatically reboots into fastboot mode.
- Then, in the same cmd window type ‘fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img’ and press Enter.
- In the end Magisk will be running on your phone and you can use it for gaining root priviledges.
The steps explained above should be enough. Hopefully now your Google Pixel XL 3 is running on a rooted Android OS. So, go ahead and take full advantage of your root privileges and choose how to further customize, optimize and tweak your Android device – do share your tweaking plans with us by using the comments field from below; there also tell us how the root operation worked for your Pixel XL 3 (if you need our further assistance we will try to help you as soon as possible).
If you want, you can verify if root was successfully ensured on your smartphone. In that respect all you have to do is to download and run the Root Checker app – you can download this app for free from Google Play.