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How to Root Google Pixel on Android 7.1.1 Nougat Official Firmware

John Ottman

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Google patched some critical security vulnerabilities in the latest Android December security updates. We have already shared with you steps to install the latest updates on Google Pixel devices. You can use the same steps for manually installing Android 7.1.1 NMF26Q (links) released yesterday. Once you have updated your device to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, here are the steps to root Google Pixel with the latest SuperSU version.

Prerequisites to root Google Pixel on Android 7.1.1
  • Create a backup of all important data on your Pixel device.
  • Download and install USB drivers for Pixel on your computer.
  • Your Pixel device should be updated to latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
  • The Google Pixel bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Enable USB debugging option by pressing Menu > Settings > Applications. Navigate and tap on Developer Options to enable USB Debugging.
  • Ensure that your Pixel phone carries more than 70% of charge.
Warning: Rooting voids manufacturer warranty. SuperSU is also still in “service release” and TWRP in “alpha” mode, so please proceed at your own risk since some of the functions may not work as expected. For changelog and more technical details, visit this post by Chainfire. TWRP support here.

Steps to root Google Pixel on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Required files:

  • Download Android SDK and install it. Set it up with platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK.
  • Download SuperSU v2.78 SR5 for your Google Pixel on your PC.
  • Make sure to download TWRP image and zip files
    • TWRP Alpha 2 IMG (alpha 1, if alpha 2 doesn’t work)
    • TWRP Alpha 2 ZIP
  • Also, download Fastboot from the following links, depending on your OS and extract it in android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory. Create directory if not already there.
Step 1: Connect your Google Pixel to your computer via USB.

Step 2: Copy and paste SuperSu and TWRP zip files to your device’s SD card root folder.

Step-3: Reboot in the Bootloader mode: go to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt) and type the following command:

Code:
    adb reboot bootloader
(You can also turn off your phone and then hold down Volume Down key while powering it back on to get into the Bootloader mode.)

Step 4: Once in bootloader mode, run the following command (replace the italicized text with alpha1, if you downloaded the earlier version of TWRP):

Code:
    fastboot boot twrp-3.0.2-0-alpha2-fastboot-sailfish.img
Step 5: You’ll now be in the TWRP recovery mode. Select Install and choose the TWRP installer zip file. Then, Swipe to Confirm Flash at the bottom of the screen to start the installation process.

Step 6: Reboot your Google Pixel into recovery mode.

Step 7: In the recovery mode, tap on Install and select the SuperSU zip file downloaded earlier. Swipe to confirm flashing.

Step 8: After installation is completed, confirm Reboot System.

Your Google Pixel is now updated and rooted on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Don’t forget to share if you managed to root Google Pixel using the latest SuperSU and TWRP versions and if you liked the experience.