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How to Root Google Pixel [Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo]

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Root Google Pixel: Once you have updated your Google Pixel to Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo, use the instructions to root it. We’ll be able to root Google Pixel running Android 8.1 Oreo Jan 2018 firmware using the latest TWRP custom recovery and Magisk package. The process is quite simple and works quite well. Furthermore, the root is a great utility, especially for an old phone like the Pixel due to it, unlocks extra capabilities such as overclocking and more. This article follows up on our initial update article and supposes that you have read it. You can also easily root Pixel on Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo using the article below. Just unlocked bootloader or this article will clear all your data. Don’t worry, we have everything covered detailed steps below – even our guide on how to install TWRP 3.0 recovery.

As you read further, we will teach you how to backup your important data, some other important tips, and tricks tells you how to root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Pixel. Here’s are steps and how to flash ClockworkMod recovery on your phone. We will also use TWRP recovery as our custom recovery and Magisk Manager as our rooting package. For further details, continue reading.


All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the guide belong to their respective owners/developers. We are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device.

Root Google Pixel Android 8.1 OPM1 Details:

This update only brings the latest security patch with some error fixes however, you can also read about the changes of Android 8.1 Oreo right below:

Android 8.1 Oreo update brings the latest January 2018 security patch. Along with the upgraded security patch level, it carries bug-fixes and performance refinements to give the good experience possible on supported devices.

The method to root Pixel Android 8.1 has been explained with step-by-step instructions below. In case you have issues connecting your phone with PC, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.

Google Pixel USB Drivers

Just connect your Android phone with the PC. For that, make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel properly. If not, then download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips & Tricks

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. These are important, as we don’t need anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you need once you install a new custom ROM. Also, an official software update or anything else.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP, etc.) installed on your phone, we suggest a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

Here are some other optional tips that you should remember:

  • Facing problems connecting your Android phone to the PC? Just enable USB debugging mode.
  • Also, charge your battery up to 80-85% level. Because, if your phone goes off while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods, etc that’s why we recommend you charge your mobile.

All Good. You can now root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Pixel + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step guide.

Root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Google Pixel Oreo Factory Image

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to root Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo on Pixel. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.

Just To Remember:

  • This method is only for Android 8.1 (OPM1) installed on Pixel and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel on other carriers.
  • Your Pixel bootloader also unlocked.
  • Also, Pixel should be on the Android 8.1 OPM1 software version.
  • Make a Nandroid backup of your earlier phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1.1:

Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install it. Also, set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK.


Step 1.2:

Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools and install on your PC. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2:

Now Enable USB Debugging mode in your Pixel.

NOTE: Ignore Steps 1.1, 1.2, 2 if you already have them.

Step 3:

Download and for Pixel on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 4:

Connect your Pixel USB memory on your PC using the USB cable.

Step 5:

Now copy/paste the  and file to your SD card. Also, the file is in the SD card / internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 6:

Then switch OFF your phone.

Step 7:

Download twrp-3.2.1-0-sailfish.img and save it into the same directory as the extracted Fastboot/ADB package files.

Step 8:

Now Connect your Pixel to your PC using a USB cable.

Step 9:

Now go into Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Pixel. Press Volume Up + Volume Down + Power keys simultaneously for a few seconds until you see some text on the screen. This is Bootloader Mode.

Step 10:

Now navigate to the same directory as where you have Fastboot (i.e. Step 1) and on Windows. Also, Open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). For Mac OS X and Linux, use Terminal to navigate to this directory.

Step 11:

Type the following command and hit Enter.

fastboot boot twrp-3.2.1-0-sailfish.img
Step 12:

Once you input the command, the phone will boot into TWRP. Now use the “Install” choice to flash the “” zip file. This will ensure your TWRP doesn’t get reset to stock on reboot.

Step 13:

Now, again, use the Install choice and using your volume keys, navigate to and choose it using the Power button. Also, confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 14:

Once the installation completes, go to “+++++Go Back” and reboot the phone by choosing “reboot system now” from the Recovery menu. The phone will boot now and it takes about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait.

That’s it! All done! Your Pixel is now rooted on Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your phone.


For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

Till then! Keep Smiling 🙂

Also Read: Google Apps For Android 9 Pie: How to Install?

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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