Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P How to Root Android O via SuperSU

After only a couple of days since Google released the factory images for Android 8.0 developer preview, Chainfire has already managed to develop a new root method for the operating system. Right now, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the only smartphones that can use this SuperSU ZIP method. The reason behind this being that Pixel’s dual partition layout is harder to master, but Chainfire is surely going to find a way around it during the upcoming weeks.

We need to stress out the fact that Android 8.0 is still in beta and it’s more than likely packed with glitches and bugs. Therefore, we only advise tech savvy developers to root their smartphone with Android 8.0. Nonetheless, today we’re going to present readers with a guide on how to root their Nexus 5X or 6P with Android 8.0 developer preview.

How to Root Android 8.0

First off, users will be required to install Android 8.0 developer preview on the designated smartphone. Secondly, TWRP needs to be installed because it’s essential to the rooting processor. The tool can be found on TWRP’s official website and it comes in the specific Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P versions. Just download the one that’s compatible with the designated device.

Assuming that the smartphone has already been unlocked, it needs to be connected to a PC via USB. We should mention that the PC needs to have the latest ADB and Fastboot installed. Now that the smartphone has been connected, users have to transfer the “twrp.img” file to the folder that’s been named “platform-tools”. The folder can be found in the ADB installation directory. Using command prompt, type in the following “fastboot flash recovery twrp.img”. Once the process is finished, reboot the smartphone.


If the aforementioned instructions have been followed accordingly, all that’s left is to download SuperSU on the designated smartphone. Right now, there are two version of SuperSU available but we advise Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P to download both ZIP files in order to be safe.

Boot the smartphone once again but in TWRP mode this time. This can be achieved by simultaneously pressing and holding the volume down and power keys for five seconds. Using the same physical keys, browser to and select the “Recovery Mode” option.

TWRP will boot up and all that users will have to do is select the “Install” option and browse to the Download Folder where the SuperSU ZIP files have been downloaded. Pick one of the two versions and confirm the installation. All that’s left now is to wait for the installation to end and for the smartphone to reboot.

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