Google Pixel XL Step by Step Root Guide for Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Now that Android 7.1.2 Nougat N2G47E is out every Pixel XL smartphone has been updated. The only issue with this incremental maintenance update is that it disables the device’s root status. This is quite annoying since it doesn’t allow Pixel XL owners to get access to root tools, apps and benefits. However, there is always the option to root the smartphone once again. With that being said, we’re going to present readers with a guide on how to root their Pixel XL that runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat.


We are not forcing anyone to root their smartphone, we are just presenting a guide. The reason we are saying is because we will not take responsibility for devices that start malfunctioning after the rooting process is complete. If the steps aren’t followed accordingly, there is a high chance that the designated smartphone might malfunction.

Pixel XL owners are advised to perform a Nandroid backup before starting the root process and to have an unlocked bootloader. In addition, TWRP is going to be our designated recovery tool for this guide. The PC needs to be updated with the latest Pixel XL USB drivers and the smartphone is required to have USB Debugging enabled.


First off, Android SDK needs to be downloaded and installed from the official Android Developers website. In addition, set it up with the downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Second, Pixel XL owners are required to download Fastboot and to make sure that it’s downloaded in the “android-sdk-windows\platform-tool” folder. The folder must be created manually. Last but not least, download the Pixel specific SuperSU v2.78 SR5 on the PC.

  • Connect the smartphone’s USB memory to the PC via USB;
  • Duplicate the “” file onto Pixel’s SD card;
  • Shut down the smartphone and download the “” file in the smartphone’s root folder;
  • Now connect the smartphone to the PC via USB;
  • Download and duplicate the “twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-marlin.img” in the same folder where the Fastboot/ADB package files have been saved to;
  • Boot the smartphone into Fastboot/Bootloader mode by pressing and holding the Volume and Power keys at the same time;
  • Browse over to the folder where Fastboot has been copied to and start up Command Prompt;
  • Now type in the following text “fastboot boot twrp-3.0.2-0-RC1-fastboot-marlin.img”
  • The smartphone will now boot into TWRP and users can select the “install” option and flash their zip file;
  • Using the volume keys, browse over to “” and confirm the installation by pressing the power key;
  • Once the installation process is complete, select the “reboot system now” option from the Recovery menu and that’s it.

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