Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P: How to Root Android 8.0 Oreo

Not even one week has passed since Google published the first Android O developer preview and Chainfire has already managed to find a new root method that’s supported by Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. However, this method only works through SuperSU ZIP. We should also mention that Pixel owners will have to wait a little while longer because their dual-partition layout is hard to figure out.

Chainfire recently posteded the new root method and this means that it might still present some bugs and glitches. What many might not know is that Android O completely changes the way rooting works. For example, SELinux rules have been changed and kernel changes will now pose additional threats. Nonetheless, today we’re going to present Nexus 5X and 6P owners with a rooting guide for Android O.


Right from the start, Android O developer preview needs to be installed on the designated smartphone. Also, TWRP recovery needs to be downloaded and installed as well. Assuming that the smartphone’s bootloader has been already unlocked, users will need to boot the smartphone into bootloader mode and connect it to a PC via USB cable.

After assuring that ADB and Fastboot have been installed, users will be required to transfer the “twrp.img” file to the “platform-tools” partition which can be found inside the ADB folder. Now start up command prompt and type in the following command “fastboot flash recovery twrp.img”.


After the prerequisites have been completed, users will need to download SuperSU on their Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. There are two version of SuperSU right now but we advise Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners to download the “2.79 SR4” version.

TWRP and Flash SuperSU

Reboot the smartphone to TWRP by turning it off and then simultaneously holding and pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Using the same buttons, select the “Recovery Mode” option. TWRP should boot now and users will have to select the “Install” option and browse to the “Download” partition and select the SuperSU ZIP. All that’s left now is to confirm the installation and then select the “Reboot System” option once the installation process is completed.

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