How to Root Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
Are you looking to root your Google Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro but aren’t sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll guide you step-by-step how to root Google Pixel 8 series using a powerful and user-friendly tool called PixelFlasher. Rooting your device allows you to unlock its full potential, enabling you to customize it to your liking and access powerful features not available to regular users.
Preparation: Root Pixel 8 Series on Android 14
Before we dive into the rooting process, you’ll need to download the following files:
- PixelFlasher Tool: Download the latest version from the official website.
- Factory Image: Download the latest factory image for your specific Pixel device from the Google Developers website.
- Download Android Platform Tools version R34.0.4
Step 1: Unlock Bootloader
Before rooting your phone make sure your Pixel 8 bootloader is already unlocked, it is a basic requirement. I have already written a step-by-step guide and video tutorial on how to unlock bootloader on Google Pixel phones.
Once you have these files downloaded and saved on your computer, you’re ready to start!
Step 2: Enable Developer Options and USB Debugging
First, you’ll need to enable Developer Options and USB Debugging on your Pixel device. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘About phone.’
- Find ‘Build number’ and tap it 7 times to enable Developer Options.
- Go back to the main ‘Settings’ menu and tap on ‘System’ > ‘Developer options.’
- Scroll down and enable ‘USB debugging.
Step 3: Move Files to new Folder
Move all the downloaded files to a single folder. You need to unzip the Platform tools folder and rest keep the factory image file as it is.
Step 4: Run PixelFlasher to Install Magisk
Now run the PixelFlasher Tool and do the followings:
- Click on “Browse” button as shown below in the screenshot to select the unzip Android Platform tools folder.
- Connect your phone to PC and click on “Scan” to select your pixel phone.
- Now click on “Browse” to select Factory Image zip file.
- Next, click on “Rocket” icon to extract and process the boot.img file from the factory image zip.
- It will take a moment to process, then select the image as shown in the screenshot and click on “Patch” button, it will give you a warning and click ok to install Magisk Manager on your phone.
- Finally, click on “Flash Boot” button and it will boot your phone to fastboot mode and within seconds it will flash the boot.img or init_boot.img file on your phone.
- That’s it, you can click on “Scan” button to reselect your device and click on Reboot to System. You can also manually reboot your phone.
- After reboot, open Magisk Manager app, it will ask you to reboot your phone to complete the installation.
- Finally, install the root check from Play Store and run to verify root access.
Congratulations! Your Google Pixel device is now successfully rooted. You can also install a Custom ROM, if you would like, here’s StagOS ROM for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
Once your phone bootloader is unlocked and you’ve successfully rooted your phone. It basic integrity and CTS profile match will give you fail error when tested with SafetyNet Attestation checker app and you won’t be able to use certain apps such as banking, streaming or any app that requires safe and secure enviroment.
Don’t worry you can still pass SafetyNet on Android 14, I have written a step-by-step guide to pass CTS Profile Match, where by installing some Magisk modules you can easily pass the SafetyNet’s basic integrity and CTS Profile match errors.
Rooting your Google Pixel 8 using the PixelFlasher tool is a simple and straightforward process that allows you to unlock your device’s full potential. With root access, you can customize your phone by installing custom ROM, kernels, recovery, modify system files, get rid of system apps that were previously not possible. We hope this guide has been helpful in guiding you through the rooting process. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy rooting!