How to root Google Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro using Magisk
It is a step-by-step guide on how to safely root your Google Pixel 7 (Panther) or 7 Pro (Cheetah) with Magisk v26.1. First, we’ll unlock the bootloader using adb commands and then install the Magisk apk and patch boot.img file and copy to your device and flash it.
Rooting your Android device allows you to take full control of your device and unlock its hidden capabilities. If you’re looking to root their Google Pixel 7 or 7 Pro running Android 13, the process has never been easier thanks to the latest version of Magisk, version 26.1. Magisk is a popular rooting solution that offers a simple and straightforward way to root your device without compromising its stability or security.
Whether you’re a seasoned Android enthusiast or a newbie just starting out, this post is the perfect starting point for unlocking the full potential of your Google Pixel 7 or 7 Pro.
Requirements for rooting your Pixel 7
Before rooting your Google Pixel 7 there are some requirements your device must have:
- A factory unlocked Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro
- A USB cable
- ADB and Fastboot drivers installed on your PC (Guide to install)
- Bootloader Unlocked (Guide to unlock bootloader on Google Pixel)
Download the following files and keep them in a seperate folder on your PC;
- Google Pixel 7 Factory Image file (Download the specific build already installed on your phone, you can confirm from phone settings > about device)
- Download latest Magisk apk
- Pixel USB drivers
- Android Platform tools (ADB and Fastboot drivers)
How to Unlock Bootloader on Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro
Before rooting your phone, it is really important to unlock the bootloader first. To unlock the bootloader of a Google Pixel device, you’ll need to follow these steps:
Disclaimer: Unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty and wipe all data of your device so it is recommended to backup your important data before unlocking the bootloader.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully unlocked bootloader on your Pixel 7. Now move on to the next section to root your phone using Magisk patched init_boot.img file.
Rooting Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro using Magisk v26.1
After successfully unlocking the bootloader you can now root your Pixel 7 with Magisk, follow the following steps:
Step 1: Download and Install Magisk apk
Download the latest version of Magisk from the official website and transfer it to your Google Pixel device. Link is given in the above download section, download the latest apk file and install it on your device, it will prompt you to enable install from unknown sources, accept it.
Step 2: Unzip the factory image file
Unzip the factory image file you have downloaded for your phone. In the same folder you’ll get another zip file, unzip it too to get the init_boot.img file and copy it to your Pixel device.
Step 3: Patch init_boot.img file
Open Magisk app on your device, tap on install and tap again on “Select and Patch a file” and browse the init_boot.img file you’ve just copied. It will patch the file and save it in the same folder. Now you’ve to transfer patched init_boot.img file to your PC to flash it using an adb command.
Step 4: Reboot the device in Fastboot
After Magisk is installed, Power off your phone and Press the Power + Volume Down keys together to boot into fastboot mode.
Step 5: Open Command Prompt
On your PC, open the plaform tools folder, hold the Windows button and right click in the folder and select open command here. Type the following commands to flash the patch boot file;
fastboot devices fastboot flash init_boot C:\Users\Imran\Desktop\Pixel 7 Root\platform-tools_r33.0.3-windows\platform-tools\magisk_patched-25200_xgjAS.img
(fastboot flash init_boot is the command and reset is the boot file location, you can drag the file after entering the command or paste the location directory)
Step 6: Verify root access
You can verify root access by downloading the root checker app from the Google Play Store.
That’s it. Congratulations! You’ve successfully gain proper root access on your Pixel 7 / 7 pro. If you’ve any issues, please comment below and I will try my best to respond.
What should I do after rooting?
After rooting your Pixel 7, you gain administrative access to the Android operating system, allowing you to perform advanced tasks and customize your device. Some of the things you can do include removing bloatware, uninstalling or disabling pre-installed system apps that you don’t need.
You can also install custom ROMs such as StagOS 13 ROM, which provide additional features and customization options. Customizing system settings becomes possible, such as adjusting CPU performance and screen color calibration.
Rooting allows you to backup and restore your device, including apps, app data, and system settings. Advanced users can overclock or underclock the CPU for improved performance or battery conservation.
Additionally, there are root-only apps that provide advanced functionality like advanced file managers, ad-blockers, and system-level customizations. Furthermore, you can modify system files to personalize your device further, such as changing the boot animation or replacing system fonts.
In addition to these options, you can enhance your rooted Pixel 7 experience by utilizing Magisk modules and Xposed modules. Magisk is a popular root tool that allows you to install modules that modify the system without altering the system partition. These modules can bring features like advanced theming, performance optimizations, audio enhancements, and more. Some notable Magisk modules include GravityBox, which offers a wide range of system tweaks and customization options, and Viper4Android, an audio module that enhances audio quality and provides various sound customization settings.
On the other hand, Xposed is a framework that enables module-based modifications to the system. You can install various Xposed modules to add functionality and customization options to your rooted device. Some notable Xposed modules include XPrivacyLua, which allows you to control app permissions in a granular manner, and YouTube AdAway, which removes ads from the YouTube app.
Remember to research and select modules that are compatible with your device and Android version, and always exercise caution when installing third-party modules, as they can potentially cause instability or conflicts. It’s recommended to have a backup of your data and follow reliable instructions and guides specific to your device and root method.