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Pixel and Pixel XL rooted, Verizon gets dePixel8 bootloader unlock

by Todd Haselton | October 31, 2016October 31, 2016 7:30 am PST

Color me impressed. The Google Pixel only began arriving on the doorsteps of consumers earlier this month, and now it’s already rooted thanks to Chainfire.

Chainfire posted the solution on Google+ and noted that there was a problem that required some extra legwork in Android 7.1 on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Some of it sounds like mumbo-jumbo to me, but the gist of it was that some files that used to exist in one place were moved to another, and Chainfire had to dig around inside the boot image and the kernal to get everything up and running. As a result, folks will need to be booted from fastboot and not flashed.

Verizon’s Google Pixel requires a bootloader unlock before rooting.

There are some issues that some of you might not like. While Verizon had told everyone that its model of the Google Pixel is the same Google is selling and will receive software updates at the exact same time, it still has a locked bootloader. As a result, you’ll need to unlock it with a tool named dePixel8, but that won’t work after Google deploys the November security update, which means you’ll need to act fast.

Rooting your Pixel and Pixel XL can give you near-unlimited control of your smartphone, but it’s not for everyone. Make sure you know what you’re doing and have everything backed up before proceeding.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...