There are two main types of operating systems that people run on technology. One is a desktop operating system, and the other is a mobile operating system. The desktop operating system that directly relates to Android is Linux since Android is based on the Linux kernel. Linux is an open source operating system that comes with many unique distributions—all unique in some way. One of the things that most of them have in common, however, is the fact that they come with a root user account. The person who first sets up the computer is the person who gets control of the root user account. It is the root user account that gets to be in complete administrative control over the operating system. Having absolute power over the Linux operating systems means you can access all files and run all commands—something that you cannot do if you are logged into a different account with lesser permissions. Simply put, the root user account is the account that can install anything they want and uninstall anything they want.

The Android operating system that is based on the Linux kernel that you get on the mobile operating system has the root user account naturally also. However, it is locked up and taken away so that the first person to set up the phones does not get in control of it. Moreover, there is nothing you can do by using the options available to you by Google and Android by default to allow you to become the root user. Instead, you need to follow some guides that usually involved installing Chainfire’s SuperSU—whether from a custom recovery image or by flashing a one-click rooting tool such as the CF-Auto-Root. Many other rooting tools are one-click tools too, and one of them is the Skipsoft toolkit.

Google Pixel

Getting control of the root user account on the Android mobile operating system is what is required for you to install any apps that you want and remove any of the apps that you want too. That includes any of the system applications that are already on your device by default. Since the Google Pixel range of smartphones is going to be by Google, you can expect them to come to you without the usual bloatware that other manufacturers have, but you still may be subject to bloatware coming from phone carrier networks if you were to buy the Verizon version instead of the unlocked version for example.

Details We Should Know

  • You may need to have a computer that runs on a version of the Windows operating system for the root toolkit found in this guide to run on the computer.
  • You need to have the Google Pixel smartphone’s bootloader unlocked before you can follow this guide and root the device according to sources. You can do that by installing ADB on the computer and then running the commands from the command prompt window or by using the button that is available from the Skipsoft’s toolkit user interface. The toolkit also comes with the option to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery image on top of getting the root access.

Files We Need

Rooting the Google Pixel running on the Android 7.1 Nougat software updates by using the Skipsoft root toolkit

  1. Make sure that the Developer Options menu on the Google Pixel smartphone is unlocked so you can start using the options that are available to developers.
  2. Turn on the USB Debugging Mode options from the Developer Options menu on the Google Pixel phone so that the root toolkit can make changes to the Android software which is a requirement for the rooting to work.
  3. Open up the Downloads folder to find the Skipsoft Unified Android Root Toolkit and then extract it to the same Downloads folder.
  4. Run the root toolkit file so that the user interface of the tool opens up on the computer.
  5. Connect the Google Pixel smartphone to the computer with the USB cable that you typically use for charging the battery.
  6. Click on the option to unlock the bootloader from the rooting toolkit’s user interface.
  7. Click on the option for rooting the Google Pixel smartphone from its user interface next and then wait for it to make you the person in control of the root user account.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Google Pixel smartphone running on the Android 7.1 Nougat software updates by using the Skipsoft toolkit. You can start installing the root applications from any of the sources that you know they are available online. The most obvious choices are to head over to the XDA-Developers web forum or the Google Play Store. The Google Play Store has thousands of these root applications just waiting to be installed on your Google Pixel smartphone, and most of the rest are available from XDA. If you cannot find any of the root apps that you wanted to test out, you can try finding them on a Google search.