Linux is the third most popular operating system used on laptops and desktop computers. It is the only open source operating system that headlines the top three and that means you get it installed for free. It use to help to get laptops and computers that runs Linux cheaper than its competitors up until Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 operating system for free for a great many of users. All three leading operating systems have a master account that is set up at the beginning of the computers use and can then be used to log in with the right credentials. Windows and Mac call this account the admin account while Linux calls it the root user account.

The root user account has the administrative permissions handed over to it so people in control of it can run any commands and modify any of the files—mostly meaning they can install and uninstall anything they should choose. Most people assume that Linux decided to call this account something different so it can be unique in comparison to its competition in Windows and Mac, but there might be a better reason. The most well thought out answer I have come across online suggests that Linux called the administrative account the root user account because it is the only account that has the full write permissions from the root folder. The root folder or root directory is also something that always exists on Linux.

Google Pixel

The Android operating systems that run on the Linux kernel make up most mobile operating systems in existence on devices. Since it is based on the Linux kernel it is very similar to Linux in general; however, one of the most obvious differences is how you don’t get given the root user account by default. Instead, you need to work for it.

Details We Should Know

  • You need to have the Google Pixel XL’s bootloader unlocked before you can follow this guide to get access to the root user account that you wanted. There are a couple of ways you can do this: the most traditional way of getting ADB and Fastboot on the computer and running the required commands using the Android Debug Bridge or by using the unlock bootloader button available from the root toolkit itself that is available in this guide. It does not matter which way you choose—both equal the same thing which is the chance to install custom recoveries and get root access.
  • You should always backup the data before customizing an operating system even if you do not have any easy way to do it. In this case, there are no excuses because you do have the chance to backup the data using the toolkit itself. Look for the backup button from its user interface after you open it n the computer.
  • Note that you need to have a computer that runs on a version of the Windows operating system to use most toolkits, and it probably is the same here yet again with the SKipsoft unified Android toolkit.

Files We Need

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

  1. Unlock the Developer Options menu on the Google Pixel XL smartphone so you can use the options that are then available to developers from the menu.
  2. Enable the USB Debugging Mode from the Google Pixel XL smartphone’s Developer Options menu, so the Android software allows you to make changes to it which is required for the rooting to work.
  3. Download the Skipsoft Unified Android Toolkit directly to the computer.
  4. Open up the Downloads folder and then extract the root toolkit to the Downloads folder and then double-click on it to make it open.
  5. Connect the Google Pixel XL smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
  6. Click on the button from the root toolkit to unlock the bootloader if you do not have it unlocked already.
  7. Click on the button to root the device when you want to get the access to the root user account.

In conclusion, that is how to root the Google Pixel XL smartphones running on the Android 7.1 Nougat software updates using a root toolkit that only takes one click to get the access to the root user account that you want. You can open up the Google Play Store or any source that you had in mind and begin installing the root requiring applications that you wanted to run. Those of you more interested in custom ROMs need to go back to the root toolkit and click on the button for installing the custom recovery image on the device.