How to Root Google Pixel 4XL

How to Root Google Pixel 4XL
7 min read
02 January 2023

If you are searching for proper ways to unleash the potential power of your Google Pixel 4 XL device, which is only possible after rooting the device, then here you go. If you have a Google Pixel 4 XL Android Smartphone and you are looking forward to rooting it without PC, Mac, or laptop safely without bricking the device, and without flashing TWRP, then you are in the right place.

Google Pixel 4 XL Features

  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • OS: Android 10, upgradable to Android 11
  • Internal: 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Camera: Dual / 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS / 16 MP, f/2.4, 50mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • Display: 6.3 inches, 98.0 cm2 (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio),P-OLED, 90Hz, HDR, 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)

Advantages of Rooting

  • Easy to install Custom ROMs
  • Flash Magisk Modules
  • Removing pre-installed OEM apps
  • Ad-blocking for all apps
  • Installing incompatible apps
  • More display options and internal storage
  • More excellent battery life and speed
  • Making full device backups
  • Access to system files
  • CPU Clocking
  • More tweaking

Steps to Root Google Pixel 4 XL using Magisk

Installing Magisk on your phone simplifies the process of rooting. There are two steps to installing it, unlocking the bootloader and flashing a modified boot image. Unlocking allows you to flash unofficial images and modify system files.

Unlock Bootloader on Google Pixel 4 XL

Android phones often include secure locks a locked Bootloader, which prevent users from installing custom operating systems, flashing, rooting their devices. Unlocking the bootloader on an Android phone is essential for those who want to flash Custom ROMs, Root, and much more. You can’t get as far without unlocking the bootloader, which prevents rooting and flashing custom images, making it necessary before you proceed with other steps.

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Install Magisk App and Patch Boot Image

First, you need to Download the Stock firmware file for Google Pixel 4 XL device. There are various sources from where you can download the Google firmware. Once we get the firmware, we extract it and get the boot image file. We will patch this boot image file with the help of the Magisk application and then flash it on the phone to obtain root access.

  • After you have downloaded the firmware file, extract it.
  • Open the extracted folder and copy the boot.img file to your phone.
  • Download the latest Magisk App and Install it.
  • Open the Magisk App from the app drawer.
  • Tap on Install → “Select and Patch a File.”
  • Navigate to the location where you copied boot.img file and select it.Magisk Patch Boot Image
  • Once you select the file, tap on “LET’S GO.”
  • Wait until Magisk patches the boot image file. The patched boot image (magisk_patched.img) file can be found in the “Downloads folder.”Magisk Patched Boot Image
  • Rename magisk_patched.img to boot.img again.
  • Copy the boot.img file to your PC/laptop.

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Flash Magisk patched boot image

  • Once you have copied the boot image file to PC, now you need to move this file to this location – C:\adb.
  • Once you are inside the ADB folder. Type “cmd” in the address bar.Type CMD in Address Bar
  • Now command prompt window will appear on your screen.ADB and Fastboot Command
  • Connect your Google device to your computer.
  • On the command line window, type the below command and hit Enter.
  • This will show the list of connected devices. Check if your device is showing on the command line windows. If it is showing, that means your phone is successfully connected to your computer.
  • The above command will boot your phone into fastboot mode. Next, type the below command to flash the boot image file and again hit Enter.
  • We have successfully flashed the boot image file. Now Reboot your phone by entering the below command.
  • That’s it. Your Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone is successfully Rooted using Magisk.

Verify Root Access on Google Pixel 4 XL

To check if your Google device is rooted successfully or not, you can follow the below steps.

  • Open Magisk App from the app drawer.Magisk Installed Success
  • You will see the option to “Uninstall Magisk,” which indicates that your phone is rooted successfully.
  • If you encounter issues after Rooting and you want to remove Magisk from the Google Pixel 4 XL device completely.
  • You follow this article on how to Uninstall Magisk and Remove root access.

Rooting Google Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, and 4a 5G

Since Android is open-source, it allows you to navigate through all your device easily. Meanwhile, rooting your Android gives you access to all the phone’s hidden features. When you root your pixel 4 using Magisk, you get additional access and further control over several features of your Android such as clock and cache. In addition, you can also use the root to get rid of unwanted software from your pixel 4 device. 

When rooted, your device can run a firewall and get a security system in place. In simple words, rooting your Android helps you attain privileged control over various Android subsystems. Given that Android uses the Linux Kernel, rooting your Android will automatically give you admin permissions to Unix-like OS such as Free BSD or MACOS.

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Using Kingroot App (no pc)

Once the app is downloaded on your smartphone tap on the app for installation.Before installation, the app required your permission because you are installing a custom app so when a pop-up prompt message will be appeared titled INSTALL BLOCKED just go to SETTINGS and tap on UNKNOWN SOURCE as shown in Figure.
Root is an application and software that allow its users to access hidden operating system files on your phone. After installing the root codes or application on your android phone you can install any third-party app from unknown sources and even modify your current OS or any of its functions.  Custom recovery application such as TWRP and Xposed Framework can only be installed on the android phone once it’s been rooted. Be noted that root will void the remaining warranty of your phone that is why it is highly recommended to be used on the older phone.

TWRP Features

The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install the latest TWRP for Google Pixel 4 XL. You can download TWRP Recovery from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is an unofficial TWRP recovery and is only for Google Pixel 4 XL (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on Google Pixel 4 XL, do not try out this method on any other device.

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