For some reason I couldn't see it before. Is your adb/fastboot up to date
Funny that you asked, I was thinking about that this morning while mowing. I'm pretty sure they're from two years ago when I installed them to have my way with my Nexus. I'll wait until the next update for the phone before I try again with the (now) updated adb/fastboot. Thanks for the hint!
Yeah older versions of adb/fastboot don't support the a/b setup of the pixel so when it gets a command like flash boot_a or something like that it doesn't recognize it and it fails. Google now offers adb/fastboot separate of the full sdk so it's a considerably smaller download.
Thanks! Tried it yesterday on my wife's phone & it worked perfectly!
However, she lost TWRP. Before I do something stupid like I did with mine & end up in a TWRP loop at boot, I've verified via SU app that root is gone, so should I just be able to just reflash TWRP & reinstall root within TWRP?
First of all thank you so much for putting together all this information!!! I have a Pixel XL that I bought directly from Google so it came with the bootloader unlocked. I have since rooted and installed TWRP and Had Flashfire installed so I could update without losing root. I had my backup in Flashfire. I am stuck in a bootloop!!!! I have been reading through the threads trying to figure out how to get it out of this loop. In ADB when I type in adb devices it is not recognized!! However I can adb fastboot boot twrp.img and get to TWRP. From there I mount/ OTG/ insert my usb that has my twrp-pixel-installer-marlin-3.1.0-0RC2.zip and my SR1-SuperSU-v2.82-SR1-20170608224931.zip files. I flash the marlin zip file and try to reboot into recovery and it just goes back to the loop??? Someone Please Help!!! I have been hesitant to post because I know how irritated people get when users don't read... I have been reading but know just enough to be dangerous. Obviously!!!! Any help will be appreciated. Thanks DKERR1111
My view of the Pixel is that this is a phone that will last me a good 4-6 years. It'll get OS updates through Android Phone, and the developer community will continue to support it for years, as with many other devices. I'd say keep it.Is there any compelling reason to stick with this phone? It's a Pixel 5" with 128GB. I'm not one to be following the manufacturers into every new gimmick or have to have the coolest thing anymore, so I'll have to live with it a couple of years at least.
Just jumped on Pixel because of fi (15 years of Verizon was an education, and I've vowed to never let them have another penny of mine if possible. I realize these alt-carriers are just jumping on the backs of the majors, but oh well ...) and I wanted to have an unlocked bootloader.
So coming from my S3 that I screwed around with one too many times (with no case and only a ZAGG screen protector, 1000+ drops was not the problem) that was hacked 4 years ago, I'm having to learn some new concepts. I'd heard of "fastboot" here and there but am learning on this thread as I go.
I still have a week to send it back if I want - can't say I'm crazy about the phone physically. As a dilettante artist and sculpture, it was when I put the S3 in my hands that I knew it was the one back then. There's nothing physical about this phone to recommend it - anonymous as can be, and all of the cool colors disappeared long ago. Now you can only get black or white with some silver on it. Can't change the batt out or put the mem card in your computer. The screen scratched within 2 days, though there could be no reason for this to happen except maybe a plastic button on my back pocket of one of my pants.(Maybe it came that way?) Have hardly even used it yet!
Thanks to one and all for being in the xda community! Invaluable. :highfive:
fastboot flashing unlock
fastboot boot twrp.img
fastboot flash boot --slot all boot.img
fastboot boot twrp.img
fastboot flashing lock
The purpose of this thread is twofold:
First, it is for Pixel XL owners that want to Root their phone, and enjoy the benefits of rooting it without installing a custom ROM...
If you follow the instructions above you should not have to worry about slot a/b.
If you are installing Custom ROM this thread is not for you. You, should follow the installation instructions of the Custom ROM you want to install.
I think I asked the wrong question so let's start again.
My phone has the current factory firmware (July) and is rooted.
The boot slot is a.
I want to install a Custom ROM ex., PureNexus:
What are the steps to install the ROM, vendor.img, gapps, root (SuperSu/Magisk), kernel, trwp.zip.
Also, please include instructions on how to set a slot active via adb/twrp. There are a lot of novices when it comes to flashing a Custom ROM, including me. All the thanks, credit, and recognition will go to you.