How To Guide [Pixel 6 Pro] Easy STEP BY STEP Unlock-Root-Update

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GivIn2It

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Az Biker: I like using your simplified guide for updating/rooting. I understand there is some funkiness going on with android 13 concerning the bootloader, and inability to downgrade. This scares me due to having upgraded some phones in the past and finding out the upgrades contained gotchas and couldn't go back. Would you mind updating the guide to show how to keep the downgrade option with 13, or am I worrying for nothing? I'm taking a wait and see for now in case anyone majorly complains about 13, before taking the plunge, but the phone is nagging me.
 

roirraW "edor" ehT

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Az Biker: I like using your simplified guide for updating/rooting. I understand there is some funkiness going on with android 13 concerning the bootloader, and inability to downgrade. This scares me due to having upgraded some phones in the past and finding out the upgrades contained gotchas and couldn't go back. Would you mind updating the guide to show how to keep the downgrade option with 13, or am I worrying for nothing? I'm taking a wait and see for now in case anyone majorly complains about 13, before taking the plunge, but the phone is nagging me.

I've been following the android 13 upgrade postings and I'm surprised not more people know this.
If you add --force to fastboot update "fastboot --force update image-*" you can downgrade back to Android 12 as long as you wipe data.
I tried this as soon as I upgraded to 13 and yes you can downgrade down to Android 12 after upgrading with no noticable issues. The radio and every other image but the bootloader can be downgraded. But I only tried 003, 004 July images for oriole so I don't know about anything lower personally.
 

roirraW "edor" ehT

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Yeah, but I'm not interested in wiping data.
If you want to downgrade Android versions, especially between a major version 13 to a previous version 12, then a factory reset is necessary for the phone to work correctly - and in some cases, even to boot.

TL;DR - you're worrying for nothing (your words). Update to Android 13 and enjoy it. :)
 

julerobb

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Does this apply to the raven model of pixel 6 pro? I want to remove Verizon's lock on it so I can reflash the os to do a clean install of android.
 

Az Biker

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Does this apply to the raven model of pixel 6 pro? I want to remove Verizon's lock on it so I can reflash the os to do a clean install of android.
If you have a Verizon device, the bootloader is locked and this method will not unlock the bootloader (there is no known method to unlock a Verizon device, and probably won't be for the foreseeable future)

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news
 

julerobb

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If you have a Verizon device, the bootloader is locked and this method will not unlock the bootloader (there is no known method to unlock a Verizon device, and probably won't be for the foreseeable future)

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news
I don't see the point in why the carrier would lock the bootloader, how does that even work? Like how does that even increase security of the device? That's like the shelf display at best buy for PCs.
 

Az Biker

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I don't see the point in why the carrier would lock the bootloader, how does that even work? Like how does that even increase security of the device? That's like the shelf display at best buy for PCs.
Verizon has been locking their bootloaders for several years now. I think since the Note 3 maybe.

Them locking their bootloaders might deal with excessive tethering, or use of hotspot which used to be premium features?

If you want to root/ unlock your device's bootloader and are on the Verizon network, buy direct from Google. I've purchased my last 4 devices directly from Google and I'm on Verizon 👍
 

Az Biker

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Sorry if this was already asked or not in the right forum. Wondering if the P7 Pro unlocked will be able to get root and custom image(s) as well? Do not have a pixel yet but contemplating trading for a 7 pro.
As long as the 7Pro keeps in line with previous Google pixel devices, I would say YES.

If you do go to a 7Pro and look forward to unlocking the bootloader, flashing Roms, kernels, etc. * * * DO NOT BUY A VERIZON variant * * * .

Purchase straight from Google. They have 0% financing if a user doesn't want to pay in full.
 

liquidraven

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As long as the 7Pro keeps in line with previous Google pixel devices, I would say YES.

If you do go to a 7Pro and look forward to unlocking the bootloader, flashing Roms, kernels, etc. * * * DO NOT BUY A VERIZON variant * * * .

Purchase straight from Google. They have 0% financing if a user doesn't want to pay in full.
thanks i just did that through google store and my unlocked note20 ultra 5g is giving me a 550 off trade-in value.
 

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As long as the 7Pro keeps in line with previous Google pixel devices, I would say YES.

If you do go to a 7Pro and look forward to unlocking the bootloader, flashing Roms, kernels, etc. * * * DO NOT BUY A VERIZON variant * * * .

Purchase straight from Google. They have 0% financing if a user doesn't want to pay in full.
I would offer another option to buy an unlocked Pixel from Amazon. They had a better price by $100 when it was still full price at Google and the customer service experience 1000% better.
 
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I would offer another option to buy an unlocked Pixel from Amazon. They had a better price by $100 when it was still full price at Google and the customer service experience 1000% better.
Does Amazon offer warranty on rooted devices?
 
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    Ready to Unlock, Root, and Update factory images on your Pixel 6 Pro?

    There are some really good guides by V0latyle here, and by roirraW "edor" ehT here which are great for veteran/regular users who are really familiar with adb/fastboot and the commands, steps used in the unlocking, rooting environment.

    This step by step is for people like ME who are not adb/fastboot gurus, who need every step spelled out so we don't brick our over-priced flagship devices :D

    * * *
    P L E A S E READ THIS FIRST B E F O R E UPGRADING TO ANDROID 13* * *


    What You Need On Your PC:

    Factory Image
    MAGISK - Canary 24310
    SDK Platform Tools & USB Drivers (first time installation)

    (additional files I use: optional)

    Working SafetyNet @Pekempy
    Kirisakura Kernel @Freak07


    *** MAKE SURE YOU EXTRACT THE CORRECT BOOT.IMG FILE TO PATCH IN MAGISK ***
    -download latest factory image, unzip the MAIN image.zip, then unzip the SECONDARY image.zip , copy the contents of the SECOND image.zip into the same platform tools folder that has the fastboot application in it, then open the image.zip you just copied into the fastboot folder and copy the boot.img and paste it somewhere on your PC.


    Device Setup PRIOR To Starting Fastboot:

    Settings>About phone>Build Number (click build number until you see YOU ARE NOW A DEVELOPER)
    Settings>System>Advanced>Developer Options
    Enable OEM Unlocking & USB Debugging & USB Configuration> enable FILE TRANSFER



    Unlock the Bootloader, Update Factory Image, and Get Root:

    1- Boot your device into bootloader/fastboot (hold power / vol down)


    2- Connect USB cable to device and PC ( have diff USB cables available for troubleshooting)


    3- From address bar in the platform tools folder where the fastboot application is located on your PC, type CMD to open command prompt window


    4- Type FASTBOOT DEVICES, if you see a serial number(s) you are ready, if you don't, verify you've properly set up platform tools folder, change cable, check command, try again)


    5- TO UNLOCK BOOTLOADER- type fastboot reboot bootloader
    (***YOUR DATA WILL BE WIPED***)

    6- Type fastboot flashing unlock


    7- Type fastboot reboot bootloader


    IF UPDATING TO ANDROID 13 FOR THEFIRST TIME IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU FLASH THE13 BOOTLOADER TO BOTH SLOTS BEFORE UPDATE (read warning at top of page) Follow step 7a to accomplish updating both slots to the Android 13 bootloader:

    7a. Type fastboot flash bootloader --slot=all <bootloader image in platform tools>


    PRIOR TO FLASHING THE FACTORY IMAGE:

    -if you want a clean install, WIPING ALL DATA, skip to step #8
    -if you want to SAVE data, edit the FLASH ALL.bat file, REMOVING the -w (leaving just ONE space between the remaining text) and SAVE the file (reopen file to verify -w is removed)


    Disabling Verity and Verification isn't required except for use with some custom kernels, but just rooting those custom kernels with the latest Magisk Stable v24.1 or higher should make them not require disabled Verity and Verification anymore. click HERE for more



    8- Flash the factory image by typing FLASH-ALL


    9- After the install, it will reboot into system, let everything settle, skip start up options and get to where you can download the latest MAGISK apk on your device (downloads folder)

    ***DISABLE MAGISK MODULES as some have reported issues caused by some active modules***


    10- Connect your device and PC and put the extracted BOOT.img file (from the CURRENT factory image you are flashing FOUND IN THE SECOND ZIP FOLDER) that you placed on your PC, put it on your mobile device where you can easily find it (I created a folder FILES TO FLASH)


    11- Install Magisk (use Canary 24310 linked above), follow instructions to allow files like this to be installed) ***DISABLE MAGISK MODULES as some have reported issues caused by some active modules***


    12- Open Magisk and choose SELECT AND PATCH FILE (select the BOOT.img you just put on your device


    13- Copy the new PATCHED BOOT.img from your download folder back into your PLATFORM TOOLS folder where the fastboot application is located on your PC


    14- Boot device into fastboot/bootloader, connect device and PC


    15- Type CMD in address bar and verify fastboot connection (step 4)


    16- Type fastboot reboot bootloader


    17- Type fastboot flash boot --slot=all (drag and drop patched boot.img here) OR type in the file name magisk_patched-xxxxxxxxxx.img)



    18- Reboot into System


    UPDATE Factory Image WITHOUT Wiping Data:


    1- Within the Platform Tools folder, find the FLASH-ALL (.bat) file


    2- Open it with text editor and
    remove the -w (keep ONE space between remaining text, SAVE file, reopen to verify -w is removed)


    3- Verify FASTBOOT DEVICES by typing CMD in the address bar of the same platform tools folder


    4- Type FLASH-ALL


    5- Let it boot into system and settle for a minute


    6- Patch the boot image (follow steps 10, 12 -18 above)


    *** Thanks to V0latyle, roirraW "edor" ehT, and Lughnasadh for the foundations of these instructions! ***

    Please let me know if any part of this process is incorrect, has been updated, or is no longer necessary (y) (y) (y)
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    If anyone finds errors, missing or confusing information while following the steps in the OP, please post it and tag me so I can fix it immediately.

    A few things I'm seeing in other threads is users still using disable verity, and not verifying their edit of the falsh-all.bat file, then accidentally wiping their device.

    My OP is supposed to be super easy for anyone without much knowledge using fastboot, so if anyone has suggestions, please post them.

    Thanks!
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    Right, I wanted to wipe. It's a brand new phone that was on .036, and not yet activated. I'm wondering if I did wipe, with the --disable-verity --disable-verification into the .bat file, am I good to go ahead and install Magisk, and from now on, not wipe on future updates, or do I have to do this extra step after (fastboot flash vbmeta --disable-verity --disable-verification vbmeta.img)?
    Oh, you wanted to wipe, lol. My misunderstanding. Yeah, what @Az Biker said.
    It appears that everything is fine. I have Magisk installed after patching image. I'm not getting any modules to pop up in the search though, so I guess I'll head to Magisk thread to see what's up there.
    The Magisk Repo has been removed from the Magisk app. You can use this instead...

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    This is great, it's been like 7 years since I last rooted. Can you also do one for OTA step by step?
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    Maybe it makes more sense to combine and improve upon existing tutorials, instead of creating a load of new ones. It's getting a bit confusing here, ESPECIALLY since we don't have any sub-threads/forums.

    Why is that, anyway? it makes sifting through threads here a nightmare, since you have to scroll through dozens of threads to find one that suits your interest. Instead of just giving us, like, an overview labeled "mods", "kernels", "camera", "discussion", "flame" - like, in every other previous XDA Pixel forum?!