11/22/2021: I think I have to take a mental health break. Too many folks on here are lashing out at others, and this is one of the reasons why I was hardly active on here for the last five years. I'm turning off all notifications, so I won't see if anyone quotes or mentions me unless I manually look. I'll try to be back, especially if there's something new that needs adjusting in the OP.
Some of the information here applies to other variants, but I won't necessarily update information in the OP for them. Feel free to ask about general questions, but for anything that's specific to your variant, you should use one of the other already existing threads. You'll find Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile-related threads in those respective search results.
Here there be dragons. I am not responsible for anything at all.
Likewise, when wanting to root you have to disable verity and verification, after which you'll need to wipe the phone, so best just to go ahead and disable these immediately after unlocking the bootloader. See the section below "A list of the other important guides".
My experience on my Pixel 1 was that there were no negative consequences if you unlock or re-lock the bootloader other than it will wipe your phone, and while unlocked you get a brief screen when you boot the phone telling you (and anyone who sees your phone at the time) that the bootloader is unlocked. All of this should still be the case. You will also continue to receive updates. Unlike Samsung, Sony, et cetera, which have major consequences with reduced functionality even if you un-root and re-lock your bootloader. If you're actually rooted (not just bootloader unlocked), you'll have to perform extra steps to keep root/re-root.
All posts about Google Pay or banking will be reported to be deleted. Please keep this thread on-topic. There are at least one or two other How To Guide threads in this section in which folks discuss how to get around banking app restrictions when you're rooted or just have an unlocked bootloader.
If users persist in discussing banking apps in this thread, I will have this thread locked and only update this first post when there is new and updated information regarding the subjects of the title of the thread: Unlocking the Pixel 6 Pro bootloader, rooting, and TWRP.
Honorable mention to @Jawomo's aodNotify - Notification Light / LED for Pixel 6 Pro! (XDA link) / Notification light / LED for Pixel - aodNotify (Play Store link), which in my opinion restores useful functionality missing in most phones these days.
Official Google Pixel Update and Software Repair
Official Google Pixel Install fingerprint calibration software (also available at the bottom of the Update and Software Repair page above) - I believe this is only helpful if you've replaced the screen
Official Google Android Flash Tool
ADB/Fastboot, Windows Drivers, and unlocking the bootloader (thanks @sidhaarthm for confirming unlocking the bootloader works as intended, be sure to thank him in his post)
- You'll need this if you're going to unlock the bootloader on your Pixel 6 Pro: SDK Platform Tools (download links for Windows, Mac, and Linux). Note that you can find links to download the tools elsewhere, but I wouldn't trust them - you never know if they've been modified. Even if the person providing the link didn't do anything intentionally, the tools could be modified without them being aware. Why take a chance of putting your phone security further at risk?
- You can alternately use the tools from the SDK Manager, but most of us will want to stick to the basic tools-only without the complications of the full development manager.
- For Windows, get Google's drivers here Get the Google USB Driver (ADB will likely work while the phone is fully booted, but if you're like me, you'll need these drivers for after you "adb reboot-bootloader", to be able to use ADB and Fastboot.
- Thanks to @96carboard for posting the details of unlocking the bootloader, be sure to thank him in his post. Unlocking or locking the bootloader will wipe the device every single time, so be sure to have your data backed up before doing so, or better yet, just unlock it as soon as you get the device. Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader or rooting might affect your phone's capability to use banking apps such as Google Pay, or your local bank's app. If you're going to re-lock the bootloader, make sure the ROM you have on your phone is completely stock (by flashing the latest official firmware) BEFORE re-locking it. My experience on my Pixel 1 was that there were no negative consequences if you unlock or re-lock the bootloader other than it will wipe your phone, and while unlocked you get a brief screen when you boot the phone telling you (and anyone who sees your phone at the time) that the bootloader is unlocked. All of this should still be the case. You will also continue to receive updates. Unlike Samsung, Sony, et cetera, which have major consequences with reduced functionality even if you un-root and re-lock your bootloader. If you're actually rooted (not just bootloader unlocked), you'll have to perform extra steps to keep root/re-root.:
The unlock process works like this:
1) Take brand new fresh phone out of box. Do NOT put sim card in it, just power it on (you can put a SIM card if you want, you just don't have to).
2) When it starts harassing you to join Google, hit "skip" and "remind me tomorrow" as applicable until you reach home screen. YOU DO NOT need to plug in a google account.
3) Settings --> About --> Build number. Repeatedly tap it until it says you're a developer.
4) Back --> Network --> WiFi and connect it.
5) Back --> System --> Developer --> OEM unlocking (check), USB debugging (check), plug in USB, authorize on the phone when requested.
Using the Platform Tools previously mentioned in command line/terminal:
6) #7) #Code:
fastboot flashing unlock
Now that you've unlocked it, it has been wiped, so repeat 1-4, then disable all the google spyware, and go ahead and start using it while waiting for aosp and root.
Official Instructions for Locking/Unlocking the Bootloader
@Az Biker's thread [How To Guide] [Pixel 6 Pro] Easy STEP BY STEP Unlock-Root. Does not include OTA update instructions (yet).
Things that make rooting more complicated on Android 12
A list of the other important guides - be sure to thank the respective OPs
For all relevant guide threads just click the yellow "How To Guide" quick filter above the list of threads in the Pixel 6 Pro section.
- Here's the Magisksection of XDA's forums, for rooting.
- Reference @V0latyle 's thread [How To Guide] Firmware is out! Get your root on! for rooting.
- @V0latyle's thread ****READ THIS BEFORE UPDATING!***** (detailed explanation of Verified Boot/Verity/Verification, and why it requires wiping after)
- @Pekempy's thread Working SafetyNet with Pixel 6 Pro Android 12
- @sean222's thread Restore WiFi and Cellular Data in Quick Settings (Root Required)
- @rickysidhu_'s thread HBM (High Brightness Mode)
- @gururoop's thread Probable method to upgrade every month, without wiping data and retaining root
- @rickysidhu_'s thread Limit Charge
TWRP (not made for the Pixel 6 Pro yet - will update when it has)
I would guess that this should be the appropriate URL for official TWRP custom recovery for the Pixel 6 Pro, but who knows when/if that will actually be made available, and it may become available unofficially in these forum sections before being made official. I'll adjust this URL as needed. https://twrp.me/google/googlepixel6pro.html.
Custom kernels for stock ROM(s)
It's also handy to have to the full official firmware available, whether it's to recovery from accidents or for actual development. Note the official link to the general Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices page. The following link goes directly to the Pixel 6 Pro (Raven) section: Pixel 6 Pro Factory Images. I prefer to actually bookmark a link to the device listed immediately below the device I want the firmware for, because Google dumbly (in my opinion) puts the latest firmware at the bottom of the list for each particular device, and that ends up making you scroll a lot after a year or two of monthly updates.
List of all Pixel monthly security bulletins
- 11/16/2021: November software update for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (US and Japan only, selected carriers)
- 11/1/2021: Google Android Pixel Security Update - Nov 2021
- Pixel Update Bulletins - nothing here yet for either of the November OTAs
- Verizon's webpage for Pixel 6 Pro update changes: Google Pixel 6 Pro Software Update. Thanks to @LLStarks and @bouchigo for making me aware of it.
Copy of Verizon changelogs in case they disappear
System Update 1
Release date: 11/16/2021
Android™ Security Patch Level: October 2021
Software Version: SD1A.210817.037.A1
The current software update improves the performance of your device's fingerprint sensor.
Release date: 10/28/2021
Android Security Patch Level: October 2021
Software Version: SD1A.210817.036.A8
The current software update provides performance improvements and the most up to date Android security patches on your device.
Full OTA Images