Question Updating after root

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scuzzo500

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I have my pixel 7 rooted and I cannot get automatic updates. What would be the best way for me to get updates on my system? Going by the name I'd guess the pixelflasher is used, but I honestly just don't want to brick my Christmas gift so I'm asking for any guidance I can get.
 

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I have my pixel 7 rooted and I cannot get automatic updates. What would be the best way for me to get updates on my system? Going by the name I'd guess the pixelflasher is used, but I honestly just don't want to brick my Christmas gift so I'm asking for any guidance I can get.
You can update any way you want. You might find sideloading the OTA to be easiest.

The only way you can "accidentally" brick your device is if you break the bootloader by flashing the wrong image...but if you're not sure what that means, you probably shouldn't be attempting this anyway.
 

scuzzo500

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I'm pretty familiar with rooting and updating. If you look at my post history you can verify I've been working with root since Droid x2. I'm currently typing this on a one plus 7 pro I converted to gm1925. However, each platform has its specific issues and every new version of Android can be different. I don't have twrp to backup and I want to make sure I don't brick what, to me, is a significant financial investment. I'm just asking to understand what other individuals feel is best practices.
 

V0latyle

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I'm pretty familiar with rooting and updating. If you look at my post history you can verify I've been working with root since Droid x2. I'm currently typing this on a one plus 7 pro I converted to gm1925. However, each platform has its specific issues and every new version of Android can be different. I don't have twrp to backup and I want to make sure I don't brick what, to me, is a significant financial investment. I'm just asking to understand what other individuals feel is best practices.
I personally update using PixelFlasher and the factory image each month. Others prefer sideloading the OTA. Yet others restore the boot image and take automatic OTAs.

It's completely up to you. Again, the only way you'll brick your device is by doing something stupid such as flashing the wrong image to the bootloader partition. As long as the bootloader functions and you can interact with the device via ADB, it's not bricked and is recoverable
 

scuzzo500

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I personally update using PixelFlasher and the factory image each month. Others prefer sideloading the OTA. Yet others restore the boot image and take automatic OTAs.

It's completely up to you. Again, the only way you'll brick your device is by doing something stupid such as flashing the wrong image to the bootloader partition. As long as the bootloader functions and you can interact with the device via ADB, it's
 

scuzzo500

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I still haven't put the phone into regular use because I want to make sure I can keep root while updating. I just cannot stand ads. I'll start reading up on pixelflasher and get a good feel for it. Thank you for the help.
 

ktdt00

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I like sideloading OTA's when I'm stock. A couple commands from any device with current platform tools and it's done. It's also arguably the documented "Google way". Different strokes for different folks I guess...
 

scuzzo500

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Thank you to everyone. I've muddled through pixel flasher and I have updated to TD1A.221105.001. Now I'll jump in the pixelflash thread and ask a few questions.
 

oscarcam

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I have my pixel 7 rooted and I cannot get automatic updates. What would be the best way for me to get updates on my system? Going by the name I'd guess the pixelflasher is used, but I honestly just don't want to brick my Christmas gift so I'm asking for any guidance I can get.
I have just updated mine without problems:
1.Open magisk an disable modules.
2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
4.Install the ota in settings.
5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
patched again.
 
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alsansan

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I have just updated mine without problems:
1.Open magisk an disable modules.
2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
4.Install the ota in settings.
5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
patched again.
There is no problem if you install the last update without having installed the previous updates?
 

oscarcam

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There is no problem if you install the last update without having installed the previous updates?
If It's an OTA, i supose there is no problem. If the system gives you the option. Otherwise you can avoid previous justo using flasher. If you keep your init_boot patched It's easy to root again once used the flasher.
 
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I have just updated mine without problems:
1.Open magisk an disable modules.
2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
4.Install the ota in settings.
5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
patched again.
Just followed your instructions and it worked flawlessly. I totally forgot this and figured I would need to reflash each time.
 
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rathisarov

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I have just updated mine without problems:
1.Open magisk an disable modules.
2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
4.Install the ota in settings.
5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
patched again.
Followed your steps. It was easy and worked well.
Thank you
 
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I have just updated mine without problems:
1.Open magisk an disable modules.
2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
4.Install the ota in settings.
5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
patched again.
I thought the problem here was that the patching from magisk doesn't back up the boot_init (Yet). If I recall correctly pixel flasher ensured the backup being there.

That would mean next time the attempt to restore images might fail again. Unless if this issue of magisk has already been addressed. I didn't check.
 

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    I definitely bet on Pixelflasher. It is idiotproof and very handy.
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    I have my pixel 7 rooted and I cannot get automatic updates. What would be the best way for me to get updates on my system? Going by the name I'd guess the pixelflasher is used, but I honestly just don't want to brick my Christmas gift so I'm asking for any guidance I can get.
    I have just updated mine without problems:
    1.Open magisk an disable modules.
    2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
    4.Install the ota in settings.
    5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
    Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

    NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
    patched again.
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    I have just updated mine without problems:
    1.Open magisk an disable modules.
    2.Press uninstall magisk - restore images (DO NOT REBOOT)
    4.Install the ota in settings.
    5. IMPORTANT, once finished DO NOT REBOOT, open magisk again and press install- (install to inactive slot (after OTA).
    Then reboot and open magisk to enable the modules again. (maybe this is not necessary, to disable and enable, but it´s safer.

    NOTE: I have done this with december update, for unknown reason it was impossible to me with november. I that case i had to complete uninstall magisk, use pixel flasher and then flash init_boot
    patched again.
    Just followed your instructions and it worked flawlessly. I totally forgot this and figured I would need to reflash each time.
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    That's because you don't root just to block adds.
    I know plenty of other uses of root, I have developed several root apps and maintained various kernels over the years.

    Read what I quoted.
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    I thought the problem here was that the patching from magisk doesn't back up the boot_init (Yet). If I recall correctly pixel flasher ensured the backup being there.

    That would mean next time the attempt to restore images might fail again. Unless if this issue of magisk has already been addressed. I didn't check.
    You can follow the progress of fixing the issue here.