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How to Root Pixel Experience ROM via TWRP Recovery

In this guide, we will show you the steps to root the Pixel Experience ROM via TWRP Recovery. Out of the plentitude of custom ROMs that we currently have at our disposal, Pixel Experience has managed to carve out a rich fanbase for itself. The reason for the same is there for everyone to see. Sticking with its USP of providing a clean and near-about stock OS experience, it has quickly become the go-to choice for tech enthusiasts.

While some might suggest that it lacks a few customizations and tweaks, but that is more along the expected lines. With that said, there’s still a window of opportunity through which you could get more out of this ROM. For that, all that is needed is access to the system partition. In other words, you would have to root your device. Once you do so, you could try out a plethora of mods, such as  Xposed FrameworkMagisk ModulesSubstratum Themes, and Viper4Android.

So he could one carry out this root? Well, I recently covered an article on how you could Root Pixel Experience using Magisk, but without TWRP. The only issue with that method is that it required quite a lot of effort. You had to download the entire ROM file, extract the payload.bin file, patch it via Magisk and flash it via Fastboot. On the other hand, the method that we are going to discuss in this guide is quite a shorter one and easy to execute as well. So without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Root Pixel Experience ROM via TWRP Recovery

The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow in the exact same sequence as mentioned. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

install adb platform tools windows

First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Install TWRP Recovery

Next up, you will have to install the TWRP Recovery on your device. Chances are, most of you might already have it installed. However, if that is not the case, then please refer to our guide to Install TWRP Recovery on Android. Here are the generalized instructions, in short:

fastboot boot twrp.img //to just boot your device to TWRP for one-time usage
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img // for permanent flashing of TWRP to Recovery partition
fastboot flash boot twrp.img // for flashing TWRP to the Boot partition
fastboot flash boot_a twrp.img // for flashing TWRP to the A slot of the Boot partition

STEP 3: Download the Magisk App

For rooting the Pixel Experience ROM via TWRP, you would need to download the Magisk App. Before that, there’s an important point worth discussing. Beginning with version 22, Magisk ZIP and APK have been combined into a single Magisk APK file [Download Link].

So if you are going to use this (recommended), then just rename the Magisk APK to Magisk ZIP to make it TWRP flashable. On the other hand, if you are planning to download an earlier build, then directly grab hold of the Magisk Installer ZIP file. Anyways, once you have downloaded either of the Magisk ZIP file, transfer it to your device.

Apart from that, some devices also require you to flash DM_Verity ZIP to disable encryption. You could reverify the same from your device’s XDA Forum or the ROM’s official page. And if that is required, then download it from here: Disable_Dm-Verity_ForceEncrypt_11.02.2020.zip. Make sure to transfer this file to your device as well.

STEP 4: Boot Device to TWRP Recovery

  1. To begin with, connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to TWRP:
    adb reboot recovery

STEP 5: Flash Magisk App via TWRP | Root Pixel Experience

  1. Once booted to TWRP, go to the Install section.
  2. Then navigate to the Magisk ZIP file and select it.
  3. Finally, perform a right swipe to flash this file.
  4. Now, if your device requires you to flash DM Verity, then reboot your device to Recovery. For that, go to Reboot and tap on Recovery.
  5. After this, go to Install, select the DM Verity ZIP file and perform a right swipe to flash it.
  6. Once that is done, you may reboot the device to the OS. For that, go to Reboot and select System.

So this was all from this guide on how to root the Pixel Experience ROM using the TWRP Recovery. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

    I attempted to root a Pixel Experience ROM using the TWRP Recovery, Flashing Magisk 23.0… the process Fails every time displaying
    “Updater process ended with ERROR: 1
    Error installing zip file ‘path/Magiskv23.0.zip’

  • hello, is the data deleted? Thank you

  • hola, se borraran los datos??????????

  • How do I know if my device requires DM Verity?

    • Sadique Hassan

      Hi Pablo, when you are trying to access the Internal Storage via TWRP, are the file names exactly as they should be. If yes, then you don’t need to flash DM Verity. However, if all the file names are shown as alphanumeric strings, then you would need to flash DM Verity. You may use the ADB Sideload Command, a USB OTG, or send the file to SD Card before flashing as the Internal Storage would be unreadable in such a case.