How to Root Google Pixel C Tablet and Install TWRP Recovery

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If you own a Google Pixel C Tablet, and also want to root the device, then you are on the right page.

The Google Pixel C Tablet is the 2016 flagship from Google. It is undoubtedly the most powerful and beautiful tablet of its, since it packs the premium design, and enhances Android Experience, since it is totally optimized as per the operating system. It is an 10.2-inch HD Touchscreen Tablet, which features the 64GB of internal storage (SSD), and runs on NVIDIA Tegra X1 CPU and Maxwell GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM. It shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box in the Silver-Aluminum color The Nvidia Tegra X1 octa-core chip is based on ARM architecture, in which four cores are faster, while other are slower and power efficient. The Tablet is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants, and both features the SSD hard disk for storage. The 10.2-inch IPS screen features the 308ppi pixel density, 2560x1800pixels resolution, and supports USB Type-C interface. The optional Keyboard accessory is available for the device, which can be attached magnetically through a hinge, and the keyboard can be attached to the front or back side of the tablet for storage purpose. The keyboard works or connect to the tablet through Bluetooth, and can be charged with the tablet. The Android 7.1.2 Nougat was released recently for the Pixel C device, and it continuously getting the Google Android updates, being an official Google device.

If you are an Android Enthusiast, and want to Root and Install TWRP recovery on your beloved, then you have landed on the right page. In the due course of the article, we will guiding you through the process to root Google Pixel C .

The TWRP features the material design, and attractive user interface (UI), and by following this guide you can install latest TWRP for Google Pixel C. You can download TWRP Recovery from the links provided in the pre-requisite section of this article. Kindly note that this is an official TWRP recovery and is only for Nexus Pixel (Kindly confirm the model by going to Settings>About). The process given below is merely for rooting and installing TWRP on Google Pixel C, do not try out this method on any other device.

If you want to unleash the full potential of the hardware of your Google Pixel C , then rooting and flashing custom recovery like TWRP is the main concern. The Stock ROMs have often limited and unsupported features in the sense of Customization. When you have a rooted device and also flashed TWRP recovery, then you are free to install any Custom ROMs, Mods, Kernel, and Xposed etc., as well as many apps which requires root access to work properly. You can easily root the device with One Click Android Root Tool, with either via PC or through the APK, which is a quick process.

Brief Details and Advantage of TWRP Recovery

TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is an open source, community development project. By flashing the TWRP, your device will be enabled to install any custom firmware, rooting your tablet, mod zip files for customizations, Xposed Modules for customized features, one click root and unroot processes. Apart from that, it allows you to take Full Nandroid Backup and restore it later, one click image file flashing, remove bloatware, overclock and underclock. Using TWRP, one can easily clean Wipe, Cache and Data after flashing any image file to reflect the changes and rectify minor errors due to cache.

For installing the TWRP, your Google Pixel C tablet must have the Unlocked bootloader. That means you have to firstly unlock the bootloader to root your device as well doing any customization.

Prerequiste

Ensure to check your model number, which must be:

Relevant
  • Google Google Pixel C

Supported Firmware:

  • Google Pixel C Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Google Pixel C Android 7.1.2 Nougat

You must have to ensure that prior to rooting your tablet , you have read thoroughly the disclaimer and you agree to proceed further on your risk.

  • tablet Should be Charged

Your tablet must be 70% charged at least, else, it may lead to complications sometimes while experimenting. Why to take risk, try to charge it fully.

  • Back Up

If you are either going to root your tablet or install a Custom ROM, it is a good habit to make a back up of your tablet. Make a back up of all your media like images, videos and all on your PC and your contacts on Cloud.

  • Enable USB Debugging

(Applicable only for PC method, Skip if you will use APK method)

You must enable USB debugging option by going in to Settings, Applications and Developer options.

Downloads For Rooting Google Pixel

Download Universal ADB Drivers here (If your PC have already drivers installed then skip this)

Download platform-tools/ SDK Tools package from Android SDK on PC from here. (Android command line tools> SDK Tools package)

Download TWRP Recovery for Google Pixel C from here:

TWRP Recovery 3.1.1.0 (Login required)

Download SuperSU by Chainfire from here.

Make sure that you have downloaded the required files (link in pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.


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Steps to Unlock Bootloader of Nexus Pixel

Note: If you have already unlocked bootloader, then skip these steps.

Step 1: First, you need to Connect your Nexus Pixel Device to the computer, in Fastboot Mode. You can reboot your device to fastboot using the command in adb terminal:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 2: Now, open the Adb Terminal in PC, and then just enter this command:

fastboot oem unlock-go

Step 3: Then, issue this command:

fastboot oem unlock-go

At this stage, your device will be reboot automatically. Now, you can Root Google Pixel C, as bootloader of your device is already unlocked.

Steps to Flash/ Install TWRP on Google Pixel C

Step 1: Assuming you have already downloaded the platform-tools from Android SDK (SDK Manager) platform-tools on your PC. The platform-tools contains the required adb and fastboot binaries.

Step 2: Make sure that the drivers are installed on your computer. Then, skip to the next step.

Note: If Developer Settings and USB Debugging settings are already enabled on your device, as suggested in Prerequisite section, then simply skip the Step 3 and Step 4, and follow Step 5 directly.

Step 3: Now, enable the developer settings on your Google Pixel C Device. To achieve the same, just navigate to the Settings -> About and then find the ‘Build Number ‘, and then tap on ‘Build Number’ for 7 times, this will enable the developer settings on your device.

Step 4: If you have USB Debugging already, then skip this step. If you have not, then open the Developer Options and then enable USB debugging option.

Step 5: Now, open the command prompt in computer/ ADB Terminal, and simply type the command:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 6: Your device should have not entered into fastboot mode. Now copy the TWRP.img file downloaded in prerequisite section, to the same folder where adb and fastboot binaries are located. Rename the file to ‘twrp.img’ and then enter this command:

fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

and then run this command, type:

fastboot reboot

Step 7 (Important): Some devices might not replace the custom recovery automatically during the first boot. You can search Google for key combinations to enter your device into recovery mode. After running the ‘fastboot reboot’ command, press and hold the proper key combination to enter device into TWRP Mode. Once the device boots to TWRP mode, the TWRP will automatically patch the stock ROM, to prevent the chances of replacing TWRP with Stock Recovery.

After typing fastboot reboot, hold the key combo and boot to TWRP. Once TWRP is booted, TWRP will patch the stock ROM to prevent the stock ROM from replacing TWRP. If you don’t follow this step, you will have to repeat the install.

Procedure to Root Google Pixel C Tablet/ Install SuperSU

Make sure that you have downloaded SuperSU (link in pre-requisite section of this article). Then, proceed to the steps.

Step 1: Transfer the downloaded SuperSU.zip file to the internal storage / SD card of your Pixel C Pixel tablet.

Step 2: Now, just boot into the recovery. From the TWRP interface, you can optionally backup the Stock ROM. Though, I would recommend to backup the Stock ROM. Because if in case process gets failed, you can flash the Stock ROM.

Install TWRP 3;0

Step 3: Tap on Install ‘, and then navigate to the file ‘SuperSU.zip’ and swipe to confirm flash (located at the bottom of the screen). The flashing process of SuperSU has been started and will take few seconds to complete.

Congratulations, now you have rooted Google Pixel C Tablet and also flashed the TWRP. Now, you can install Xposed Framework, and customize your tablet as per your preference. If you wish to verify, you may download and check the Root Status through Root Checker app.

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