Here we have a complete set of tips and tutorials to teach you how to unlock the bootloader, install a custom recovery and root the Pixel and Pixel XL. There are also a number of tips to teach you the ins and outs of the software. I break these down into both generic software tips to show you all of the software features that are available, and root tutorials to walk you through the entire process from beginning to end.
Some of the root tutorials will need to be done in a certain order. For example, you’ll need to install a custom recovery before you can root the Pixel or Pixel XL. So in those cases I specifically mention these requirements when writing up a tutorial. The same is said with root applications too. If an app or a tip requires root access, then I will mention this and then link you to the guides you will need to follow first.
Here you’ll find a list of all the available custom ROMs that you can install on your Pixel or your Pixel XL smartphone from Google.
Kernels can really change how your smartphone performs so here’s a list of the best custom kernels for both the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
If you want to switch to a custom kernel on the Pixel or the Pixel XL, then you can follow these steps to install one of the many popular options from XDA.
We’re starting to see custom ROMs released for the Pixel phones, and today I’m going to show you how to use Pure Nexus as my example for how to install one.
If you use a WiFi internet connection that is metered, you can set limit network usage on both the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
If you don’t have any use for Google Assistant on the Pixel or the Pixel XL, then let me show you how to completely turn it off on the phone.
Once you have created your first Nandroid backup, you can follow these steps to do a complete restore on both the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
Google Now has been replaced by Google Assistant on the Pixel phones, and you can activate the feature by following these steps.
If you don’t like the order of your Quick Settings Tiles, you can follow these steps to add, delete and rearrange them on both the Pixel and Pixel XL.
If you don’t mind using a custom launcher, you can follow these steps to change to a different icon pack on the Pixel and the Pixel XL.