{Easiest Way} Root Pixel 3a / 3a XL With Magisk (No TWRP Required)

If you are a Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL user, then we have awesome news for you guys. Finally, both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL can be rooted with Magisk. The best part is users don’t need to have TWRP recovery. Currently, there is no TWRP recovery available for the devices, so it is the only way to Root Pixel 3a / 3a XL.

Rooting OnePlus 7 Pro gives you additional benefits like you can install special apps, flash custom ROMs, you can streamline your phone performance and many extra features. The real performance of an Android smartphone can only be unlocked once it is rooted. Rooting your Pixel 3a/3a XL, lets the user flash different Custom MODs, ROMs, and such stuff onto the device.

What is Rooting An Android Device Mean?

Rooting is the process of gaining full admin control of the Android device. You can use the device to its full potential,‘Rooting’ means giving yourself special privilege or “root permissions” on your phone. It’s similar to running programs as administrators in Windows.

After rooting your device you can install different MODs, kernel, ROMs on your device. You can install the latest Android updates (like the Android 8.0 Oreo or 9.0 Pie) On old device by installing third-party ROMs like Lineage OS 15.1 or AOSP Pie. You can overclock the CPU and GPU of your device to get the best performance. You can hibernate any app you want. You can underclock the CPU to get better battery life.

 For more information about Android rooting, check out our detailed post here > What Is Rooting Android Phone? Advantages And Disadvantages

Important Note: Magisk is available for both 3a and 3a XL but as there is no TWRP, you can’t flash them. Now we have to manually modify the stock boot image by patch

How To Root Pixel 3a and 3a XL With Magisk Manager

Root Pixel 3a / 3a XL

#1 Unlock the bootloader

#2 Download stock boot image

Download the boot fle according to your device. Once downloaded, unzip the file and open it, look for an .zip file which has a name starting with image-bonito or image-sargo. Open that file too, now you will see a file named boot.img (This is the official stock image or firmware)

#3 Patch boot image

  • Move the boot.img to your device’s internal storage.
  • Download & install the latest Magisk Manager on your device
  • Open magisk manager, On the main screen, select Install > Install > Patch Boot Image File
  • Now select the boot image (boot.img). Magisk will start to patch the boot image.
  • After completion, the file will be saved as “magisk_patched.img” in your Downloads folder

#4 Finally, Root Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

  • Connect your device to PC and transfer the “magisk_patched.img” file from your phone’s download section to the platform-tools folder on your PC

Download and Install Latest ADB and Fastboot SDK Platform-Tools (2019)

  • Now issue the following command to boot your device to bootloader mode (Make sure your device is connected to the PC)
adb reboot bootoader
  • Now issue the command given below to Flash the patched boot image
fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img

Done !!! Just reboot your device. Your device should be rooted now.

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Dibyashree Sharma

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