Root Google Pixel 3a/XL Android 12 using Magisk

Even though Google provides better software, Its Android OS is available only with the other mobile manufacturers. But, Google breaks this with their Pixel mobile lineups. But, Since the price is high and Pixel mobiles only available as flagship mobiles, Mid-range users are in a situation to can’t taste the Pixel Experience. Google breaks this barrier with their “a” lineup in the Google Pixel 3 series. It comes with both regular and XL variants. Google has already rolled out Android 12 to Google Pixel 3a. You are mostly free from bloatware apps when you have the Stock Android version. But when you are a regular Root apps user or Developer, you can use the below method to root your Google Pixel 3a/XL Android 12 since we are using the Magisk only method. We can’t flash custom ROMs. But we can use All root apps and Magisk Mods.
Google Pixel 3a Android 12 Adaptive Battery

After the root, you will not get official updates from Google. You have to flash the Stock firmware again to update and stay with the latest version. So, I advise until you have a proper reason, don’t root your mobile. If you are a Developer or Regular root apps user, you can follow the below guide to achieve root on your mobile.

Why should you Root Google Pixel 3a/XL?

We thank XDA Developers- topjohnwu and Homeboy76 (Who successfully tested this method). Without their hard work, We can’t make this method. Coming to root, you should have a proper reason, and you know what you are doing. Yes, with a minimum of 4 GB RAM and a Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 processor, You can use this mobile without root for 2-3 Years If you use it in regular usage. Software is better compared with other manufacturers, Custom skin OS. Don’t root because everybody says it can become fast when you root your mobile. No. Rooting is to extract some performance from the device. But, you already have Optimized Powerful specs and software. So, If you are addicted to some root apps, you can root. But, if you want to test, I won’t recommend it.

How to Root Google Pixel 3a/XL Android 12 (Sargo, Bonito, International versions)

Google Pixel 3a/XL International Variants has a more flexible bootloader than carrier-locked devices. This means that We can easily root different smartphone variants. The device can also install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app.

This article explained the easiest method to follow and install Magisk on Google Pixel 3a/XL. But In the below process, we will Root this device by using Magisk. You can install Official TWRP using the official app when it is released. TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file that We must install on your devices because you can root them successfully. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.

With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the Custom ROMs into your Google Pixel 3a/XL. You can flash TWRP once it is available. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that you can easily install any root apps with the Magisk present on your device. Does it seem complicated? Relax; We will explain everything succinctly in bullets.

Things to check out for;

  • Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%

  • Back up your current files and data complete the data loss process (save them on external storage).

Pre-Requirement StepsOnePlus 6T OEM Unlock and USB Debugging

  • Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock on your mobile. To do this, go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode, OEM Unlock. There is no complicated process in Google Pixel 3a/XL.

  • Download the ADB drivers. Install it on your PC.

  • Also, download the regular Partition Fastboot drivers Install It on your PC. Use these drivers to flash the Boot image file.

Unlock Bootloader Google Pixel 3a/XL using ADB and Fastboot

Google Pixel 3a XL Fastboot Mode

  • Switch off your device. Then, enter into Fastboot mode. To do this, press and hold down the Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for some time and connect your mobile with your PC.

Fastboot Mode Warning Google Pixel 3

  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Connect the Google Pixel 3a/XL mobile to the computer via USB cable.

  • Launch the fastboot on your computer. Open a Command prompt on your PC and type the below command.

  • fastboot devices
  • If you are detected, type the below command and hit Enter. It should display the connected devices. If you didn’t get the device, restart the command prompt and Disconnect and Connect your Google Pixel 3a/XL.
  • fastboot flashing unlock
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Bootloader Unlock Warning Screen Google Pixel XL

  • Confirm unlock Bootloader in your Mobile Screen.
  • After the successful unlock, your device will automatically reboot to the standard OS.

  • Check again to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode, OEM Unlock. Sometimes they disabled themselves after the boot.

Preparing Patched Boot Image file for Google Pixel 3a/XL

  • Download Google Pixel 3a/XL Firmware and save it on your PC (Factory Image file, not OTA). Your Current OS version and Downloaded Version should be the Same.
  • You can use Phone Info to know your firmware version.
  • Download 7Zip-ZS Install on your PC. Extract the files in downloaded firmware using 7Zip-ZS. You will get a lot of data. You should extract another .zip file inside the already extracted firmware to get the boot file. Copy boot.img file to your mobile.

Google Pixel 3a Android 12 Extracted Firmware Files

  • Download Magisk Manager (Download Latest version) or Magisk canary and Install it on your mobile. Open Installed Magisk and Select Install in Magisk; it will ask For zip file and Patch Boot Image File. Select the Boot Image file.

Magisk Boot Image File

  • Navigate to your copied Boot Image File and patch the file in .img format.

Magisk Firmware Patch Process

  • Wait for the process to complete; in the end, you will get a magisk patched .img file. The .img file will be in the same folder where you have the boot. img.
  • Copy magisk_patched.img file to your PC. Rename the file to boot.img again.

Flash Patched Recovery Image using ADB and Fastboot

  • Switch off your device. Then, enter into Fastboot mode. To do this, press and hold down the Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for some time.
  • Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.

  • Connect the Google Pixel 3a/XL mobile to the computer via USB cable.

  • Launch the fastboot on your computer. Open a Command prompt on your PC and type the below command.

  • fastboot devices
  • It should display the connected devices. If you didn’t get the mobile, restart the command prompt and Disconnect and Connect your Google Pixel 3a/XL. If you are detected, type the below command and hit Enter.

fastboot flash boot img

  • fastboot flash boot –slot all boot.img
  • After the process is complete, Press the Volume Down+ Power button to exit Fastboot mode. When the screen goes off, Immediately Press Volume Up + Power buttons to boot into Recovery mode.
  • After entering into Stock recovery mode, Go to Wipe Data/Factory Reset and Select Yes to wipe data. It will erase your saved data on your device. Don’t Boot into OS; read below Boot stages before booting.
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Boot into Rooted OS

  • Press and Hold Volume Up + Power buttons, release all the keys once the Bootloader warning appears. You have to set up your device like a new device. You can select the root status using the Root Checker.
  • Stock Recovery Boot – Press and Hold Volume Up + Power buttons release keys while holding the Volume Up key.
  • You will see Magisk Manager in your App drawer. If you can’t find the app, you can install Magisk Manager on your mobile.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Android 12 Root Magisk Screenshot

What More?

In my opinion, you don’t need to root for your Google Pixel 3a/XL Android 12. If you thought you could Improve Performance By rooting; With the Qualcomm SDM670 Snapdragon 670 Octa-Core processor and 4 GB RAM. If you don’t know how much RAM you need, You will never use this much RAM. It would help if you did not Boot into Normal OS Booting by pressing the power button after firmware flash. It will boot you to a Non-Rooted environment. If you accidentally urge and boot frequently, Don’t panic; after setting everything up, switch off your device and boot into Rooted OS using the keys mentioned above. Don’t Install any apps other than trusted sites on rooted devices. Third-party site apps can contain some background codes. So, Check twice before installing those apps.

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