Google has recently launched its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, packed with exciting features and capabilities. However, for tech enthusiasts who want to take customization to the next level, rooting your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro is the way to go. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of rooting your device using Magisk Patched Init_Boot.

Step 1: Install Android SDK

To begin, you’ll need to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your computer. These tools include the official ADB and Fastboot binaries provided by Google. Download and extract them to a convenient location on your PC.

Step 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

Before you can proceed, enable Developer Options on your smartphone. Navigate to Settings -> About phone -> tap on Build number seven times. Return to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> Developer options, and finally, enable USB debugging and OEM unlocking.

Step 3: Unlock the Bootloader

Unlocking the bootloader is a crucial step in the rooting process. Be aware that unlocking your smartphone’s bootloader will erase all data and void your device’s warranty.

Step 4: Download Pixel 8/Pixel 8 Pro Init_Boot.img

  • First, download the factory image that matches your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro’s current software version. You can find this information in Settings -> About Phone -> Build Number.
  • Extract the downloaded file to a location on your computer.
  • Within the extracted folder, locate the init_boot.img file.
  • Transfer this file to your device.

Step 5: Patch Boot/Init_Boot using Magisk

  • Download and install the Magisk app on your smartphone.
  • Launch the Magisk app and tap the “Install” button next to Magisk.
  • Select “Select and Patch a File” from the options.
  • Navigate to the stock init_boot file on your device and select it.
  • Tap “Let’s Go” at the top right corner.
  • The init_boot file will be patched and saved in the Downloads folder.
  • Transfer this patched file to the platform-tools folder on your PC.

Step 6: Boot your device to Fastboot Mode

  1. Connect your smartphone to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. Make sure that USB debugging is enabled on your phone.
  3. Open the platform-tools folder on your PC and type “CMD” in the address bar, then press Enter. This will open the Command Prompt.
  4. In the Command Prompt, type the following command to boot your device into Fastboot Mode:
    • adb reboot bootloader
  5. To verify the Fastboot connection, type the following command:
    • fastboot devices

If you see a device ID followed by the word “fastboot,” the connection is successful.

Step 7: Root Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro using Magisk Patched Init_Boot

  1. In the CMD window, type the following command to flash the patched init_boot.img file:
    • fastboot flash init_boot magisk_patched.img
  2. Make sure to replace “magisk_patched.img” with the actual name of your patched init_boot.img file.
  3. If the command above doesn’t work, manually flash the init_boot to both slots using the following commands:
    • fastboot flash init_boot_a magisk_patched_boot.img
    • fastboot flash init_boot_b magisk_patched_boot.img
  4. Your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro will now boot into the rooted operating system.
  5. If the device doesn’t boot automatically, enter the following command to manually initiate the process:
    • fastboot reboot


Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro using Magisk Patched Init_Boot. With root access, you can explore a world of customization options and take full control of your device’s capabilities.


1. What is rooting, and why should I root my Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro?

Rooting allows you to gain privileged access to your device’s operating system, enabling advanced customization and the installation of apps that require root access. It’s ideal for users who want to personalize their devices to the fullest.

2. Will rooting my device void its warranty?

Yes, unlocking the bootloader and rooting your device typically voids the manufacturer’s warranty. Make sure to consider this before proceeding.

3. Are there any risks associated with rooting my smartphone?

Rooting can potentially cause software instability and security risks if not done correctly. Always follow reputable guides and back up your data before attempting to root.

4. Can I unroot my Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro if I change my mind?

Yes, you can unroot your device by flashing the stock firmware. However, this process may also wipe your data, so be sure to back up your important files.

5. What are some recommended apps and modifications for rooted Pixel devices?

Some popular apps and modifications for rooted devices include custom ROMs, ad-blockers, system-level tweaks, and apps that require root access for enhanced functionality. Explore the XDA Developers forum for a wealth of options.