Android toolkit for Pixel and Pixel XL
Unified Android toolkit for Pixel and Pixel XL devicesGoogle

Just before Google's new Pixel series hits the market, an all-in-one toolkit has been released for the devices, which provide functions like rooting, unlocking bootloader, installing driver, creating and restoring backup.

Apart from supporting the new Pixel smartphone, the toolkit has an option at startup to run a basic Android toolkit, which can be used for any Android device to install drivers, backups, install APK files, reboot the device and run command prompt.

Why does one need a toolkit? While there are various methods floating around the web on how to perform these functions, performing each one usually takes a substantial amount of time. However, a unified toolkit is supposed to do the job in just one click by following the on-screen prompts.

Like always, XDA forum member mskip, who is well- known for his all-in-one toolkits and has previously released toolkits for Nexus devices, has created this unified Android toolkit for Pixel phones.

The developer says as the stock firmware and custom recovery are not available for the Pixel phones, a few important functions such as root and flashing custom recovery options have been disabled. He promises to enable these functions and add stock firmware once the stock firmware and recovery become available.

But keep in mind that some wireless carriers like Verizon may have locked the bootloader of the Pixel phone, meaning you will not be able to unlock the bootloader, root or flush custom recovery. Here are some basic functions of the toolkit.

Note that IBTimes UK cannot be held liable for any potential damage to the device from performing this process. Users should proceed at their own risk.

Unified Android toolkit functions

  • Installs adb/fastboot drivers automatically on Windows PC
  • Backup and restore a single package or all apps, user data and internal storage
  • Backup data from folders like internal or external storage to the PC
  • Root stock firmware
  • Various root options using insecure boot image or custom recovery
  • Use SkipRoot boot image to Auto Root device, install BusyBox binaries and rename recovery restore files [selected devices]
  • Install BusyBox
  • Perform a full Android backup of your system (boot, cache, data, recovery and system) via adb and save in custom recovery format on your PC [if insecure boot image available]
  • Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC [if insecure boot image available]
  • Dump selected device partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC [if insecure boot image available]
  • Extras, tips and tricks section
  • Auto update toolkit to latest available version at startup
  • Mods section to automatically perform certain tasks on your device
  • Flash custom recovery or Google stock image to device
  • Flash any part of a stock Nexus image to device [boot, system, recovery]
  • Rename recovery restore file present on some stock ROM
  • Flash custom recovery to device
  • Install a single apk or multiple apk's to your device
  • Push files from your PC to the phone
  • Pull files from your device to the PC
  • Disable forced encryption on Nexus5X, 6, 6P, 9, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel, Pixel XL
  • Install root checker app by Burrows apps
  • Install backup/restore app by MDroid Apps [calls log, sms, contacts]
  • Install EFS/Partition Backup/Restore app
  • Dump selected LogCat buffers to the PC
  • Set files permissions on your device
  • Open new command prompt for manual input
  • Display important information about the device

Following are some basic functions you must know:

How to enter fastboot mode

  • Switch off your phone
  • Unplug the USB cable
  • Hold the Volume Down /Up and Power buttons together to boot into fastboot mode menu.

For recovery

  • Boot the phone into Fastboot mode
  • Using the Volume Down button scroll down to Recovery Mode and press it using the Power button to get into recovery.

To get into stock recovery screen

Press the Power button and then the Volume Up button. You should now be presented with a blue recovery screen.