PixelFlasher Tool is a powerful application for flashing (updating) Pixel™ phones, as well as other Google™-made phones and tablets. It provides a simple and user-friendly interface for performing a variety of tasks, including:
- Flashing custom ROMs
- Patching boot images
- Installing Magisk modules
- Managing backups
- Wiping data
- Unlocking bootloaders
- And much more!
What’s New in PixelFlasher Tool V22.214.171.124
The latest version of PixelFlasher Tool includes several new features and improvements, including:
- Support for flashing custom ROMs with or without patching the boot image
- Option to flash to both slots
- Options to disable verity and or verification
- Ability to change the active slot
- Ability to live boot to custom boot / init_boot (temporary root)
- Ability to boot to recovery, fastbootd, safe mode, download mode, and sideload
- Ability to flash custom images: boot, recovery, radio, kernel, …
- Ability to sideload an image
- Lock / Unlock bootloader
- Option to gain temporary root (good for testing or checking things out)
- SOS Disable Magisk modules to get out of bootloop (experimental)
- Force option when flashing
- Option to skip rebooting
- Option to wipe
How to Use PixelFlasher Tool
To use PixelFlasher Tool, simply download the latest version from the PixelFlasher website and extract it to a convenient location. Then, connect your Pixel™ phone or other Google™-made phone or tablet to your computer using a USB cable. Open PixelFlasher Tool and select the desired option from the main menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the task.
PixelFlasher Tool also includes several advanced features for experienced users. These features can be accessed by enabling expert mode. Some of the advanced features include:
The ability to flash custom ROMs with or without patching the boot image: One of the key features that users look for in a custom recovery is the ability to flash custom ROMs. With this functionality, you can easily install a custom ROM of your choice, whether it requires patching the boot image or not. This flexibility allows you to explore various ROM options and customize your device according to your preferences.
Option to flash to both slots: When it comes to flashing ROMs or other firmware files, having the option to flash to both slots can be extremely useful. This feature allows you to have a backup slot in case something goes wrong during the flashing process. It provides an extra layer of security and ensures a smooth experience when experimenting with different ROMs or modifications.
Options to disable verity and/or verification: Sometimes, you may encounter compatibility issues or conflicts with system verification during the flashing process. That’s where the option to disable verity and/or verification can come in handy. By toggling these options, you can bypass the system’s verification checks and successfully flash the desired files without any hindrances.
Ability to change the active slot: Another convenient feature offered by certain custom recoveries is the ability to change the active slot. This allows you to switch between different slots on your device, ensuring seamless transitions between different firmware versions or configurations. Whether you want to test a new ROM or revert back to a previous setup, this functionality simplifies the process and provides a more flexible user experience.
Ability to live boot to custom boot/init_boot (temporary root): Custom recoveries that offer the ability to live boot to a custom boot or init_boot provide a temporary root access to your device. This temporary root access can be beneficial for testing purposes or checking certain aspects of the system. It grants you a deeper level of control over your device, allowing you to analyze and modify various system components without permanently altering the device’s configuration.
Ability to boot to recovery, fastbootd, safe mode, download mode, and sideload: In addition to flashing ROMs and custom firmware files, modern custom recoveries provide a range of boot options to cater to different needs. These options include booting into recovery mode, fastbootd mode, safe mode, download mode, and sideloading mode. Each mode serves a specific purpose, whether it’s for troubleshooting, firmware updates, or transferring files to your device.
Ability to flash custom images: boot, recovery, radio, kernel, …: Custom recoveries offer a wide range of possibilities when it comes to flashing custom images. From boot images and recoveries to radios and kernels, you have the freedom to modify and enhance various components of your device’s firmware. This flexibility allows you to experiment with different configurations and optimizations, taking your device customization to a whole new level.
Ability to sideload an image: Sideload is a powerful feature that allows you to transfer and install custom images onto your device without the need for a direct USB connection. With this functionality, you can securely transfer firmware files, updates, or modifications to your device wirelessly. This convenient method saves you time and simplifies the installation process, ensuring a smooth user experience.
Lock/Unlock bootloader: The ability to lock or unlock the bootloader is an essential feature for advanced users and developers. Unlocking the bootloader allows for the installation of custom recoveries, ROMs, and other modifications. On the other hand, locking the bootloader adds an extra layer of security to your device and prevents unauthorized modifications. This feature gives you complete control over your device’s security and customization options.
Option to gain temporary root (good for testing or checking things out): Temporary root access can be highly advantageous for users who want to explore the capabilities of their device without permanently modifying the system. This option enables you to gain root privileges temporarily, giving you the ability to install certain apps, access advanced settings, and experiment with different features. It provides a safe and controlled environment for testing new functionalities or checking specific aspects of your device’s performance.
SOS Disable Magisk modules to get out of bootloop (experimental): In case you encounter a bootloop caused by incompatible Magisk modules, certain custom recoveries offer an experimental feature that allows you to disable Magisk modules temporarily. This can serve as a lifesaver when your device gets stuck in a bootloop and needs immediate recovery. By temporarily disabling problematic modules, you can resolve the bootloop issue and regain access to your device without performing a full system restore.
Force option when flashing: The force option, available in some custom recoveries, allows you to override certain checks or restrictions when flashing ROMs or firmware files. This can be useful in situations where you need to bypass compatibility checks or force the installation of a specific file. However, it’s essential to exercise caution when using this option, as it may lead to unexpected consequences if not used properly.
Option to skip rebooting: When flashing multiple files or performing certain operations, such as wiping partitions, custom recoveries often provide the option to skip the rebooting process. This saves you time and allows you to continue with your desired actions without the need to restart your device after each operation. It streamlines the overall flashing or modification process, enhancing efficiency and convenience.
Option to wipe: The wipe option is a fundamental functionality in custom recoveries that facilitates the removal of specific data or partitions on your device. Whether you need to perform a factory reset, clear cache, or wipe specific partitions, this option provides a convenient way to clean your device and start fresh. It ensures a clean slate and allows for a smoother installation or troubleshooting process.
By incorporating these comprehensive features in a custom recovery, users can enjoy a wide array of possibilities when it comes to customizing and optimizing their devices. Whether you are an advanced user or someone looking to explore new firmware options, these functionalities provide the necessary tools to tailor your device to your liking.
PixelFlasher Tool is a powerful and versatile application that can be used to perform a wide variety of tasks on Pixel™ phones and other Google™-made phones and tablets. It is a must-have tool for any Android enthusiast.
- PixelFlasher Tool is currently in beta testing.
- PixelFlasher Tool is not guaranteed to work on all devices.
- Use PixelFlasher Tool at your own risk.