The XDA community is the home of custom development for Google Pixel devices. Google Pixel devices are incredibly customizable thanks to a wide range of root-enabled apps and various custom ROMs. In order to prevent such actions, Google has established a strict security mechanism called Device Mapper Verity, or DM Verity. Google does not expressly approve of such alteration actions, though. Users cannot modify kernel files with DM Verity, or add custom ROMs or programs that are tied to root access. But there is a way you can disable DM verity on both the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
About Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
The new Google Pixel 7 resembles a scaled-down, simplistic variant of the Pixel 7 Pro in appearance. It sports a flat, 6.3-inch OLED screen with excellent visuals. The screen is not too bad. To keep things moving smoothly, it offers a 90Hz refresh rate. However, it doesn’t dynamically modulate to conserve battery life, as is typical on Android competitors, or reach the heady high of 120Hz. The Pixel 7 is better than the Pixel 6 from last year since it is shorter, slimmer, and lighter. The Pixel 7 strikes a similar mix between display size and overall device size to Apple’s iPhone 14 as result. Google’s camera bar design is on the phone’s back, and it mixes in with the sides’ brushed aluminum finish. Compared to the previous year’s model, it seems and feels more upscale. The Google Tensor G2 CPU within the Pixel 7 functions similarly to that of its larger sister, with text-to-speech AI technologies executing quickly. When the screen is constantly used for five hours, the battery life is comparable to Google’s other phones, lasting roughly 35 hours between charges. That’s adequate for a day of intensive use.
The Pixel 7 Pro is evidence that Google is now seriously committed to its smartphone line. This flagship model pulls out all of the stops in its effort to be the ultimate Android phone, boasting an exquisitely crafted appearance. And trust us when We say that the title fits it very nicely. The Pixel 7 Pro might become my new favorite Android gadget as a result of its outstanding cameras, powerful Tensor G2 CPU, brighter display, and great price. It comes with a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 12 GB of RAM, and more.
How to disable DM verity on Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
You must first disable the device bootloader and then carry out a sequence of ADB instructions in order to deactivate DM Verity on Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry; we’ll lay out step-by-step steps to accomplish the same in the guide below. Most actions associated with rooting your Google Pixel will be simple to complete once DM verity has been disabled.
Step 1: Download Android Studio SDK
The Android SDK utility must be downloaded to your computer as a first step. From this URL, download the Android Studio SDK, and then extract the contents to the desired location. This will be needed all the way through to turn off the DM Verity on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
Step 2: Enable USB Debugging
In order for your Pixel to be recognized by the Android SDK in ADB mode, you must enable USB debugging and OEM locking on your device. Follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on About Phone.
- Locate Build Number and tap on it 7 times. You will see a prompt.
- Go back to Settings > System.
- Tap on Developer Options.
- Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking. Confirm any prompt if shown.
Step 3: Unlock Bootloader
To install a custom ROM, you must now unlock the bootloader. Your smartphone’s data will be totally erased as a result, and the warranty will be nullified. Follow the steps below.
- Connect your Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro to your computer.
- Go to the Android SDK folder and open the command prompt in this folder. The easiest way to do this is to type CMD on the address bar and hit Enter.
- Type the following code:
ADB reboot bootloader
- Type the following code to confirm the connection:
- After you see a device ID, it is time to unlock the bootloader.
- Type the following code to unlock the bootloader:
fastboot flashing unlock
- Use the volume keys and power buttons to confirm on your device.
- After the procedure is complete, your device will reboot.
Step 4: Download Factory Image
You must download the factory image of the Pixel for this crucial step in order to progress. Please ensure that you download the same factory image which is currently on your device. By going to Settings > About > Build Number, you’ll know which one to download.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct image, follow the steps:
- Extract the factory image.
- Open the Image folder.
- Copy vbmeta.img to your device.
Step 5: Boot into Fastboot
You can boot your Pixel 7 and 7 Pro into fastboot by following the steps below:
- Go to the SDK folder and open CMD.
- Type the following code:
adb reboot bootloader
- Now type the following code:
Step 6: Disable DM Verity
Flashing the vbmeta.img file and turning off DM Verity on the Pixel device are the last two steps. To do so:
- Type the following code:
fastboot flash vbmeta –disable-verity –disable-verification vbmeta.img
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s DM verity has now been successfully disabled.
Just wanted to say that even if your bootloader is already unlocked, pushing the vbmeta.img image to your device requires a wipe.