I'm using a stock Nexus 5X. I tried to edit build.prop the following way:

  • I unlocked the bootloader and booted into TWRP (not flashed)
  • I mounted system
  • I then adb pulled build.prop, edited it, then pushed it back

On reboot the changes are reverted. Write protection is not on (that I know of), what should I do?

I am not rooted.

  • Not rooted? That's the issue. I assume you are trying to get pixel features? – Dan Brown Oct 14 '16 at 23:14
  • @DanBrown Yes, but wouldn't it be possible to change root files with a custom recovery? Twrp lets you mount system. Is there any way I can temp root or? – Sman Oct 15 '16 at 12:57
  • There is a zip you are meant to flash, you know. Google How to get Google assistant on nexus – Dan Brown Oct 15 '16 at 14:08
  • @DanBrown I've flashed both zips, they didn't work. Build.prop never added the tweak mods. – Sman Oct 15 '16 at 15:58
  • Odd. Really odd actually. I'll assume you are flashing the right one. Try mounting /system? Otherwise, no idea. – Dan Brown Oct 15 '16 at 16:58

Making permanent changes to /system required me to be rooted.

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