Download Google Pixel 2 USB Drivers for Windows and Mac

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The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones were recently announced by Google, read ahead to download and install proper USB drivers for both phones. The newer generation of Pixel devices come with a handful of new features, new software and new design. What we like most about the new devices is the overall package. In order to make best use of your Pixel smartphone, you need to install correct USB drivers on your computer and you can do just that with our detailed guide given ahead. The instructions listed will let you install USB drivers for both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.

To improve security, there is the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). This feature replaced the mass storage functionality in previous Android releases. Android Oreo also supports MTP on the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These standard MTP drivers come bundled with the phone and no need for separate installation. ADB drivers and Fastboot drivers will need to be downloaded from the Android SDK. We have an entire section full of Android USB Drivers, but we have that covered as well for you below on how to download and install the drivers.

NOTE: Screenshots are only used below for illustration purposes and may be taken using a different phone.

USB Drivers - Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB Drivers for Windows

Like we said, the USB drivers for Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL are bundled in the device itself. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a micro USB cable (preferably the one you got with the phone) for the phone.

  • Connect your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL with the computer using that USB cable.
  • Now wait for the computer to recognize the device.
  • Several drivers including the modem, MTP service etc. will be installed automatically.

By default, your phone is set to “Charging only” when you connect it to the computer with your USB cable. To be able to transfer files between your PC and phone, do the following steps to enable the storage option:

Step 1 – After connecting your phone and installing drivers, pull down your notification area.

Step 2 – Tap the “USB charging this device” option.

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Step 3 – Now select “Transfer files” from the various options show on your screen.

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Once finished, you will see a new media device in My Computer. You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB memory.

Alternative: Use HandShaker to Transfer Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL Files to Windows

Android Files Manager - HandShaker

There are plenty of alternatives on Windows for transferring files from Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, but our recent find HandShaker is really easy to use and works just how an Android file manager is supposed to work. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you would like to read our review and installation guide, follow this link: How to Setup and Install HandShaker for Android and Windows.

Download Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB Drivers for Mac

Connecting your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB memory on a Mac is also easy. If you have been a Nexus device user on a Mac previously, then this Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL should be no different for you. Make sure you have a Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and a USB Type-C data cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone).

Android File Transfer

Follow these quick steps:

  • Download Android File Transfer and install it on Mac OS X.
  • Connect your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL with the USB cable.
  • Wait for the phone to get connected and drivers to be installed.
  • Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.

If Android File Transfer fails to start, that is because you might have to enable the “Mass storage” option in your phone:

Step 1 – After connecting your phone and installing drivers, pull down your notification area.

Step 2 – Tap the “USB charging this device” option.

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Step 3 – Now select “Transfer files” from the various options show on your screen.

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That’s it! Let me know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.

Transfer Google Pixel 2 Files to Mac with HandShaker

HandShaker for Android and Mac

There have been reports of Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL having issues with the default Android File Transfer app that we know for Mac and Linux. If this is the case, we have an Android File Transfer alternative and it works beautifully with this phone.

HandShaker lets you work with your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone.

How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:

If you need a complete step-by-step guide, follow our tutorial here: How to Setup and Install HandShaker App for Android and Mac OS X.

Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL ADB / Fastboot Drivers

Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps, testing, debugging or install any custom ROMs on the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer. We have done tutorials on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK / Android Studio on Windows and Mac for any Android device. Read the following guides depending on your OS platform:

The above mentioned tutorials are very detailed and require you to set up Android Studio / Android SDK on your computer. If you want to skip the long tutorial and just want the SDK Platform Tools package with ADB and Fastboot in it, download that from here:

You can download ADB and Fastboot for the Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL from the above mentioned link. Separate ZIP packages are available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. At the time of writing, the following packages were the latest available by Google:

Again, for any help you need or if you get stuck with an issue, you can always contact us below in the comments and the team of Team Android will be happy to help you out.

You may also like to check out our Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.

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