Google recently started pushing Android 8.1 OPM1 January 2018 security update to compatible Pixel and Nexus phones. This guide will show you how to root your Google Pixel 2 once you have updated it to the latest Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo firmware. The root procedure is a little bit more detailed with the new Pixel 2 smartphone, however, we have explained it in simple steps and have included tips and tricks as well. Our root guide will utilize Magisk utility. Before you begin to root your Pixel 2, make sure you have the correct firmware installed. If you haven’t yet updated your Google Pixel 2, read: Update Google Pixel 2 to Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo Jan 2018 firmware. Looking to root your phone but not sure whether it would be useful? Read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can easily root Pixel 2 on Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo using the tutorial below. You will need to have an unlocked bootloader first, or this tutorial will wipe off all your data. Don’t worry, we have everything covered in the detailed steps below – even a tutorial on how to install TWRP 3.2 recovery.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Pixel 2 with complete steps and how to flash TWRP recovery on your phone. We will use TWRP recovery as our custom recovery and Magisk as our rooting package. For more details, continue reading. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Root Google Pixel 2 Android 8.1 OPM1 Details:
This update only brings a newer security patch with some bug fixes however, you can read about the changes of Android 8.1 Oreo right below:
Android 8.1 Oreo update brings in the new January 2018 security patch. Along with the upgraded security patch level, it carries bug-fixes that users have reported and performance refinements to give the best experience possible on supported devices.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Pixel 2 to Android 8.1 OPM1 Oreo Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android Oreo: How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Android Oreo based ROMs for the Pixel 2, visit our Custom ROMs page.
The method to root Pixel 2 Android 8.1 has been explained with instructions on the next page. In case you have problems connecting your phone with the computer, make sure USB drivers are properly installed and read the tips below.
Google Pixel 2 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Pixel 2 + install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.