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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL

Complete step by step tutorial on how to enter recovery mode on Google Pixel 2 XL. As the device makes it way to more customers, here is an article on how to enter recovery mode on the Pixel 2 XL. Google Pixel 2 XL features the superior display when compared with Pixel 2. Otherwise, the phone is quite similar. And just like the Pixel 2, you can access the Pixel 2 XL’s recovery mode quite easily through the procedure ahead. The recovery partition of the phone is there to provide maintenance functionality and also to help in flashing updates. Our guide ahead works with both stock and official recoveries. You can read ahead to find out how exactly to enter recovery mode on the Google Pixel 2 XL.

The Pixel 2 XL ships with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The OS itself has evolved but some fundamental functionality hasn’t changed and that is the best part. Recovery, for example, has been implemented since the very start. With time, custom recoveries have arrived which provide far superior functionality and allow for further customization. As mentioned earlier, our guide isn’t dependent on a single version rather works on both iterations. Below, we have the complete steps on how to enter recovery mode on Google Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 2 XL is Google’s model phone for other manufacturers. In the case of Pixel 2 XL, the hardware and software both are designed by one brand hence we can expect something spectacular. Further, Google Pixel 2 XL acts as the best developer device due to its easily unlock-able bootloader and pure Android installation.

 

Enter Recovery Mode on Pixel 2 XL

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is a built-in feature with Android OS. Phones which don’t have a recovery are bound by their respective manufacturers rather than Android itself. The thing which varies from device to device, is the method you use to gain access to the recovery.

Features at your disposal once you enter the recovery mode include the ability to apply an update. Usually this is done when you have access to the official update ZIP from Google. This method doesn’t void warranty and is itself used by Google. If you  have applied an OTA(Over-the-air) update on your phone, you’ll notice your phone rebooting into a screen where an Android figure is shown with a progress bar. This is the recovery.

After that, you can select to wipe either your cache partition or perform a full factory reset. Cache partition format allows for all the cache and temporary files to be deleted. Oppositely, Factory reset deletes everything except the basic system. This includes your user data and cache. You would be using either of these if your phone is stuck while booting or you are experiencing slow downs and app crashes.

We’ll also like to warn the dangers of recovery after you have read the benefits. Wrong use of recovery can potentially end up in loss of whole device or a corrupt system. Don’t worry the probability of this is very less as there are protective measures in place. Every file is first verified before proceeding the task and confirmation is taken once you select a task.

Custom recoveries are also very similar to the stock one. These recoveries include popular flavors such as CWM (ClockWorkMOD) and TWRP (TeamWinRecoveryProject). Accessing a custom recovery is same as accessing the stock one. Features you get with the custom variant is the ability to flash ZIPs (Custom ROMs and Themes), wipe certain partitions rather than cache and rest only, make system backups and more.

Google Pixel 2 XL Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Google Pixel 2 XL using the following three methods:

  • by hardware buttons
  • by ADB on Windows
  • by ADB on Mac OS X

Let’s have a look at each method below. You can use whichever way you find the easiest.

NOTE: The following steps can be used to enter Recovery Mode on the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Google Pixel 2 XL

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down button along with the Power Button for few seconds.

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Step 3 –  After you let go of the buttons, you would see the Fastboot menu pop up. From this menu, scroll downwards to Recovery and select it. Scrolling is done via the Volume Down and Volume Up buttons. Whereas Home button acts as a select/click button.

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You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Google Pixel 2 XL have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 2 XL to your PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers (if needed).

Step 3 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click anywhere in the folder > Open Command Prompt).

Step 4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

adb reboot recovery

Step 5 – Your Google Pixel 2 XL will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Google Pixel 2 XL have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 2 XL to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 3 – Now open Terminal app on your Mac and enter the following command and press Enter:

/<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery

NOTE: <path> should be the location where your Android SDK is stored. If android-sdk-macosx is in your main user directory, you can skip the /<PATH>/ part from the line given above.

Step 4 – Your Google Pixel 2 XL will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

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If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

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