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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 is now available in stores and is shipping to customers, find out how to enter the recovery mode through this guide. Enter recovery mode on Google Pixel 2 via the methods listed ahead. Now, as the Google Pixel 2 is running Android, it naturally comes with a recovery partition. This side of the phone is dedicated towards maintenance. In the stock recovery, you would find features such as ability to factory reset, flash update files and more. If you want to go a step further, you can install a custom recovery and use this guide to access it. Read ahead to find all the methods which you can utilize to enter recovery mode on the Google Pixel 2.

The recovery partition, especially when a custom recovery is installed, is the most beneficial mod you can do to your Google Pixel 2. Why is that? The reason lies in the fact that the custom recovery acts as the base to unlock further modifications. You can root your Pixel 2 through a custom recovery, flash custom ROMs and more. This guide applies to phones running stock recovery as well as custom ones. Below, we have mentioned in detail as to how you can enter recovery mode on Google Pixel 2.

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

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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 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Google Pixel 2 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.

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

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 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 2 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.

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Step 5 – Your Google Pixel 2 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 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 2 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 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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