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Root Google Pixel 2 XL on Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 Software Update

Users can now root Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 factory firmware. Each month, Google releases a new Android build which incorporates security changes and bug fixes. This time around, the March 2018 update fixes a critical bug which was related to security. After you finish installing it, you would notice that you no longer have root. Now in order to get your favorite apps and mods working back again, do read our guide ahead to root Google Pixel 2 XL.

We have already covered as to how you can update Google Pixel 2 XL to Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 – regardless if it is rooted or not – but this guide will solely focus on the root process. Android enthusiasts already know the great deal of additional functionality root offers and for the ones who are interested in reading about it: Benefits of rooting an Android device. Before we actually get to rooting Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 update on Pixel 2 XL, it is fundamental you backup your data to avoid any unnecessary loss of information. Our guide ahead will utilize MagiskManager to gain root.

Root Google Pixel 2 XL, March 2018

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 ( 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 XL Android 8.1 March 2018 Details:

Here is a detailed run down as to whats new with Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 firmware.

The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device, assuming the platform and service mitigations are turned off for development purposes or if successfully bypassed.

We have had no reports of active customer exploitation or abuse of these newly reported issues.

UPDATE: You can get Android P for your Pixel 2 XL now. Download Android P Preview 1!

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

Root procedure might sound a huge process to some but we have the whole task broken down into smaller steps which are easier to follow and implement.

Google Pixel 2 XL 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 XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel 2 XL USB drivers!


HOW TO: Root Android 8.1 March 2018 on Google Pixel 2 XL Oreo Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to root Android 8.1 March 2018 Oreo on Pixel 2 XL. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.

For root, it is essential you first unlock the bootloader of your Google Pixel 2 XL.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel 2 XL.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018, we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel 2 XL on other carriers.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 8.1 March 2018 build..
  • Enjoy rooting your Google Pixel 2 XL and let us know about it in the comments!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1.1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.


Step 1.2 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Pixel 2 XL.

NOTE: Skip Steps 1.1, 1.2, 2 if you already have them.

Step 3 – Download MagiskManager-v5.5.3.apk directly to your phone.

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