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Root Google Pixel 2 on Android 8.1 March 2018 Oreo Official Firmware

You can now root Google Pixel 2 running Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 official build with the instructions ahead. Our guide will take you through the whole process of how to root Pixel 2 on this latest firmware update. The following procedure focuses on Android 8.1 March 2018 build so make sure you are already updated to it. Users would already now know that once a new update arrives and they proceed to install it, the root status of the smartphone is reverted to stock. This means, you would be required to root again in order to enjoy root apps and mods. Thankfully, the whole task is quite simple and has been explained in detail so you shouldn’t run into any problems. How does the root utility plan on adding functionality? Read our article on all the benefits of root. It is quite important that you read our how to update Pixel 2 to Android 8.1 March 2018 Oreo firmware guide before implement the process below. Given ahead are steps for how to root Google Pixel 2 on Android 8.1 Oreo March 2018 firmware.

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 March 2018 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.

Root Google Pixel 2, Feb 2018 OPM1

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 Android 8.1 March 2018 Details:

The update features a security flaw which has been declared critical by Google, read more about it ahead:

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.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

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:

Download Google Pixel 2 USB drivers!

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 read below and root Android 8.1 OPM1 on Pixel 2 and install TWRP recovery with the given step-by-step tutorial.

HOW TO: Root Android 8.1 March 2018 on Google Pixel 2 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. Please read the complete tutorial once before actually performing it.

Just To Remember:

  • This root method is only for Android 8.1 March 2018 installed on Pixel 2 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel 2 on other carriers.
  • Your Pixel 2 bootloader should be unlocked.
  • Pixel 2 should be on Android 8.1 March 2018 software version.
  • Make a Nandroid backup of your previous phone set up before proceeding – for just in case anything goes wrong.

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.

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.

Step 4 – Download the Android 8.1 Oreo boot image taken from the official firmware and place it on your phone. (We will use the /sdcard/Download/ location)

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