Looking for a instructional guide on how to root Google Pixel 2 on Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 update? You have landed on just the perfect article! Google has a policy which maintains that each month Android source code gets new security patch and along with that, it is pushed immediately to Pixel devices such as the Pixel 2. Unfortunately, once you install the firmware, your phone ends up with no root. To regain the same functionality as you had before, you can implement our full guide ahead which shows you how exactly to root Google Pixel 2 XL. Root is a utility which adds features on every smartphone, regardless of the hardware, read more about all the benefits of root.
Before we actually begin, two things need to be made sure of. First is, you are required to be on a certain firmware for this guide, in this case it is Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build. Secondly, before starting any system modification, it is quite vital to backup all your data as it can easily get erased during the procedure. Luckily, we have a dedicated article on how to backup your important data. Also, our guide is centered towards making the whole process easy to understand and execute. After the jump, you will find all steps listed in detail for how to root Google Pixel 2 XL running latest firmware.
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Root Google Pixel 2 Android 8.1 April 2018 Details:
The update features a security flaw which has been declared critical by Google, read more about it ahead:
There’s a whole host of changes that are accompanied with Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build. Google has improved majority of its services like anomaly detection metrics, diskstats logging, lock screen performance and more. Further, in this build, you would find that the Call Forwarding UI has been tweaked as well.
For a full list of change log for April 2018 builds, you can find it here.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android 8.1: How to Update Pixel 2 to Android 8.1 April 2018 Oreo Factory Image.
- Root Apps: You should check out our list of essential root apps that you should install.
- Install Android P: How to Install Android P 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:
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 April 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 April 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 April 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 April 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.
- Windows: Download platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
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)