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

Here is the complete procedure for how to root Google Pixel 2 XL on Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory image. The new Pixel 2 XL is just starting to receive its monthly software update from Google. This time around, the new update does bring a considerably large change-list than what we have seen before. However, as you finish installing it on your smartphone, you would be required to root Pixel 2 XL once again to continue using root apps, mods and packages. Thankfully, we have a detailed guide, with tips, given right ahead to do exactly that.

We will be targeting a specific firmware with this post — Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 — and you need to make sure you have it installed on your Google Pixel 2 XL. New root users or even customers rooting for the first time would quickly find out that our guide is very easy to implement and follow, thanks to extra tips and tricks. And as for users who are unsure whether root will actually be beneficial or not, should definitely read: Benefits of rooting an Android device. It is associated with any system modification, like rooting Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 update on Pixel 2 XL, you should definitely backup your data before you begin. For our root procedure, we will be utilizing Magisk.

Root Google Pixel 2 XL, April 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 April 2018 Details:

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

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.

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 April 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 April 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 April 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 April 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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