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Root Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL on Android 9.0 September 2018 Update

After successfully updating your smartphone, use this guide to root Android 9.0 September 2018 update on Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL. August was when Google finally unveiled official Android 9.0 Pie and now, in September, we are seeing the very first security update arrive based on it. As with any other official firmware install, once you flash it, your device loses all system modifications such as root. In order to regain root app functionality, you would be required to implement the steps ahead. Gladly, we have all the utilities and steps explained in detailed right ahead for how to root Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL on Android 9.0 September 2018 official factory image.

Pixel devices are intended to be model Android smartphones as the hardware and software both is controlled by Google themselves. This is also why Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL are being used extensively by developers and enthusiasts. As users look to get more out of their smartphone, root is something that offers exactly that. Be it root apps on Play Store, or system file access to do your own modification, root is still one of the most popular utilities available. Before we begin explaining the procedure itself, do read up on how you can backup your device’s data.

 How to Root Android 9.0 September 2018

Root Android 9.0 September 2018 with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility, specifically Magisk 17.1, which is specifically developed for Android 9.0 Pie. Magisk is a system-less root package which means it doesn’t actually modify the system files. This allows for better reliability and easier installation. On top of supporting Android 9.0 September 2018, this singular package works with older versions as well.

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

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 / Pixel 2 XL USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Pixel device with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the proper USB drivers for your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL device. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB drivers!

HOW TO: Root Android 9.0 September 2018 on Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL Devices

We have gathered all the steps you would need in order to root your Google Pixel or Pixel 2 device. Our method requires you to have TWRP custom recovery installed.

For root, it is essential you first unlock the bootloader of your device:

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL devices running Android 9.0 September 2018.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 9.0 September 2018 Firmware.
  • Enjoy rooting your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and let us know about it in the comments!

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

NOTE: You need to have a custom recovery installed on your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL device i.e. TWRP before proceeding below. Installation tutorials:

Step 1 – Download Magisk Root (Magisk-v17.1.zip) for Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL device to your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Now copy/paste the downloaded Magisk-v17.1.zip files to your internal storage. Make sure the file is in the internal storage root (not in any folder).

Step 4 – Then turn OFF your phone and disconnect from the USB cable.

Step 5 – Now to get in the Recovery Mode (TWRP Recovery). Switch ON the phone while pressing and holding Volume Down + Power buttons together. Alternatively, read this: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any smartphone.

NOTE: Screenshots of the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP Recovery) may change as new versions are released.

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