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

Here is tutorial on how to root Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL running new October 2018 Android 9.0 Pie update. Each time an Android device is flashed with stock firmware, it gets reset back to stock settings. If you were running root before, after updating, your root apps would no longer work. Fortunately enough, we have a quick guide on how you can easily root Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL while still being on the latest October 2018 factory image. For our guide, we will utilize the popular Magisk system-less root utility. If you didn’t have your smartphone rooted before, these steps work perfectly for first time rooting as well.

Generally, Pixel smartphone owners are more tuned towards modifying their smartphones. And what better way to start modifying than root? After you have followed the steps ahead, you will be able to install root apps directly from the Play Store, run Magisk modules and more. Our instructions are directed towards Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL running Android 9.0 Pie October 2018 update, they may or may not work with older or newer firmware. Also, do make sure to backup your device’s data before rooting.

 How to Root Google Pixel 2 on Android 9.0 Pie

Root Google Pixel 2 with Magisk – Details:

We will be gaining root through Magisk utility, specifically Magisk 17.2, 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 October 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.

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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 October 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 October 2018.
  • Your phone should be running latest Android 9.0 October 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-v17.2.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-v17.2.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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