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Considering the fact that it’s a solid smartphone, you may not think that there’s much reason to root Pixel 2 phones. However, rooting does have some benefits.

“Rooting” is to an Android what “jailbreaking” is to an Apple iPhone. If you want to download restricted apps or use custom themes, you’ll need to root Pixel 2 phones to grant yourself the required access.

If you are careless, however, you can damage your Pixel 2 beyond repair while trying to root it. Follow the instructions below to ensure you root your device safely.

How to Root a Pixel 2

The following instructions explain how to manually root Pixel 2 phones. There are also certain programs that can do it automatically. First-time rooters, however, should use the manual method.

Things you’ll need to root Pixel 2 phones

  • A computer with ADB and Fastboot installed.
  • A downloaded version of the latest Pixel 2 factory image.
  • The latest version of Magisk Manager.

The steps involved in unlocking a Pixel 2

Before you root a Pixel 2, you have to unlock it. This will restore your device to factory settings, so you should ensure you have any important files backed up.

  1. Open “Settings” > “About Phone.”
  2. Tap “Build Number” 7 times.
  3. Go to “Settings” > “Developer Options” and enable both “OEM Unlocking” and “USB Debugging.”
  4. Connect your Pixel 2 to your computer and open an ADB terminal.
  5. In the given space, type “adb devices.”
  6. If your Pixel 2 is recognized, it will display the device’s serial number. Otherwise, you may need to disconnect and begin the process again.
  7. Once the serial number has been displayed, type “adb reboot bootloader” into the terminal.
  8. Type “fastboot flashing unlock” in the given space and follow the resulting prompts on your phone.

The steps involved in rooting a Pixel 2

Now that you’ve unlocked it, it’s time to root your Pixel 2.

  1. Copy the factory image and the Magisk Manager APK onto your Pixel 2.
  2. Ensure that both “USB Debugging” and “Unknown Sources” are enabled on your device (both can be found in “Settings”).
  3. Launch Magisk Manager, click “Install,” and then select “Patch Boot Image File.”
  4. Select the factory image from the location you copied it to in Step 1.
  5. Once this is complete, copy the factory image you supplied from your phone to your computer. Place it in your main ADB folder.
  6. In ADB, type “adb reboot bootloader.” This will reboot the Pixel 2 to the bootloader.
  7. Once you’ve done this, type “fastboot devices” to make sure you have connected the phone correctly.
  8. To flash the patched boot image, type “fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img.”
  9. Type “fastboot reboot.” This will reboot your Pixel 2.
  10. Once you reopen the system, open the Magisk Manager app to confirm that your root has been successful.

Your Newly Rooted Pixel 2

Taking picture of the stairs using newly root pixel 2 smartphone
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Congratulations! You now have access to all the functions of your Pixel 2.

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