We already have give you a tutorial on updating your Google Pixel 2/XL with Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 January Security Patch. In this tutorial we are going to go ahead with the second and even more important step of how to root Google Pixel 2 / 2XL with Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 Update for January 18. We bring you this brief and a very easy to do yet a comprehensive installation process guide which will help yo root your very latest Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL device to Android Oreo 8.1 OPM1 update.

Rooting your device with the latest Oreo update will help device to enhance its performance and what’s even better is that it give your smartphone the ability to install unlimited roots apps and flash more among many other features. Again it’s important to have the latest factory image update installed (link given in the above paragraph). Before we head towards the installation process, there are always some really important things users tend to ignore before start the process and end up damaging their device. So let’s have a quick at the prerequisites before entering into step by step installation instructions of how to root your Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2XL to January 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 Update.

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Prerequisites to root Google Pixel 2 / 2XL with Android 8.1 Oreo:

1- Since rooting your phone means that it will be wiped clean, so it is important that you make a backup of your data including your pictures, contacts, passwords, apps list etc.

2- Make sure you have the bootloader unlocked for your Google Pixel 2/2XL.

3- USB Debugging mode of Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL should be enabled.

4- Make sure the battery of your Google Pixel 2 device is well sufficient. 80-85 is advisable.

5- The method that we have explained below is limited only to Pixel having Android 8.0 Oreo installed on it. Trying this method on other variants of the phone is not a good idea. We are not sure it might even work on them.

Instructions to root Google Pixel 2 / 2XL with Android 8.1 Oreo. 

Below are the step by step instructions of rooting your Google Pixel 2/2XL with Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1. You can skip through first three steps only if you already have these on your device. If not then you will need to download then. 

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Step 1- The first step requires you to Download Android SDK. You can easily find that on the Android developer’s website. Install the software and set it up with the USB drivers package and the platform-tools present in the SDK.

Step 2- You should do this beforehand, enable the USB debugging mode on your smartphone.

Step 3- Download Fastboot in accordance with your operating system and then you need to extract that in the SDK platform-tools directory and extract the file. 

Step 4- Download Magisk Manager on your Google Pixel device.

Step 5- In this step you need to download the official firmware’s boot image of Android Oreo 8.1 and save it on your Google Pixel 2/2XL device. Let’s say it SD Card location in your device.

Step 6- Look for the Magisk Manager downloaded file on your Google Pixel device and tap on it to install it. 

Step 7- After you are done with installation, you need to open Magisk Manager and click on install again and it will ask you to patch the boot image which you saved on your device in Step 5.


Step 8- Now you need top copy paste the boot image onto your computer and now it will get named  patched_boot.img saved in your SD Card MagiskManager.

Step 9- Now you need to connect your Google Pixel 2/2XL device and reboot your bootloader by using ADB commond,

“adb reboot bootloader”

Step 10- Now you will need to flash the previously stored patched image in your device by typing in these commands, 

              “fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img”                                    “fastboot reboot”

Go to your Magisk Manager file to verify the root process. This should have successfully rooted your Google Pixel 2 and/or Google Pixel 2 XL devices. 

You may also read: How to stop auto-update apps on Android and manually update them



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