How To Root Google Pixel 2 XL and Install TWRP Recovery

Update: Official TWRP 3.1.1-0 is available for Pixel 2 (taimen): Today we are sharing a detailed guide on how to install TWRP and root Google Pixel 2 XL (Both SuperSu and Magisk Method). The Google Pixel 2 XL is the latest device launched by google as the 2nd generation smartphone of their pixel series. As the device has been announced recently, so in some Countries it’s not available for buying but for those who have got the latest Google Pixel 2 XL we have brought a guide which leads you to root and install TWRP on your device, so be cheered up and follow this article. The guide is simple to be followed and after following it you can experience the power of rooting on your Google Pixel 2 XL. Installing TWRP and rooting Google Pixel 2 XL allows you to modify it as you like.

Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone was launched in October 2017. The Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2880 pixels. The Google Pixel 2 XL runs Android 8.0.0 and is powered by a 3520mAh non removable battery. The Google Pixel 2 XL is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G and 4G Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer. Based on the specifications we all can guess that the smartphone works awesomely without rooting but imagine that you have your own Google Pixel 2 XL rooted, then you can customize it as you like but there is no need to imagine that because we can make that possible for you, what you all have to do is just follow this guide correctly.

Installing TWRP is always the first step in order to root Google Pixel XL. Installing TWRP on Google Pixel XL because TWRP is an custom recovery which allows you to customize your device by installing custom roms or wiping it out clean or by creating backups of system or important files and folder. The TWRP has proved itself the better than the others custom recoveries available, also it’s users are quite satisfied by using it, It barely pops bugs in device. For Google Pixel XL TWRP(Team Win Recovery Project) is the best custom recovery to be installed. If you want a successful installation of TWRP and rooting Google Pixel XL then just follow this guide carefully.

Now, there are many advantages of a phone like the Google Pixel 2 which has an openable bootloader which means that the smartphone can be rooted easily and the TWRP recovery or any custom recovery can be installed on your phone. Now, we have attached a method below so that you can install TWRP recovery on Google Pixel 2 and root it by installing SuperSu root pack

Also, if you install TWRP recovery on your smartphone then you can also root your smartphone and then you can install any other ROM as well. Now, you should follow this guide properly for a successful installation of recovery on your phone.

You need a computer in order to flash the TWRP recovery on your device. Once the installation process is complete, you can follow the below step by step instructions to download and flash the superSU zip file or latest Magisk on your to grant the root permissions to your device. Follow the guide carefully and make sure to a complete backup before you proceed.

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If you are new to TWRP recovery and rooting then here we first share some facts about Android rooting.

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What is Rooting An Android Device Mean?

Rooting is the process of gaining full admin control of the Android device.You can use the device to its full potential,‘Rooting’ means giving yourself special privilege or “root permissions” on your phone. It’s similar to running programs as administrators in Windows.

After rooting your device you can install different MODs, kernel, ROMs on your device.You can install latest Android updates (like the Android 6.0.1 marshmallow) On old device by installing third party ROMs like CyanogenMod 13.You can overclock the CPU and GPU of your device to get the best performance.You can hibernate any app you want.You can underclock the CPU to get better battery life.

For more information about Android rooting, check out our detailed post here > What Is Rooting Android Phone? Advantages And Disadvantages

What Is TWRP Recovery and Some of its benefits?

TWRP is a custom recovery for Android.It is the most popular Android custom recovery.It replaces the stock recovery On Android devices.It comes with many extra features compared to the stock recovery.It needs the bootoader to be unlocked.

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  • Users Can Install Custom ROMs, MODs, Kernel via TWRP recovery
  • Users can flash system image (.img) file via TWRP recovery.
  • You can flash modding zip files
  • It is being used to install Xposed Modules
  • Easy to Root and Unroot using TWRP Recovery flashable zip SuperSU
  • Users can root by flashing magisk via TWRP recovery
  • You can create nandroid backup via TWRP
  • Can remove all bloatware using TWRP Recovery.
  • You can flash Custom Kernel To underclock and overclock.
  • You can clean Wipe, Cache, and Data via TWRP recovery.

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Warning will not be held responsible for any kind of damage occurred to your device while following this tutorial. Do it at your own risk.


→ Full Guide to safely Root and Install TWRP Recovery On Pixel 2 XL

How To Install TWRP Recovery On Google Pixel 2 XL(Both SuperSu and Magisk)

Root Google Pixel 2 XL and Install TWRP Recovery

First, you have to unlock the bootloader then Install the TWRP recovery then flash the SuperSu or Magisk to get your device rooted

How To Unlock Bootloader On Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Check out the Pre-Requirement Section above (Important)
  • If your bootloader is locked then check out the guide here
How To Unlock Bootloader Of Any Android Using Fastboot

How To Install TWRP Recovery On Google Pixel 2 XL

  • First of all, make sure you have followed each and every step mentioned in the pre-requisites section
  • After that, you have to download the Download TWRP 3.1.1-0  New and transfer it to your Google Pixel 2

Once transferred, follow this guide from below to install TWRP recovery on your Google Pixel 2. (Same as flashing the stock ROM)

Note: Find the Scatter File from the downloaded TWRP zip file, which you have downloaded. Rename the TWRP (.img) file to recovery.img. Now, on the flash tool interface, navigate and select the scatter file and At this stage, just leave the recovery as ticket/ checked. Now, at the location tab, click on the storage location field of the recovery and search and browse for the custom recovery image file which is device-specific

How to Flash TWRP Using ADB and Fastboot
#1 Using SuperSu (Root Google Pixel 2 XL)
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#2 Using Magisk (Root Google Pixel 2 XL)
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Anupam Bakshi
Anupam Bakshi
I am a tech blogger since 2016 currently working with Root My Galaxy Team. I am a student with better hold on writing language and some additional writing skills with perfect blend of technology.

Comments (2)

  1. I’m not aware, Is it necessary to root or unlock your bootloader before you proceed to replace your stock recovery with a custom recovery?


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