There are some users who have successfully Unlocked the Bootloader On Verizon Google Pixel 2. If you have bought Verizon Google Pixel 2, you can easily unlock the bootloader and install custom OS effortlessly. There is no doubt that Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL the best camera smartphones of 2017. Some of the users of Google Pixel 2 want to explore other custom OS and software to try out additional features that are not available on Google Pixel 2. For that to happen, you need to install TWRP recovery and root your device.
Since Verizon Google Pixel 2 is a carrier-branded product, there are various limitations like not allowing to unlock the bootloader to try out unofficial software for security reasons. In spite of that, some XDA members have reported that they have unlocked the bootloader and installed TWRP recovery and rooted the device and the device is working smoothly.
It is quite surprising for some as the option of OEM Unlocking is disabled in the smartphone. The following is a complete guide on how to do the entire procedure flawlessly. Remember, this method is only applicable for Verizon Google Pixel 2 and NOT for Verizon Google pixel 2 XL.
- Unlocking the bootloader will wipe out all data from your device. Therefore, take a full backup beforehand.
- Enable USB debugging from Developer Option.
- Install Android SDK tools and set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
- Keep the battery charge of the device to at least 50% to prevent accidental shutdown.
Steps to Unlock Bootloader On Verizon Google Pixel 2
Step 1. Boot your Verizon Google Pixel 2 into bootloader mode. For that, switch off your phone and press Volume Down + Power button together for some time until you see the bootloader screen.
Step 2. Now that you are in bootloader mode, connect the device to your computer.
Step 3. Go to the installation folder of ADB and Fastboot and right-click on the blank space and click on Command Prompt option.
Step 4. Type the following command to make sure your device is recognized.
The output should display your Device ID with ‘Fastboot’ message.
Step 5. Unlock the bootloader by using the following command –
fastboot flashing lock_critical
As soon as it executes, you will receive a message of the screen of your phone.
Step 6. Use the volume keys to navigate to ‘Unlock The Bootloader’ option and press the Power button to confirm it.
Step 7. Finally, type the following command to reboot your device.
Disconnect the smartphone from your computer and you can go ahead and install TWRP recovery and root it to install anything you want.