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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2

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If you want to learn how to enter and use recovery mode on the new Google Pixel 2, you are in the right place. As you will be able to see, this tutorial can help you better understand the recovery environment and everything that’s related to it: associated operations, tweaking possibilities, advantages, risks and essential pre-requisites. Of course, everything will be explained for the new Google Pixel 2 – the steps from this tutorial might work on other devices too, but it’s more than recommended to apply what you see below only on the second version of the Pixel.

What is recovery mode?

Recovery is exactly what you expect: a dedicated environment through which you can ‘recover’ your smartphone. Well, of course, you can initiate different operations through which you can keep everything working on your Google Pixel 2. Anyway, by default, through the stock recovery image you can update your device, you can backup its system, you can clear app data cache or make a hard reset.

So, your Google Pixel 2 is pre-loaded with the recovery mode menu. However, it is hidden by default, so it cannot be accessed within built-in settings. This environment runs independently from the Android mode so it can be reached only through a dedicated reboot sequence.

Stock recovery or custom recovery?

The default recovery platform can be replaced with custom software like CWM or TWRP recovery. This will be a custom operation that should be completed only by advanced users. Shortly, installing a custom recovery image is an unofficial operation and your Google Pixel 2 warranty might get void during the flashing process.

Anyway, using a custom recovery image will extend the access that you have towards the Android system. So, if you can use such software you can tweak your Pixel 2 for obtaining more power from your device. In that respect, here are a few examples of customizations and optimizations available through a custom recovery client: you can gain root access, you can unlock the bootloader, you can flash custom MODs, kernels and ROMs, you can remove bloatware, you can add custom features, apps and capabilities which cannot be found on the default Android system, you can install apps from other sources than Google Play and more.

Yes; using recovery is safe because this environment is pre-loaded on your Google Pixel 2. Moreover, accessing recovery mode (in can be the stock or the custom software) is also an official process. That’s why, during the steps from below, you don’t have to use any third party apps or other complex / risky programs.

Therefore, by using this guide you won’t lose your phone’s warranty; from this point of view, you have nothing to worry about.

However, if you plan to tweak your device by using the recovery mode menu, before doing anything else I recommend you to backup your Google Pixel 2. A backup can save you from further problems as certain custom operations can corrupt personal files, or in other situations your data might be just wiped out. Thus, take your time, use your favorite backup and restore tools and secure your personal data, info, accounts, files and everything else you might have to use after tweaking your handset.

Anytime you want. It really doesn’t matter the state in which your Google Pixel 2 is found during a certain moment. The steps from below will work even if your smartphone is rooted, locked, unlocked, powered by the stock Android OS or by a custom ROM firmware, installed with the stock or with a custom recovery image and who knows what else.

As already outlined, completing this tutorial is safe and secured, so you have nothing to worry about.

Essential pre-requisites to consider

As you will see, the second solution explained below will require a computer. On this computer you need to install Android SDK – for Windows you can use this tutorial while for MAC OS X / Linux you can use this guide instead. Also, for the second method, on your phone you need to enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message) and you then have to check the USB Debugging field (located under “menu – settings – developer options”).

Also, before starting the reboot sequences explained below you should verify the battery power that’s left on your Google Pixel 2. As a general rule, if the power left is lower than 50%, plug in the charger. Otherwise your device can get turned off while you try to access the recovery mode, situation during which you can end up in experiencing different soft related problems.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2

Method 1

  1. Start by switching off your device – press and hold the Power key for a few moments until the shut down process is completed or press the Power button once and select “power off”.
  2. Next, press and hold the Volume Down key for a few moments.
  3. While still holding down Volume Down press and release Power button.
  4. From the menu that will be displayed highlight recovery by using Volume rocker keys and confirm your option by pressing on Power button.
  5. When the Android logo is displayed hold down the Power button for a few moments.
  6. While you hold down the Power key, quickly press and release the Volume Up key.
  7. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your Google Pixel 2.
  8. In recovery use the Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select.
  9. You can go back to Android mode by selecting ‘reboot system now’.
  10. Note: this solution might be quite annoying – it might require some practice so if you cannot complete it from your first attempt don’t despair.

Method 2

As already outlined before, this second solution implies in using a computer. Remember that before using the following steps you should apply the essential pre-requisites from above. Good; now let’s see what you need to apply:

  1. Power on your computer and access the Android SDK folder.
  2. From that path open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space; then from the list that will be opened choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  3. Switch on your Google Pixel 2 and connect your smartphone with your computer.
  4. Ensure this connection with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
  5. Now, in the cmd window type adb reboot recovery.
  6. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be automatically rebooted on your smartphone.

Method 3

This method might work only if a rooted system is ensured. On Google Play you can find various third party apps which can complete the reboot sequence for you. Such example is the Quick Boot software. You can give it a try without problems as it’s free distributed. All you have to do is to download the app, install it on your phone and run the tool when you want to access the recovery mode menu.


Good; so those are the methods that can be used when you have to enter recovery mode on your Google Pixel 2. Try all the solutions or use the most that you prefer the most. Either way, don’t forget to share your experience with us and with the other users who might want to follow this dedicated step by step guide (you can contact us through the comments field from down below). Of course, for further Android related tips, tricks and tutorials don’t hesitate and check out our ‘how to’ section. Enjoy.

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