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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL is officially available so it’s time to learn the basics. Thus, during a set of new tutorials we will be showing you how to perform the basic Android operations on your brand new Google Pixel 2 XL. And, today we will be discussing about reaching recovery; of course, during the following lines you can learn everything that’s related with this process including advantages, risks and pre-requisites, so let’s see what it’s all about.

Your Google Pixel 2 XL, like almost any other Android based device, it’s pre-loaded with the stock recovery mode. This is a dedicated environment that runs independently from the Android mode and which can be reached without hassle on your device anytime you have to complete certain maintenance, restoration and customization process. A few examples or operations that can be initiated through the stock recovery image: making a hard reset; install zip files; adb sideloading a new OTA; clearing app data cache; making backups and lot more.

So, the recovery mode is there to offer some access towards the Android core system. That’s why, through this mode you can easily customize, optimize and personalize the way your Google Pixel 2 XL works. Now, you can also choose to extend your access by replacing the stock recovery image with custom software such as CWM or TWRP recovery. Using a custom recovery software is just great as you can finally choose to tweak your device – a few examples of custom operations that can be initiated through the custom recovery platform: gaining root access, installing custom ROMs, MODs and kernels, adding root-only apps, getting apps from other sources than Google Play, removing bloatware, downloading features that cannot be found on the stock Android firmware and lot more.

Anyway, what’s important for us now is how to reach the recovery mode menu on the Google Pixel 2 XL whether we talk about stock or custom software. Well, as you will notice, this environment is hidden by default so it cannot be accessed through built-in settings. A dedicated reboot process will have to be followed and that’s what we will be showing you during the following guidelines.

Reaching recovery mode on Google Pixel 2 XL is an official operation so you have nothing to worry about. Shortly, you can complete the steps from below without having to use complex or risky third party apps or any other similar program. And, of course, your phone’s warranty won’t get void.

Your data should be also safe and secured, but if you want to use a custom recovery image for initiating a custom operation, the best will be to secure everything first. A backup can be easily applied by using built-in cloud storage platforms, by syncing your data with your Google Account or by using dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Using this guide for going into recovery mode can be done even if your Google Pixel 2 XL is currently rooted, running on a custom ROM firmware, installed with a custom recovery image or powered by an unlocked bootloader. From this point of view, this step by step guide is a general one that will work all the time – so you can successfully bookmark this page.

It’s imperative to verify the power that’s left on your smartphone before resuming the steps from down below. If the power is currently lower than, let’s say 50%, plug in the charger and wait a few minutes. You see, if the power left is too low your Pixel 2 XL can get switched off in the middle of the reboot sequence and if that occurs you can end up in experiencing various software related issues.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL

Method 1

  1. You need to start by turning off your smartphone; make sure you wait until the shut down process is completed.
  2. Next, press and also hold the Volume Down button for a few seconds.
  3. While holding down the Volume Down key, press the Power button and release.
  4. From the mode that will be displayed choose Recovery – use Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and Power key to confirm.
  5. When the Android logo is displayed hold down the Power key for a few moments.
  6. While still pressing the Power button 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 XL.

Method 2

This second solution can be completed only if you first:

  • Ensure that a computer can be used.
  • Your phone and its USB cable should be near you too.
  • On your computer install Android SDK: for the Windows system use this guide and for MAC OS X / Linux go to this tutorial instead.
  • On your smartphone become a developer by tapping repeatedly on Built Number – tap for 7 or 10 times until the ‘you are a developer’ prompt shows up.
  • On your device check the USB Debugging option – head towards “menu – > settings – > developer options”.
  • On your computer install the Google Pixel 2 XL drivers.

Good; after applying the pre-requisites from above follow:

  1. Switch on your smartphone and power on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone with your computer via USB cable.
  3. On your computer go and accessthe Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a cmd window by: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then select “open command prompt window here”.
  5. In the command prompt window enter adb reboot recovery and press Enter.
  6. Recovery mode menu should be displayed on your Google Pixel 2 XL.

Method 3

If you managed to root your Google Pixel 2 XL, you can use a third party app from Google Play. Such software can help you access recovery mode easily, without doing anything in fact. Such example might be the Quick Boot tool. You can download for free the app from Google Play; install and run the app and then just follow on screen prompts and reach the desired mode.

There you go; you should be in recovery mode now. You can use the recovery mode menu by using the Volume rocker keys and you can select your option by pressing on Power button – so, return to Android mode by select ‘reboot system now’. If you want to learn other similar operations for your Google Pixel 2 XL, don’t hesitate and check out our ‘how to’ section. You can also talk with us by using the comments field from down below. Enjoy.