Some Verizon Pixel 2 Users Are Able To Unlock Their Bootloader

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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the perfect phones for those who are still interested in rooting their device, that is as long as you are not the owner of a Verizon variant. Verizon has decided to lock down the bootloaders on their devices making rooting a thing of the past on their network. Last year there was an exploit for both the PIxel and Pixel XL that enabled the bootloader on Verizon variants to be unlocked.

So far no exploit for unlocking the bootloader on the Verizon Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL have been found. That being said some users of the Pixel 2 (but not Pixel 2 XL) are saying that they are able to unlock the bootloader with no exploit necessary. The normal fastboot commands to get the unlock menu to show up have been working for them.

Here are the steps to try this on your own Verizon Google Pixel 2:

  1. Download the latest ADB & Fastboot binaries for your computer.
  2. Go to Developer Options and Enable USB Debugging. If you haven’t yet enabled Developer Options, you’ll need to enable it by going to Settings –> System –> About Phone and then tap on “Build number” 7 times. Then, Developer Options will show up in Settings –> System.
  3. On your computer, open a command prompt or terminal and enter: adb reboot bootloader
  4. This reboots you to your bootloader. Now type: fastboot flashing lock_critical
  5. This should hopefully bring up the bootloader unlock screen even though we never enabled OEM Unlocking. Use your volume keys to select the “UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER” option.
  6. Press the power button to confirm. THIS WILL WIPE ALL DATA ON YOUR INTERNAL STORAGE.
  7. Once done, you can now flash TWRP and Magisk!
This may not work for everyone, but it may be worth a try if you are into this sort of thing.

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