Google Online Support Confirms Rooting Your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Won’t Void The Warranty

25 Oct 2017
You can root your Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL without voiding Google Warranty

You can root your Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL without voiding Google Warranty

Rooting/flashing Android smartphone/tablet is one of the favorite past times of Android fanboys. In fact, there are many websites dedicated to rooting Android devices. Websites like XDA Forums present a unique opportunity to any Android user to be a member and contribute to flashing/rooting any Android smartphone/tablet.

However, one of the negative points about rooting your newly purchased Android smartphone/tablet is that it voids the manufacturer’s/OEM’s warranty. In simple terms, it means that if you root your new Android smartphone, you can’t approach your Android smartphone manufacturer’s service center for any repair leave alone the software part.

Why root an Android smartphone/tablet?

Why root any Android device? Simple! Rooting your device allows you to use the Android smartphone/tablet to its full capacity. Android smartphone owners like Samsung, HTC, LG etc. don’t allow users root access to the internals of their smartphones. They often ship their smartphones with lots of bloatware/spyware which is natively installed in the root. One of the advantages of rooting your Android smartphone is that you can uninstall such normally un-uninstallable Apps.

Another main advantage of rooting is that it allows you to use all your cores (Quad core or Octa-core as you wish. Smartphone manufacturers only use two cores out of Quad core processors on any Android smartphone. The other two are kept as standby. Rooting allows you to use these two unused cores and thereby make your smartphone faster and agiler.

Rooting also allows superuser permissions needed to write to the system partition. Once you get these permissions you can install many Apps which are normally not installable on your Android smartphone/Tablet. Apps like Xposed, flash custom ROMs, and an assortment of other tweak Apps that make the Android OS customisable according to your liking can be installed but only after rooting.

You can root your Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL without voiding warranty

As said above, rooting an Android device comes with its inherent consequence of voiding warranties, as it effectively creates a security loophole which rids the OEM of accountability for any breaches that may happen. This, coupled with Google’s SafetyNet protocol, ensures that users no longer opt for root as much as they used to a few years ago.
However, now a Google Pixel 2 user has found out that rooting his smartphone won’t void Google’s warrant or void the Google’s SafetyNet protocol. An elated Android user, Brian706 told other happy Google Pixel 2 owners the good news on Android forums.
Brian706 also shared screenshots of a conversation he had with a Google support rep named Alex to confirm that what he was saying is indeed true.
He specifically asked Alex whether or not rooting and flashing a ROM to the Pixel 2 will avoid warranty since Pixel 2 like any other Android smartphone has a unlockable bootloader when purchased.

 

Alex has specifically confirmed to Brian that “This [rooting] doesn’t affect any warranty you may have with us.” He also added that changing the rooted ROM back to stock Android ROM would be important. “However, in order for us to explore warranty options, we will need for you to return your device to the latest stable version of Android,” Alex says in chat.

In short, you can root the Pixel 2 as long as you don’t break your device, and when sending it in for warranty, you have to make sure it’s running on an up-to-date, functioning version of stock Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

Our Advice to Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Owners and Buyers

While the chat itself looks authentic, you’d do well to tread carefully on this, as a customer support chat from an anonymous source would not hold up as proof especially in your country. Be sure to check with your local Google Pixel service center first before embarking on rooting Pixel 2 journey.
Another piece of advice is that Google has just launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL so there might not be many stable ROMs out there to justify rooting. We suggest you wait till XDA Forum guys release a stable ROM for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
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