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Rooting the Pixel 2 may not void your warranty

The Pixel 2 XL in Black and White.
The Pixel 2 XL in Black and White.
Root on Android looks to be a dying art, with fear of voided warranties and SafetyNet restrictions holding users back. A Pixel 2 owner has reportedly gotten confirmation from Google's customer support which clarifies that rooting the new Pixels is not cause for a warranty void.

Rooting the new Google Pixel 2 devices may not be grounds for a warranty void, according to information from a users chat with Google's customer service.

Rooting your device is the first step in exploring the world of Android customizations, as it grants the necessary superuser permissions needed to write to the system partition. These permissions may not sound like much but they're what allow users to do things like install Xposed, flash custom ROMs, and an assortment of other tweaks that make the Android OS the most flexible among its peers.

Usually, rooting a device comes with the 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.

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 anywhere. Be sure to get your own confirmation if you plan on rooting your Pixel 2.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-10-22 (Update: 2017-10-22)