The Pixel 2 is one of the best Android phones of 2017. Despite the fact the bootloader is locked, many die-hard Android fans forgo modding for the stock Google Android. There's a large community of people who would love to unlock the bootloader and run a custom Rom or Kernel. Those users tend to buy their phones from independent retail stores, not carriers who often lock their bootloaders. That goes for the Verizon Pixel 2. A few users on the XDA Forums have managed to unlock their Verizon Pixel 2 bootloader. The users unlocked the phone through the standard fastboot command. The users on the forums bought the phones from Verizon and BestBuy. In fact, one user purchased a phone only a couple of days ago. If the phone is unlocked, more Android fans would be willing to take the jump through Verizon. They could use the upgrade plan or use financing.
Unlocking the bootloader only works on the Verizon Pixel 2
It’s unclear if all Verizon Pixel 2’s have unlockable bootloaders. We do know that the unlocking only works on the Pixel 2 and not the Pixel 2 XL. Now, Verizon could fix this at any time. It’s unclear if Verizon is aware of the fastboot command. It could also be Verizon or BestBuy is out of the Verizon Pixel 2, and is selling the Google version of the Pixel. If you want to unlock your Pixel 2 bootloader, now is the time. You’ll have to act fast as the news of this has quickly gone around from XDA, Android Police, and other Android-focused blogs. Surely, Verizon has caught wind of the unlocking and will issue a fix once everyone returns to work. This may be the only time you can unlock the Pixel 2. If you've wanted to run a custom Rom or Kernel, now is the time to do it. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve been able to unlock your Verizon Pixel 2 bootloader.
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