I tried to flash the most recent android pie update to my pixel 2 only for it to fail writing partitions even though I followed a recent guide to my best ability. Now, the phone is stuck in the bootloader with no way to boot into android or any way to access the recovery options (throws an error and takes me back to the bootloader info page)

Neither fastboot nor ADB can recognize the phone, I think this is because the USB debugging must have turned off somehow even though I turned it on, as before I WAS able to access it through fastboot. But now I can not, plugging it into the Windows machine, windows doesn't see any change in Device Manager when the phone is plugged in and out.

I reached out to a google supports rep and they told me since there is no way to access the recovery options, the phone needs to go through warranty, but is this really the only way? Is there some driver I am missing?

Thank you.

  • Usb debugging is irrelevant within the bootloader. Adb only works within the system and and recovery. Fastboot protocol is what is used within the bootloader. How did you try to flash the system? Did you try manually or with the flash-all.bat. what part failed to write? Does fastboot devices returns anything? On your devices bootloader screen what is everything it says (in these categories:)? Bootloader: Baseband: Product Revision: Boot-slot: Console: Secure Boot: Device State: ERROR: – Bo Lawson Jan 18 at 11:09

before we go any further, please make sure your usb cable is working correctly, and try using different ones if it is not the case. If not, please try again as it the most annoying device I've had for getting into recovery. You basically need to hold power and then press volume up and immediately release both of them. It's very picky.


The phone was bricked, had to get an rma unfortunatleyh5rft

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