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Android 12 for Google Pixel 2 series is here, but unofficially and with caveats

There are some caveats, but at least you'll be up to date.

Published onNovember 10, 2021

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
  • There is now an unofficial Google Pixel 2 Android 12 ROM.
  • Unfortunately, the ROM doesn’t feature certain security features, so install at your own risk.
  • At publishing time, the vanilla Pixel 2’s version of the ROM is still unavailable.

If you own a Pixel phone from the third generation or later, you likely already have Android 12 installed. But what if you’ve got an OG Pixel or a device in the Pixel 2 series? Unfortunately, Google won’t be supporting those phones with Android upgrades any longer, so you’re out of luck.

See also: Everything you need to know about Android 12

Of course, just because Google isn’t pushing out an official version of Android 12 doesn’t mean you can’t get it. Today, the first unofficial Google Pixel 2 Android 12 ROM is available to install (via XDA-Developers). To be clear, at the time of publishing this article, only the Google Pixel 2 XL is supported, but the vanilla Pixel 2 will have support very soon.

As with most other custom ROMs, this is a community effort within the ProtonAOSP project. This project is well-regarded within the flashing community, and most users so far have seen great success with the install of the Google Pixel 2 Android 12 build. That being said, you do need to install at your own risk.

Keep in mind, though, that there are two things you won’t get with this ROM. The first is encryption support, which might be a deal-breaker for a lot of folks. The second is that SELinux is set to permissive, which drastically reduces the security of the device.

If you can look past those limitations and have a Pixel 2 XL, you can click here to get started installing this unofficial Android 12 ROM. As mentioned, the vanilla Pixel 2’s ROM isn’t available yet, but you can click here to find it once it goes live.

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