Pro-users would always like to play around with the default features and specifications on their smart devices, and when they are prevented from doing so, they get furious. Smartphone makers today, normally don’t provide built-in features to remap the physical buttons; thankfully, Android’s open-source technology presents endless opportunities for pro-users to make some important changes. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus didn’t allow owners to remap Bixby button; however, with a third-party Android app, people used to remap Bixby button on Galaxy S8. Similarly, on your Pixel 2, you can remap Active Edge to trigger any app or function. Again, Google doesn’t give this feature built-in in your Pixel 2 devices. Hence, users have to use a third-party tool to remap Active Edge on Google Pixel 2.
Third-party Android app developers are doing excellent job; in this case, we should be thankful to flar2 for giving us such a nice personalization on our Google Pixel 2. You can check other apps developed by the Android developer. Your Pixel 2 devices must be running Android Nougat; some may have Android Oreo installed, though. However, you can update your Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to the latest Oreo software (in case the app doesn’t support the 7th software version of Android). Now follow the steps given below to remap Active Edge on your Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
How to Remap Active Edge on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Step #1: First, you need to download Button Mapper Android app, which is available free on Google Play Store.
Step #2: Once the app is installed, launch the app and turn on ‘Customize’ option. This will show a pop-up asking you to Grant READ_LOGS permission.
Step #3: Tap on OK button to give permission.
Step #4: Next, you need to launch Settings → System → About Phone.
Step #5: Scroll down and tap on ‘Build Number’ seven times in quick succession.
This will enable ‘Developer Options’ on your Pixel 2 device. If you have already enabled this option, you will get a message ‘No need, you are already a developer’.
Step #6: Now you can see a fresh entry of ‘Developer Options’ under Settings → System.
Step #7: Then, you need to tap on ‘Developer Options’ and scroll down to tap on ‘USB Debugging’.
Step #8: A pop-up asks your permission to enable ‘USB Debugging’; tap on OK button and then toggle USB Debugging ON.
Step #9: Next, you are required to connect your Pixel 2 phone with your computer by using a USB to USB Type-C cable; bring down notification shade from the top of your phone.
Step #10: A notification reveals that your phone is charging through USB cable. You need to tap on down-arrow appears next to USB charging device text. This will show you ‘Tap for more options’ text. Simply tap on that.
Step #11: You are presented with some options on phone screen; you need to select ‘File Transfer’. Remember, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is just a synonym of File Transfer.
Step #12: Next, you are supposed to install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your computer. You can download this zip file and extract its contents in a folder.
Step #13: Press and hold ‘Shift’ key on your keyboard and right click on the unzipped files.
Step #14: From the pop-up list, you need to select “Open command window here”.
Step #15: Type adb devices in the command prompt window and hit Enter button on keyboard.
Don’t shut down this command prompt window as you have to take some more action.
Step #16: Copy and paste below mentioned command in the command prompt window:
adb shell sh /data/data/flar2.homebutton/keyevent.sh
In the command prompt, you will see a message “Enabling button remapping…” Within a couple of seconds, the process will be finished. Once the process is completed, launch Button Mapper app on your Pixel 2 and restart it.
Step #17: Finally, turn on Customize option and then tap on ‘Single tap’ option.
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You are good to go! You will see many options unlocked in the app; and now you can remap Active Edge to trigger any app or function on your Pixel 2 device.