A few major benefits of using the all-new Google Pixel 2, is Unlimited Storage in Google Photos and the all-new wallpapers. Using this guide you will easily be able to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage on any rooted Android device.
Plus there’s a bonus too. Once you are done with the instructions below, you will also have Pixel-exclusive wallpapers available on your Android. Unlimited Storage in Google Photos was first released along with the announcement of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and is an exclusive feature for the device owners. It allows you to backup and upload your on-device photos to the Google Cloud in their original quality. Normally, original quality uploads are dependant on the storage space associated with the Google account. However, if you follow this guide you will be easily able to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage on any Android device, just like a Pixel 2 user.
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Enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage on Any Rooted Android Device
On previous occasions, we have used the method of editing build.prop flags to get features such as Google Assistant. What we actually do is, edit the flags that define our phone’s model and make it to others that are supported. Several apps, including many Google Apps, fetch these build.prop flags to determine the device.
But this tutorial is a little different and requires a bit more work to do. Some Pixel-exclusive features just can’t be enabled on your device by just editing build.prop values alone. Like in today’s case, Google Photos and Wallpapers app accesses your device’s system partition (Precisely /system/etc/sysconfig) and check for the flags in a file named nexus.xml. If the app recognizes your device like a Pixel 2, it will automatically enable the mentioned features for you.
Thanks to XDA member – emime12, we now have a workaround to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage option on any rooted Android smartphone. The instructions below are completely tested and working on Nexus 6P running Android Oreo.
- This tutorial is only for those who have rooted devices. If you still haven’t rooted, you may look for your device-specific rooting guide in our database.
- Download the nexus.xml file that is needed to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage on your device: Link
- Download your favorite root-enabled file explorer. We prefer Solid Explorer.
Instructions to Enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage
- Connect your phone to the PC and transfer the downloaded nexus.xml file to the storage (External/internal).
- Disconnect the phone and launch the file manager app from the app drawer (e.g. Solid Explorer).
- Navigate to the folder where you transferred the file during step #1.
- Copy the nexus.xml file to /system/etc/sysconfig/.
- If there’s already a file by that name, go ahead and replace it.
- Once the file has been copied, long-press on it. Then tap on the 3-dot overflow button on the top-right of the Solid Explorer app window and select “Properties”.
- This will open the properties of the specific nexus.xml file. Press on the “ATTRIBUTES” tab and set the permissions to “-rw-r- -r- -“. Then tap on “APPLY” and exit the app.
- Finally, reboot your device.
Now, don’t open the Google Photos app yet. It is important that you clear the app data first, in order to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage.
So go to Settings > Apps & notifications > App info. Scroll down and select “Photos”. Tap on “Storage” and then press the “CLEAR DATA” button. Select “OK” to confirm. That’s it! You have been successful to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage on your device.
Now just launch the Photos app from the app drawer and you shall see the “Backup & sync” prompt mentioning about the unlimited free storage.
Bonus: Enable Pixel-exclusive Wallpapers in Google Wallpapers App
The tutorial should also enable Pixel-exclusive wallpapers on your device. So the Google Wallpapers app should now have three additional categories along with the default Pixel 2 wallpaper.
In case the new wallpapers don’t show up in the app, you can perform a little build.prop trick to get them.
- Download and install the BuildProp Editor app from the Play Store.
- Open the app and grant it root permissions.
- Tap on the pencil-style edit icon on the top of the app window.
- Find the following flag:
- Change its value to “Pixel 2 XL”.
- Now find the following:
- Change its value to “Google”.
- Change the value to “Google” for the following flag too:
- Also add the flag below, anywhere in the build.prop file:
- Now just press the save icon and tap on “Save & exit”.
- Finally, reboot your phone for the change to take effect.
You should now have access to the Pixel-exclusive wallpapers on your rooted Android. Go on, pair them up with the Pixel 2 Launcher, and enjoy the full-fledged Pixel 2 look on your device.
There you have it! You have now succeeded to enable Google Photos Unlimited Storage feature and the Pixel-exclusive wallpapers on your rooted Android. Enjoy them.
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