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[GUIDE] How to root your AB partition scheme based Nokia Android Devices

This guide should work on following models:

Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018)
Nokia X6 (2018)
Nokia 7
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 8
Nokia 8 Sirocco

Step 1: Unlock the bootloader
Original unlock thread closed

Step 2: Install Magisk Manager
You can download it from here:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/app...mless-t3473445

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中国用户可从酷安下载 Magisk Manager
Chinese users can download it from Coolapk instead

Step 3: Patch stock boot from current or close version

Skip this step if you have already patched boot image.
You should know how to patch by reading Magisk Official Release Notes.

Step 4: Load specific patched boot from fastboot mode
For Nokia 6.1/6 (2018), X6, 7, 7 Plus and Sharp Aquos S2:
Android 7.1: C1N-0430-boot-patched.img
Android 8.0: C1N-134E-boot-patched.img
Android 8.1: B2N-222A-boot-patched.img
Android Pie: B2N-322C-boot-patched.img

In fact the kernel between these models are compatible to each other.

For Nokia 8:
Android 7.1: NB1-303A-boot-patched.img
Android 8.0: NB1-435J-boot-patched.img
Android 8.1: NB1-484A-boot-patched.img

Take the Nokia 7 Plus with B2N-222A-boot-patched.img for example.

Enter fastboot/download mode, you should be familiar with it if you've unlocked the bootloader.

Type following commands with your own fastboot:

Code:
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot boot D:\B2N-222A-boot-patched.img
Quote:

WARNING: DO NOT FLASH boot or this will overwrite the stock boot and may not recoverable.

If you're using these commands in OST LA installation directory, use "fastboot-android" instead of "fastboot".

After that, your phone will boot and have root privileges temporarily.
You can check if Magisk Manager indicates "√ Installed Version: 16.0".

Step 5: Reinstall Magisk as module

Your phone may not be able to connect to Wi-Fi, which is normal.
Copy the latest Magisk zip to the phone, I recommend you to copy it to "Download" directory.

Then add the Magisk zip as module. The phone will patch the boot image with Magisk.
Reboot your phone when finished.

After that, your phone will be rooted perfectly.

If you want to install Xposed Framework, you must use this version (Including Framework and Installer) unless you want to break OTA:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/xpo...posed-t3388268

Android 7.1 - sdk25
Android 8.0 - sdk26
Android 8.1 - sdk27
Android P - sdk28 but unreleased yet

Step 6: Install OTA Update (Optional)

If you want to install latest OTA update, you must restore the boot image.
Open Magisk Manager, tap "Uninstall" - "Restore Stock Boot". After the phone displays "Successfully restored", you should be able to install OTA update with no problem.
After OTA update installed, do Step 4 and 5 again.

Patched boot image mentioned in this topic can be downloaded here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IS...9YTAfIR8xBxHjf

Special thanks:
@topjohnwu for Magisk
@blackpanther0582 for providing stock rom
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20th May 2018, 03:50 AM |#2  
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There have to be another method than to buy the possibilty to unlock your bootloader.
This is really making me angry....

Don't get me wrong... I don't criticize your post! It is even very important to post and share everything about the 7+, especially in relation to unlocking the bootloader and rooting your devive, so that custom development can begin finally.

To pay for unlocking your bootloader (and that even so awkward) is absolutely wrong in my opinion and I will definitely not support it... no matter how much I wish to unlock the bootloader.

But many thanks for sharing and explaining. I hope HMD will offer an official way for unlocking the bootloader very soon, or someone will find a more user-friendly way to do that.




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Originally Posted by Micha El

There have to be another method than to buy the possibilty to unlock your bootloader.
This is really making me angry....

Don't get me wrong... I don't criticize your post! It is even very important to post and share everything about the 7+, especially in relation to unlocking the bootloader and rooting your devive, so that custom development can begin finally.

To pay for unlocking your bootloader (and that even so awkward) is absolutely wrong in my opinion and I will definitely not support it... no matter how much I wish to unlock the bootloader.

But many thanks for sharing and explaining. I hope HMD will offer an official way for unlocking the bootloader very soon, or someone will find a more user-friendly way to do that.

I can understand your feeling.
What I'm doing is making as much pressure as we can to HMD Global in order to make the phone unlockable officially.

Once I achieved that, you needn't to pay for unlock key.
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Originally Posted by hikari_calyx

What I'm doing is making as much pressure as we can to HMD Global in order to make the phone unlockable officially.

Once I achieved that, you needn't to pay for unlock key.

We should ask HMD to pay us the SETools credits... Maybe that's easier to do for them.



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12th June 2018, 09:06 AM |#5  
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Working up until i try to reboot in Step 5 and then hangs on android one screen and then eventually gets to NOKIA splash screen but hangs forever (at least 10 mins and nothing).

Thoughts?
12th June 2018, 10:07 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Micha El

There have to be another method than to buy the possibilty to unlock your bootloader.
This is really making me angry....

Don't get me wrong... I don't criticize your post! It is even very important to post and share everything about the 7+, especially in relation to unlocking the bootloader and rooting your devive, so that custom development can begin finally.

To pay for unlocking your bootloader (and that even so awkward) is absolutely wrong in my opinion and I will definitely not support it... no matter how much I wish to unlock the bootloader.

But many thanks for sharing and explaining. I hope HMD will offer an official way for unlocking the bootloader very soon, or someone will find a more user-friendly way to do that.




Sent from my Nokia 7 plus using XDA Labs

Isnt Android one's prime moto is to being as close as pixel device then why did hmd locked the bootloader
12th June 2018, 10:53 AM |#7  
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Tried lots of times and every time i get to Step 5 and installing Magisk as a module it just hangs on Nokia screen when it reboots.

Only way back into phone is to get to download mode and 'fastboot boot D:\B2N-222A-boot-patched.img' and then it gets me back.

Help!
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Isnt Android one's prime moto is to being as close as pixel device then why did hmd locked the bootloader

Every phone's bootloader is locked from factory. Most manufacturers offer a possibility to unlock the bootloader, the methods vary.
At the moment, however, there seems to be several manufacturers who do not offer this possibility anymore (e.g. Huawei / Honor).
When I talked with Nokia Phones Support and asked why there's no official method to unlock the N7+ bootloader, they told me that's because of warrenty and security. But everyone who unlocks their bootloader knows about those risks, so the real reason is...

...a big secret that probably will never be revealed...

...or it's just a whim of the manufacturer.
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Originally Posted by hikari_calyx

I can understand your feeling.
What I'm doing is making as much pressure as we can to HMD Global in order to make the phone unlockable officially.

Once I achieved that, you needn't to pay for unlock key.

I hope you succeed man.
22nd June 2018, 01:57 AM |#10  
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Originally Posted by hikari_calyx

[GUIDE] How to root your AB partition scheme based Nokia Android Devices

This guide should work on following models:

Nokia 6.1 or Nokia 6 (2018)
Nokia X6 (2018)
Nokia 7
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 8
Nokia 8 Sirocco

Step 1: Unlock the bootloader
Original unlock thread closed

Step 2: Install Magisk Manager
You can download it from here:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/app...mless-t3473445



Step 3: Patch stock boot from current or close version

Skip this step if you have already patched boot image.
You should know how to patch by reading Magisk Official Release Notes.

Step 4: Load specific patched boot from fastboot mode
For Nokia 6.1/6 (2018), X6, 7, 7 Plus and Sharp Aquos S2:
Android 7.1: C1N-0430-boot-patched.img
Android 8.0: C1N-134E-boot-patched.img
Android 8.1: B2N-222A-boot-patched.img
Android P: B2N-3050-boot-patched.img

In fact the kernel between these models are compatible to each other.

For Nokia 8:
Android 7.1: NB1-303A-boot-patched.img
Android 8.0: NB1-435J-boot-patched.img
Android 8.1: NB1-484A-boot-patched.img

Take the Nokia 7 Plus with B2N-222A-boot-patched.img for example.

Enter fastboot/download mode, you should be familiar with it if you've unlocked the bootloader.

Type following commands with your own fastboot:

Code:
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot boot D:\B2N-222A-boot-patched.img


If you're using these commands in OST LA installation directory, use "fastboot-android" instead of "fastboot".

After that, your phone will boot and have root privileges temporarily.
You can check if Magisk Manager indicates "√ Installed Version: 16.0".

Step 5: Reinstall Magisk as module

Your phone may not be able to connect to Wi-Fi, which is normal.
Copy the latest Magisk zip to the phone, I recommend you to copy it to "Download" directory.

Then add the Magisk zip as module. The phone will patch the boot image with Magisk.
Reboot your phone when finished.

After that, your phone will be rooted perfectly.

If you want to install Xposed Framework, you must use this version (Including Framework and Installer) unless you want to break OTA:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/xpo...posed-t3388268

Android 7.1 - sdk25
Android 8.0 - sdk26
Android 8.1 - sdk27
Android P - sdk28 but unreleased yet

Step 6: Install OTA Update (Optional)

If you want to install latest OTA update, you must restore the boot image.
Open Magisk Manager, tap "Uninstall" - "Restore Stock Boot". After the phone displays "Successfully restored", you should be able to install OTA update with no problem.
After OTA update installed, do Step 4 and 5 again.

Patched boot image mentioned in this topic can be downloaded here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IS...9YTAfIR8xBxHjf

Special thanks:
@topjohnwu for Magisk
@blackpanther0582 for providing stock rom

Any chance of a patched boot image off the latest Android P Beta for Nokia 7 Plus? Thanks
23rd June 2018, 05:43 PM |#11  
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To subscribers of this topic:
I uploaded patched DRG-229D boot image which is from Nokia X6. You can try to use it on your Nokia 7 plus and feel free to send feedback here
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