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stinger4321

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Lw00d

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LA Baby!!!
hello
i normally use nexus to pixel family devices. ADB is the way to do everything. with this tablet need to use third party software. im new to this. could i get some help .please.
i have the latest software SHT-W09 8.0.0.173, i am going to downgrade . to unlock .
1. what software do i need to downgrade??
2 where do i get the older version to flash. ???
3. and what version should i downgrade to?
 

etheberge

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I got my unlock code from https://global-unlocking-solutions.miiduu.com/bootloader-unlock-codes-choose-model-below

they sent me my code in minutes. just make sure you have oem toggled and enter code through fastboot or toolkit listed in OP.

I only had to send the the tablets serial number. I have the M5 10.8 WiFi version and I was running latest OS since I just bought it.. CWR-W09 with 8.0.0.190

Sent from my PH-1 using Tapatalk


Thanks for the tip mate, I placed an order and the guy sent me the code in about 30 minutes. It worked fine, I managed to unlock the bootloader on my CMR-W09C432 with no issues.

Great service for 22 USD.
 

Lw00d

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LA Baby!!!
I got my unlock code from https://global-unlocking-solutions.miiduu.com/bootloader-unlock-codes-choose-model-below

they sent me my code in minutes. just make sure you have oem toggled and enter code through fastboot or toolkit listed in OP.

I only had to send the the tablets serial number. I have the M5 10.8 WiFi version and I was running latest OS since I just bought it.. CWR-W09 with 8.0.0.190

Sent from my PH-1 using Tapatalk

i could confirm this works with latest software version on M5 8.4. SHT-W09 8.0.0.173,,...... just provide SN# . they send you code. in 5mins. i did it with ADB. thats what i am use to.
 

stinger4321

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I'm glad others are able to unlock. it's a great tablet picked mine 10.8" up for $299 . I was going to return if I couldn't unlock and root. Also I did email Huawei but they sent a response back saying.

Huawei USA does not provide codes to unlock the bootloader*under any circumstance.*We kindly inform you that this action*can potentially "brick" the device or in other words, renders the*device*completely unusable and voids the warranty service and device support.

also received a similar response from Asia division.

Luckily there is still an option for 22$. Get it while you can . Saw another site wanting over $50..

Sent from my PH-1 using Tapatalk
 

TiTiB

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I got my unlock code from https://global-unlocking-solutions.miiduu.com/bootloader-unlock-codes-choose-model-below

they sent me my code in minutes. just make sure you have oem toggled and enter code through fastboot or toolkit listed in OP.

I only had to send the the tablets serial number. I have the M5 10.8 WiFi version and I was running latest OS since I just bought it.. CWR-W09 with 8.0.0.190
Confirmed working on my SHT-W09 8.0.0.173(C567)<<this the 8.4" WiFi U.S. model. Took a bit longer than the advertised 6 hours to get the code, but whatevs. Wasn't thinking about the full system reset...Luckily I was prepared though as I had backed up important stuff a few days ago...PHEW!

Thanks much to @stinger4321. Kept me from having to do downgrade :cowboy:

Now off to figuring out how to root this thing.
 
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lambgx02

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Ok, guys .. I have a confession to make.

Turns out the Tab S3 LTE's smallest version is too big for one of my applications - viewing screen for my Phantom 4. In a moment of weakness, I ordered an SHT-AL09 (C636), sealed, NIB, from an eBay'er, hoping that at least Huawei wouldn't see that money.

Anyway, I've had no luck unlocking the bootloader. DC-Unlocker reports a timeout with "read bootloader," and the code I got back from global-unlocking-solutions didn't work (bad password on OEM unlock). I've been working with him, but he says my "core has been modified" and the second IMEI shouldn't be present (IMEI1:000000000000000).

I offer myself as a guinny pig, if anyone has any ideas. I'm fully prepared to end up bricking this device and disposing of it; it's a $500 hit, but I deserve it for so thoroughly compromising on my own morals. If I do manage to root it, I will use it.. but have no use for an unrooted device.. so.. I'm willing to try whatever it takes.

So far, I've tried installing a few different firmware versions, but they all fail during the SDcard update attempt. I'm presently on build 190. I've tried installing:

SHT-AL09C636B169_8.0.0.169_Asia_Pacific.zip

.. but no luck. Updater complains about version incompatibility.

---------- Post added at 02:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:03 PM ----------

If anyone has the Chinese (C636) SHT-AL09, can you run:

fastboot oem get-psid

.. and paste the output (obfuscating the actual IMEI(s) of course)?
 
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_mac

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New to XDA but due to a plethora of posts that helped me & by way of a thank you, thought I'd share my positive experience unlocking & rooting my M5 8.4". (time my trusty Nexus 7 had an upgrade)

Device = SHT-W09 8.0.0.168 (C432)

Went with MinistryOfSolutions.com for unlock code. Not the cheapest but extremely helpful & received code within 20mins. They also provide the guide to flash the unlock code & root with Magisk (apologies I can't post links as a newbie).

Ended up with OpenKirin Rom (Resurrection Remix OS Beta 3).

Using stock recovery at the moment as OpenKirin advised. Always used TWRP with Nexus family & loved it. Not sure if / why I can't install TWRP.

If anyone can point me in the right direction concerning appropriate recovery, that would be helpful.
Cheers
 

TiTiB

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New to XDA but due to a plethora of posts that helped me & by way of a thank you, thought I'd share my positive experience unlocking & rooting my M5 8.4". (time my trusty Nexus 7 had an upgrade)

Device = SHT-W09 8.0.0.168 (C432)

Went with MinistryOfSolutions.com for unlock code. Not the cheapest but extremely helpful & received code within 20mins. They also provide the guide to flash the unlock code & root with Magisk (apologies I can't post links as a newbie).

Ended up with OpenKirin Rom (Resurrection Remix OS Beta 3).

Using stock recovery at the moment as OpenKirin advised. Always used TWRP with Nexus family & loved it. Not sure if / why I can't install TWRP.

If anyone can point me in the right direction concerning appropriate recovery, that would be helpful.
Cheers
I too am used to full TWRP on Samsung devices. Am considering using TWRP install method in this thread.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/mediapad-m5/development/recovery-twrp-3-2-2-1-t3813825

I'm not interested in Magisk---too many troubles in the past--and want root mostly to unG**gle.

I loved Resurrection Remix ROMs on previous devices, so am rethinking right now.
 

lambgx02

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Went with MinistryOfSolutions.com for unlock code. Not the cheapest but extremely helpful & received code within 20mins. They also provide the guide to flash the unlock code & root with Magisk (apologies I can't post links as a newbie).

Ordered a code and installed all the software they listed yesterday. Haven't heard anything from them yet, but fingers crossed.
 

TiTiB

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Ended up with OpenKirin Rom (Resurrection Remix OS Beta 3).
@_mac When you installed Resurrection Remix did you go from stock? Reason I ask is that the instructions say that "…if you are switching ROM flavours (such as going from LOS to RROS for example), then you will need to perform a data wipe."

Is this the aforementioned "wipe" step

15. Press the “Wipe data/factory reset” button.

in the installation instructions? Or is there something that needs to be done before flashing RR?

Thanks
 
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_mac

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I too am used to full TWRP on Samsung devices. Am considering using TWRP install method in this thread.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/mediapad-m5/development/recovery-twrp-3-2-2-1-t3813825

I'm not interested in Magisk---too many troubles in the past--and want root mostly to unG**gle.

I loved Resurrection Remix ROMs on previous devices, so am rethinking right now.
I've a bit of swotting up to do on recovery options. Not sure about modified TWRP's, encrypted partitions & how this affects Huawei devices. OpenKirin must have a reason for insisting on stock recovery when flashing their ROM's?
 
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lambgx02

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Does anyone here have the Chinese variant (C636)? If so, have you been able to successfully unlock it?

edit Oh. Op does, ahaha. Op, if you're reading this, would you be able to run fastboot oem get-psid and paste the results (obfuscating the IMEI/SN, of course)?
 

_mac

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@_mac When you installed Resurrection Remix did you go from stock? Reason I ask is that the instructions say that "…if you are switching ROM flavours (such as going from LOS to RROS for example), then you will need to perform a data wipe."

Is this the aforementioned "wipe" step

15. Press the “Wipe data/factory reset” button.

in the installation instructions? Or is there something that needs to be done before flashing RR?

Thanks
@TiTiB Yup, I installed Resurrection Remix from stock.

1) Flash RR rom via adb
2) Reboot to stock recovery (don't reboot system)
3) Execute wipe / factory reset
4) Reboot system
4) Hope & pray! (lol.. It worked perfectly)

---------- Post added at 09:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:45 PM ----------

Ordered a code and installed all the software they listed yesterday. Haven't heard anything from them yet, but fingers crossed.
@lambgx02 I dropped them an email first to test the waters. After a couple of questions & checking reviews they had a measure of my confidence so sent payment & were quick supplying unlock code.

Unlocking M5 comes under "other paid services" on their site & requires you drop them an email first. The PayPal link does not work (dev advised he did this deliberately due to lots of requests not meeting criteria). 30 euro via PayPal friends & family was a risk but unfounded.
 
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lambgx02

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I dropped them an email first to test the waters. After a couple of questions & checking reviews they had a measure of my confidence so sent payment & were quick supplying unlock code.

Unlocking M5 comes under "other paid services" on their site & requires you drop them an email first. The PayPal link does not work (dev advised he did this deliberately due to lots of requests not meeting criteria). 30 euro via PayPal friends & family was a risk but unfounded.

Ah, crap. I saw the SHT-AL09 listed under their main Huawei bootloader unlocking service ($4) here:

https://ministryofsolutions.com/huawei-bootloader-unlock-paid-service-html

.. and placed my order. No one is responding via WhatsApp so I'll try email.

edit - coming up on 36 hours and still nothing.. no email response, no WhatsApp (though I'm seeing two checkmarks indicating delivery).. not overly impressed so far. :/

second edit - MoS replied, saying my unit was "modified" and refunding my money. So, good on them. I've wasted enough time, and frankly, I feel dirty and immoral even holding this piece of trash. Back to the vendor it goes. I'm buying the Samsung and modifying my P4 mount to fit it. Nevertheless, thanks for the help, everyone.
 
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I ended up going with MinistryOfSolutions because I really didn't want to install any shady teamviewer software some sites require; I just wanted the code, if possible. I shot a few questions over to the guy via email and didn't hear back after a few days. I checked his site again and it had a "live chat" option active. I chatted with him there and he answered a variety of questions thoroughly and patiently. I sent over the ~$35 USD with the chat window still open and I had a code in like 4 minutes! The code worked great, but he did say he guaranteed that it would. As far as the initial email... he said he's one guy dealing with 50+ customers a day, so... fair enough. I would definitely recommend his service. If you don't hear back via email, try to catch him through one of the other channels he makes available.
 

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    DISCLAIMER: I'm not responsible for anything that happens to your device. Use the steps below at your own risk . Be mindful of the facts unlocking bootloader voids your warranty and also hard resets your device - ALL YOUR DATA, SETTINGS, FILES AND APPS WILL BE DELETED. These steps worked for me - I own Chinese version of 8.4" LTE model. I do not know if they will work for any other models of M5, including European versions, WiFi only version and 10" models.

    To execute the steps below you will need to obtain unlock code, specific to bootloader of your device. There is a slow, painful and free way to get it, and there is a quick and easy way to get the code instantly, which will cost you 4 euros. The slow way is to create Huawei ID, register on Huawei website and request the unlock code directly from Huawei, through dedicated link they provide. I do not use this method, so I don't have the link - do not ask. You will have to provide justification why you need it, such as being a developer and you bought the device to develop and make a living off of it - something Huawei support would find reasonable. In most cases they will not agree to unlock bootloader if you just tell them you want to install some roms. In this guide I will be describing the other method to get it done, which costs 4 euros.

    Follow these steps.

    1. Go to DC Unlocker website, register for an account (or login, if you already have one)
    2. Buy 4 credits (cost is 4 euro) using the Buy link
    3. Download the latest DC Unlocker client (pictures 1,2 below)
    4. Open the DC Unlocker client, click "server" tab on the right (picture 1) , enter your website login you created in step 1 and click "Check Login"
    5. Select "Huawei phones" from "Select manufacturer" dropdown
    6. On your M5, go to Dialer app, and type in *#*#2846579#*#* to open Project Menu
    7. Click Background Settings->USB Port Settings->Manufacture Mode
    8. Connect your M5 to PC via USB cable and return to DC Unlocker client
    9. Click the Search button to detect your device. It should be detected as "Huawei HiSilicon Kirin Android" (picture 1)
    10. Click "Unlocking" tab
    11. Click "Read Bootloader Code"(picture 2). It may not work on the first try, but don't worry - unsuccessful bootloader code reads do not spend your credits. Give it a few seconds, disconnect/reconnect USB cable and try again
    12. Copy and save generated bootloader code
    13. Download Huawei Multi Tool from the bottom of this page and install it
    14. Boot into download mode by powering off your M5, then holding Vol Down + Power keys simultaneously for a few seconds and then plugging in USB cable while still holding these 2 keys
    15. Open Multi Tool v8 and paste the code you got from DC Unlocker into "Get Unlock Key" input field
    16 Click "Use your key" button next to it (picture 3)
    17. On the bottom right click the green "Unlock bootloader" button
    18. You will get a bunch of warnings on your M5 screen about unlocking bootloader - press Vol Up key and then Power key
    19. At this point your bootloader will be unlocked and M5 will factory reset itself

    Note: using Multi Tool is optional. Instead, if you have ADB tools with fastboot installed on your PC, then after step 14 you can just use fastboot to unlock your bootloader, by typing "fastboot oem unlock <code>"
    Note 2: I don't do tech support via PM, so don't PM me for help or with questions. Use the thread instead, and some other XDA members or myself will probably help you. Good luck!

    Now I'm hoping some dev takes a shine to our phablet, and compiles TWRP build for it. It can certainly be installed now that we managed to unlock the bootloader :cool:
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    To enter Project Mode on Wifi only tablets, open calculator and enter () () 2,846,579 () (). On 10.8" tablet, it will need to be in landscape mode to get all the calculator symbols to show.
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    Look guys, everyone here was new, asked dumb questions, made stupid remarks, and frustrated those who are contributing to Xda. Each of us has done it when we were new, someone of us are still doing it as senior members.

    My point; now that you're the one being frustrated by new users, don't threaten to pick up your toys and go home, if every dev here did that this place would be another social site. Report abusive users, don't "punish" the many users who show respect and appreciation for your time and efforts by walking away because a few new guys get irritating (remember when you were the one doing the irritating).

    Maybe it would do us all good to remember the days when we were the ones making people mad, asking stupid questions or arguing because we thought we knew when we really didn't.

    Those who are here to share your hard work, and be recognized, thanked, and grow your experience, please remember that the rules are for you as well as everyone else.

    If you are relatively new, and don't know how things work in Xda, or think you know more than someone else, or feel like arguing because your opinion is different than the one providing mods, Roms, etc. figure out a way to communicate the difference with respect and realizing that people who develop word here do it for free, they do it when they could be hanging out with friends or family, and they share it with us because they want to see if it works, what's broke, and get feedback on how to fix it. Not be disrespected by users who haven't put in that time yet. And the rules apply to you as well as everyone else.

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    • Once you're on the unlock page, fill everything out for a Wifi tablet with "Before EMUI5.0 selected".
    • Before hitting Submit, go into the chrome developer tools and under the sources tab, open up the file 'emui.huawei.com -> en -> publish static -> plugin -> unlock/template -> js -> detail.js?v.4.15'.
    • Click the '{ }' icon at the bottom left of the source pane to pretty-print the file
    • Scroll down to line 150 that should say "if(param.before5)". Right click the line number for that line and select 'add breakpoint'.
    • Now hit submit.
    • The submission should break on that line number, when it does (it'll be highlight), go into the console and enter "param.before5 = 0" (without quotes, followed by enter) to change it's value
    • Hit the '>' symbol at the top right of the source tab to resume submission.
    Got mine today for the CMR-W09 in a simliar way which may be easier for some:
    • Go to unlock page but select "Since EMUI5.0"
    • Fill in everything but IMEI
    • Open Konsole (F12) and paste
      Code:
      $('#model').val('Tablet-Wi-Fi')
      second box should change from "Smartphone" to "Tablet-Wi-Fi"
    • Click Commit and receive unlock code
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    The B181 update includes a security patch, which closes the backdoor used by DC-unocker to obtain the booloader unlock code.
    DC-unlocker comments this with: "Your device now runs new security system and no service will work even if it is detected as it appears [​IMG] Only possibly downgrade may help it."

    So, if you want to get the bootloader code, you must use B168 or versions below that.
    If you have already updated to B181 , you must try to downgrade.

    You can find versions with working common dload method via project menu and SD Card
    find it here: http://androidhost.ru/search.html
    Just search "AL09" or "W09" , "Mediapad M5" or "Madiapad M5" (Seems they have a typo maybe because of diffenent russian characters)
    I checked B181 and B168 (for W09) both have XLOADER 02 (checked via ante09 tool) , so this should work.