COMPLETE GUIDE: Installing Android 11 with GApps and Rooted System with Magisk on Razer Phone 2

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Update: At the time of writing this, I completely forgot that I am running Linux Mint - Cinnamon 20.1 on my laptop, which connects the bluetooth with my phone just fine. However, it did NOT work when I booted into windows and tried it. I am not sure why this is, but just beware. I recommend that you look into it yourself and see if you can find a resolution that works for you if you aren't using a linux os.

Hi everyone, after using another guide on here by Marcos8760, I noticed that there were a lot of things missing from the steps layed out, and decided to create my own guide with every step that should be done to have a fully functional Razer 2 with Android 11 OS. I will be using a part of his guide in this tutorial, and the link to his if you want to check it out is: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/guide-android-11-gsi-with-gapps-and-root-magisk.4216117/
**DISCLAIMER**
First, I am not responsible for any bricked devices or errors that occur. This is completely at your own risk.
Second, this OS is NOT supported by Verizon. If you use Verizon then this will not be able to work on your phone.
Third, MAKE SURE that you have backed up all your files and data before doing this, again, I am not responsible
for you losing your data, because you will lose it if it isn't backed up, and I have warned you to do so.
Fourth, any commands will be in '' quotes, do not type these into your own cmd window, they are just to indicate what the commands are.
Last, This is not a troubleshooting guide, I am not covering how to fix errors, only simply how to install and get working with the Android 11 GSI. If there are errors please try to do research and resolve them on your own.

Before we begin anything, we need a few tools. These are the download links to all the files you will need to complete this process.

1. You will need a program such as WinRar, 7zip, or my personal fav, WinZip, to be able to extract these files, make sure you have one of these installed before proceeding.

2. We need to have a backup of the stock firmware in case of any kind of bootlooping or other bricking that might occur that you can revert back to. Extract this.
Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cheryl-factory-images/aura-p-release-3201-user-full.zip

3. This is the link to the GSI we will be installing. If you want a rooted system, you need to download system-roar-arm64-ab-vndklite-gapps.img.xz file. This will allow you to install Magisk and enable Google's Play Protect which is what this guide will be about, of course you can choose your own, however you will have to figure out how to get play protect certified yourself. Extract This.
https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/releases

4. We need the kernel that allows TWRP to be installed, which is the file manager we will be using for some of the programs we need to install, as well as being able to boot the phone up during this process. Extract This.
https://github.com/francisrosario/a...load/4.0/TrinityKernel-kernel-r4-20200512.zip

5. This is a file system program used to write large scale data with much faster read and write speeds for Linux and Android systems alike. Here is a link to learn more about it: https://c.mi.com/thread-2487060-1-0.html
*DL link: https://arter97.com/browse/aura/f2fs/20190114/f2fs_fstab.zip
*Leave this as a zip file, you just simply need to save it.

6. Here is the link to the latest Magisk version. (Needed to root the device) Leave as zip file.
https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/tag/v21.3

7. We need a program called VoLTE Fix-It. This is needed to enable your mobile network and data for LTE on this GSI.
*https://github.com/KhushrajRathod/VoLTE-Fix
*Just press the green 'Code' button and download as zip. Leave this as a zip file as well.

8. We need the Android ADB Driver to be able to enter commands to install everything.
https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb Click download zip, accept agreement, and download and extract.

9. We need Android SDK Platform Tools to be able to run fastboot and adb commands. Extract this.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

10. Lastly, (I promise), you need the Qualcomm Android USB Driver. The link explains why. Extract this and go through the setup and install.
https://gsmusbdrivers.com/download/android-qualcomm-usb-driver/

Now we can begin the process.

First, copy all of the files in the aura-p-release folder, and paste them into the platform tools folder where all of those files are. Then enable USB debugging on your phone. Go to settings, click on About Phone, scroll to bottom and tap "Build Number' 7 times. You are now in dev mode. Search in the search bar for usb debug, tap it, then enable it and select allow.

To install the Android ADB driver, right click on start (Windows icon in bottom left of task bar), select device manager. Then we need to go into fastboot mode. Hold both volume buttons and power button down, be patient, it takes a second. When the screen goes black immediately press and hold the Volume down button for at least 3-5 seconds until a screen comes up that has an option to 'Restart Bootloader' at the top. Now we can install the driver. You should have device manager open, an option called 'Other devices' should come up, with Android that has a yellow exclamation mark by it. If it doesn't, unplug and replug the phone's usb, and it should. Once that shows up, right click and select update driver. Select Browse computer, select Let me pick. Show All devices should be selected, if not, go ahead and do so, then click next. Select 'Have Disk', Select Android ADB Interface, click browse and go to the folder where you downloaded the ADB driver, then select 'android_winusb' and click ok. Click ok again, a warning will come up, you don't need to worry it is needed to install this OS, so go ahead and click yes. It should install, you can close out when it is finished.

Next, in file explorer open the folder with all of the platform tools and aura-p-release files. Erase what is in the address bar, and type 'cmd', press enter. This will open a command prompt window in this location. Now, type in the cmd window, 'fastboot devices' and a serial number should show up. If not, then you have done something wrong or missed a step and need to uninstall the driver and go back into fastboot mode and do it again, or refer to the last disclaimer I made. Now, if the serial number did show, we can proceed. First we need to unlock the bootloader (if it isn't already) to be able to root and install. Type in the cmd window 'fastboot flashing unlock' and press enter, a confirmation should pop up on the device, use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select and confirm. When thats done, type in 'fastboot flashing unlock_critical', again a confirmation should come up so just do the same.

We can get into the meat of the installation process now.

You should still be in fastboot mode. In the cmd window, type 'fastboot flash system' and drag and drop the system-roar file you downloaded and extracted in file explorer into the cmd window.
Your command will look a little something like this: fastboot flash system C:\Users\user\Desktop\system-roar-arm64-ab-gapps.img
The file path will be different depending on where you downloaded the image to.
Wait until it says complete or something similar like done and has no errors. Then, its time to flash the kernel. Navigate to the where you downloaded the TrinityKernel file, open it. There should be a .img filed simply called 'boot.img'. Go back to your cmd window, and we will be typing in: "fastboot flash boot" then drag and drop the boot.img file, like you did with the system file, again, wait until it says done or complete and has no errors.
After that is done, use the volume buttons to select restartt bootloader with your power button on your phone. When it reboots, go to recovery mode, check never show this screen, and swipe where it says to swipe. Go to the wipe menu and then tap on format data. Type yes and then press enter/ok. Go back to your computer and open file explorer.

Next, copy and paste the f2fs zip file using windows explorer into the Razer 2's internal storage.
Head back to your phone, and press install. Scroll down until you find the zip file and press it and install it. (ignore the errors that may or may not be there) After that go back to the TWRP home screen, button that looks like a house at the bottom in the middle, go to the reboot menu, then reboot into recovery. When it reboots, go to wipe menu, and tap on format data and type in "yes" and tap ok again. Click on "don't install" because you don't need the TWRP app on your phone.

Next we need to install magisk to enable google play protect cert and have a rooted system. Just do the exact same thing that you just did with the f2fs file, except do not format data this time.
Select mount and check all the boxes. Go back to home page and select install, scroll to magisk and swipe to install.

Now, this is where you have to make a big decision. Bluetooth on this rom is a fickle son of a gun. I have tried to make it work on a pc that doesn't have bluetooth software built into it for a very lengthy amount of time, trying all sorts of things. The only way I could get it to connect is by setting it as a device to control with my keyboard and mouse. Maybe you will have better luck, but I have confirmed that the bluetooth works on devices with already built in bluetooth software. It works perfectly on my laptop and in my car. So, if you want to proceed with this, then I will tell you, if not, you can skip over it.
Select advanced on the home menu, go to file manager, select vendor then overlay. delete BOTH the bluetoothcommon.apk and razeraurabluetooth.apk.

This step applies to those who skipped the bt part as well. Go back to home, select reboot and click system, when it reboots, select allow usb debugging, DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS CRITICAL. Go back to your cmd window and type "adb devices", a serial number should show, then type the following cmds in order: "adb root", "adb shell", "mount -o remount,rw /", "mv /bin/resetprop_phh /bin/phh-resetprop" - if this one gives an error saying its in use, don't worry, just do the next cmd, which is "phh-securize.sh"
If the 3rd cmd gave the error, the last cmd will ask if you want to confirm it, click y for yes for each option it gives, it should go thru and the device should reboot.

Now then, it may seem slow during set up, but set it up like normal. Everything should be well and good. after you finish setup, to enable better fps, go into settings, select phh settings, select misc features, scroll down to and click on 'force fps', select the last option to have 120fps, but you have to do it twice because for some reason it doesn't change to the very last option the first time.

Now, we have to setup your mobile network with volte, it is a program that allows LTE coverage from your carrier to enable data on custom gsi roms. Now, go to the volte fix it zip file in file explorer, copy paste to the phone's internal storage. Go into fastboot mode, select recovery, it will boot into twrp. Do the same thing as the other zip files, install then select and swipe. Now press home button and select reboot, click system. Go to phh settings, click ims features, check the boxes on the bottom 2 options, click on create ims apn, it wont do anything, then click install ims apk, when it is done a notification will pop up on the bottom that says to reboot, you may now reboot the phone. Once it is booted up, go to network and internet, select mobile network, change pref network type to lte, then enable volte. You should have full service of your mobile network.

There are a few last things. The default camera sucks, I've tested some from the play store, and YouCam is by far the best free camera you can get from there. 2nd, to enable the backlight on the Razer 2, download and install logo+ apk, grant it root perms, and you can select the effects and colors you want it to be. This should be everything to get you going on the gsi. If you want to do custom things like custom boot animations or alarm sounds or whatever, download either root browser or pay for root explorer on the play store, and you can look up how to do whatever you want and you can do it through one of those. There it is. Enjoy the new os and have fun with it!


**IF YOU DO RUN INTO A BOOTLOOP OR ANY SORT OF BRICKING, RETURN TO FASTBOOT MODE BY HOLDING POWER, AND HOLD VOL DOWN WHEN THE SCREEN TURNS BLACK. You can go into platform folder, find the flash_all.bat file, double click and it should bring the phone back to original stock, and you can start over. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER ERRORS DURING THIS PROCESS PLEASE TRY TO FIND THE RESOLUTION YOURSELF. This is NOT a troubleshooting guide.**
 
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hey i am attempting to install VOLTE because my data works just fine, but i cant make any calls from my phone. I get the error `mobile network is not available` but my data not connected to wifi works. Any ideas. I followed your instructions to a T. i am also on verizon RP2 on Havoc OS if that helps
Thank you Ahead of time!
 

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    Update: At the time of writing this, I completely forgot that I am running Linux Mint - Cinnamon 20.1 on my laptop, which connects the bluetooth with my phone just fine. However, it did NOT work when I booted into windows and tried it. I am not sure why this is, but just beware. I recommend that you look into it yourself and see if you can find a resolution that works for you if you aren't using a linux os.

    Hi everyone, after using another guide on here by Marcos8760, I noticed that there were a lot of things missing from the steps layed out, and decided to create my own guide with every step that should be done to have a fully functional Razer 2 with Android 11 OS. I will be using a part of his guide in this tutorial, and the link to his if you want to check it out is: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/guide-android-11-gsi-with-gapps-and-root-magisk.4216117/
    **DISCLAIMER**
    First, I am not responsible for any bricked devices or errors that occur. This is completely at your own risk.
    Second, this OS is NOT supported by Verizon. If you use Verizon then this will not be able to work on your phone.
    Third, MAKE SURE that you have backed up all your files and data before doing this, again, I am not responsible
    for you losing your data, because you will lose it if it isn't backed up, and I have warned you to do so.
    Fourth, any commands will be in '' quotes, do not type these into your own cmd window, they are just to indicate what the commands are.
    Last, This is not a troubleshooting guide, I am not covering how to fix errors, only simply how to install and get working with the Android 11 GSI. If there are errors please try to do research and resolve them on your own.

    Before we begin anything, we need a few tools. These are the download links to all the files you will need to complete this process.

    1. You will need a program such as WinRar, 7zip, or my personal fav, WinZip, to be able to extract these files, make sure you have one of these installed before proceeding.

    2. We need to have a backup of the stock firmware in case of any kind of bootlooping or other bricking that might occur that you can revert back to. Extract this.
    Link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cheryl-factory-images/aura-p-release-3201-user-full.zip

    3. This is the link to the GSI we will be installing. If you want a rooted system, you need to download system-roar-arm64-ab-vndklite-gapps.img.xz file. This will allow you to install Magisk and enable Google's Play Protect which is what this guide will be about, of course you can choose your own, however you will have to figure out how to get play protect certified yourself. Extract This.
    https://github.com/phhusson/treble_experimentations/releases

    4. We need the kernel that allows TWRP to be installed, which is the file manager we will be using for some of the programs we need to install, as well as being able to boot the phone up during this process. Extract This.
    https://github.com/francisrosario/a...load/4.0/TrinityKernel-kernel-r4-20200512.zip

    5. This is a file system program used to write large scale data with much faster read and write speeds for Linux and Android systems alike. Here is a link to learn more about it: https://c.mi.com/thread-2487060-1-0.html
    *DL link: https://arter97.com/browse/aura/f2fs/20190114/f2fs_fstab.zip
    *Leave this as a zip file, you just simply need to save it.

    6. Here is the link to the latest Magisk version. (Needed to root the device) Leave as zip file.
    https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/tag/v21.3

    7. We need a program called VoLTE Fix-It. This is needed to enable your mobile network and data for LTE on this GSI.
    *https://github.com/KhushrajRathod/VoLTE-Fix
    *Just press the green 'Code' button and download as zip. Leave this as a zip file as well.

    8. We need the Android ADB Driver to be able to enter commands to install everything.
    https://developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb Click download zip, accept agreement, and download and extract.

    9. We need Android SDK Platform Tools to be able to run fastboot and adb commands. Extract this.
    https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

    10. Lastly, (I promise), you need the Qualcomm Android USB Driver. The link explains why. Extract this and go through the setup and install.
    https://gsmusbdrivers.com/download/android-qualcomm-usb-driver/

    Now we can begin the process.

    First, copy all of the files in the aura-p-release folder, and paste them into the platform tools folder where all of those files are. Then enable USB debugging on your phone. Go to settings, click on About Phone, scroll to bottom and tap "Build Number' 7 times. You are now in dev mode. Search in the search bar for usb debug, tap it, then enable it and select allow.

    To install the Android ADB driver, right click on start (Windows icon in bottom left of task bar), select device manager. Then we need to go into fastboot mode. Hold both volume buttons and power button down, be patient, it takes a second. When the screen goes black immediately press and hold the Volume down button for at least 3-5 seconds until a screen comes up that has an option to 'Restart Bootloader' at the top. Now we can install the driver. You should have device manager open, an option called 'Other devices' should come up, with Android that has a yellow exclamation mark by it. If it doesn't, unplug and replug the phone's usb, and it should. Once that shows up, right click and select update driver. Select Browse computer, select Let me pick. Show All devices should be selected, if not, go ahead and do so, then click next. Select 'Have Disk', Select Android ADB Interface, click browse and go to the folder where you downloaded the ADB driver, then select 'android_winusb' and click ok. Click ok again, a warning will come up, you don't need to worry it is needed to install this OS, so go ahead and click yes. It should install, you can close out when it is finished.

    Next, in file explorer open the folder with all of the platform tools and aura-p-release files. Erase what is in the address bar, and type 'cmd', press enter. This will open a command prompt window in this location. Now, type in the cmd window, 'fastboot devices' and a serial number should show up. If not, then you have done something wrong or missed a step and need to uninstall the driver and go back into fastboot mode and do it again, or refer to the last disclaimer I made. Now, if the serial number did show, we can proceed. First we need to unlock the bootloader (if it isn't already) to be able to root and install. Type in the cmd window 'fastboot flashing unlock' and press enter, a confirmation should pop up on the device, use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select and confirm. When thats done, type in 'fastboot flashing unlock_critical', again a confirmation should come up so just do the same.

    We can get into the meat of the installation process now.

    You should still be in fastboot mode. In the cmd window, type 'fastboot flash system' and drag and drop the system-roar file you downloaded and extracted in file explorer into the cmd window.
    Your command will look a little something like this: fastboot flash system C:\Users\user\Desktop\system-roar-arm64-ab-gapps.img
    The file path will be different depending on where you downloaded the image to.
    Wait until it says complete or something similar like done and has no errors. Then, its time to flash the kernel. Navigate to the where you downloaded the TrinityKernel file, open it. There should be a .img filed simply called 'boot.img'. Go back to your cmd window, and we will be typing in: "fastboot flash boot" then drag and drop the boot.img file, like you did with the system file, again, wait until it says done or complete and has no errors.
    After that is done, use the volume buttons to select restartt bootloader with your power button on your phone. When it reboots, go to recovery mode, check never show this screen, and swipe where it says to swipe. Go to the wipe menu and then tap on format data. Type yes and then press enter/ok. Go back to your computer and open file explorer.

    Next, copy and paste the f2fs zip file using windows explorer into the Razer 2's internal storage.
    Head back to your phone, and press install. Scroll down until you find the zip file and press it and install it. (ignore the errors that may or may not be there) After that go back to the TWRP home screen, button that looks like a house at the bottom in the middle, go to the reboot menu, then reboot into recovery. When it reboots, go to wipe menu, and tap on format data and type in "yes" and tap ok again. Click on "don't install" because you don't need the TWRP app on your phone.

    Next we need to install magisk to enable google play protect cert and have a rooted system. Just do the exact same thing that you just did with the f2fs file, except do not format data this time.
    Select mount and check all the boxes. Go back to home page and select install, scroll to magisk and swipe to install.

    Now, this is where you have to make a big decision. Bluetooth on this rom is a fickle son of a gun. I have tried to make it work on a pc that doesn't have bluetooth software built into it for a very lengthy amount of time, trying all sorts of things. The only way I could get it to connect is by setting it as a device to control with my keyboard and mouse. Maybe you will have better luck, but I have confirmed that the bluetooth works on devices with already built in bluetooth software. It works perfectly on my laptop and in my car. So, if you want to proceed with this, then I will tell you, if not, you can skip over it.
    Select advanced on the home menu, go to file manager, select vendor then overlay. delete BOTH the bluetoothcommon.apk and razeraurabluetooth.apk.

    This step applies to those who skipped the bt part as well. Go back to home, select reboot and click system, when it reboots, select allow usb debugging, DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS CRITICAL. Go back to your cmd window and type "adb devices", a serial number should show, then type the following cmds in order: "adb root", "adb shell", "mount -o remount,rw /", "mv /bin/resetprop_phh /bin/phh-resetprop" - if this one gives an error saying its in use, don't worry, just do the next cmd, which is "phh-securize.sh"
    If the 3rd cmd gave the error, the last cmd will ask if you want to confirm it, click y for yes for each option it gives, it should go thru and the device should reboot.

    Now then, it may seem slow during set up, but set it up like normal. Everything should be well and good. after you finish setup, to enable better fps, go into settings, select phh settings, select misc features, scroll down to and click on 'force fps', select the last option to have 120fps, but you have to do it twice because for some reason it doesn't change to the very last option the first time.

    Now, we have to setup your mobile network with volte, it is a program that allows LTE coverage from your carrier to enable data on custom gsi roms. Now, go to the volte fix it zip file in file explorer, copy paste to the phone's internal storage. Go into fastboot mode, select recovery, it will boot into twrp. Do the same thing as the other zip files, install then select and swipe. Now press home button and select reboot, click system. Go to phh settings, click ims features, check the boxes on the bottom 2 options, click on create ims apn, it wont do anything, then click install ims apk, when it is done a notification will pop up on the bottom that says to reboot, you may now reboot the phone. Once it is booted up, go to network and internet, select mobile network, change pref network type to lte, then enable volte. You should have full service of your mobile network.

    There are a few last things. The default camera sucks, I've tested some from the play store, and YouCam is by far the best free camera you can get from there. 2nd, to enable the backlight on the Razer 2, download and install logo+ apk, grant it root perms, and you can select the effects and colors you want it to be. This should be everything to get you going on the gsi. If you want to do custom things like custom boot animations or alarm sounds or whatever, download either root browser or pay for root explorer on the play store, and you can look up how to do whatever you want and you can do it through one of those. There it is. Enjoy the new os and have fun with it!


    **IF YOU DO RUN INTO A BOOTLOOP OR ANY SORT OF BRICKING, RETURN TO FASTBOOT MODE BY HOLDING POWER, AND HOLD VOL DOWN WHEN THE SCREEN TURNS BLACK. You can go into platform folder, find the flash_all.bat file, double click and it should bring the phone back to original stock, and you can start over. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER ERRORS DURING THIS PROCESS PLEASE TRY TO FIND THE RESOLUTION YOURSELF. This is NOT a troubleshooting guide.**