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synesthete

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What backup tool do we use before root? I have always used titanium backup but it only works for rooted devices.
In recent versions of Android, I don't think you can reliably backup all app data. Android's built-in backup does a good job of backing up most system settings and things. It will backup google apps and app data. It backs up apps installed from the Play store (not necessarily their data though). Some 3rd party app data will be backed up if it is programmed to. ADB has a backup command, but it is now unsupported and unreliable. Swift Backup is a tool that will backup just about everything if you are rooted. You can use it unrooted to backup the APK files of your apps, but not the app data. It can backup locally or to the cloud. Titanium Backup is no longer updated or supported, so it might not be reliable even with root.
 

EtherealRemnant

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In recent versions of Android, I don't think you can reliably backup all app data. Android's built-in backup does a good job of backing up most system settings and things. It will backup google apps and app data. It backs up apps installed from the Play store (not necessarily their data though). Some 3rd party app data will be backed up if it is programmed to. ADB has a backup command, but it is now unsupported and unreliable. Swift Backup is a tool that will backup just about everything if you are rooted. You can use it unrooted to backup the APK files of your apps, but not the app data. It can backup locally or to the cloud. Titanium Backup is no longer updated or supported, so it might not be reliable even with root.
yep, this is the answer right here.

Google backup to your Google Drive is the way I always do it and then I hook the phone up to the computer and use adb pull /sdcard to get the things actually in storage.
 

Loustsoul

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yep, this is the answer right here.

Google backup to your Google Drive is the way I always do it and then I hook the phone up to the computer and use adb pull /sdcard to get the things actually in storage.
Cant unlock bootloader. I have done the cmd and it acts like it is doing something but nothing happens, no reboot no wipe nothing cmd runs scripts. device state is still locked.
 

EtherealRemnant

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Cant unlock bootloader. I have done the cmd and it acts like it is doing something but nothing happens, no reboot no wipe nothing cmd runs scripts. device state is still locked.
Make sure your platform tools are up to date.


Make sure your drivers are correct as well.


Make sure you check your system for any older copies of fastboot that may be in your PATH variables.

If you have toggled the switch, the bootloader can be unlocked, so it's something else that's causing the issue.

Just to be clear, you are checking the screen after issuing the command right? You have to actually interact with the phone to unlock the bootloader.

Also, the command is fastboot flashing unlock now if you're used to fastboot oem unlock on previous devices.
 
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Make sure your platform tools are up to date.


Make sure your drivers are correct as well.


Make sure you check your system for any older copies of fastboot that may be in your PATH variables.

If you have toggled the switch, the bootloader can be unlocked, so it's something else that's causing the issue.

Just to be clear, you are checking the screen after issuing the command right? You have to actually interact with the phone to unlock the bootloader.

Also, the command is fastboot flashing unlock now if you're used to fastboot oem unlock on previous devices.
I will remove anything from my computer from my previous attempts and start new. My phone screen never changes. And I have tried many different cables. Where should I put them? What is my path?
 

EtherealRemnant

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I will remove anything from my computer from my previous attempts and start new. My phone screen never changes. And I have tried many different cables. Where should I put them? What is my path?

Make sure that you don't have more than one folder with fastboot in it there or they'll conflict with each other.
 
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Added to Post #3 - Other, most important resources:
  • Multi Timer StopWatch - this multiple timer app is the bomb. Got widgets, customization like crazy, you name it.
I forget when I finally found this - I believe early to mid-2020. There were many timers I regularly set up and left in Google Clock - which I mostly love, but unlike alarms in Google Clock, the timers weren't backed up and restored using Google's automatic cloud app data when I got a new device.

Beyond that, also, there was no way to re-order or better organize my many timers. Now this is how I have the Multi Timer app and the app's widgets set up:


You may think I'm crazy for being this excited about a timer app, but I could never go back to Google Clock's timer, except for the rare one-off in a hurry, but for my pre-programmed timers, I didn't find anything that beats this app. Its app data was restored by Google automatically when I set up my last two phones, and you can also manually backup and restore its app data from within the app without root if you wanted.

Edit: Quickly double-checked all my pre-programmed timers to make sure I didn't leave anything embarrassing in.
Cool app, thanks for posting about it.

Just FYI, the Google Clock got a GUI update in November and it's a better app than it used to be.

edit: I run some beta google apps, not sure if this one is beta or not.
 

roirraW "edor" ehT

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Cool app, thanks for posting about it.

Just FYI, the Google Clock got a GUI update in November and it's a better app than it used to be.

edit: I run some beta google apps, not sure if this one is beta or not.
You're welcome! I generally don't run Beta versions these days, but I honestly get lost keeping track of what's new in various apps. :) I see what you mean now about the different GUI, especially for timers, although I'll still only be using Google's timer as a quick, rare exception.

I was very glad to notice Google Clock added the ability to schedule alarms for particular date(s), which is definitely a feature I was missing, even though there were other ways I could achieve something similar (Calendar, et cetera).
 
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Make sure that you don't have more than one folder with fastboot in it there or they'll conflict with each other.
No go. Same result. It goes through the process but nothing changes. Any ideas? Windows 11 newish laptop and worked with oneplus 10 pro.
 

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Looks like it's not recognizing the command. Does device manager show Android bootloader interface when in fastboot mode?
I had a similar issue when I unlocked mine. I updated my android sdk but it still wasn't recognizing the command. I ended up deleting the fastboot.exe from platform tools folder and just clicked and dragged it in from the sdk download
 
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no, im not sure of anything yet. Im just trying everything you all are helping me with. If you have a link to the absolute most updated stuff,I would love to have it please.
As @cmh714 said if your platform tools isn't updated to the most current then the fastboot.exe won't work and issue the bootloader unlock command
 
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Looks like it's not recognizing the command. Does device manager show Android bootloader interface when in fastboot mode?
I had a similar issue when I unlocked mine. I updated my android sdk but it still wasn't recognizing the command. I ended up deleting the fastboot.exe from platform tools folder and just clicked and dragged it in from the sdk download
Yes it shows Android bootloader interface.
 

xdrc45

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Yes it shows Android bootloader interface.
Mine did too. Have you tried replacing the fastboot.exe in platform tools? The one posted in @roirraW "edor" ehT guide. I had the same issue until I deleted the fastboot.exe from the platform tools folder and replaced it with the one from sdk download.zip. Once I did that the the fastboot command worked
 

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    VERY IMPORTANT - On the Pixel 7/Pro, we use Magisk to patch init_boot.img, NOT boot.img AND we flash the patched init_boot to the init_boot partition - do not flash it to the boot partition.​

    Thanks to @edcsxz, @Lughnasadh, and @AndyYan for news about that and confirming it.

    Moved @mariusnoor's provided zero-day OTA.zip to Post #8 - Old news from the OP.

    Unlocking or locking the bootloader will wipe the device every single time, so be sure to have your data backed up before doing so, or better yet, just unlock it as soon as you get the device.​

    Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader or rooting might affect your phone's capability to use banking apps such as Google Pay, your local bank's app, or even the ability to install some apps like NetFlix. See Post #2 - Unlocking Bootloader / Rooting / Updating | SafetyNet | ADB/Fastboot & Windows USB Drivers.​

    If you're going to re-lock the bootloader, make sure the ROM you have on your phone is completely stock (by flashing the latest official firmware) BEFORE re-locking it.​

    There are no permanent negative consequences if you unlock or re-lock the bootloader other than it will wipe your phone, and while your bootloader is unlocked you get a brief screen when you boot the phone telling you (and anyone who sees your phone at the time) that it's unlocked. You will also continue to receive updates (if you've merely unlocked the bootloader, you can take updates as normal) unlike Samsung, Sony, et cetera, which have permanent major consequences with reduced functionality even if you un-root and re-lock your bootloader. If you're actually rooted (not just bootloader unlocked), you'll have to perform extra steps to manually update each month, and to keep root/re-root.

    INDEX:

    • Post #2 - Unlocking Bootloader / Rooting / Updating | SafetyNet | ADB/Fastboot & Windows USB Drivers:
      • How to Root the first time / aka How to unlock the Bootloader
      • TL;DR - for the seasoned repeat users
        • Unlocking Bootloader (required in order to root)
        • How to update each month (and also how to root)[requires an unlocked bootloader for updating via this factory image method]
          • OPTIONAL: If you want to flash both slots, after this first time, then after do the following
        • SafetyNet
        • Optional steps when updating - flashing custom kernels
          • The two schools of thought on disabling Verity and Verification
      • ADB/Fastboot and Windows USB Drivers - direct download links and the most recent changelog
    • Post #3 - Other, most important resources:
      • A list of other important apps
      • TWRP [not made for the Pixel 7 (or 6) Pro yet - will update when or if ever it has - don't hold your breath]
      • Factory Images (requires an unlocked bootloader)
      • Full OTA Images(doesn't require an unlocked bootloader - you can ask questions in this thread, but I won't be providing the steps necessary, as I always use the factory image)
        • @mariusnoor's provided official URL to download the zero-day OTA to TD1A.220804.031.
      • Check warranty status
      • Official Google Pixel Update and Software Repair (reported as of January 23, 2022 to still not be updated for the Pixel 6/Pro - no idea if it has yet now, or if it will be for the 7/Pro)
      • Official Google Pixel Install fingerprint calibration software (also available at the bottom of the Update and Software Repair page above) - I believe this is only helpful if you've replaced the screen - if it's anything like the Pixel 6 Pro: if you have the screen replaced, then you *must* have the fingerprint reader replaced as well.
      • Find problem apps, Magisk, and LSposed Modules by (three different methods)
      • Official Google Android Flash Tool (OEM Unlocking needs to be toggled on - you do not have to manually unlock the bootloader - their site will do that on its own)
      • How to determine if you already have Verity and Verification disabled (required for custom kernels for now)
      • How to unroot
    • Post #4 - Google Pixel Updates (more user-friendly to read than Pixel Update Bulletins) (nothing for the P7P yet)
      • Old Google posts/updates
    • Post #5 - Pixel Update Bulletins
      • Old Bulletins
    • Post #6 - Regarding P7P 5G model numbers and capabilities, and how to determine your hardware version
    • Post #7 - My personal advice for how to get your device back up and running as you had it before a factory reset
    • Post #8 - Old news from the OP

    Thank you to the following users who have all contributed greatly to my knowledge of Pixels since I came back to XDA a year ago after a few years of mostly inactivity. Apologies if I miss anybody. In alphabetical order:

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    Unlocking Bootloader / Rooting / Updating | SafetyNet | ADB/Fastboot & Windows USB Drivers


    Unlocking Bootloader / Rooting / Updating:

    How to Root the first time / aka How to unlock the Bootloader:
    Unlocking the bootloader will factory reset your device. There is no way around this. I highly suggest never re-locking your bootloader once you unlock it. If you do ever re-lock the bootloader, only do so after restoring the phone to 100% stock by using the latest Pixel 7 Pro Factory Image or Official Google Android Flash Tool.

    Verizon variants:
    Will never be able to have their bootloader unlocked. It's like winning the lottery, and just as rare and relatively random. There is nothing that anyone on XDA can do to help you unlock your Verizon variant.

    T-Mobile and AT&T variants:
    Can be unlocked once you pay the phone off, then you contact the carrier and arrange to Carrier unlock the phone. Once the phone is Carrier unlocked, then you can unlock the bootloader with the usual caveats (will wipe the device and there's no way around it).

    The direct-from-Google (or other retailers who aren't U.S. Carriers), the factory Carrier Unlocked Pixels:
    Can be bootloader unlocked at any time. I'd try it first before putting a SIM card in the phone. If OEM unlocking is grayed out, try connecting to Wi-Fi, and reboot if necessary. If it's still grayed out, try with your SIM card, and reboot again. Historically on Pixels, most of the time you can toggle OEM unlocking immediately, but occasionally some users have found it took a little while after being either connected to Wi-Fi or having your SIM card installed in it, and then eventually (hours? day? days?) you can toggle OEM unlocking.

    The rest of the world's carriers:
    No idea. Feel free to ask in the thread and hopefully, someone with specific knowledge will answer.

    Other than trying the things I mentioned above, there is nothing else that anyone on XDA can do to help get OEM unlocking to be ungrayed.

    Unlocking Bootloader (required in order to root)
    The one-time first steps are:
    1. Android Settings
    2. About phone
    3. Click on Build number repeatedly, about seven times
    4. Go back to the main Android Settings
    5. System
    6. Developer options
      • Toggle OEM unlocking on. See @Namelesswonder's tip below (this won't help with variants that are supposed to be bootloader locked):
        Also a little tip for anyone trying to enable OEM unlocking on a device and it is grayed out, you can force the phone to check for eligibility by connecting to the internet in whatever way, going to the dialer, and dialing *#*#2432546#*#* (CHECKIN).
        You should receive a notification from Google Play services with "checkin succeeded" and OEM unlocking should be available immediately if the device is eligible.
        Google account not needed, SIM not needed, no other setup required. Works on completely-skipped-setup-wizard. Just need to make sure to connect to the internet and select the connection as metered to avoid any updates.
      • Toggle USB debugging on.
      • [Optional] I highly suggest you also disable Automatic system updates. Note that in a situation such as the Android 12 serious bootloader security issue, this setting will not keep Google from forcing an update to come through anyway.
    7. How to actually root follows the same steps below as how to update each month.
    8. Download the latest ADB/Fastboot (SDK Platform Tools) and Windows USB Drivers.
    9. Unzip the Platform Tools and Drivers.
    10. NOTE: If you have USB drivers for other Android devices installed, like Samsung, they can alternately sometimes work and not work with Google Pixels. I recommend uninstalling those drivers, or at least updating that driver to Google's driver as instructed below (the Device Manager entry may be different with other OEMs).​

    11. The Windows USB Drivers may have to be installed twice:
      • The first time while your phone is running and unlocked as normal.
        1. In Windows, right-click on the Start Button and choose Device Manager.
        2. Plug your phone into the computer and look for the new hardware entry in Device Manager. Near the top of Device Manager should be Android Device. Click the drop-down arrow to the left of it.
        3. Below Android Device, it should now show Android Composite ADB Interface
        4. Right-click the Android Composite ADB Interface and choose Update driver
        5. Choose Browse my computer for drivers
        6. Click Browse and navigate to where you unzipped the Windows USB drivers to.
        7. Follow the prompts to install the driver.
        8. Keep Device Manager itself open - you'll need it again in a minute, but you can close any other Device Manager windows after you have installed the driver.
        9. Open a Command Prompt and navigate to the platform-tools folder.
        10. Run command:
          Code:
          adb devices
        11. On your Android device, you'll get an ADB prompt. Check the box to always give ADB permission and click OK.
        12. Confirm that the command results in a list of Android devices. When doing these producedures, you should only have the one device you want to work on connected, to keep things simple.
      • The second time to install the driver is while the phone is in Bootloader (fastboot mode), notFastbootD (fastbootd) mode. I know it's confusing.
        • Run command:
          Code:
          adb reboot bootloader
        • Repeat the instructions above starting with "Right-click the Android Composite ADB Interface".
          • This second time installing the drivers while in Bootloader (fastboot mode), it will show up as "Android Bootloader Interface". Thanks @simplepinoi177 for the suggestion to add this detail.
    12. Run command:
      Code:
      fastboot flashing unlock
    13. On the phone, press either the up or down volume button once until you see Unlock the bootloader |>| beside the power button.
    14. Press the power button. The phone will go black for a second and then show near the bottom Device state: unlocked.
    15. After these first-time steps to unlock the bootloader, if you want to root, continue below at the step:
    How to update each month (and also how to root) [requires an unlocked bootloader for updating via this factory image method]
    1. These three instructions only apply if you're already rooted and updating from one firmware version to another:
      • Made sure all Magisk Modules have been updated.
      • Disable all Magisk Modules.
      • UNhide Magisk!
    2. If you are going to use the Official Google Android Flash Tool, then skip the steps I indicate with FAB(Flash-All.Bat).
      • If using the Android Flash Tool to update/dirty flash, you should have the following items notselected:
        • Deselect Wipe
        • Deselect Force Flash all partitions (which will also wipe)
        • Deselect re-lock bootloader
    3. Always use the latest ADB/Fastboot (SDK Platform Tools) and Windows USB Drivers.
    4. Unzip the Platform Tools.
    5. Download the latest Pixel 7 Pro Factory Image (at the bottom of the "Cheetah" section).
    6. Unzip the factory image to the same platform-tools folder, i.e. so that flash-all.bat and all other files are in the same folder as ADB and Fastboot from the platform-tools.
    7. * FAB VERY important - Edit the flash-all.bat (on Windows) or flash-all.sh (on Linux) and remove the -w from the fastboot update image-cheetah-etcetera.zip line. This will keep the script from wiping your phone when you run it.
    8. Extract only the init_boot.img file from the image-cheetah-etcetera.zip to the same platform-tools folder.
    9. Copy the init_boot.img from the PC to the phone's internal storage.
    10. * FAB Run commands:
      Code:
      adb reboot bootloader
      flash-all.bat (on Windows)
      or
      flash-all.sh (on Linux)
      
      (Note:  At least two Apple Macintosh users had trouble using the flash-all.sh - at least one of those users, everything went smooth once they used a Windows PC for this part of the process)

      IMPORTANT - The flash-all will take several minutes and reboot on its own several times including to a mode called "FastbootD", and finally reboot into full Android when it's done. Do not interrupt this process. On the FastbootD screen on the phone, do not use any of the manual selection options - let the flash-all script do it's work. Do not unplug your phone until it has fully booted into Android.​

      Thanks to @PurppleMonkey and @xgerryx for suggesting a warning about this. Thanks to @simplepinoi177 for suggesting the "FastbootD" clarification.
    11. On the phone:
      • Wait for the phone to boot normally. Unlock the phone.
      • OPTIONAL: If you want to flash both slots, after this first time, then after do the following:

        • Code:
          adb reboot bootloader
          fastboot --set-active=other
          flash-all.bat
        So you're doing the flash-all.bat a second time on the second slot.
      • Apply Magisk Stable to it. NOTE: It is always possible that an Android Update (Monthly, QPR [Quarterly Platform Release], new major Android versions, and Beta versions) might need a new version of Magisk Stable, Beta, or Canary from GitHub to work correctly. XDA forum for Magisk is here.
        • Launch the Magisk app.
        • Beside "Magisk", click "Install".
        • Click "Select and Patch a File", and choose the init_boot.img that you just copied to the phone's storage.
    12. Copy the Magisk'd init_boot.img (filename similar to magisk_patched-25200_1a2B3c.img)back over to the computer.
    13. Open a Command Prompt and navigate to the platform-tools folder.
    14. Run command:
      Code:
      adb reboot bootloader
    15. After phone has rebooted into Bootloader (Fastboot) mode, run command:
      Code:
      fastboot flash init_boot magisk_patched-25200_1a2B3c.img
      fastboot reboot
    16. Confirm that the phone boots completely normally.
    17. Cautiously re-enable Magisk Modules.
    18. Reboot.
    19. Confirm everything worked fine.
    20. If the phone won't boot correctly after having enabled Magisk Modules, see either of the two solutions below:
      • For the future, you don't need to go into safe mode unless that's your preference. I forgot what all it resets, but it's many settings and it's bothersome. I'd rather just reinstall my modules and not have to figure out those Android settings/changes which I come across days or weeks later when I infrequently do something. Have your phone reboot and run this:
        Code:
        adb wait-for-device shell magisk --remove-modules
        I like to just do this first:
        Code:
        adb devices
        So the server is running, then I have the long one pasted and ready to go once the phone turns off.
      • Find problem apps, Magisk, and LSposed Modules by (three different methods) section in my next post. After following that link, you may have to scroll up a little bit and the section title will be highlighted.

    SafetyNet:

    New Official Universal SafetyNet Fix released by @kdrag0n v2.4.0 available at XDA
    1. Launch the Magisk app.
    2. Go to Magisk's Settings (Gear in top right).
      • Click Hide the Magisk app.
      • When you hide it, you'll have the optional opportunity to change the Magisk app's name to whatever you wish. It doesn't have to be complex to fool apps that check for Magisk.
      • Important: When you have the Magisk app hidden or renamed, you can accidentally install a new copy of Magisk. This situation won't work at all - neither copy of Magisk will work with two installed. This is one reason why I don't completely hide Magisk, so I can tell it's installed because I have it renamed as something easily recognizable.
      • Back to the Magisk app's Settings...
      • Click Systemless hosts. This adds a Magisk Module to Magisk, which you can verify in a later step.
      • Toggle Zygisk on.
      • Toggle Enforce DenyList on.
      • Click Configure DenyList.
        • Add every app that you want to explicitly deny root and the existence of root.
        • You can click the 3-dot menu and choose the options to display system and/or OS apps, if necessary.
        • Note that for many apps, it is not enough to click the single checkmark to the right of the app name in this list. For many but not all apps, you should click on the app name and you'll see it expand to two or more entries, each with its own toggles. In this expanded state, you can now check the single top checkbox beside the main app name and it'll toggle all individual sub-entries.
        • Some apps add new entries to this list from time to time, so if you find that an app used to work for you when rooted and doesn't now, check this list again and look for the entries that aren't fully checked. There will be an incomplete horizontal line above the apps that don't have all of their sub-entries toggled.
        • You can use the Search button at the top of this list to find specific apps quickly.
        • The most common apps you should definitely fully check in this list are:
          • IMPORTANT - There are some things, such as Google Play Services which it's fine to add to the DenyList, but it's perfectly normal when used in combination with the Universal SafetyNet Fix (USNF) that it is back to being unchecked the next time you visit the DenyList. Since USNF takes care of Google Play Services, you don't even have to add it to the DenyList in the first place.​

          • Google Play Store
          • Google Services Framework
          • Google Play Protect Service
          • Wallet
          • GPay
          • Any banking apps.
          • Any streaming apps that use DRM.
          • Any 2FA apps, especially those for work.
          • Some of those Google apps might not need denying, but it doesn't hurt to deny them.
          • Any time you toggle more entries in this list, it may be necessary to reboot the phone for it to take effect.
    3. From the main screen in the Magisk app, go to Modules at the bottom.
    4. Confirm that the Systemless hosts Magisk Module is added to this list, and enabled.
    5. Install the Magisk Module: Universal SafetyNet Fix. New Official Universal SafetyNet Fix released by @kdrag0n v2.4.0 available at XDA.
    6. Reboot.
    7. Install from the Play Store:
      • YASNAC - SafetyNet Checker
        • Launch it.
        • Click Run SafetyNet Attestation.
        • It should say:
          • Basic integrity: Pass
          • CTS profile match: Pass
          • Evaluation type: BASIC
      • Play Integrity API Checker
        • Launch it.
        • Click Check.
        • It should have the following with a green checkmark:
          • MEETS_DEVICE_INTEGRITY
          • MEETS_BASIC_INTEGRITY
        • It's normal for MEETS_STRONG_INTEGRITY to have a red X.
      • You don't have to keep these installed, although I keep them handy.
      • Sometimes, clearing app cache and/or data for apps like the Google Play Store, GPay, Wallet and others (and then rebooting) after these steps may help pass SafetyNet as well.
    8. See @V0latyle's explanation (and further linked post) for why we can't achieve STRONG_INTEGRITY with an unlocked bootloader.
    9. See @V0latyle's [DISCUSSION] Play Integrity API regarding why SafetyNet, per se, is actually defunct and replaced with Play Integrity - and New Official Universal SafetyNet Fix released by @kdrag0n v2.4.0 referenced in the steps above takes care of the latter.

    Optional steps when updating - flashing custom kernels:
    • Download the custom kernel of choice on the phone.
      • Be sure to read the particular installation instructions in the kernel threads' OP - any instructions in their OPs takes priority over anything I say here, which is generalized.​

        For now even the AK3 Zip versions of custom kernels requires Verity and Verification to be disabled.
        How to determine if you already have Verity and Verification disabled - see section in Post #3 - Other, most important resources
      • The two schools of thought on disabling Verity and Verification:
        • My post here. If you want to discuss it any, please do so in my thread, or at least not in that custom kernel thread, so as to keep the thread on-topic.
    • Extract the vbmeta.img file from the inner Zip of the factory image zip and put it in the same folder with the latest extracted platform-tools.
    • Hook the phone up to your computer and run the following commands:

      • Code:
        adb reboot bootloader
        [wait for the phone to reboot to bootloader (fastboot mode)]
        Code:
        fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img --disable-verity
        fastboot reboot
    • Unlock the phone once it's booted up.
    • Make sure the Kernel Flasher app is up to date. XDA thread for the Kernel Flasher app is here.
    • Launch Kernel Flasher.
    • Select the slot that's mounted.
    • Choose Flash AK3 Zip.
    • Select the custom kernel zip just downloaded.
    • When it's done flashing, head to Android Settings and perform a Factory Reset, as is currently needed for Despair kernel.
    • If you failed to disable Verity and Verification ahead of time, if you have to, just force the phone off using these instructions: Turn your Pixel phone on & off, then press the Volume Down and Power buttons for a couple of seconds to get into the bootloader (fastboot mode). You'll still have to factory reset after disabling Verity in combination with this kernel, for now.
    • Whenever you use the flash-all to flash your phone, as long as you want to continue to disable Verity and Verification, you'll have to further modify the flash-all script as such:

      • Code:
        fastboot update image-cheetah-buildnumber.zip --disable-verity --disable-verification

    ADB/Fastboot & Windows USB Drivers:

    Platform Tools was updated in August 2022 to v33.0.3:
    Windows: https://dl.google.com/android/repository/platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
    Mac: https://dl.google.com/android/repository/platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
    Linux: https://dl.google.com/android/repository/platform-tools-latest-linux.zip

    Release Notes https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools:

    33.0.3 (Aug 2022)​

    • adb
      • Don't retry adb root if first attempt failed.
      • Fix track-devices duplicate entry.
      • Add receive windowing (increase throughput on high-latency connections).
      • More specific error messages in the "more than one device" failure cases.
      • Reject unexpected reverse forward requests.
      • Fix install-multi-package on Windows.
    • fastboot
      • Remove e2fsdroid as part of SDK platform-tools.
      • Print OemCmdHandler return message on success.
    You'll need this if you're going to unlock the bootloader on your Pixel 7 Pro: SDK Platform Tools (download links for Windows, Mac, and Linux). Note that you can find links to download the tools elsewhere, but I wouldn't trust them - you never know if they've been modified. Even if the person providing the link didn't do anything intentionally, the tools could be modified without them being aware. Why take a chance of putting your phone security further at risk?

    You can alternately use the tools from the SDK Manager, but most of us will want to stick to the basic tools-only without the complications of the full development manager.
    For Windows, get Google's drivers here Get the Google USB Driver (ADB will likely work while the phone is fully booted, but if you're like me, you'll need these drivers for after you adb reboot-bootloader, to be able to use ADB and Fastboot.
    33
    Please test this UNSF build. Should be passing basic/device integrity.

    Use updated version from main post instead
    22
    I would expect that once 2.4.0 is released publicly, we should probably go back to using the official release, but conversely, as long as something works for you, there's also not necessarily a need to fix what isn't broken. Personally, I plan on switching once it's made completely public.

    Note that @Displax wasn't trying to replace the official version - they always kept it the same version as the most recent official along with "Mod", "Mod 2", or "Mod 2.1", so that suggests to me they were merely making temporary workarounds until/if the official was updated.
    Indeed. My MOD is a temporary solution until kdrag0n release accurate fix.

    I didn't change the update channel in the module on purpose so that everyone can upgrade to the new official version automatically without any problems.
    17

    Other, most important resources


    A list of other important apps: - be sure to thank the respective OPs:
    How to unroot
    One of these two options:
    1. Official Google Android Flash Tool (OEM Unlocking needs to be toggled on - you do not have to manually unlock the bootloader - their site will do that on its own).
      Select the options to:
      • Wipe
      • Force flash all partitions
      • Re-lock bootloader
    2. Flash the completely stock init_boot.img from the same firmware version that you're on:
      Code:
      adb reboot bootloader
      fastboot flash init_boot init_boot.img

    TWRP [not made for the Pixel 7 (or 6) Pro yet - will update when or if ever it has - don't hold your breath]
    I would guess that this should be the appropriate URL for official TWRP custom recovery for the Pixel 7 Pro, but who knows when/if that will actually be made available, and it may become available unofficially in these forum sections before being made official. I'll adjust this URL as needed. https://twrp.me/google/googlepixel7pro.html.

    Factory Images (requires an unlocked bootloader)
    It's also handy to have to the full official firmware available, whether it's to recover from accidents or for actual development. Note the official link to the general Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices page. The following link goes directly to the Pixel 7 Pro (Cheetah) section: Pixel 7 Pro Factory Images. I prefer to actually bookmark a link to the device listed immediately below the device I want the firmware for, because Google dumbly (in my opinion) puts the latest firmware at the bottom of the list for each particular device, and that ends up making you scroll a lot after a year or two of monthly updates.

    Full OTA Images (doesn't require an unlocked bootloader - you can ask questions in this thread, but I won't be providing the steps necessary, as I always use the factory image)

    Check warranty status - *may* reveal if a phone is refurbished, only if the phone was refurbished through Google - thanks to @Alekos for making me aware of the site.

    Official Google Pixel Update and Software Repair (reported as of January 23, 2022 to still not be updated for the Pixel 6/Pro - no idea if it has yet now, or if it will be for the 7/Pro)

    Official Google Pixel Install fingerprint calibration software (also available at the bottom of the Update and Software Repair page above) - I believe this is only helpful if you've replaced the screen - if it's anything like the Pixel 6 Pro: if you have the screen replaced, then you *must* have the fingerprint reader replaced as well.

    Find problem apps, Magisk, and LSposed Modules by (three different methods):
    1. Google's Help Page for Find problem apps by rebooting to safe mode - this can be a lifesaver and keep you from having to do a restore to 100% complete stock or even from having to do a factory reset. This will deactivate all Magisk modules, and they'll remain deactivated even after you boot normally after briefly booting to safe mode. You can re-enable the Magisk modules as you wish to try to narrow down the problem if it was caused by a Magisk module. This can even get things working again after a Magisk Module wasn't finished installing and potentially causing a bootloop.
    2. You can also follow @Jon8RFC's advice:
      For the future, you don't need to go into safe mode unless that's your preference. I forgot what all it resets, but it's many settings and it's bothersome. I'd rather just reinstall my modules and not have to figure out those Android settings/changes which I come across days or weeks later when I infrequently do something. Have your phone reboot and run this:
      Code:
      adb wait-for-device shell magisk --remove-modules
      I like to just do this first:
      Code:
      adb devices
      So the server is running, then I have the long one pasted and ready to go once the phone turns off.
      Worked for me yesterday when I accidentally tried some old version of a Magisk Module. You have to reinstall your Magisk Modules, but if you're using a third-party widget, it won't disable them like Safe mode does.
    3. (May only be for mis-behaving LSposed modules):
      In the future try this

      adb wait-for-device shell su -c "touch /data/adb/modules/zygisk_lsposed/disable"
      adb reboot

      Official Google Android Flash Tool (OEM Unlocking needs to be toggled on - you do not have to manually unlock the bootloader - their site will do that on its own)
      OEM unlocking in developer options needs to be toggled on. I don't "believe" you have to actually do the "fastboot flashing unlock" command.

      How to determine if you already have Verity and Verification disabled (required for custom kernels for now)
      I keep seeing this asked, so I added a Magisk module for it to the linked Github release. With the module installed, you can just run:

      Code:
      su
      avbctl get-verity
      avbctl get-verification

      I spent way more time debugging that I downloaded Github's HTML of the update-binary script rather than the raw file than I care to admit. 🤦‍♂️ Off to bed.
      Alternative two more manual ways of checking:
      Since you´re probably already rooted anyway if you plan to flash this kernel, simply reboot your device. After you enter the device immediately take a kernel log with for example EXKM or any other app that allows to do that, terminal, etc.

      Look for that line
      [ 1.273480] init: [libfs_avb]AVB HASHTREE disabled on: /vendor_dlkm

      If you see this line, verity/verification should be disabled.
      I've seen several cases where having the ability to check would have been handy, so I pushed an avbctl binary built against the latest aosp sources here.

      The simplest way to use it would be the following:

      Code:
      adb push avbctl /data/local/tmp
      adb shell
      su
      cd /data/local/tmp
      chmod +x avbctl
      ./avbctl get-verity
      ./avbctl get-verification