[GUIDE] Complete Step-by-Step Convert T-Mobile to Global (or other) firmware

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bolidew

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Hello, new to OnePlus. Question about the instruction in #1 post -
to re-lock bootloader after converting, do we have to use the OxygenOS 11 ROM linked in the post for Local Update? I think there is newer OOS 12, but not sure the exact link nor whether that would work.
TIA for any info.
 

Asad_970

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Bro how tf do you get the msm tool to recognize your in2017, I've tried all sorts of Qualcomm drivers and it still never shows up, not in device manager and not in the msm tool.

However, windows does recognize it as a phone, i.e. it shows up in "this PC", it connects to android studio, I can easily transfer files like usual through USB.

I am on official TMobile android 12, if that's important???


The last time I played with an android was back in 2014, so I'm rusty af. Thanks.
 
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iaggarwal

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Hi @SilverZero , @thattechguy_69
I was able to convert my IN2017 to Global after tinkering for over a year, thanks to you guys!!

I recently realized that I'm not getting any signal on the converted OP8, let alone T-mobile one XD (I didn't check this after conversion, just used it to play pokemon go :p). I came back to this thread to see if I did something wrong.
Do you have any idea what could have gone wrong in conversion? I was thinking of going to android 11 and hoping it to rectify this situation, would this be a correct approach?
 
Hi @SilverZero , @thattechguy_69
I was able to convert my IN2017 to Global after tinkering for over a year, thanks to you guys!!

I recently realized that I'm not getting any signal on the converted OP8, let alone T-mobile one XD (I didn't check this after conversion, just used it to play pokemon go :p). I came back to this thread to see if I did something wrong.
Do you have any idea what could have gone wrong in conversion? I was thinking of going to android 11 and hoping it to rectify this situation, would this be a correct approach?
if you do try to attempt again, I suggest you use the alternative files to MSM and flash you phone
 
Bro how tf do you get the msm tool to recognize your in2017, I've tried all sorts of Qualcomm drivers and it still never shows up, not in device manager and not in the msm tool.

However, windows does recognize it as a phone, i.e. it shows up in "this PC", it connects to android studio, I can easily transfer files like usual through USB.

I am on official TMobile android 12, if that's important???


The last time I played with an android was back in 2014, so I'm rusty af. Thanks.
install the qualcomm drivers in windows testing mode on and no integrity checks on
 
Hello, new to OnePlus. Question about the instruction in #1 post -
to re-lock bootloader after converting, do we have to use the OxygenOS 11 ROM linked in the post for Local Update? I think there is newer OOS 12, but not sure the exact link nor whether that would work.
TIA for any info.
When your device reboots after flashing the fastboot rom, you have to update the phone whether if its local update or via internet to relock bootloader, because your phone is technically using the "fastboot ROM OS" as its main OS and is not using the actual OxygenOS. So if you wanna relock bootloader, all you need to do is to update to an oxygenos ota.zip whether if its OOS 10 last version or OOS 11 last version, but do note, you cant relock bootloader in oos 12. if you do want to relock bootloader in oos 12 you have to downgrade to oos 11 and relock it there.
 
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Hey dude, thanks for reaching out, just to confirm, testing mode on and integrity checks off, these are changes I have to make in windows right and had nothing to with android?
yes its a windows thing, open cmd in Admin mode and copy and paste these commands and enter.
Code:
bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks  on
bcdedit.exe /set testsigning on
 

Asad_970

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yes its a windows thing, open cmd in Admin mode and copy and paste these commands and enter.
Code:
bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks  on
bcdedit.exe /set testsigning on
Thanks man I will try this out, I was having the hardest time having getting my phone to be recognized by the MSM took, whenever I connected, it just showed up as a regular android phone in the windows directory.

And one more thing, so to backup persist.img (because I don't wanna risk losing the fingerprint), I have to be rooted right? So before I flash the international ROM, I have to unlock bootloader, root my OnePlus 8 on TMobile android 12, backup persist, then convert? Correct?

Just to set things straight.
Thanks again.
 
Thanks man I will try this out, I was having the hardest time having getting my phone to be recognized by the MSM took, whenever I connected, it just showed up as a regular android phone in the windows directory.

And one more thing, so to backup persist.img (because I don't wanna risk losing the fingerprint), I have to be rooted right? So before I flash the international ROM, I have to unlock bootloader, root my OnePlus 8 on TMobile android 12, backup persist, then convert? Correct?

Just to set things straight.
Thanks again.
you can backup persist.img through msm tool, here is a video, just follow what he's doing because the video is not english but its what I did to backup mine:
 
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Asad_970

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you can backup persist.img through msm tool, here is a video, just follow what he's doing because the video is not english but its what I did to backup mine:
Thanks again Aaron for being such a cool dude.
Your service to this community at your young age is a very pleasant surprise.

I remember being 16 back in 2014-15 flashing a new ROM on my galaxy s3 everyday, brings a year to my eye.

All I would say is enjoy theses moment, enjoy the phone you're using, enjoy messing with these devices.
In a couple of years this will be so nostalgic to you.
So make the most of it.
 
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Thanks again Aaron for being such a cool dude.
Your service to this community at your young age is a very pleasant surprise.

I remember being 16 back in 2014-15 flashing a new ROM on my galaxy s3 everyday, brings a year to my eye.

All I would say is enjoy theses moment, enjoy the phone you're using, enjoy messing with these devices.
In a couple of years this will be so nostalgic to you.
So make the most of it.
No Problem man, I definitely been enjoying the experience and learning more about Android itself. This will definitely be nostalgic once I grow past this phase. And if I do revisit this place after I moved on with life, I am gonna be joining along with you guys learning from the next generation of upcoming tinkers! <3 you made me sound old now 🥲
 

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Hi guys I just recently got OP8 T-Mobile (Sim Unlocked and Bootloader Locked) and was wondering about few things.
1. Why should someone convert OP8 to global rom. What are the advantages.
2. Can I flash custom roms directly from T-Mobile rom, after unlocking bootloader or do I must need to convert OP8 to global first then custom roms.
3. Is this process reversible ? like if after a year or 2 when I want to make OP8 to have it's original T-Mobile logo can it be done ?
It would be much appreciated if some good fellow explains in detail. 🙂
 
Hi guys I just recently got OP8 T-Mobile (Sim Unlocked and Bootloader Locked) and was wondering about few things.
1. Why should someone convert OP8 to global rom. What are the advantages.
2. Can I flash custom roms directly from T-Mobile rom, after unlocking bootloader or do I must need to convert OP8 to global first then custom roms.
3. Is this process reversible ? like if after a year or 2 when I want to make OP8 to have it's original T-Mobile logo can it be done ?
It would be much appreciated if some good fellow explains in detail. 🙂
1. Faster updates and have the option to manually update whether just the firmware version or switch to a different region like EU, India etc.
2. You can flash directly after unlocking the bootloader but you will lose L1 which is HDR content and other benefits for streaming services, The only way to retain this is to flash the same OOS version twice through Local Update in Software Update which is not available in TMobile Firmware but only available in Global, EU, India Firmwares.
3. Ofc its reversible, if flashed custom roms and want to go back to OOS, you need MSM tool, if you are coming from Global Firmware all you need is a TMobile OTA zip file and just flash it through Local Update/ if OTA zip is not available, just use MSM Tool.
 
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    Bro plzz make a new step by step guide to convert dual sim with instant bootloader
    Alright brother, updated the entire guide! That should be it from me. I got dual sim and everything there. Happy converting!
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    Alright brother, updated the entire guide! That should be it from me. I got dual sim and everything there. Happy converting!
    Thnks
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    *** Use this at your very own risk.
    *** You will lose all data
    *** Backup your working modem and persist, just in case.
    *** USE USB 2.0 Port and Windows Machine



    !!! BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, POST #3 CONTAINS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS THREAD !!!





    Part 1: Return to T-Mobile Stock Firmware via MSM TOOL

    Turn on Test Mode, Disable Device Driver Signing via Powershell and set Time Date to 2017, then restart PC
    Code:
    bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off
    bcdedit.exe /set testsigning off

    1. Launch MsmDownloadTool V4.0.exe.
    2. On the login prompt select "Other" in the dropdown menu and click on Next.
    3. Click on Target button and select TMO.
    4. Press Start button so that it waits for your device to be connected
    5. Power off your device
    6. Put your phone in EDL mode
    • by completely turning off your device, hold vol up + vol down and plug in the cable
    OR
    • via ADB command
    Code:
    adb reboot edl
    7. Once phone is in EDL Mode, immediately Click ENUM button and then START button

    Wait approximately ~250-300 seconds.
    Device will reboot afterwards.



    Part 2: Unlock Bootloader with no code and apply Dual SIM​

    After reboot, Turn on OEM Unlock in Developer Options before proceeding with the steps

    1. Rename and move “instantnoodlet_15_O.16_201001.ops” from MSM Tool directory to somewhere else (e.g., Documents Folder)
    2. Download "unlock.ops" and rename it to instantnoodlet_15_O.16_201001.ops
    3. Move the "renamed unlock.ops" to MSM Tool directory
    4. Launch MSM Tool and proceed using the steps from Part 1


    MSM Tool will finish flashing in under 15 seconds and the device will reboot with the message,
    "<!> The device is corrupt.."


    5. Unplug phone from PC and Force Shutdown device by simultaneously press and holding Power and Vol buttons till the device reboots
    6. Let go of all buttons once you see device reboot with the logo FASTBOOT MODE, the big START logo will appear afterwards
    7. Open SDK Platform Tools folder and launch Powershell/CMD from there
    8. Copy and paste this command to check if device is recognized in FASTBOOT
    Code:
    fastboot devices
    9. Once device isrecognized by terminal, copy and paste this other command
    Code:
    fastboot flashing unlock
    10. A confirm bootloader prompt will appear, use Vol buttons to hover on UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER and to confirm, simply press Power button

    Once confirmed, device will reboot back to T-Mobile Firmware but now with Dual SIM and an unlocked bootloader. To use the MSM Tool again without the "unlock.ops", move the unlock.ops to a different place and put back the original ops.



    Part 3: Converting to other regions (e.g., Global, EU, Indian) and lock Bootloader​

    *** Cannot lock bootloader after flashing Fastboot ROM. Will corrupt device

    *** As of right now, Dual SIM doesn't work on OOS12/13 Indian Firmware

    1. Download this Fastboot ROM
    2. Open Fastboot ROM Folder, click flash-all.bat and type and enter "y" to the terminal
    Code:
    Do you want to wipe all the data ( Reccomended )[Y/N]?y
    < waiting for any device >

    3. Reboot phone to FASTBOOT MODE and plug the phone back to the PC
    4. Once the process is done, find an OTA ZIP from this thread to update to and download it

    (You can use ota.zips from any region whether it be EU/India/Global, e.g., OxygenOS 11 Global 11.0.11.11)
    Screenshot (10).png


    5. put the OTA ZIP in the phone, update it and reboot
    Manually-Install-OxygenOS-OnePlus-8-Pro-02.jpg

    Install-OnePlus-6-6T-OxygenOS-10-Update-using-Local-Upgrade-02.jpg


    After rebooting, you can either lock bootloader or stay unlocked to root

    6. To lock bootloader, reboot to FASTBOOT and plug phone in to PC
    7. Open platforms-tool and open a terminal from the folder
    8. Copy, paste and enter this command:
    Code:
    fastboot flashing lock

    9. Confirm the prompt LOCK THE BOOTLOADER and the phone will perform a factory reset and reboot.

    There you go! What you can do at this point is stay and daily drive OxygenOS 11 or update to OxygenOS 12/13 or even ColorOS. Dual SIM will work on any Firmware Region. The phone's model will also permanently change to IN2015=OnePlus 8 Global Version Model unless you go back and use MSM Tool again with the original ops.
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    I tried again, MSM to 10.5.7, unlocked bootloader, rebooted to bootloader, flash-all.bat, and I'm still getting errors on the critical partitions. And I can't figure out how to unlock the critical partitions (probably not allowed in TMo firmware).

    I'm going to MSM to 10.5.22 and see if that makes any difference.

    EDIT: No dice. 10.5.22 made no difference. The issue is the locked critical partitions. If anybody has any solutions please tag me.
    Sorry for spamming the board today, but I think I figured it out.

    Thanks to @thattechguy_69 for all the work here so far. This is just to help anybody who is having issues like I did.

    The "critical partitions" issue appears to be a DRIVERS issue, not a fastboot version issue or anything else with the actual phone or ROM files. I had installed all of the drivers that every guide said to install, but I stumbled upon this post by @FoxyDrew that solved my issue.

    Here's how I finally got into 10.5.12.IN21AA (Global ROM) on my IN2017:

    1. Just to be safe (not sure if it's necessary) boot into TEST MODE on your Windows machine. I did all of this from Test Mode.
    2. Download the files from the zip attached at the bottom of the first post on this thread. Install both files (OnePlus USB Drivers and QDLoader HS-USB Driver).
    3. At some point I THOUGHT I installed the Fastboot drivers, but maybe I messed that part up or maybe it was before I was in Test Mode. Regardless, download the Google fastboot driver zip in this post. Unzip it to your desktop.
    4. Open the extracted folder and then the usb_driver folder inside, then right-click on the android_winusb.inf file and select Install. Confirm the installation.
    5. Plug in your phone.
    6. Open Device Manager. Your phone should show up under "Universal Serial Bus controllers" as "IN2017" when it is in CHARGING ONLY mode, and under Portable Devices when in File Transfer mode or PNP mode. If not, you'll need to fix your USB drivers from step 2 above.
    7. Make sure you can get adb commands to work, then reboot to the bootloader ("adb reboot bootloader" should get you to the FastBoot Mode menu with the big green "START" banner at the top) and make sure fastboot commands also work ("fastboot devices" will show you if your phone is detected properly).
    8. Check Device Manager again while in bootloader mode - your phone should now show up under "Android Phone" as "Android Bootloader Interface." If it shows up as IN2017 with an exclamation mark, you need to fix the issues with the fastboot driver in step 4 above. I actually did this step while at the "waiting for device" message while flashing the Global ROM and it kick-started the installation's second phase.
    9. I also followed some steps from this post by @awsan - I copied the entire platform-tools folder that I downloaded from his post (r31.0.2) into the 10.5.12-GLOBAL folder, replacing all duplicate files. I don't think booting into fastboot like he says to do (language selection splash screen) worked, I had to boot into the bootloader from there to get the flash-all.bat to start.
    10. From here, I think I just double-clicked the flash-all.bat and everything worked properly - with the note that I was stuck at "waiting for device" after the first reboot command in the middle of the installation. The process in step 4 got me through this.
    This fixed my issues with not being able to flash critical partitions (because I suspect they re-lock when fastbootd switches into bootloader if you manually do it). Now it doesn't hang at all. I am going to play around with this to make sure I didn't miss anything and see if it works with other TMo firmware versions and the newer 11.0 Global ROM.

    I have not tried locking the bootloader yet.

    Oh, and 5G and VoLTE both appear to be working.
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    I managed to successfully convert my OP8 to the global version this morning.

    Here are a few things I can confirm:

    - 5G and VoLTE are working on my device (Rogers network in Canada)
    - Banking apps work as expected
    - Widevine certification is exactly as it was prior (L1), meaning I can stream in full HD/HDR with Netflix
    - I was able to OTA update to the latest 11.0.10.10 without any issues at all

    My first attempt trying this was a month ago. I was lazy and didn't roll the phone all the way back to Android 10 using the MSM tool. So I tried using "flash-all" with a newer global package and it did not work (crashdump error). Figured it was worth a shot... for whatever reason it just doesn't work. Ended up restoring with the MSM tool.

    This time, I did this:
    1. Reverted back to official T-Mobile Android 10 using the MSM tool
    2. Unlocked my bootloader using the all-in-one tool + my unlock token
    3. Used the all-in-one tool to flash the global fastboot ROM (Android 10) linked in the original post
    4. Manually flashed the EU update from the device (also linked in original post)
    5. Locked the bootloader using the all-in-one tool
    6. Used the Oxygen Updater app to download the latest global full release (11.0.9.9) and installed it from my device
    7. Performed an OTA update, bringing me to 11.0.10.10
    Sorry for the long post. I thought it might help someone else out since I modified a few steps from the original post and found success with this approach.
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    Thanks for the guide!! I just submitted my request to T-Mobile to unlock my boot loader so now I play the waiting game... 😴
    In the meantime, can someone please clarify what does converting from IN2017 to International achieve? Ultimately my goal is to flash a custom ROM - not sure if I can do this directly after unlocking my boot loader.
    IN2017 is Tmobile version of the phone and updates are late and you cant sideload an update because it is not available on carrier versions of the phone. Converting it to International version gives access to the latest updates, and some other features that weren't available to Tmobile version. If you do this method, you will lose Safetynet which is the ability to use bank apps and etc. So after converting you have to lock the bootloader if you wish to do anything related to banking.
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    I am confused between this guide and the old one " Covert to Global ( WIP ) . Which one is best guide to convert OP8 TMO Android 11 to Global ?
    Should I back up/ change modem with this guide ?
    Is there diff between EU and Global ROM/modem/etc. to use 5G in USA and other oversea countries ?
    I want Always On Display ( AOD ) , which ROM EU or Global will have it ?
    TIA

    Yeah, it's not entirely clear to me, either.

    This is what you should do:

    (1) Put your phone back on Android 10 TMobile firmware using one of the packages with msmdownloadtool. I used 10.5.7

    (2) Unlock bootloader.

    (2*) Get TWRP boot image. Put phone in fastboot mode, type:

    fastboot boot twrpimage.img

    After TWRP boots, take a backup of your persist and modem partitions (I recommend using dd to do it, here's an example: dd if=/dev/block/boot device/by-name/persist of=/sdcard/persist.img.ext4). You could probably use TWRP to do the backup, but that's on you. Transfer them off of the phone and safeguard them.

    Now reboot from TWRP to fastboot mode. Unlock the bootloader, reboot to fastboot mode, and flash a 10.x euro or global ROM with fastboot. The guide says Euro, but I suspect you could use global, also. The goal is to have it running 10.x firmware (that's not for a carrier variant). After that boots, download the latest global OTA zip onto your internal sdcard. Open the updater in Settings, then select the file. After it updates, reboot to see if everything is OK. If it is, boot to fastboot and relock the bootloader.

    The