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[GUIDE] Convert TMO to EU via MSM Tool, no SIM Unlock or Bootloader Unlock needed!

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Ryano89

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I'm not bricked. I can't do the conversion because the tool won't even recognize my device. The post by Some_Random_Username talks about the device showing as "QHUSB_BULK" which is how mine shows up. I followed his instructions to install correct drivers bit they won't install. When my device is booted normally, my PC says drivers are up to date.
 

craznazn

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I'm not bricked. I can't do the conversion because the tool won't even recognize my device. The post by Some_Random_Username talks about the device showing as "QHUSB_BULK" which is how mine shows up. I followed his instructions to install correct drivers bit they won't install. When my device is booted normally, my PC says drivers are up to date.
The msm tool is originally used to unbrick, I've repurposed it to convert. Drivers and what not are the exact same. You'll need to figure out what's going on with the drivers, because I wouldn't even recommend the old fastboot route since msmtool isn't working for you.
 
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Ryano89

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The msm tool is originally used to unbrick, I've repurposed it to convert. Drivers and what not are the exact same. You'll need to figure out what's going on with the drivers, because I wouldn't even recommend the old fastboot route since msmtool isn't working for you.
Thanks, I'm sure I'll get it figured out eventually. It's not related to your work, there is something weird going on with my device since fastboot won't recognize it either. Never had this issue with my 6t, it's really weird. Thank you for trying to help
 
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morphius88

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Is it just me or is anyone else facing these issues after converting?

* Constant random freezes and hangs (in almost every app)
* Aggressive RAM management apps reload way to often sometimes less than 30 sec after switching to another app and back.
* Adaway (ad block) does not work at all (systemless hosts enabled and root permissions given)
* Playing Call of Duty also constantly freezes mid game and makes a high pitch sound while frozen (most of the time for 2-5 seconds before resuming)
* Slow overall, sometimes screen wont turn on for a couple seconds after pressing the power button or double tapping the screen. Feels like its 2013 all over again.

I have the Oneplus 7 Pro and it worked great but I hated the curved screen so decided to jump up to the OP8T. Got a good deal on the TMO version so took my chance with the conversion.

Bootloader unlocked, took newest OTA then rooted with the latest canary Magisk.

Any help appreciated.
 

morphius88

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Thanks, I'm sure I'll get it figured out eventually. It's not related to your work, there is something weird going on with my device since fastboot won't recognize it either. Never had this issue with my 6t, it's really weird. Thank you for trying to help
Try a different cable (and possibly a different port). My Oneplus 7 Pro cable did not work properly to recognize the OP8T but a generic one did. It was really odd but not the first time I have experienced something like that.
 
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morphius88

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Did you go the MSM or fastboot route? I haven't heard of anyone having the issues you describe.
I did the fastboot route. I did it a couple days before you posted the MSM method. It seemed to work fine (although that was only for a couple hours) until I transferred all my data, apps, and photos/videos from OP7P.
I dont really want to do a fresh install but I will If nothing else works.
 

craznazn

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I did the fastboot route. I did it a couple days before you posted the MSM method. It seemed to work fine (although that was only for a couple hours) until I transferred all my data, apps, and photos/videos from OP7P.
I dont really want to do a fresh install but I will If nothing else works.
Hmm, if you wiped and updated before using, it might be an app that's incompatible or didn't transfer properly.

What did you use to transfer?
 

tuntun2526

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I am having the strangest problem. My PC recognizes my device when booted, and says that drivers are up to date. However it does not recognize the device in fastboot mode or EDL. Device manager just shows "android" with the yellow exclamation mark. I have never had this much trouble getting my device to be recognized. Can someone point out whatever stupid mistake I am making please?lol
Do you have the latest adb and fastboot drivers on your laptop?
 

craznazn

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Thanks for the msm tool! I'm going to venture out and flash a rom or two? Any reason you went with EU vs Glo? Just wondering since Glo us a version down and users could use oxygen updater to flash up to EU
EU gets updates faster, more reliable full OTA, better privacy laws.
The resulting version in this MSM is like 4 or 5 versions down, so you won't have trouble updating to Global, India, etc if that's your goal. Furthermore, I don't think open betas even delineates between regions if that's what you want to do.
 
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craznazn

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I used "Oneplus Switch" to transfer everything. Every apps seems to load fine but a bunch of them will throw up the frozen pop up where you can choose wait or close app. It happens randomly.
Can you try just transfer SMS/Call Log, and leave the apps? I've been stable using the fastboot method for 6 months+ now, so I can only imagine it's caused by an app. Give the MSM tool a shot too if you decide to wipe.
 

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    It will not SIM unlock
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    How to do this for oneplus 8?
    Someone with the phone makes a conversion MSM.
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    you can always try using dd, but you need to be rooted already. The phone should still be under warranty I would think that might be the best bet and just get it replaced.
    I had TMobile replace my 8T, the best part was, all I needed was to put my existing SIM card into the replacement phone and I was able to SIM unlock it using the TMO unlock app before converting over to the EU ROM.
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    I am getting this error, what could be the solution
    I've heard people having success using different cables / usb ports. YMMV, MSM can be finicky
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    I am getting this error, what could be the solution View attachment 5374099
    Keep trying, it might help to keep holding the volume up and down buttons until you see it communicate and start downloading to the phone.
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    It will not SIM unlock
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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
    *** Read the entire post and follow the steps closely before asking for help. Post all error messages and steps you took. Screenshots and MSM logs will be best.




    It's finally here! A MSM tool that will convert your T-Mobile OnePlus8T+5G to EU KB05BA. From here you can local upgrade to any OOS flavor you want. This gives you Local Upgrade option, faster upgrades, open betas, dual SIM, and more! In fact, after conversion, you can unlock the bootloader without the unlock token (still need to be SIM unlocked, but in case you don't want to wait for the unlock token or if OnePlus's website is broken)!

    If you are still SIM locked, you lose the Unlock app for when your device becomes unlocked, it's only available in the stock TMO ROM. Furthermore, if you are still SIM locked, you cannot unlock the bootloader, as the "OEM Unlocking" toggle in dev settings will still be greyed out. If you want to go back to TMO ROM at any point, flash back with the TMO MSM: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...l-to-restore-your-device-to-oxygenos.4180981/

    Steps:
    1. Download the MSM Conversion package:
      • AFH
        MD5: 5ddb543c8a5e7587e0b2ad24d2025e77
    2. Run MsmDownloadTool V4.0.exe (Windows 7 users may need to run the win7 version included)
    3. Select User type: "Other" and press Next.
    4. Press "Start". Don't mess with the default settings.
    5. Put your phone in EDL mode.
      Code:
      adb reboot edl
      or completely turn off your device, hold vol up + vol down and plug in the cable.
    6. Wait about 5 minutes while it works.
    7. Done! If you keep the bootloader locked and run it stock, the About Phone page will be missing some fields.
    If you run into any MSM tool issues, most likely you have a driver problem. See the FAQ in @Some_Random_Username's post


    Old fastboot method

    *** Know how to use the MSMTool, Don't start before figuring it out.
    *** DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE STEPS DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE

    * The steps in this guide will convert your TMO KB2007/KB05CB to Global 11.0.5.6.KB05AA, or EU 11.0.3.4.KB05BA
    * NR and LTE bands are flashed in nvRAM, not in modem.img or any other partition. You cannot get global bands by flashing a global ROM, nor can you lose TMO bands by flashing another ROM.
    * Instructions are the same as running any other MSM unbrick tool.
    * You can use this guide to convert to your own variant by extracting payload and flashing from a full OTA. See manual instructions towards the end.
    * Use the latest platform tools: https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools, https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/tool-adb-fastboot-installer-tool-windows-t3999445. DO NOT USE MINIMAL ADB, it has not been updated for years and will cause a crash where you'll need to MSM back to stock.
    * Make sure your drivers are up to date. This guide will not walk you through setting up platform tools or updating drivers. When encountering fastboot issues, make sure to include the output of fastboot --version in your post.
    * Do not ask for OTAs, MSMs, or anything else not related to the steps described herein. There are plenty of threads around for those.
    * This guide does not pertain to Cyberpunk conversion. See other threads.
    * This guide converts you to an older firmware so you can take a FULL OTA via Oxygen Updater. Do not skip this step if you want a stable build.

    Steps to convert your device to Global or EU
    As simple as possible:
    1. You need your device bootloader and SIM unlocked. Follow the instructions here (It says 6T, but applies to all OP devices): https://support.oneplus.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/588/~/how-to-unlock-bootloader-for-oneplus-6t-(t-mobile-edition)
    2. Download and unzip the conversion package:
    3. Boot to fastbootd.
      • From adb:
        Code:
        adb reboot fastboot
      • From fastboot/bootloader:
        Code:
        fastboot reboot fastboot
      • If you are having trouble booting into fastbootd, and have a FC number at the bottom of the bootloader screen, you'll need to MSM to factory first.
    4. [*]You should be at a screen that says "fastbootd" on top. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU ARE NOT HERE. SEE HIDDEN FOR AN EXAMPLE.
      bJDcOTg.jpg
    5. Execute "flash_all.bat" for Windows, or "flash_all.sh" for Linux, from the unzipped directory from step 2 as cwd.
    6. Optional: Flash magisk'd boot
      Code:
      fastboot flash boot boot_magisk_patched.img
    7. Reboot into recovery, and wipe everything.
    8. Once fully booted, download Oxygen Updater, set your device to OnePlus 8T of your regional choice and local upgrade to the latest OTA of your regional choice.
    9. Optional: You can re-lock your bootloader at thois point. DO NOT TRY before the full OTA upgrade above, or you'll have to MSM.

    Manually:

    1. Unlock bootloader
    2. Download the full OTA of your choosing
    3. Extract the OTA payload with https://github.com/vm03/payload_dumper or https://androidfilehost.com/?fid=818070582850510260
    4. With the output of the payload as your cwd, execute:
      Code:
      fastboot flash product product.img
      fastboot flash abl abl.img
      fastboot flash aop aop.img
      fastboot flash bluetooth bluetooth.img
      fastboot flash boot boot.img
      fastboot flash cmnlib cmnlib.img
      fastboot flash cmnlib64 cmnlib64.img
      fastboot flash devcfg devcfg.img
      fastboot flash dsp dsp.img
      fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
      fastboot flash featenabler featenabler.img
      fastboot flash hyp hyp.img
      fastboot flash imagefv imagefv.img
      fastboot flash keymaster keymaster.img
      fastboot flash logo logo.img
      fastboot flash mdm_oem_stanvbk mdm_oem_stanvbk.img
      fastboot flash modem modem.img
      fastboot flash multiimgoem multiimgoem.img
      fastboot flash odm odm.img
      fastboot flash qupfw qupfw.img
      fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
      fastboot flash spunvm spunvm.img
      fastboot flash storsec storsec.img
      fastboot flash system system.img
      fastboot flash system_ext system_ext.img
      fastboot flash tz tz.img
      fastboot flash uefisecapp uefisecapp.img
      fastboot --disable-verity flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
      fastboot --disable-verity flash vbmeta_system vbmeta_system.img
      fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
      fastboot flash xbl xbl.img
      fastboot flash xbl_config xbl_config.img
    5. Replace boot.img with your magisk'd boot if desired
    6. Reboot to recovery and wipe everything


    Troubleshooting

    • Error: "remote: no such file or directory"
      You are not in the correct cwd. Fastboot needs to be accessible from the same directory as the .img files, so fix your PATH or make a copy fastboot.exe in the same directory as the .img files
    • Error: "remote: Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions"
      You are not in fastbootd. Check step 4.
    • Error: "Invalid sparse file format at header magic"
      Ignore this message, not an error

    Special thanks to:
    @jwarrior319 for the initial linux script
    @cammykool and @awr128 for helping debug some of the steps and clarifying pain points

    @radiohead7778580 for a better Global conversion

    Fixing the About Phone page

    These steps are optional, and will fix the "About Phone" page. There are no performance differences.
    1. You need to rooted with Magisk
    2. Download the fix: here
    3. In the Modules page in MagiskManager, Install the downloaded zip file via "Install from storage"
    4. Reboot, the About Phone page is filled out.


    Issues so far (please post if you run into more):
    • None
    What appears to work:
    • 5G
    • Dual SIM
    • AOD
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • Wildvine L1
    • Local Upgrade
    • About screen, if steps are followed above
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    I'm glad that the global version is working for everybody!!! For my next trick I'll be trying to mod the MSM Tool for a straight conversation without the need to unlock, stay tuned. I'm going to be needing testers let me know if you're interested.
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    MSM conversion tool is uploaded.
    Guide updated, no more fastboot flashing needed!
    4
    You only get 1 IMEI but it's been working. I've been dailying dual SIM since conversion so long ago. However, I use Mint (T-Mobile MVNO) and T-Mobile postpaid, so that could explain why it works flawlessly.

    I just put in an ATT SIM card side-by-side with TMo and both works.
    3
    Sounds like bit of a pain in the ass while latest tmo is 11.0.6.8 already
    I mean, nobody is forcing anyone to convert. Different use cases for different people, the whole point of having unlocked bootloaders. TMO build uses OP Dialer, lack of dual sim, and other restrictions that some like myself find unacceptable, and running EU for me is fine while taking OTAs and updates like normal.