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

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Aug 23, 2021
1 is an iphone the other 2 android
Reset your network settings and that should do the trick...

Otherwise look on Google for any updates related to your mobile provider (I.e. I presume TMobile ).

I had text issue with tmobile months back and spoke with 3 reps... None of them knew why... I just randomly came across the update and boom did the trick


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Sep 21, 2010
I'd recommend including the drivers in the zip. And maybe instructions on how to boot the phone back up if you get stuck in edl mode. For me, that was hold power and plug into AC, then when the charging indicator lit up, power on normally.

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    Hey all. I saw earlier this year that the consensus was that the EU version worked better than the Global version on T-Mobile network and such. Is this still the case?

    Just finally got around to doing this because my phone factory reset itself after the stock T-Mobile OTA I got today so I figured... might as well? lol

    TL : DR

    Is EU still better than Global when using T-Mobile service?
    They actually should use the same baseband version. EU is better in the sense that you don't have to contend with Google's OTA server (and having incremental only for a while), allowing you to update faster with Oyxgen Updater. Additionally, EU version should have slightly better privacy controls, because EU. You can always do a full update to Global after conversion
    I don't own an 8, and there are weird problem with that model in particular, so I won't be making one unless I get an 8.

    No sim unlock is needed, but you won't be able to sim unlock once you are eligible without the tmo ROM, just using it as a SIM&BL locked EU / Global phone
    Thanks for this clarification. Just needed to verify.
    Guys, this is the 8T device forum, not the 8. Please check there.
    Will I be able to flash custom Roms after converting?
    Will I be able to flash custom Roms after converting?
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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/

    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.
      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.

    * The steps in this guide will convert your TMO KB2007/KB05CB to Global, or EU
    * 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:
        adb reboot fastboot
      • From fastboot/bootloader:
        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.
    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
      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.


    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:
      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


    • 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
    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.
    MSM conversion tool is uploaded.
    Guide updated, no more fastboot flashing needed!
    Thank you for all the people willing to participate. I will keep everybody posted on my progress!!
    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.