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[GUIDE] Debranding to C432 and updating to B361 (Nougat) for EVA-L09

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Z-Blade

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Like many people here, I was eager to get onto Android 7 but the issue I faced was the fact that I got a branded phone and a long wait till I officially get the Android 7 update. Looking through this forum I was very put off on manually updating it to Android 7 with so many threads about bricked phones. However, the urge to get onto Android 7 was too great so ultimately, I decided to do my research and just do it. I am not new to flashing and custom roms but I am new to Huawei but I had confidence that I will recover if I do brick my new P9. In the end (after a few bricks and a couple of mild heart attacks), I got there and to get there, I needed to grab information from multiple threads. So I have decided to put together this guide so people have a singular guide to debrand and get onto Android 7. Below are steps and threads I took to debrand my C34 to C432 and update it to B361.

What listed below is what I did to get onto Android 7, this may or may not work for you so use this guide at your own risk.

Using this Guide - Please read through this guide BEFORE attempting it. There is a lot of large files to download so I recommend that you download everything you need before you make a start and a fast and reliable internet is strongly recommended.

Prep Work
- Backup all your data because your phone will get wiped.
- Make sure you have the stock recovery already flashed and make sure your phone is not rooted (may not be necessary but this was the state my phone was in).
- Get yourself a bootloader code from Huawei. Go to http://www.emui.com/en/plugin/hwdownload/download, you will need to create a Huawei ID if you haven't already done so. Click on the Unlock Bootloader link and fill out the form, you should get a bootloader code almost instantly after submitting the form.
- Download and install HiSuite (http://consumer.huawei.com/minisite/HiSuite_en/index.html).
- Download the SRK Tool from here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66737472&postcount=2

Now lets make a start.

1. Download and flash the dload-huawei-p9-eval09-eva-b136.zip from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/p9/development/stock-rom-dload-file-p9-eva-l09-b136-t3382818. Instructions on how to flash this is in the first post. After flashing, you should be on the L09C900B136 firmware. NOTE: If it boots up to a white screen asking you to enter password, reboot into recovery by holding volume up when you powering up your phone, do a wipe partition and factory reset. You may need to reboot your phone a number times before the phone boots up correctly.

2. After flashing and booting into the L09C900B136 firmware, you will need to unlock your bootloader and install TWRP. You can use the SRK Tool to do this, please have a look at this thread (https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66737472&postcount=2) and watch the video on how to do this. NOTE: You only need to unlock bootloader and install the TWRP recovery.

3. After your phone has been unlocked with TWRP recovery installed, download oeminfo-huawei-p9-eval09-c432.zip from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/p9/development/c432-oeminfo-flash-twrp-t3384903 and flash it via TWRP. To get into TWRP, power off your phone and go into recovery by powering up your phone while holding volume up.

4. Once you flashed the oeminfo file via TWRP, power off your phone and repeat step 1. So you need to flash the dload-huawei-p9-eval09-eva-b136.zip file again via the dload method (power on the phone while holding volume up and volume down). NOTE: When you flash this firmware again, it will lock your bootloader (Fastboot will tell you that the phone is unlocked but I assure you, your bootloader is locked) and restore to stock recovery.

5. Once your phone has booted back up, go into the phone settings and you should see that your phone is now on the EVA-L09C432B136 firmware. To test that the firmware is working as intended, go into the phone settings and go into Updater, updater should pick up the B182 firmware and you should be able to update it to B182 without an issue.

UPDATE: A number of people has reported that they are getting the B166 update instead of B182, if this happes, do a wipe partition and a factory reset after updating to B166. When you get back in, you should be able to update to B182 via Updater in the Settings menu. If this method does not work, you can manually update to B182 by following the steps here: http://www.carbontesla.com/2016/11/download-huawei-p9-b182-marshmallow-update-europe/

6. After your phone has rebooted and you are on the B182 firmware, you need to now update the firmware to B361 via Huawei Updater 2.0 using this guide: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=70594380&postcount=2.

After all that is done, you should now have a debranded UK C432 P9 running EMUI 5.0.

Special thanks to @paulobrien, @somboons and @KrAzYtHeBoY for their guide, tools, files and video to make this update possible.
 
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halliday77

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Thanks for the guide. I've recently been battling away trying to go from C34 to C636 - still never got to the bottom of it.

Is that a typo in your post for your original model number - C43? Or did you come from Optus AU C34?
Either way - have you had any network issues in Australia with the new firmware?

Cheers.
 

Z-Blade

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Thanks for the guide. I've recently been battling away trying to go from C34 to C636 - still never got to the bottom of it.

Is that a typo in your post for your original model number - C43? Or did you come from Optus AU C34?
Either way - have you had any network issues in Australia with the new firmware?

Cheers.

Yep, its a typo, thanks for pointing it out. I have no issues what so ever, everything works perfectly fine and there has been no drop in cellular reception, wifi reception, GPS accuracy and etc. Apart from the build saying L09C432, you wouldnt be able to tell the difference.
 

halliday77

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Yep, its a typo, thanks for pointing it out. I have no issues what so ever, everything works perfectly fine and there has been no drop in cellular reception, wifi reception, GPS accuracy and etc. Apart from the build saying L09C432, you wouldnt be able to tell the difference.

Legend. Appreciate the reply - it was tough to find experienced Aussies on the same starting build/carrier.
Now I just wish I hadn't wasted the time going for the Asia Pacific variant!
Will get stuck into it this evening.

Thanks!
 

Nawor81

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Great guide! Reading through it seems easier for it to be managed through hisuite/windows but I have a big issue. For some reason my computer won't recognize my phone! I installed the beta and am on build number EMUI-A168-L09C900B040SP11-log and since doing this stupid move I have been unable to connect to a computer nor install other builds or rollbacks directly on the device so I just feel like smashing it and claiming the insurance. Is there any advise that could be offered to maybe force a firmware upgrade?
 

Z-Blade

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Great guide! Reading through it seems easier for it to be managed through hisuite/windows but I have a big issue. For some reason my computer won't recognize my phone! I installed the beta and am on build number EMUI-A168-L09C900B040SP11-log and since doing this stupid move I have been unable to connect to a computer nor install other builds or rollbacks directly on the device so I just feel like smashing it and claiming the insurance. Is there any advise that could be offered to maybe force a firmware upgrade?

How did you get onto that build? Have you tried following the guide I put up?
 

Nawor81

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Ha I don't have a clue how I ended up with that build but I've regretted my decision to install a beta version of the nougat every day since. I will try this method this afternoon and see how I go!
 

Z-Blade

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Ha I don't have a clue how I ended up with that build but I've regretted my decision to install a beta version of the nougat every day since. I will try this method this afternoon and see how I go!

I cant promise you that the guide I put together will work for you. If its a Nougat beta firmware then you would be technically doing a rollback to MM. Just a bit of a warning, a lot of people who try to roll back to MM, usually encounter problems, annoying problems. Unfortunately, I dont have much experience with this phone or how Huawei does things so I cant help you much. If I am in your shoes, I wouldn't attempt to debrand and flash Nougat using this guide.
 
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I cant promise you that the guide I put together will work for you. If its a Nougat beta firmware then you would be technically doing a rollback to MM. Just a bit of a warning, a lot of people who try to roll back to MM, usually encounter problems, annoying problems. Unfortunately, I dont have much experience with this phone or how Huawei does things so I cant help you much. If I am in your shoes, I wouldn't attempt to debrand and flash Nougat using this guide.

That's not the news I wanted to hear! I guess I'll keep this guide in mind and do some more research, hopefully find someone in love with Huawei that might be able to assist. Thanks
 

Z-Blade

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Hi z-blade I flashed B136 but it didn't put icons and themes back .. I flashed B182 and STILL didn't put icons and themes back
BUT only B166 gave me proper theme and icons back.. ! After that I flashed I had to flash B182 and so on.. B166 is the key important

I got theme and icon on mine but it may have came through when I flash B361. I went from a full factory reset on B136 to B182 to B361, not once did I stop to check to make sure all of the apps are installed, I only started setting up my phone and have a browse once I was on EMUI 5.0. It may be un-necessary to flash B166 if flashing B361 give you themes and icons.

If someone could double check on this when following this guide and report in, that would be great. I am not willing to test it out by rolling back to mushmellow. :p
 

halliday77

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Ha I don't have a clue how I ended up with that build but I've regretted my decision to install a beta version of the nougat every day since. I will try this method this afternoon and see how I go!

Are you on an unbranded device?

If so, the official Huawei support page offers a rollback package if you updated to the Nougat beta.
Make sure you go to the page specific to your country.

---------- Post added at 02:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:34 AM ----------

I got theme and icon on mine but it may have came through when I flash B361. I went from a full factory reset on B136 to B182 to B361, not once did I stop to check to make sure all of the apps are installed, I only started setting up my phone and have a browse once I was on EMUI 5.0. It may be un-necessary to flash B166 if flashing B361 give you themes and icons.

If someone could double check on this when following this guide and report in, that would be great. I am not willing to test it out by rolling back to mushmellow. :p

Broken themes/icons seem to be caused by missing assets in the /CUST/ partition. I managed to get around it on my broken C900 firmware by separately flashing the /hw/normal/ package specific to the build. These can be found in the filelist.xml in the [WAREHOUSE] post - but you need to change the URL manually to grab the file.
 

Z-Blade

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So B361 will? Didn't know that.. Didn't want to risk it it took ages to download.. I had 3 folders in B136 but I flashed it via dial pad options.. Not 3btn..maybe if I would flash via 3btn it will give it back then and I wouldn't need B166..
Cannot be bothered.. It's done now..
Nougat best..

It makes no difference if you use the 3 button method or via the dial menu, both does exactly the same thing. I am only assuming that Themes could be installed when I flashed B361, I was not paying attention to the apps that was installed but I think this may be the case because I believe the Theme app was updated for EMUI 5.0, again all assumptions here.
 

Z-Blade

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Can I jump directly from b136 to b361?

Thanks in advance.

No you cant, you need to get to B182 before flashing B361.

I've followed the guide as far as step 5. When I got there, I ended up getting an update for L09C432B166 which installed fine, but I'm not getting the B182 update. Anyone else run into an issue like this?

Try wiping partition and a factory rest and see if you get the B182 update. If not, you can download the B182 update and flash it via dload but if that does not work, you can try doing it via the Hisuite and Updater method.
 
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    Like many people here, I was eager to get onto Android 7 but the issue I faced was the fact that I got a branded phone and a long wait till I officially get the Android 7 update. Looking through this forum I was very put off on manually updating it to Android 7 with so many threads about bricked phones. However, the urge to get onto Android 7 was too great so ultimately, I decided to do my research and just do it. I am not new to flashing and custom roms but I am new to Huawei but I had confidence that I will recover if I do brick my new P9. In the end (after a few bricks and a couple of mild heart attacks), I got there and to get there, I needed to grab information from multiple threads. So I have decided to put together this guide so people have a singular guide to debrand and get onto Android 7. Below are steps and threads I took to debrand my C34 to C432 and update it to B361.

    What listed below is what I did to get onto Android 7, this may or may not work for you so use this guide at your own risk.

    Using this Guide - Please read through this guide BEFORE attempting it. There is a lot of large files to download so I recommend that you download everything you need before you make a start and a fast and reliable internet is strongly recommended.

    Prep Work
    - Backup all your data because your phone will get wiped.
    - Make sure you have the stock recovery already flashed and make sure your phone is not rooted (may not be necessary but this was the state my phone was in).
    - Get yourself a bootloader code from Huawei. Go to http://www.emui.com/en/plugin/hwdownload/download, you will need to create a Huawei ID if you haven't already done so. Click on the Unlock Bootloader link and fill out the form, you should get a bootloader code almost instantly after submitting the form.
    - Download and install HiSuite (http://consumer.huawei.com/minisite/HiSuite_en/index.html).
    - Download the SRK Tool from here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66737472&postcount=2

    Now lets make a start.

    1. Download and flash the dload-huawei-p9-eval09-eva-b136.zip from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/p9/development/stock-rom-dload-file-p9-eva-l09-b136-t3382818. Instructions on how to flash this is in the first post. After flashing, you should be on the L09C900B136 firmware. NOTE: If it boots up to a white screen asking you to enter password, reboot into recovery by holding volume up when you powering up your phone, do a wipe partition and factory reset. You may need to reboot your phone a number times before the phone boots up correctly.

    2. After flashing and booting into the L09C900B136 firmware, you will need to unlock your bootloader and install TWRP. You can use the SRK Tool to do this, please have a look at this thread (https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66737472&postcount=2) and watch the video on how to do this. NOTE: You only need to unlock bootloader and install the TWRP recovery.

    3. After your phone has been unlocked with TWRP recovery installed, download oeminfo-huawei-p9-eval09-c432.zip from this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/p9/development/c432-oeminfo-flash-twrp-t3384903 and flash it via TWRP. To get into TWRP, power off your phone and go into recovery by powering up your phone while holding volume up.

    4. Once you flashed the oeminfo file via TWRP, power off your phone and repeat step 1. So you need to flash the dload-huawei-p9-eval09-eva-b136.zip file again via the dload method (power on the phone while holding volume up and volume down). NOTE: When you flash this firmware again, it will lock your bootloader (Fastboot will tell you that the phone is unlocked but I assure you, your bootloader is locked) and restore to stock recovery.

    5. Once your phone has booted back up, go into the phone settings and you should see that your phone is now on the EVA-L09C432B136 firmware. To test that the firmware is working as intended, go into the phone settings and go into Updater, updater should pick up the B182 firmware and you should be able to update it to B182 without an issue.

    UPDATE: A number of people has reported that they are getting the B166 update instead of B182, if this happes, do a wipe partition and a factory reset after updating to B166. When you get back in, you should be able to update to B182 via Updater in the Settings menu. If this method does not work, you can manually update to B182 by following the steps here: http://www.carbontesla.com/2016/11/download-huawei-p9-b182-marshmallow-update-europe/

    6. After your phone has rebooted and you are on the B182 firmware, you need to now update the firmware to B361 via Huawei Updater 2.0 using this guide: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=70594380&postcount=2.

    After all that is done, you should now have a debranded UK C432 P9 running EMUI 5.0.

    Special thanks to @paulobrien, @somboons and @KrAzYtHeBoY for their guide, tools, files and video to make this update possible.
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    I'm happy to say I finally got onto Nougat. I upgraded to B166 and B182 with the phone updater app. As before there were no updates available in Hisuite or via the phone app. So I again turned to using firmware finder and eventually got onto Nougat by flashing B383 over B182. After that I used FF again to upgrade to B386 and finally B390. Still not getting OTA though.

    Hi
    Have you managed to get OTA yet? I had the exact same problem as you with my EE branded P9. I upgraded to B166 and B182 with the phone updater app but nothing after that. I Used Firmware finder to get to B386 and then B390, then yesterday the phone app update started working again offering me B391 :confused: I updated last night and am now on the most recent build. happy days :):good:
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    So i've been at this for the better part of 5 hours now. I'm stuck on C432B136 and it doesn't give me an option to update and says i'm on the latest firmware. I've probably soft bricked my phone around 10 times trying this and it's probably only a matter of time until I mess it up so bad it bricks completely. I don't know where i'm going wrong.

    oeminfo shows hw and eu like it should.

    new symptom after most recent attempt is at boot is gives me a message saying "your device has failed verification and may not work properly" in red rather than the usual yellow coloured message when you unlock the bootloader.

    I can't seem to reflash twrp image despite multiple attempts. It seems to work but then when I try to boot into it as i've done before it boots the stock recovery.

    At this point i'd be happy if I could get back to 6.0 emui 4.1 branded vodafone UK.

    Any advice?

    Is it possible to dload straight to 7.0 without any issues and then try and flash custom recovery? How would I go about doing that using the huawei updater application?

    UPDATE: ran the unlock bootloader script on a hunch and it didn't require a confirmation on the phone like it did before, it showed the message asking me if I want to unlock and then booted into twrp. What the **** have I done to my phone where it is making decisions for me now? Is this the start of skynet?

    Either way i'm not getting the red message anymore, it's reverted back to the yellow bootloader unlock message which makes me think I accidently relocked the bootloader without knowing it at one point. Phone booted up and now im at the decrypt storage screen. rebooting brb.

    dload seems to be the easiest way to do this now. Whats my upgrade path to 7.0, which files do I need to download to make that happen and in what order should I install those files? Sick and tired of failed twrp flashes.

    UPDATE: ive ascended to the great height of C432b166, I think? Got an OTA update after my last forced flash of b132 and its 35% of the way through. I think I worked out what went wrong. Being sleep deprived I thought that flashing the b132 file locked my bootloader again, which is fine, but i got a message on boot saying my bootloader was still unlocked which confused me. At which point i went through the steps to unlock and relock a few too many times so I could get an OTA. However because it was already locked I was actually unlocking it when I thought I was locking it. Turning what should have been a half hour job into an all nighter.

    Don't make the same mistakes I did.

    UPDATE: b166 is successful. I think i'll pick it up again when I've had some sleep but it should be pretty straightforward now. Just need to force flash B182 and then I can OTA to Nougat if i'm not mistaken.

    UPDATE: well ****, now for some reason I cant relock the bootloader. I think it has something to do with my recovery not matching the ROM version, anyone know how I can extract a recovery image from the b166 rom and flash it?

    UPDATE: So I reflashed twrp then flashed a stock recovery image which I extracted from the b182 UPDATE.app file. bootloader is now locked again hopefully I can OTA now.

    UPDATE: Nope. that red error message is back. definitley something funky going on with the recovery I'm flashing.


    UPDATE: reluctantly force flashed b182 it works and unlocked/unsafe bootloader messages have gone which makes me think it fixed itself. ROM seems stable and works. Now to figure out why it wont OTA to Nougat.

    There is a reason why I put in the guide that you should read through the whole guide before attempting it and I dont mean glancing through it. There is a lot to do, its time consuming, can be confusing and every step is necessary. If you read the part where I wrote NOTE: When you flash this firmware again, it will lock your bootloader (Fastboot will tell you that the phone is unlocked but I assure you, your bootloader is locked) and restore to stock recovery. You would of saved yourself hours of messing around.

    Lastly, nothing in the guide mention anything about an OTA to Nougat, re-read steps 6 and hopefully you wont hit anymore issues.

    EDIT: Just saw your update. Glad you were able to get there in the end. I pretty much went through the same thing at the very start, the whole point of me putting together this guide was to give people a clearer path without the stress, lack of sleep, time wasted and mild heart attacks that you might have bricked your phone.
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    Hi guys,

    Does it matter what initial firmware your phone have prior to performing step 1?

    My phone is from Three Ireland with B150, can I just continue with step 1? Because it would seem like a downgrade from B150 to B136.

    Thank you

    The only thing that matters is that you are on a MM firmware, it doesnt matter what carrier you were on. In this case, you need to downgrade to upgrade. :D
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    Not sure in this thread or another but someone else has the issue and when contacted customer support they said 166 was latest for UK.

    Yeah read that in another thread as well, guess we are stuck on it for now.

    I just manually flashed 182 which you can download from: http://www.carbontesla.com/2016/11/download-huawei-p9-b182-marshmallow-update-europe/

    after this was able to carry on the steps and have been on B378 for about a week now love it, so much better