[GUIDE] How to root OnePlus Nord

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Devices that started to be received today have Oxygen OS 10.5 out of the box.
No flashable zip for that software release is publicly available, meaning its stock boot.img cannot be extracted.

You then need to update to a newer build first. You can do so from my OxygenOS builds repo thread.

Once done, enable developers options and enable OEM unlock.
Reboot to fastboot (enable USB debugging in dev options and use adb reboot bootloader)
Type fastboot oem unlock and accept to unlock bootloader (warning: as a safety measure Android will wipe your userdata)
Go through OxygenOS setup
Install Magisk Manager from https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/download/manager-v7.5.1/MagiskManager-v7.5.1.apk
Move stock boot.img to your phone internal storage (please open spoiler)

For your convenience, 10.5.2 stock boot.img for EU and India have been extracted
EU download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18aPqErEMbRqmN4BpdvHE4OKgizDcEbou/view?usp=sharing
India download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZIEYWH2PYkKyojq_S_i_onBstejHKDTJ/view?usp=sharing

For future builds, you can use payload dumper (Windows) , (Linux ) to extract stock boot.img


Click on Install
Choose "Select and patch a file"
Select your stock boot.img
Wait until Magisk patches your boot.img, and once patched it can be found in the Downloads folder
Copy that patched boot.img (which should be named magisk_patched.img) to your computer
Boot into fastboot again
Type fastboot getvar current-slot into your terminal window and press Enter.
If the output is a , type fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
If the output is b , type fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
Reboot to OxygenOS

Open Magisk Manager and your device should now be rooted.

TIPS:
- Ensure you got latest platform tools installed from https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools
- Backup your /persist once rooted (dd if=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/persist of=/sdcard/persist.img) and save it somewhere on your cloud/computer, this might save you from a broken fingerprint sensor and an RMA in the future if it turns out this device has same issue as 8-series when it comes to crossflash regional builds of OOS.

Credits:
@topjohnwu for making Magisk
/u/Jisifus for testing on his device and for screenshots
 

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TIPS:
- Ensure you got latest platform tools installed from https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools
- Backup your /persist once rooted (dd if=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/persist of=/sdcard/persist.img) and save it somewhere on your cloud/computer, this might save you from a broken fingerprint sensor and an RMA in the future if it turns out this device has same issue as 8-series when it comes to crossflash regional builds of OOS.

Great to see it works this way and thanks for the tip.:good:
 

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I gave it a try, works like a charm! Thanks for this! Small tip, unlock bootload before u copy your files :D

now my phone is a bit laggy. with magisk on it.. i will test it later if its getting better
 
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Type fastboot getvar current-slot into your terminal window and press Enter.
If the output is a , type fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
If the output is b , type fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
You can simply type "fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img" - it flash boot to current active slot. Just for note. :)
 

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If WiFi/data does not work (usually happens when you flash wrong version, but can also happen if you flash correct one), fastboot boot the image, then do a direct install in Magisk Manager.

Also, big thumbs up for adding tips for persist backup, I see too many people needing to send their device back because they messed it up somehow.
 
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Hi and thanks for the tips.

Running 10.5.2 (latest build) and Bootloader is unlocked.

1: Downloaded EU BootImage File suggested (10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img - 101MB)
2: Went to Magisk Manager, Advanced Settings, Recovery Mode Ticked, Install Magisk, Install, Select and Patch a File - Browse to 10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img in Downloads and select.
3: Command Window appears detailing successful patching of ramdisk and also location of the newly created magisk_patched.img (37.52MB???????????????)
4: Size of new boot image looks suspiciously small.
5: Copied magisk_patched.img to PC and rebooted phone into fastboot.
6: Issued the fastboot getvar current-slot command - mine is reported as b
7: Issued the fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img - File flashed OK - Reboot (Start) Phone.
8: 30 seconds of unlocked bootloader warning screen followed by 10 secs black screen followed by Qualcom Crash Dump. Rebooted phone three times - same result.
9: Rebooted phone into fastboot mode, reflashed the stock boot image and all now OK (but obviously not rooted).

Would be grateful if anyone could advise - the magisk_patched.img looks suspiciously small to me at 37.52MB compared to 101MB for the original boot image.

Thanks
10: Double checked the patching process again in Magisk and again, patched bootimage filesize is on 37.52MB.
11: I have saved log from patching process and on reading, all looks OK.
 
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Hi and thanks for the tips.

Running 10.5.2 (latest build) and Bootloader is unlocked.

1: Downloaded EU BootImage File suggested (10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img - 101MB)
2: Went to Magisk Manager, Advanced Settings, Recovery Mode Ticked, Install Magisk, Install, Select and Patch a File - Browse to 10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img in Downloads and select.
3: Command Window appears detailing successful patching of ramdisk and also location of the newly created magisk_patched.img (37.52MB???????????????)
4: Size of new boot image looks suspiciously small.
5: Copied magisk_patched.img to PC and rebooted phone into fastboot.
6: Issued the fastboot getvar current-slot command - mine is reported as b
7: Issued the fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img - File flashed OK - Reboot (Start) Phone.
8: 30 seconds of unlocked bootloader warning screen followed by 10 secs black screen followed by Qualcom Crash Dump. Rebooted phone three times - same result.
9: Rebooted phone into fastboot mode, reflashed the stock boot image and all now OK (but obviously not rooted).

Would be grateful if anyone could advise - the magisk_patched.img looks suspiciously small to me at 37.52MB compared to 101MB for the original boot image.

Thanks
10: Double checked the patching process again in Magisk and again, patched bootimage filesize is on 37.52MB.
11: I have saved log from patching process and on reading, all looks OK.

The size is normal.
When patching your image you have to select "Preserve Force Encryption" and "Preserve AVB 2.0/dm-verity" under advanced settings in the main screen where you patch the image.
 
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Hi and thanks for the tips.

Running 10.5.2 (latest build) and Bootloader is unlocked.

1: Downloaded EU BootImage File suggested (10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img - 101MB)
2: Went to Magisk Manager, Advanced Settings, Recovery Mode Ticked, Install Magisk, Install, Select and Patch a File - Browse to 10.5.2.AC01BA.boot.img in Downloads and select.
3: Command Window appears detailing successful patching of ramdisk and also location of the newly created magisk_patched.img (37.52MB???????????????)
4: Size of new boot image looks suspiciously small.
5: Copied magisk_patched.img to PC and rebooted phone into fastboot.
6: Issued the fastboot getvar current-slot command - mine is reported as b
7: Issued the fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img - File flashed OK - Reboot (Start) Phone.
8: 30 seconds of unlocked bootloader warning screen followed by 10 secs black screen followed by Qualcom Crash Dump. Rebooted phone three times - same result.
9: Rebooted phone into fastboot mode, reflashed the stock boot image and all now OK (but obviously not rooted).

Would be grateful if anyone could advise - the magisk_patched.img looks suspiciously small to me at 37.52MB compared to 101MB for the original boot image.

Thanks
10: Double checked the patching process again in Magisk and again, patched bootimage filesize is on 37.52MB.
11: I have saved log from patching process and on reading, all looks OK.

And that's why it's recommended to boot the patched image first.
 
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The size is normal.
When patching your image you have to select "Preserve Force Encryption" and "Preserve AVB 2.0/dm-verity" under advanced settings in the main screen where you patch the image.

Thanks for confirming file size - Preserve Force Encryption and Preserve AVB 2.0/dm-verity were ticked during the patching process. Guess I'll have to wait until TWRP is verified as Nord compatible.

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And that's why it's recommended to boot the patched image first.

Thanks for the reply. Not sure what you mean by booting the patched image first. You have to create the patched image on the phone first before you can flash and then boot it. Step 7 in my post above details the flashing of the patched image and subsequent attempt to reboot Oxygen OS. I can't boot the patched image until I've created and flashed it!
 
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Thanks for the reply. Not sure what you mean by booting the patched image first. You have to create the patched image on the phone first before you can flash and then boot it. Step 7 in my post above details the flashing of the patched image and subsequent attempt to reboot Oxygen OS. I can't boot the patched image until I've created and flashed it!

Nah, instead of flash the patched boot image you can boot it only. Not sure why it's not working for you. But usually it should work.

Command: fastboot boot "patched boot image"

Edit: that's also what lossyx said. Boot image and than install it with magisk manager.
And if you boot the image and something went wrong you aren't bricked or anything. It's a safe way to test something.
 
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Does unlocking the bootloader break widewine L1 on this device like it did with 7/7T/7P/7TP/8/8P

Yeah I guess when you unlock your phone it will break L1 as always.

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I will try this unless twrp is cooked on release. Where did you get the OTA zips from actually?
I want to, extract boot.img, save it, patch boot.img, boot it, use some apps that require root and remove some packages, uninstall magisk, power down, use normal image, relock bootloader. Does this work how i expect it to work ?

https://forum.xda-developers.com/oneplus-nord/how-to/oneplus-nord-repo-oxygen-os-builds-t4138085
 

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I will try this unless twrp is cooked on release. Where did you get the OTA zips from actually?
I want to, extract boot.img, save it, patch boot.img, boot it, use some apps that require root and remove some packages, uninstall magisk, power down, use normal image, relock bootloader. Does this work how i expect it to work ?

No, keep the bootloader unlocked if your phone is modified, else it can cause some issues.

Btw when you lock/unlock the bootloader, data will be wiped. apps will be reinstated again so that's useless
 
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The guide worked perfectly and I'm up and running with Root!

One thing I have noticed is that the Google Play store is no longer Play Protect Certified.

I've tried registering my device with Google using this XDA guide but I haven't found any change to the Play Store certification.

I should probably wait for a while to see if the registration takes some time. I also couldn't use the adb commands that Google recommends and I had to use the Device ID app to get the Google Service Framework (GSF).

I've read in a few places that it may be because the Bootloader is unlocked and I'm wondering if I should re-lock it now that I have root. Not sure how/if that will affect my ability to keep root when future updates come out though.

Anyone have any thoughts/experience with this?
 

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    Devices that started to be received today have Oxygen OS 10.5 out of the box.
    No flashable zip for that software release is publicly available, meaning its stock boot.img cannot be extracted.

    You then need to update to a newer build first. You can do so from my OxygenOS builds repo thread.

    Once done, enable developers options and enable OEM unlock.
    Reboot to fastboot (enable USB debugging in dev options and use adb reboot bootloader)
    Type fastboot oem unlock and accept to unlock bootloader (warning: as a safety measure Android will wipe your userdata)
    Go through OxygenOS setup
    Install Magisk Manager from https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/releases/download/manager-v7.5.1/MagiskManager-v7.5.1.apk
    Move stock boot.img to your phone internal storage (please open spoiler)

    For your convenience, 10.5.2 stock boot.img for EU and India have been extracted
    EU download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18aPqErEMbRqmN4BpdvHE4OKgizDcEbou/view?usp=sharing
    India download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZIEYWH2PYkKyojq_S_i_onBstejHKDTJ/view?usp=sharing

    For future builds, you can use payload dumper (Windows) , (Linux ) to extract stock boot.img


    Click on Install
    Choose "Select and patch a file"
    Select your stock boot.img
    Wait until Magisk patches your boot.img, and once patched it can be found in the Downloads folder
    Copy that patched boot.img (which should be named magisk_patched.img) to your computer
    Boot into fastboot again
    Type fastboot getvar current-slot into your terminal window and press Enter.
    If the output is a , type fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
    If the output is b , type fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
    Reboot to OxygenOS

    Open Magisk Manager and your device should now be rooted.

    TIPS:
    - Ensure you got latest platform tools installed from https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools
    - Backup your /persist once rooted (dd if=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/persist of=/sdcard/persist.img) and save it somewhere on your cloud/computer, this might save you from a broken fingerprint sensor and an RMA in the future if it turns out this device has same issue as 8-series when it comes to crossflash regional builds of OOS.

    Credits:
    @topjohnwu for making Magisk
    /u/Jisifus for testing on his device and for screenshots
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    Rooting worked and I have a Nord 10.5.3 rooted and working very well.


    Steps:

    1. Enable Developers Options and Enable OEM Unlock.
    2. Reboot to fastboot (enable USB debugging in dev options and use adb reboot bootloader)
    3. Type fastboot oem unlock and accept to unlock bootloader (warning: as a safety measure Android will wipe your userdata)
    4. Go through OxygenOS setup
    5. Enable Developers Options
    6. Install Magisk Manager from https://github.com/topjohnwu/Magisk/...ger-v7.5.1.apk
    7. Move stock boot.img to your phone internal storage
    8. In Magisk Manager - Click on Install
    9. Choose "Select and patch a file"
    10. Select your stock boot.img
    11. Wait until Magisk patches your boot.img, and once patched it can be found in the Downloads folder
    12. Copy that patched boot.img (which should be named magisk_patched.img) to your computer
    13. Boot into fastboot again
    14. Type fastboot boot magisk_patched.img
    15. If all is fine,
    16. Boot into fastboot again
    17. Type fastboot getvar current-slot into your terminal window and press Enter.
    18. If the output is a , type fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
    If the output is b , type fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img into your terminal window and press Enter.
    19. Reboot to OxygenOS
    20. Enable Developers Options
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    Just want to share my experience. My phone uploaded itself to android 11.1.1.2 so I lost root.
    I just followed op steps to regain root :

    1. Bootloader was already unlocked
    2. Downloaded 11.1.1.2 here
    3. Downloaded payload dumper to extract boot.img
    4. Copy boot.img to phone. Patch it with magisk app
    5. It gives me a new patched boot.img
    6. Copy it to pc
    7. Boot phone to fastboot
    8. Type the command fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img
    9. Reboot phone
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    ...and after successful boot.img replacement and your device is rooted.
    At next OTA update, update, but do not reboot. Go to Magisk Manager ("Magisk is up to date"), choose Install and Install to Inactive Slot (After OTA), reboot.
    Doing this for every OTA ensures that you'll stay rooted.
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    hello what is the detailed method for updating, I can't find the procedure
    thank you

    OnePlus 3 @ Tapatalk

    If you are on 10.5.2 and rooted with Magisk:
    - Go to Settings and download 10.5.3 OTA
    - Let it install
    - After it has finished installing, DO NOT REBOOT!!
    - Go to Magisk, select upper Magisk 'Install' (Not Manager), click 'Install' again and then choose 'Install to Inactive Slot (After OTA)'
    - After patching, reboot

    This way phone kept root after OTA.