How To Guide [GUIDE][HowTo] Unlock and root Phone(1) - Update: 04/08/2022

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medok92

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thank you for this answer, the phone currently under 1.1.6 never had root access, I have to use the files for version 1.1.4 then?
 

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thank you for this answer, the phone currently under 1.1.6 never had root access, I have to use the files for version 1.1.4 then?

No you must extract boot.img from the Payload.bin file (included in the full firmware 1.1.6) with payload_dumper_go_1.0



Links for tutorial and also the original 1.1.6 EEA if you want ;)
Just patch it
 
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thank you for this answer, the phone currently under 1.1.6 never had root access, I have to use the files for version 1.1.4 then?
best way in my opinion is the following:

1. extract payload from 1.1.6 firmware using payload dumber
2. copy boot.img to phone
3. install latest magisk apk and patch the boot.img you copied with it
4. copy patched_boot.img to pc
5. reboot to bootloader and type fastboot BOOT patched_boot.img
6. if everything is fine your phone will boot and you can open magisk, deny reboot and select direct install.
7. enjoy root.

you can skip part 6 if you type fastboot FLASH patched_boot.img but first method is failsafe.
 

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    thank you for this answer, the phone currently under 1.1.6 never had root access, I have to use the files for version 1.1.4 then?

    No you must extract boot.img from the Payload.bin file (included in the full firmware 1.1.6) with payload_dumper_go_1.0



    Links for tutorial and also the original 1.1.6 EEA if you want ;)
    Just patch it
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    Hey everyone,

    It's been a few days since the Phone(1) went on sale. And already, Nothing is doing things right by making the Phone(1) Kernel available. The next step was to unlock the bootloader and root it. Both are already available and ready to use.
    So don't deprive yourself and here is the process of the two operations.

    You've already unlocked the bootloader and rooted a carrierless variant of either a Google Pixel or OnePlus, you should have no problem unlocking your Nothing Phone (1) and installing Magisk. For those of you with a memory lapse, here is a tutorial to guide you through the process.

    - Disclaimer: I don't take any responsibility for anything you do to your tablet, which is to transform it into brick, break, or transform it into coffee machine -

    How to bootloader unlock and root the Nothing Phone 1

    After unlocking the bootloader, you can use Magisk to root the device.
    You must first unlock the bootloader in order to be able to start third-party software. Here's how to do it:


    Step 1: Unlock the Nothing Phone 1’s bootloader

    1. Open the Settings app on your Nothing Phone 1.
    2. Tap on About phone.
    3. Locate the section named Software info and tap on it.
    4. On the next screen, tap on the Build number 7 times until it says you’re now a developer.
    5. Go back to the main Settings page, tap on System, and near the bottom of the list, you should see Developer options. Tap on it.
    6. You should see an OEM unlocking option. Enable it. For security purposes, it may ask you to input your lock screen PIN/password if you have one set.
    7. Scroll down a bit until you see USB debugging. Enable it as well.
    8. Plug in your Nothing Phone 1 into your PC/Mac/Chromebook. Make sure you have the Latest version of ADB and Fastboot (33.0.02) binaries installed.
    9. Now open up a terminal window/Command Prompt instance and enter the following command: adb devices
    10. If you see your device’s serial number and it says “authorized,” then you’re good to go. If this is your first time setting up ADB for this device, then you may see a prompt on your phone to enable USB Debugging for your PC. Grant it permission.
      • If you’re having trouble getting your Windows PC to recognize your device, try installing the latest Android USB Drivers.
    11. Now, reboot to the bootloader menu. You can either do this by holding the power and volume down buttons while booting up, or by entering the following ADB command: adb reboot bootloader
    12. Once you’re on the bootloader menu, you’ll now have to switch to using fastboot command to communicate with your device. To unlock the Nothing Phone 1’s bootloader, enter the following command: fastboot flashing unlock
      • In case you need to flash low-level firmware partitions like the bootloader images, you will have to execute another command afterwards: fastboot flashing unlock_critical
    13. You should now see text on screen warning you about the potential risks of unlocking the bootloader. On the screen next to the power and volume buttons, you should see some text. Press the volume up key until it says “unlock the bootloader.” Once it says this, press the power button.
    14. The phone will unlock the bootloader and reboot back to the bootloader menu. This time, the bootloader will show a red warning icon and “unlocked” text.
    15. Now, reboot your phone back to the Android OS. You can do this by sending the following fastboot command: fastboot reboot
    16. Congratulations, your Nothing Phone 1 now has an unlocked bootloader!
    17. You’ll see a warning message that your phone’s bootloader is unlocked on every boot, but don’t worry about that as it doesn’t affect your day-to-day use.

    Step 2 - Rooting your Nothing Phone 1 with Magisk

    With an unlocked bootloader, you can now boot modified boot images. For Magisk to work, you’ll need to patch the Nothing Phone 1’s stock boot image.
    1. Since your device has been wiped earlier, you’ll need to go back and re-enable Developer Options and then re-enable USB Debugging. Make sure your Nothing Phone 1 is still recognized by your PC.
    2. Download the full OTA package corresponding to the installed software version on the Nothing Phone 1.
      • Depending of your model, you have Global or EEA (European) firmware availables.
        You can download the latest full OTA firmware package here.
    3. Extract the stock boot image from the OTA package. For more information, take a look the “You have access to the recovery-flashable ZIP file” section our “How to Install Magisk on your Android Phone” tutorial.
      • In case you don’t want to download the whole OTA file, you can separately download the boot image just to the post #2 or from this post. However, to avoid version mismatch and other unforeseen errors, it is always advised to extract the boot image yourself.
    4. Now that we have the stock boot image to patch, push it to your device with this command: adb push <path_to_file> /sdcard/Download
    5. Download and install the Magisk app on the Nothing Phone 1.
    6. Open the Magisk app and tap on the Install button.
    7. Choose Select and Patch a File. A file manager will pop up.
    8. Select the boot image that you pushed earlier and let Magisk patch it.
    9. Pull it off your phone with this command: adb pull /sdcard/Download/magisk_patched_[random_strings].img
    10. Reboot the Phone 1 into the bootloader: adb reboot bootloader
    11. Flash the patched boot image: fastboot flash boot /path/to/magisk_patched_boot.img
    12. Reboot the phone: fastboot reboot
    13. Open the Magisk app and your Nothing Phone 1 should be rooted.

    Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader and rooting your Nothing Phone 1 will impact how you take advantage of updates. You'll have to learn to manually load monthly security patch updates. But don't worry, it's easy enough to do.


    -=o#0#o=-​


    WARNING: I wrote this step to allow you to re-lock your bootloader, but it seems that for this step, there are some problems. So after this warning, if you continue on this path, I could not be held responsible for what you will have as a result: soft-bricked, bootloop, etc.

    menu. You can either do this by holding the power and volume down buttons while booting up, or by entering the following ADB command: adb reboot bootloader
    [*]Once you’re on the bootloader menu, you’ll now have to switch to using fastboot command to communicate with your device. To unlock the Nothing Phone 1’s bootloader, enter the following command: fastboot flashing lock
    [*]Reboot your phone back to the Android OS. You can do this by sending the following fastboot command: fastboot reboot


    Many thanks to Skanda Hazarika for his tutorial which you can read on the xda news page.
    And thanks to Qiyue_ for the 1st Boot Magisk Patched for the Phone1

    #root #nothingphone
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    Unbricking Nothing phone 1: Flash Stock Firmware with Fastboot

    - Disclaimer: I don't take any responsibility for anything you do to your tablet, which is to transform it into brick, break, or transform it into coffee machine -


    Warning : The process below will erase all the data on your device. So, I invite you to make a full backup of the device beforehand.
    Unfortunately, as I don't own the Phone(1) yet, I am unable to take screenshots with the Phone(1) at the moment. As soon as I can, I will put them online to finalize the tutorial. Thank you for your understanding


    STEP 1: What you need and read before the process.
    It’s really important for a process without problems
    1. Install Android SDK and the Platform-tools folder
    2. Download the Nothing OS version you need (see this post)
    3. Extract the "payload bin" file from the rom
    4. Extract the Firmware Stock "boot.img" from the rom (see this tutorial)
    5. Unlock the bootloader of your Phone(1) (see this tutorial)

    STEP 2: Boot the bricked phone 1 into Fastboot mode
    Very often, a soft-bricked or boot-looped device may already be in Fastboot mode. However, if you are stuck in a boot-loop, long press the Power key to turn it off.

    Then press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys (or Power and Volume Up keys on some devices) simultaneously to boot your device into Fastboot mode.

    In case you are unable to turn off your device, let the battery discharge. Once it is drained, connect it to the charger. Then, as soon as it is about to start, use the Power and Volume Up/Down keys and it will start directly in Fastboot mode.


    STEP 3: Format the device via Fastboot
    1.Go to the platform-tools folder where the extracted ROM is located.
    2.Then go to its address bar, type CMD in its address, and press Enter. This will launch the CMD window.
    3.Now run the following command to perform a factory reset (optional but recommended) ;)
    Code:
    fastboot -w


    STEP 4: Flash the Nothing Phone 1 firmware via the Fastboot commands
    1. Run the commands below in the CMD window [which is open in the platform-tools folder] to flash the partition file.
    2. Very Important: Only run one command at a time. If you get an error, however, do not exit the process halfway, but go on to the next flashing command instead.
    3. Don't forget to check your command line 🧐 before validating it, because often a small error blocks you!
    Code:
    fastboot flash abl abl.img
    
    fastboot flash aop aop.img
    
    fastboot flash bluetooth bluetooth.img
    
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    
    fastboot flash cpucp cpucp.img
    
    fastboot flash devcfg devcfg.img
    
    flash fastboot dsp dsp.img
    
    flash fastboot 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 modem modem.img
    
    fastboot flash multiimgoem multiimgoem.img
    
    fastboot flash odm odm.img fastboot
    
    fastboot flash product product.img
    
    fastboot flash qupfw qupfw.img
    
    flash fastboot shrm shrm.img
    
    flash fastboot system system.img
    
    flash fastboot system_ext system_ext.img
    
    flash fastboot tz tz.img
    
    flash fastboot uefisecapp uefisecapp.img
    
    flash fastboot vbmeta vbmeta.img
    
    flash fastboot vbmeta_system vbmeta_system.img
    
    fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
    
    fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img
    
    flash fastboot xbl xbl.img
    
    fastboot flash xbl_config xbl_config.img


    Step 5: If you have not had any errors, then you can run the command below to boot your device onto the operating system.
    Code:
    fastboot reboot


    Well done 👏, you have just debricked your Nothing Phone 1 by flashing the stock firmware via the fastboot commands. (y)
    I hope this tutorial has helped you find your Phone(1).
    Thanks
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    FILES FOR NOTHING OS - (stock-boot, etc. )
    UPDATE 23/08/2022
    In this post you will find the following files:

    Stock_Boot for Nothing OS

    Nothing OS 1.0.2 :
    Stock_boot.img

    Nothing OS 1.1.0

    Global-Stock-boot.img
    European_Stock-boot.img


    Nothing OS 1.1.2

    Global-Stock-boot.img
    European-Stock-boot.img



    Nothing OS 1.1.3
    Global-Stock-boot.img - MD5 = 90718697fce8b1f3fac2fe747366f2d9
    European-Stock-boot.img - MD5 = 6e2fa5661c20e101ce127060ec11d95b
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    How to bootloader unlock and root the Nothing Phone 1

    Step 1: Unlock the Nothing Phone 1’s bootloader

    Step 2 - Rooting the Nothing Phone 1 with Magisk

    Step 3: Relock the Nothing Phone 1’s bootloader

    Hey Sib64, could you please rephrase the guide correctly. This is because the way it is currently written, users will end up carrying out the third step of re-locking the bootloader right after performing the second step of rooting their device, which in turn will result in a soft-brick or bootloop. So it is advised that rather than having the relocking process as STEP 3, make it an altogether different section.