How To Guide How to flash a GSI on Oneplus 10 PRO/T

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How was the experience?
Why you back to OxygenOS?

It was GSI-like 😄. I've had quite some experience experimenting with GSI ROMs and there is just one big problem: If you're running a GSI-phone you have to accept that some of the phone's features will never work. I mostly tried to flash it because I spent more than 1000 € on the phone and the wireless charger and they've both been sitting here for months while I'm still using my Mi 8 Pro, because I refuse to run a phone on Spyware OS. I'm really bummed out that this is the second time this has happened to me, because it was the same with the Mi 8 Pro, only this time I had checked out the ROM development on the other OnePlus phones up till now when I made the purchase. I will NEVER buy another OnePlus phone and I will also never again buy a phone on launch. It's not like I really need a phone the day it is released anyway.

Concerning your question: The experience itself was good. Everything that did work worked really well, it was a snappy experience and to be honest, there's not that much of a difference between different ROMs anyway, people seem to be pretty religious about the differences between ColorOS and OxygenOS, but in the end, it's all Android in different flavors. Flashing took almost no time at all, you just have to make sure you follow the guide here by the letter. I had updated the phone to NE2213_11_A.16 before I started my GSI experiments, because that was the latest version on Oxygen Updater, so I could make sure I'd end up with right stock zip to go back to.

It's just that when you start using the new ROM you realize right away that the fingerprint sensor doesn't work, face unlock won't work and all the other typical problems with GSI ROMs (I don't have a SIM card in my phone yet, but I'm sure VoLTE won't work either, it also didn't work on my Mi 8 Pro, but I can live without that). And I've come to accept that the Mi 8 Pro I'm using will never be fully functional, but I've spent so much money on the OnePlus 10 that I'm not there yet. There's always threads claming you just have to flash this zip file or that zip file or replace this or do that but in the end nothing ever worked out for me. I'm not an Android developer, but my experience has been that the features that don't work on the first boot-up will never work. I also noticed that the camera app that comes with the dotOS GSI ROM isn't as great as the stock camera app on the OnePlus 10 Pro (Even though I'm not really all that impressed with the photos the OnePlus 10 Pro takes, I do have an excellent Sony camera for photos, though, so I'll never be too happy with smartphone photos, but I feel that the OnePlus 10 camera app filters the **** out of its photos and in the end, the result always seems a bit unnatural to me either way.

Also, it took me weeks of experimenting with the GSI ROM I've installed on my Xiaomi phone until I had everything set up so I could live with it (and I've been using it this way for over two years now). I have a GCam mod apk that I use for photos, but it freezes when I try to use it for video and so on... . I'm not ready yet to fiddle around with the phone for weeks until everything is more or less acceptable. And I really want to start using the fingerprint sensor, I have several apps that require passwords and it's just so much of a hassle to always type everthing in. So I'm still hoping for some custom development for the OnePlus 10 Pro, but I'm a bit pessimistic at this stage, as nothing seems to be worked on at the moment. There was this one post here some weeks ago, but it doesn't exactly look like anyone is actively working on it, the last commit was made 15 days ago.

I want to try out Kaleidoscope OS as well, just because it looks interesting, but the truth of the matter is: If you choose to go the GSI way, you have to settle for less and you have to spend a lot of time figuring out what works and what doesn't and how you can arrange yourself with the resulting restrictions (Fun fact: On my Mi 8 Pro, I can only get text messages in some countries when changing the network from 4G to 3G, it seems to have to do with some IMS problem? Also never found a fix for it, even though there are quite a few posts claiming to have found a solution).

Also, I tend to spend a lot of time setting up my apps, transferring data and so on, so I really want to have a ROM that generally works well so I don't have to do it again and again every four weeks.
 

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It was GSI-like 😄. I've had quite some experience experimenting with GSI ROMs and there is just one big problem: If you're running a GSI-phone you have to accept that some of the phone's features will never work. I mostly tried to flash it because I spent more than 1000 € on the phone and the wireless charger and they've both been sitting here for months while I'm still using my Mi 8 Pro, because I refuse to run a phone on Spyware OS. I'm really bummed out that this is the second time this has happened to me, because it was the same with the Mi 8 Pro, only this time I had checked out the ROM development on the other OnePlus phones up till now when I made the purchase. I will NEVER buy another OnePlus phone and I will also never again buy a phone on launch. It's not like I really need a phone the day it is released anyway.

Concerning your question: The experience itself was good. Everything that did work worked really well, it was a snappy experience and to be honest, there's not that much of a difference between different ROMs anyway, people seem to be pretty religious about the differences between ColorOS and OxygenOS, but in the end, it's all Android in different flavors. Flashing took almost no time at all, you just have to make sure you follow the guide here by the letter. I had updated the phone to NE2213_11_A.16 before I started my GSI experiments, because that was the latest version on Oxygen Updater, so I could make sure I'd end up with right stock zip to go back to.

It's just that when you start using the new ROM you realize right away that the fingerprint sensor doesn't work, face unlock won't work and all the other typical problems with GSI ROMs (I don't have a SIM card in my phone yet, but I'm sure VoLTE won't work either, it also didn't work on my Mi 8 Pro, but I can live without that). And I've come to accept that the Mi 8 Pro I'm using will never be fully functional, but I've spent so much money on the OnePlus 10 that I'm not there yet. There's always threads claming you just have to flash this zip file or that zip file or replace this or do that but in the end nothing ever worked out for me. I'm not an Android developer, but my experience has been that the features that don't work on the first boot-up will never work. I also noticed that the camera app that comes with the dotOS GSI ROM isn't as great as the stock camera app on the OnePlus 10 Pro (Even though I'm not really all that impressed with the photos the OnePlus 10 Pro takes, I do have an excellent Sony camera for photos, though, so I'll never be too happy with smartphone photos, but I feel that the OnePlus 10 camera app filters the **** out of its photos and in the end, the result always seems a bit unnatural to me either way.

Also, it took me weeks of experimenting with the GSI ROM I've installed on my Xiaomi phone until I had everything set up so I could live with it (and I've been using it this way for over two years now). I have a GCam mod apk that I use for photos, but it freezes when I try to use it for video and so on... . I'm not ready yet to fiddle around with the phone for weeks until everything is more or less acceptable. And I really want to start using the fingerprint sensor, I have several apps that require passwords and it's just so much of a hassle to always type everthing in. So I'm still hoping for some custom development for the OnePlus 10 Pro, but I'm a bit pessimistic at this stage, as nothing seems to be worked on at the moment. There was this one post here some weeks ago, but it doesn't exactly look like anyone is actively working on it, the last commit was made 15 days ago.

I want to try out Kaleidoscope OS as well, just because it looks interesting, but the truth of the matter is: If you choose to go the GSI way, you have to settle for less and you have to spend a lot of time figuring out what works and what doesn't and how you can arrange yourself with the resulting restrictions (Fun fact: On my Mi 8 Pro, I can only get text messages in some countries when changing the network from 4G to 3G, it seems to have to do with some IMS problem? Also never found a fix for it, even though there are quite a few posts claiming to have found a solution).

Also, I tend to spend a lot of time setting up my apps, transferring data and so on, so I really want to have a ROM that generally works well so I don't have to do it again and again every four weeks.
Fingerprint missing would be awful.
 
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Have tried many GSI ROMs now, it's pretty much the same across the board.

ROMs I've tried:
- Lineage OS 19.1
- crDroid 8.8
- dotOS 6.0
- AncientOS 6.4
- Pixel Experience Plus 12.1
- AOSP 12.1 v415
- Kaleidoscope OS Sunflower Leaf

Flashing works well and it's really fast, much faster than I was used to, first boot is usually also pretty fast, but there's no fingerprint sensor and the fastest wireless charging I was able to achieve with the OnePlus Wireless Charger was around 25 W, on stock OxygenOS it claims it's 50 W. I did not measure times, so it's hard to say if it's indeed such a big difference but I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.
 

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Going to give this a go..sick a tired of this turd they call oxygen OS..

Heading for Corvus.

My auto brightness, proximity and compass don't work anyway so why bother with this crap OS anyway.. It's only the fingerprint I'd be missing.

Maybe face unlock could get sorted.
 
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Flashed corvus / GApps.

Great ROM bar two issues.

Only 3G and can't receive text messages..

Obviously fingerprint and face unlock don't work but everything else is brilliant.....soo so fast and smooth
 

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Reluctantly came back to OOS, simply could not receive text messages, total deal breaker for me as i cannot recieve verifications from companies i require them from for 2FA.

the Internet speed is abysmal unless you tweak the hell out of mobile data settings and even then it's more like fast 3G rathe rather than 4G, i've managed to get over 250Mb on 4G but on this it's like 50 at best.

Mod wise for certain GSI's it's worth a look and it's nice to see a change, i don't care about fingerprint or face unlock or even auto brightness, but the text messaging and lack of speedy internet is a pain in the backside.

If we can fix these issues then i'd consider going back to a GSI, refresh rate can be set to 120hz locked or even 90hz in both QHD and FHD+

Really is a shame that it's like this and you really don't get an answer within the threads in any way at all as you've got tonnes of people asking different questions for different devices.

I said this a long time ago, Treble should be segregated into device or even manufacturer sections but no it's simply a mess over there, as it is here now with the proper awful forum layout.

What an poor time to have an android device in general, everything is dying, it reminds me of when Blackberry could have allowed usage of their messenger and instead decided to keep making terrible devices, several crap decisions later and a hesitance to change and they were gone, if Android / XDA / Google and OEM's keep going down this road then Android as we know it will be dead, which would then beg the question, why wouldn't anyone just go with Apple?

If android loses it's ace in the hole then it's as good as finished.
 
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Reluctantly came back to OOS, simply could not receive text messages, total deal breaker for me as i cannot recieve verifications from companies i require them from for 2FA.

the Internet speed is abysmal unless you tweak the hell out of mobile data settings and even then it's more like fast 3G rathe rather than 4G, i've managed to get over 250Mb on 4G but on this it's like 50 at best.

Mod wise for certain GSI's it's worth a look and it's nice to see a change, i don't care about fingerprint or face unlock or even auto brightness, but the text messaging and lack of speedy internet is a pain in the backside.

If we can fix these issues then i'd consider going back to a GSI, refresh rate can be set to 120hz locked or even 90hz in both QHD and FHD+

Really is a shame that it's like this and you really don't get an answer within the threads in any way at all as you've got tonnes of people asking different questions for different devices.

I said this a long time ago, Treble should be segregated into device or even manufacturer sections but no it's simply a mess over there, as it is here now with the proper awful forum layout.

What an poor time to have an android device in general, everything is dying, it reminds me of when Blackberry could have allowed usage of their messenger and instead decided to keep making terrible devices, several crap decisions later and a hesitance to change and they were gone, if Android / XDA / Google and OEM's keep going down this road then Android as we know it will be dead, which would then beg the question, why wouldn't anyone just go with Apple?

If android loses it's ace in the hole then it's as good as finished.
Or its pursuit of gsi, I hope to see the emergence of third-party ROMs, oneplus10pro has been on sale for 10 months, but neither twrp nor rom has appeared about it, and oneplus does not authorize users to use msm tool. When we want to rescue the brick, we can only flash it through the fastboot tool. Compared with the past oneplus series, this is not good news.
 
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Or its pursuit of gsi, I hope to see the emergence of third-party ROMs, oneplus10pro has been on sale for 10 months, but neither twrp nor rom has appeared about it, and oneplus does not authorize users to use msm tool. When we want to rescue the brick, we can only flash it through the fastboot tool. Compared with the past oneplus series, this is not good news.
Yep they've committed to blocking us, that's fine though, we just won't buy their phones
 

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Yep they've committed to blocking us, that's fine though, we just won't buy their phones
I can boldly predict that there will be custom roms in 10p, but it may be very slow, and if the follow-up series of OnePlus does not make changes, then there will be less and less about custom roms until the demise of OnePlus
 
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    MAKE A BACKUP THIS WILL WIPE ALL YOUR DATA!

    Check your warrenty> IF YOU BRICK IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILIT!


    What does not work?​

    Fingerprint
    face unlock
    native camera app(Use gcam)
    no notification slider
    no modular refresh rate
    no auto brightness(Not yet will be implemented)
    no 5g(no worry no one uses it yet so)
    maybe more let me know if you found a solution so i can add it under this post

    I'm working on a overlay to fix some things for this device


    What do I need?

    A Unlocked bootloader Follow below.
    Stock zip download this with oxygen updater(enable advanced mode and download your version)
    Oneplus drivers Here
    Latest Fastboot Enhance Here
    And a GSI of choice you can get Here or Here dot os works good with this phone
    Choose AB GSI and you don't need slim(Low system volume device's) or vndklite(For older device's)
    Unzip and put all the things in a folder.
    Start with installing the Usb drivers
    and connection device to your computer. (no need to disconnect till your set)

    If your in windows use
    Code:
    cmd


    Unlocking Bootloader (This will wipe device)

    1. Go to Settings/About device/Version and tap the build number/version until you see your already a developer.
      2already developer.jpg
    2. Go to Settings/Additional settings/Developer options and enable OEM unlocking
      3OEM UNLOCKING.jpg
    3. On your Computer open fastboot tool folder and open a terminal there and type
    adb devices
    Accept on your phone
    adb reboot bootloader
    wait till boot
    fastboot flashing unlock
    device will ask you to confirm if you want to unlock Confirm this
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    5unlock bootloader.jpg

    Gathering your assets

    On your computer open platform-tools-enchanted folder and launch FastbootEnhance.exe
    Now go to payload dumper and open your version zip
    Go to partitions and CTRL click vbmeta, boot, system.
    check the allow incremental box on the side
    click extract images and extract them to your folder
    6fbe.png

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    Preping device for GSI

    On your computer open fastboot tool folder and open a terminal there and type
    adb reboot bootloader
    Wait till boot
    fastboot reboot fastboot
    you will see a screen with Chinese and languages as options don't do anything here.
    On your computer open platform-tools-enchanted folder and launch FastbootEnhance.exe
    than click on your device and go to partitions
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    9fbe.png
    To make space for our new OS we need to make space so we are going to remove the old firmware left after update's
    In the petitions tab type -cow and delete these volume's, Yes all volumes this will not affect your device
    Fastboot Enhance v1.3.0 8_13_2022 9_13_05 AM.png
    Post thread _ XDA Forums - Google Chrome 8_13_2022 9_15_03 AM.png

    Skip all above if you already on a GSI

    The flashing of the GSI

    Make sure your GSI is a .img Unzip if its a xz/zip file
    Now open fastboot tools folder and start a terminal there
    fastboot reboot fastboot fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img fastboot erase system fastboot flash system Gsi.img
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    wait till finished than on the phone click English and Format data and wait till it boots.
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    The rooting

    get you latest magisk here
    Install it on your phone
    transfer the boot.img you extracted to your phone
    open magisk and install it on the boot.img
    the patched boot img will be in the download folder move it to your pc
    open the fastboot tools folder and open a terminal
    adb reboot bootloader fastboot boot magisk_patched.img
    when your booted open magisk and direct install magisk.
    than just reboot

    Modules you'll need
    BootloopSaver
    safetynet-fix
    Shamiko
    and enable zygisk in the magisk settings.
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    Back to stock
    Very simple aslong you dont mess around with other partitions
    Open the fastboot tools folder and start a terminal.
    adb reboot bootloader fastboot reboot fastboot fastboot erase system fastboot flash system THE_SYSTEM_IMG_BACKUP_YOU_EXTRACTED fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img(Will remove gsi flash ability)
    fastboot flash boot boot.img(Will remove root)
    wait till finished than on the phone click English and Format data and wait till it boots. and your back to ****ty ColorOs
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    Good man 👍🏻

    I'll flash in the morning.

    Cheers.
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    Just wanted to say thanks again, it's great that you took the time to explain what to do in detail. Was able to flash dotOS without problems and to go back to Oxygen OS as well (y)