How To Guide How to flash A pixel experience GSI for Samsung A52s [UPDATED]

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bobfrantic

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Can you help me please, i unlocked bootloader, then flashed magisk, patched the boot.img, rooted, and installed your recovery.
but when "adb device" my device is "Unauthorized" (yep debug usb is ON), and if i enter fastboot and "fastboot flash system system.img" it just -waiting for any device- and nothing happens

:(
Same happened to me, i turned off usb debug, plugged phone into puter, turn usb debug back on and clicked ok. A dialogue box popoed up and i said to always connect or something like that. If that fails, click on the option below to revoke usb debugging autorisations and try again. Might need to restart phone
 
Can you help me please, i unlocked bootloader, then flashed magisk, patched the boot.img, rooted, and installed your recovery.
but when "adb device" my device is "Unauthorized" (yep debug usb is ON), and if i enter fastboot and "fastboot flash system system.img" it just -waiting for any device- and nothing happens

:(
If I recall correctly, you have to download and install Samsung USB drivers on your PC for it to work.
 
Do you get the "unauthorized" warning while your phone is booted into android or in recovery? Because in recovery I don't think normal adb shell works, only sideloading signed apps and updates, that's with the stock recovery anyway, that "custom" recovery with fastboot is basically the same stock recovery just with fastboot feature added.
 
Hey I figured out a way to make fastboot work, and that took me like 5 seconds to google and I found the answer right away :D I also decided to flash Pixel on my phone today. So go to the Device Manager, then select your Android phone (your name will be different, since I am already using the correct drivers):
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After that, right click on the device and click Update driver > Browse my computer for drivers > let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer > then select these things as shown in the photo:
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Khaver89

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ok guys i try again thank you,
ALSO,
can you link me an affordable guide to root this phone?

i miss old times when it was like "flash twrp and install the fu** you want"


EDIT:
i did it, my problem was with usb fastboot drivers, in device manager when in fastboot my device was detected but with a triangle on meaning there was no correct drivers,
Samsung official drivers didn't work

this beautiful .bat did the job


EDIT2: noob questions

- can i relock bootloader after flashing pixel experience?

- google wallet and banking app works?

- this image will be updated? is it safe to use without security updates?

Thank you

EDIT3 after some minutes in:

Something is wrong with display brightness
Fingerprint ok but not fast
the rom is a bit laggy
 
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Khaver89

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Also:

I have bad battery drain

bluetooth dont work, it pair devices then immediately disconnect, than reconnect again etc....can you help?

To me this is not good for a daily....

EDIT: after 2 days i give up,

- enormous battery drain (tried to reinstall or factory reset etc...)
- bugged bluetooth (sometimes works)
- no hotspot (not a big problem)
- random freezes\glitches
- poor wifi range compared to original (no wifi in my bedroom but good wit oneui)
 
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MsuatafaKhatab

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Also:

I have bad battery drain

bluetooth dont work, it pair devices then immediately disconnect, than reconnect again etc....can you help?

To me this is not good for a daily....

EDIT: after 2 days i give up,

- enormous battery drain (tried to reinstall or factory reset etc...)
- bugged bluetooth (sometimes works)
- no hotspot (not a big problem)
- random freezes\glitches
- poor wifi range compared to original (no wifi in my bedroom but good wit oneui)
Is faceunlock working?
 

HARNATH

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Jun 22, 2019
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ok guys i try again thank you,
ALSO,
can you link me an affordable guide to root this phone?

i miss old times when it was like "flash twrp and install the fu** you want"


EDIT:
i did it, my problem was with usb fastboot drivers, in device manager when in fastboot my device was detected but with a triangle on meaning there was no correct drivers,
Samsung official drivers didn't work

this beautiful .bat did the job


EDIT2: noob questions

- can i relock bootloader after flashing pixel experience?

- google wallet and banking app works?

- this image will be updated? is it safe to use without security updates?

Thank you

EDIT3 after some minutes in:

Something is wrong with display brightness
Fingerprint ok but not fast
the rom is a bit laggy
Yes but your warranty is void.

They should work since you are not rooted.

Depends upon Google. It's safe to use for about 6 months then you should update.
 

th3_blvck

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Excuse the question, but where does this GSI come from? If they are generic images, can't I search the internet for a more recent version? Or has this been changed to be more compatible?
 
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7slaper

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Hi,
I've installed GSI 13 without the Google appstore. Does anybody know how to give an installation permission on GSI? I'm trying to install Fdroid.apk. But nothing happens. Seems all installations are rejected.

UPDATE: I can install from a external SD-card. But not from the internal card...
UPDATE 2: I can install F-droid on the external SD-card and then F-droid is asked for permission to install app. Then the apps are installed onthe internal card.
 
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7slaper

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Read this Thread the solution should be colored red near the end of the thread.

Hi kzyx,

Thanks for the hint!

I understand that rooting a phone is not advised by security specialists. So I would prefer the solution without rooting. That would bring me to just re-locking the boot loader. A locked boot loader would also increase the security of the phone. Years ago I was informed that this can course problems with TWRP. (I think wen you try to update, but I can't remember exactly).

Any suggestions on this matter?
 

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    How to flash PE+ GSi
    1. Unlock Bootloader (LINK) how to
    2. Download TWRP from LINK And Disabled VBMETA LINK Thanks To @BlackMesa123 for disabled VBMETA
    3. flash TWRP
    4. Turn phone into Recovery
    5. Format DATA partition
    6. download PE+ any version, i recommend PE 13.0 LINK Thanks to @ponces for Best GSI
    7. Flash Gsi using TWRP, Install zip install img and select GSI image.
    8 flash GSI via TWRP flash flash SYSTEM
    VOLLA, you have PE+
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    (besides the one that OP says to flash which supposedly is a modded version of stock recovery that would enable fastboot on this device
    That's correct! This is moddeed version of stock recovery with enabled FASTBOOT
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    For what I understand this TWRP is simply an application from which you could flash another custom bootloader but it can't be use as a stand alone TWRP you can't flash with PC Odin and you can't boot on it to do backup and restore of the whole android system or flash another custom rom. ^^
    I think he meant TWRP app where he said TWRP, the app discussed earlier. Currently there's no twrp or other recoveries (besides the one that OP says to flash which supposedly is a modded version of stock recovery that would enable fastboot on this device (going by the posts in this thread, I'm holding off unlocking BL and tripping Knox untill there's actually things available to flash))