Motorola G Power (2022) (TONGA)

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rfoster2009

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I've got everything up and running. However, seems OTA updating is not working (still) even despite the common restoring stock boot.img file, pushing OTA update to inactive partition, then installing Magisk to that inactive partition (only rebooting after all those things are done).

Has anyone tried updating Pixel Experience to the new 413.1 that's out currently?
 

masema049

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Hey guys. I've been wanting to get this phone rooted since I got it a few months ago, however I'm unable to unlock the bootloader. I've tried repeatedly to use the motorolla unlock tool and always get "Your device does not qualify for bootloader unlocking."

Is it possible I'm doing something incorrectly, or is it impossible for me for some reason? I got the phone from Tracfone.

Thanks.
 

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I'm having trouble flashing the stock firmware on my MTO Tonga from the list of commands above, specifically starting from the "fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.0" command. It says "permission denied". I downloaded the firmware from lolinet.

Is it because it isn't rooted yet? Anyone know where I can find root instructions? Is it just using Magisk with the stock firmware? Once I am done with that will I have root? Then the permission denied message won't show up anymore when I try to fastboot super?
 

Sanras

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I'm having trouble flashing the stock firmware on my MTO Tonga from the list of commands above, specifically starting from the "fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.0" command. It says "permission denied". I downloaded the firmware from lolinet.

Is it because it isn't rooted yet? Anyone know where I can find root instructions? Is it just using Magisk with the stock firmware? Once I am done with that will I have root? Then the permission denied message won't show up anymore when I try to fastboot super?
No. That's not how fastboot works. Fastboot doesn't care whether your Android system has root or not, it is more low-level than that. Permission denied is usually caused by a locked bootloader, but if it's unlocked, I'm not sure what the issue could be.
 

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No. That's not how fastboot works. Fastboot doesn't care whether your Android system has root or not, it is more low-level than that. Permission denied is usually caused by a locked bootloader, but if it's unlocked, I'm not sure what the issue could be.

Does "flashing_unlocked" on the fastboot screen mean the bootloader is unlocked?
 

Pirocossauro

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I created this group on Telegram guys !

MOTO G POWER 2022 (TONGA)
• A group created to help each other
• All about Moto G Power 2022
• INFOs, ROMs, Kernels, Guides, Mods & more.

Mod edit: TG link removed as per XDA's TG Chat Rules. Please keep traffic and development discussion on XDA without re-directing members to offsite locations.
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ways2

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Thanks for the post and info OP. I just finally rooted my Moto G power 2022 from Metro PCS after waiting 180 days to unlock bootloader. I'm tempted to try this pixel GSI but I've had some subpar experiences with GSIs in the past on other phones. But I noticed you said pretty much everything works . This phone has a ton of potential.

EDIT: So I ended up installing the Pixel GSI and you were right, everything does indeed work ! I was quite surprised because using GSI's in the past on other phones was usually a dodgy experience.
 
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I created this group on Telegram guys !

MOTO G POWER 2022 (TONGA)
• A group created to help each other
• All about Moto G Power 2022
• INFOs, ROMs, Kernels, Guides, Mods & more.

Mod edit: TG link removed as per XDA's TG Chat Rules. Please keep traffic and development discussion on XDA without re-directing members to offsite locations.
Thank you.

-Badger50
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Dang missed the telegram group. Mind PMing to me?
 

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Thanks for the post and info OP. I just finally rooted my Moto G power 2022 from Metro PCS after waiting 180 days to unlock bootloader. I'm tempted to try this pixel GSI but I've had some subpar experiences with GSIs in the past on other phones. But I noticed you said pretty much everything works . This phone has a ton of potential.

EDIT: So I ended up installing the Pixel GSI and you were right, everything does indeed work ! I was quite surprised because using GSI's in the past on other phones was usually a dodgy experience.

I am trying to install the Pixel GSI on my Tonga (Metro) and am having trouble flashing the stock firmware. I have a few questions, if you don't mind.

- Do I even need to flash the stock firmware? Or can I just follow the instructions to install the GSI?

I unlocked the bootloader (flashing_unlocked on the fastboot screen by using the OEM Unlock command in fastboot mode using the Windows command prompt.

- Does this mean the bootloader is unlocked? Why did you have to wait 180 days for it to unlock when you can use the fastboot command? Is the fastboot command unlocking something else?

When I try to flash the super files, I get either permission denied or the file size is too large, and cannot proceed to flashing the super files from the stock firmware.

Do I need TWRP? Could not find a TWRP for Tonga but willing to try and port TWRP for Tonga if I can.

Before TWRP tho, I would love to try and install the Pixel 12 GSI just to see what it's like to install another OS on this device. Ultimately, I'd want to deGoogle this phone and go with either Lineage OS or Calyx OS (if it is supported for Tonga). Graphene would be nice, but it seems to be only available for Pixel phones.

Any advice, tips, and feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

ways2

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I am trying to install the Pixel GSI on my Tonga (Metro) and am having trouble flashing the stock firmware. I have a few questions, if you don't mind.

- Do I even need to flash the stock firmware? Or can I just follow the instructions to install the GSI?

I unlocked the bootloader (flashing_unlocked on the fastboot screen by using the OEM Unlock command in fastboot mode using the Windows command prompt.

- Does this mean the bootloader is unlocked? Why did you have to wait 180 days for it to unlock when you can use the fastboot command? Is the fastboot command unlocking something else?

When I try to flash the super files, I get either permission denied or the file size is too large, and cannot proceed to flashing the super files from the stock firmware.

Do I need TWRP? Could not find a TWRP for Tonga but willing to try and port TWRP for Tonga if I can.

Before TWRP tho, I would love to try and install the Pixel 12 GSI just to see what it's like to install another OS on this device. Ultimately, I'd want to deGoogle this phone and go with either Lineage OS or Calyx OS (if it is supported for Tonga). Graphene would be nice, but it seems to be only available for Pixel phones.

Any advice, tips, and feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

IF you're already on stock firmware, there's no need to flash it again. Just follow the instructions posted by OP.

If you're on MetroPCS, you'll have to go to the "Unlock" app on your phone, or go to settings and find the "Unlock" menu. You have to wait 180 days from the day you purchased your own to fully unlock it, on top of unlocking it with the Motorola unlock code.

Once that's all done, you should make sure USB Debugging is on and once you connect your phone make sure you "Allow" it once it pops up on your screen.

There's no need to flash stock firmware. Just download and flash the Pixel GSI

Right now there is know custom recovery for Tonga. I was also trying to port the TWRP but I'm unable to find the stock recovery.img for Tonga.
 
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2JZ80

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IF you're already on stock firmware, there's no need to flash it again. Just follow the instructions posted by OP.

If you're on MetroPCS, you'll have to go to the "Unlock" app on your phone, or go to settings and find the "Unlock" menu. You have to wait 180 days from the day you purchased your own to fully unlock it, on top of unlocking it with the Motorola unlock code.

Once that's all done, you should make sure USB Debugging is on and once you connect your phone make sure you "Allow" it once it pops up on your screen.

There's no need to flash stock firmware. Just download and flash the Pixel GSI

Right now there is know custom recovery for Tonga. I was also trying to port the TWRP but I'm unable to find the stock recovery.img for Tonga.
Thanks for the info. I probably couldn't write the files due to the 180 days. Where did you find that info if you don't mind? Or is that common knowledge among people flash ROMs?

My OEM unlock slider in developer options is grayed out and it says unlocked. So does the factboot screen (flashing_unlocked). Is there a way to tell if the 180 days have passed and that it is fully unlocked?

Thanks
 

ways2

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Yeah I have the boot.img. Thanks for offering though.

What is the product.img referring to? Couldn't find it in the stock firmware or the GSI.
It's on the 8th post on the first page



So far so good I'm wondering what other gsi would work. Only issue I'm having really is data switches to 3g randomly and back to lte. Not sure why but I'm wondering if the TMO firmware would be more suitable over RETUS
 

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Sometimes I'm able to get VOLTE then it disappears for no apparent reason. I can get back on v o l t e by just switching it off and switching it back on but usually that doesn't work again unless I clean flash a gsi
 
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ways2

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I'm running TMobile firmware on my metro Tonga, I've found probably 10ish gsis that work pretty big free, but I haven't found one that doesn't always jump back to 3g automatically. Especially after reboots
Thanks for the response, saves me some time messing with firmwares and stuff. Hopefully we can find a way to fix this because apart from that issue I'm enjoying gsi experience. Any other gsi you would recommend that works ?
 

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    So I've finally found a gsi / apn combo the volte stays on constantly. I'm not sure if it's more the rom or apn/ setting, but I'm hesitant to flash another gsi and test it on that one.

    It stayed on through root, Xposed install and everything.
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    I can confirm that my volte stays on and hasn't fallen back to 3g. I got my phone on LTE only and mms & voice work all the time. I do live in a big city though.
    I don't use wifi and I disable video calling.

    I've tried several different Rom and I have had any problems with it staying on with Android 12 roms, a11 roms I haven't tried yet. Maybe I'll try one today sometime.
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    Hey bro can you do me a favor have you tested it all completely out for bugs? Let me know which ones there are if any... Also what process did you use did you use fastboot flash system_a?
    Read this to the "T'.

    Install Android 12 Pixel GSI instructions:
    1 Unlocked bootloader
    2 Windows laptop or CPU
    3Your Region Stock "Tonga" firmware from lolinet.. and the PIXEL 12 GSI firmware from GitHub. Product.img file to resize the GSI (see attachment)
    Open two folders on computer and put Tonga stock firmware in one and the GSI 12 ROM in the other folder along with the product.img file and the vbmeta.img from your stock firmware.
    4.Turn off device and on the computer open a command prompt inside the Stock firmware folder.
    5.While Holding "volume down" connect phone to computer you'll be in fastboot mode.
    6 Flash stock firmware using these commands. Just copy and paste into the command prompt.
    (After about 10 minutes phone will reboot to stock welcome screen)
    This is Metro by T-Mobile so if using a different stock firmware only difference is the number of (super.img_sparsechunk) so check your stock firmware folder and add or delete any super.img_sparsechunks commands if necessary...you see Metro by TMobile has "24" of them..

    fastboot set_active a
    fastboot flash preloader preloader.img
    fastboot flash lk lk.img
    fastboot flash tee tee.img
    fastboot flash scp scp.img
    fastboot flash sspm sspm.img
    fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
    fastboot flash logo logo.img
    fastboot flash spmfw spmfw.img
    fastboot flash scp scp.img
    fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
    fastboot flash vbmeta_system vbmeta_system.img
    fastboot flash md1img md1img.img
    fastboot flash gz gz.img
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.0
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.1
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.2
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.3
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.4
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.5
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.6
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.7
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.8
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.9
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.10
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.11
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.12
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.13
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.14
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.15
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.16
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.17
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.18
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.19
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.20
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.21
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.22
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.23
    fastboot flash super super.img_sparsechunk.24
    fastboot erase carrier
    fastboot erase userdata
    fastboot erase metadata
    fastboot -w
    fastboot reboot

    Ready to flash Android 12 let's go!!!!

    After you see welcome screen turn off device.

    1.Open Pixel GSI 12 folder and open a command prompt inside the folder
    2Connect phone to PC and put back into fastboot mode.
    3Copy and paste these commands to flash the ROM .(Note the GSI you download and unzip the name will be pixel..ab..slim....img..Rename it to "system.img")

    fastboot set_active a
    fastboot reboot fastboot
    fastboot flash product product_gsi.img
    fastboot flash system system.img
    fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
    fastboot -w
    fastboot reboot

    After about 10 minutes you will boot up to Android 12 Pixel ROM. Yay..

    Now to get Bluetooth ,VOLTE,MMS and SMS working follow these instructions.

    1.Go through the set up screen and set up everything "offline" uncheck all options .
    2 Go into settings and look for "PHH Treble Settings" (Magic happens here) lol
    Go to "MISC Features and check these three boxes for Bluetooth fix

    "Use alternative way to detect headset.."
    "Force -disable A2DP offlload"
    Option called Bluetooth Workaround( check Mediatek)

    LTE VOLTE FIX
    PHH Treble settings
    3 Go to "IMS Features" and check the last two boxes then hit "install ims for Mediatek.." then lastly hit "create ims apn"
    4 once the ims apk downloads, manually install it from the notification drop down. (Don't reboot if it says to)
    5. Open stock GSI ROM phone dialer and type
    *#*#4636#*#* Three options will appear choose 'phone information"
    6 Change data option using the little arrow drop down to (GSM WCDMA LTE (PRL) see full image.
    7 Reboot phone,,,, Once rebooted go to mobile data settings and check the VOLTE options... ...Now test calls and text you should have VOLTE BLUETOOTH in call voice, MMS,SMS everything working like me...
    8 Root if you want ,,same way just patch the boot image with magisk manager 23 or 24. And fastboot flash the magisk boot.img.
    Profit... Now set up your phone to your liking.
    Screenshot_20220205-053444_Photos.png
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    Product.img to resize any GSI to fit any device.

    Oh I have no bugs to report.
    Zero!!!
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    Moto G Power 2022
    Picked up this phone free.
    Rootable with 90hz display
    R/w with magisk root
    Dolby viper all work

    On MetrobyT-mobile but was able to flash
    "Retus" firmware no issues..link

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    Pixel 12 GSI 100% working on this phone.

    ATTENTION please ATTENTION please!!!!


    I new this GSI rom

    was special. I decided to get a free Motorola G Power (2022) (Tonga) from MetroPCS and after root I said I remember reading LTE and mediatek phones were having less issues.

    So I said I'll flash this on my new moto g Power 2022 and wow ... VOLTE works... Bluetooth... everything....yessssssss!!

    Forget my stylus 5 G and 5G ace this is my new daily driver....View attachment 5525479
    Send me your stylus 5g 🤣😂
    Just joking, congratulations 👍

    On another note, this isnt the right place for your device. Looks like a forum hasnt been created yet for the 2022 g power.
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    Bonus !!!!!Android Auto works on this rom
    First rom I ever had that supported AA

    Geekbench on a11 single core "183" mulitcore "983. Now on A12 look at the boost jump Single ""814 Multi "3160..
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