How To Guide [ROOT][GAPPS] Root and install GApps on stock Edge S/Chinese version

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I did so, maybe I explained not so well. SIM was inserted and then I did factory reset by starting it from settings. After restart it's still the same - switch / unlock slider greyed out.
Someone used kingroot, to get oem unlock to ungray.
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I remember that there was rumours about kingroot years ago that it did something you really wouldn't wanna be done to your belongings. I can't remember what it was but that there was something..
Additionally: if that attempt would fail and I brick it I can't return it. It's not a high end phone but I wouldn't like to burn 500 bucks just for having warmed hands for a minute ;)
So I'll wait until weekend if that 'mystic timer' activates the switch or if moto will show up with another solution.

Thanks for trying to help me out to everyone of you 👍🏻
 

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So you got the Edge S and want GApps? Basically you unlock your bootloader, root with Magisk, then install MagiskGApps.

DISCLAIMER: UNLOCKING YOUR BOOTLOADER MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY, AND DOING ALL THESE THINGS IN THIS GUIDE MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE/BRICKING YOUR PHONE. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING YOU DO TO YOUR PHONE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

1. Unlock the bootloader: that should be doable with their global bootloader unlock website here.
2. Download Lenovo Motoroa Smart Assistant (Rescue and Smart Assistant), and follow its instructions to "rescue" your device. It will lead you to boot into bootloader mode and download the firmware. Find the firmware file via the LMSA's downloads (should have a "show folder" button). You'll need the boot.img file for Magisk.
3. Download Magisk, then follow its instructions. You'll have to copy the boot.img to your device, then use Magisk to patch the boot file, then copy the modified one to your PC.
4. You'll need fastboot. If you don't have it already, you can download the Android SDK platform tools here. Then go into the folder, Shift+Right Click the folder, then "Open Command Prompt" or "Open PowerShell," you should have something close to one of those two. Copy your Magisk modified .img file to that folder, then you'll want to input:
fastboot flash boot [modified .img file]
Once that completes, you should see in large text, "Start" on your phone next to the power button. Press the power button, and it should boot, and you should have root now.
5. Download MagiskGApps to your phone, open Magisk on your phone, click the button that looks like a puzzle piece at the bottom of the screen, "Modules." Click "Install from storage," locate the MagiskGApps file, and install it. After that it will ask you to restart your phone, do that, then you'll just have to be patient as it takes time once its restarted to load everything. You also may need to update some or all of the apps, then you should be able to use the notification to finish setting up the phone with Google Setup.

Thanks to Motorola for making it easy to unlock their bootloaders
Thanks to the whole Magisk team for making an easy, awesome root (and more!)
Thanks to Wacko1805 (and team?) for making MagiskGApps. This is really awesome.
So, I'm not exactly sure what I'm missing, but I can't seem to get GApps to work. I'm able to flash it, but immediately upon booting I get a crazy amount of alerts that I have to enable Google Play Services and when I do, there still is no change. I've tried both stock versions and the core version, but no luck. Did you run into any problems like this?

EDIT: Had some success with just installing the core. Now that I have Play Services stable, I think I'm in good shape.
 
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Got my chinese moto edge s today. Pretty nice. I'm looking to root it and put the gapps on it with this. If this is done; is there anything that would preclude me later on putting a rom on it instead with a proper twrp recovery once both are released?
 

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    So you got the Edge S and want GApps? Basically you unlock your bootloader, root with Magisk, then install MagiskGApps.

    DISCLAIMER: UNLOCKING YOUR BOOTLOADER MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY, AND DOING ALL THESE THINGS IN THIS GUIDE MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE/BRICKING YOUR PHONE. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING YOU DO TO YOUR PHONE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    1. Unlock the bootloader: that should be doable with their global bootloader unlock website here.
    2. Download Lenovo Motoroa Smart Assistant (Rescue and Smart Assistant), and follow its instructions to "rescue" your device. It will lead you to boot into bootloader mode and download the firmware. Find the firmware file via the LMSA's downloads (should have a "show folder" button). You'll need the boot.img file for Magisk.
    3. Download Magisk, then follow its instructions. You'll have to copy the boot.img to your device, then use Magisk to patch the boot file, then copy the modified one to your PC.
    4. You'll need fastboot. If you don't have it already, you can download the Android SDK platform tools here. Then go into the folder, Shift+Right Click the folder, then "Open Command Prompt" or "Open PowerShell," you should have something close to one of those two. Copy your Magisk modified .img file to that folder, then you'll want to input:
    fastboot flash boot [modified .img file]
    Once that completes, you should see in large text, "Start" on your phone next to the power button. Press the power button, and it should boot, and you should have root now.
    5. Download MagiskGApps to your phone, open Magisk on your phone, click the button that looks like a puzzle piece at the bottom of the screen, "Modules." Click "Install from storage," locate the MagiskGApps file, and install it. After that it will ask you to restart your phone, do that, then you'll just have to be patient as it takes time once its restarted to load everything. You also may need to update some or all of the apps, then you should be able to use the notification to finish setting up the phone with Google Setup.

    Thanks to Motorola for making it easy to unlock their bootloaders
    Thanks to the whole Magisk team for making an easy, awesome root (and more!)
    Thanks to Wacko1805 (and team?) for making MagiskGApps. This is really awesome.
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    unlock the BL and get root is will make some apps fingerprint and face ID fail?
    Magisk has a "Magisk Hide" which will allow it to pass SafetyNet, and most things which check on device security will think the device is secure. But unlocking BL and rooting does make the device less secure, and therefore incurs its own risks apart from bricking or damaging the device.
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    Mine doesn't let me unlock its BL. I've got unlock code from moto and did a factory reset with SIM card in slot 1. After enabling developer mode and debugging the switch still is greyed out. So no chance to unlock it.
    Has anyone got an idea what to try now?
    Moto support answered yesterday to my request but also no solution since I told them that it doesn't work
    Device is not branded. I got it from Amazon so no provider branding.
    If this won't be able to be unlocked and rooted I'll have to return it and switch to a Google Pixel.

    I had the same issue, you need to factory reset WITH your sim card in the phone, this will let you open the OEM unlock slide thing in the dev mode.

    Then once its done you can fastboot and unlock the bootloader.
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    I did so, maybe I explained not so well. SIM was inserted and then I did factory reset by starting it from settings. After restart it's still the same - switch / unlock slider greyed out.
    On my OG Pixel XL, I had to wait 7 days for the slider to become normal. By the time I got around to do it on the Edge S it was about the same time.... could be related
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    Now as you said that I remember that thingy with another device. Maybe a Xiaomi I think... With that I had to wait several days until the unlock code was delivered.
    But there was a message, too, when trying to get it sooner, which said you needed to wait some more time.
    Not sure if it's the the same for Moto devices? Then again, when thinking that you experienced the same with a Pixel, too...

    Did anyone else make such an experience with his/her g100?
    Make sure your on the latest OTA, Lenovo made a mistake on previous versions with the OEM Unlocking function not being enabled. They fixed it in latest ota.