[root guide] moto g8 play

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* I'm not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed (like it did for me...).
* Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in the products you find here before flashing it!
* YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
* Your warranty will be void if you tamper with any part of your device / software.
* Same statement for XDA.


Required Downloads:
Download ADB & Fastboot files.
Motorola USB Drivers
Download the latest Moto G8 Play Stock ROM and move it to the PC


1.- Extract and Patch Boot.image using Magisk
•First of all, download and extract the ROM to your PC.
•Attach your device via USB cable and copy only the boot.img file from the extracted folder to your device storage
•Launch Magisk Manager. When a popup appears asking to install Magisk, select INSTALL and choose install again.
•Tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
Install patched boot image TWRP
•Navigate to internal storage and select your phone’s boot image that you transferred earlier.
•Wait for a couple of seconds. Magisk will start patching the boot image.
•Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and replace it in the same extracted ROM folder on your PC.


2.- Install the Patched Boot Image on Moto G8 Play
•Now, extract the ADB & Fastboot tool, then move the patched boot image file to the same folder.
•Press and hold down the Shift key + right-mouse-click to open the command window/PowerShell.
•Next, enter the following command in order to flash the “patched_boot.img” to install Magisk and root your Android device:
fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img
fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img
*Please replace [patched_boot.img] with the name of the boot image file you downloaded followed by the .img extension.

•Wait for the flashing process to complete.
•Finally, type in the command to reboot your device.
fastboot reboot
That’s it.
 
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Matiasfh01

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hey, i tried this but i think i missed something and i ended in a bootloop
tried to flash many of stocks rom and still in bootloop, any help? or any tuto to follow? this site is empty :(/
 

seumenezes

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Aug 21, 2015
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Unfortunately doesn't work... I have unlocked the bootloader, boot.img is from latest stock rom, Magisk Manager is up to date. Nothing bad happens after I flash and reboot, but Magisk Manager shows that "Magisk is NOT installed". Am I missing something else?

EDIT: I would like to add that while boot.img is 32MB in size, magisk_patched.img is only 15MB... makes me wonder.
 
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Matiasfh01

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didnt work for me, think i killed the phone aahaha
now its say "no bootable a/b slot" sad, and any firmware that i flash its the same, obv the bootloader is unlocked
 

VdeVagabundo

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Unfortunately doesn't work... I have unlocked the bootloader, boot.img is from latest stock rom, Magisk Manager is up to date. Nothing bad happens after I flash and reboot, but Magisk Manager shows that "Magisk is NOT installed". Am I missing something else?

EDIT: I would like to add that while boot.img is 32MB in size, magisk_patched.img is only 15MB... makes me wonder.

I have the same problem
 

VdeVagabundo

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Apr 9, 2020
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Anyone ?
I have used this.commands but in the smartphone gives the message "command is not implemented" and the process dont work!
 

fabio.filho

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* I'm not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed (like it did for me...).
* Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in the products you find here before flashing it!
* YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
* Your warranty will be void if you tamper with any part of your device / software.
* Same statement for XDA.


Required Downloads:
Download ADB & Fastboot files.
Motorola USB Drivers
Download the latest Moto G8 Play Stock ROM and move it to the PC


1.- Extract and Patch Boot.image using Magisk
•First of all, download and extract the ROM to your PC.
•Attach your device via USB cable and copy only the boot.img file from the extracted folder to your device storage
•Launch Magisk Manager. When a popup appears asking to install Magisk, select INSTALL and choose install again.
•Tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
Install patched boot image TWRP
•Navigate to internal storage and select your phone’s boot image that you transferred earlier.
•Wait for a couple of seconds. Magisk will start patching the boot image.
•Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and replace it in the same extracted ROM folder on your PC.


2.- Install the Patched Boot Image on Moto G8 Play
•Now, extract the ADB & Fastboot tool, then move the patched boot image file to the same folder.
•Press and hold down the Shift key + right-mouse-click to open the command window/PowerShell.
•Next, enter the following command in order to flash the “patched_boot.img” to install Magisk and root your Android device:
fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img
fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img
*Please replace [patched_boot.img] with the name of the boot image file you downloaded followed by the .img extension.

•Wait for the flashing process to complete.
•Finally, type in the command to reboot your device.
fastboot reboot
That’s it.


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I tried it and I got a boot freeze after the boot flash.
I followed this tutorial and I could recover my ROM:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XLyaP4o2g&t=322s
 

Libni Souza

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Aug 31, 2020
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Root Moto G8 Play

Seguir todos os passo do tutorial chegou a dar sucesso na instalação da patched mas ao abrir o magisk ainda não consta instalado ou seja não tá indo
 

radford.will

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Magisk Not Installed - ERRORS IN GUIDE

1. THIS GUIDE CAUSES THE PHONE TO BOOTLOOP

Magisk Not Installed Error - ERRORS IN GUIDE * used updated magisk and give permissions

Don't use this guide. Not sure why it is still here.

:eek:
 
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Alexsanderob

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Hello. Sorry for grammar errors but i'm studying english right now.

For who do this tutorial and now have your moto G8 play brick, this can help.

youtube.com/watch?v=svtPdIVoloE
 

xbegginer

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Jul 15, 2021
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This tutorial works perfectly, you must flash the patched boot in the partition boot a and boot b. in case of bootloop you must flash the original boot from the rom that you downloaded earlier

(sorry i use google translator)
 
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CaruzoOnTop

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I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERROR, DAMAGE OR LOST ON YOUR DEVICE!

Hello, I saw in the last posts that person couldn't install root in the Moto G8 Play, but I got it and I'll show how to do it.

First, you need the bootloader unlocked, if you don't know what is it, search in youtube how to do it.
Second, you need the motorola drivers, download here (run and install the file).
Third, you need the platform-tools with adb and fastboot, you can download here to Windows; here to Mac; here to Linux.

Get ready 'cause now it's time to pay attention because if you do something wrong, you'll get a bootloop.
First you need the ROM Stock (ROM Default), you have two ways to find it, the first is searching in Google "Moto G8 Play Rom Stock", I won't show a download link, 'cause it's variable, if I show a link, these link will be the brazilian ROM 'cause I'm from Brazil, but if you do this search, it'll work, the second option is downloading the Motorola Rescue and Smart Assintant. You just need to conect your cellphone in fastboot mode on your pc and open the Motorola Rescue and Smart Assintant, you select to rescue your device, log in your account and click to download ROM, the rom will be saved in a hide folder in Windows, you'll need to enable the hidden files. Follow those steps:
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After:
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Perfect, now you're able to see the hidden folder. After you opened the app, selected the rescue, loged in your account and with your device connected in fastboot mode downloaded the rom (after you download ROM, don't click in rescue device, it'll format your data"), you'll open the file explorer, open the Windows "C:", now open the hidden folder "ProgramData", now the folder "RSA", now "Download" and for last "RomFiles", your rom will be there. Open your rom folder and copy "boot.img" file to your device in a place that you can access because you'll need to use this ".img". An additional: if your Windows is in english, maybe those files will be in the normal folder "ProgamData", I don't know how it works when the windows is in english. I think if Windows is in another language, ir create a hidden folder to install 'cause the default name to install is "ProgamData", but Windows in another languages don't have this folder 'cause the folder is in another language. As I said, I don't know how it works, person with windows in english, tell me how this folder is wrote to me fix this in the future, thank you.

All right, now, paste this file on your device.
Open Magisk and click in install:

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Click in "Select and Patch a File":
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Choose your "boot.img" file:
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For last, wait it appear:
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Now, open your cellphone folder on pc, open the "Download" folder, and copy the ".img" that Magisk generated. Extract platform-tools with adb and fastboot that you downloaded here to Windows; here to Mac and here to Linux.
Open platform-tools folder that you extracted
And paste the Magisk ".img" that you copied
Now reboot your cellphone in fastboot mode
In the platform-tool folder type "cmd" in the search bar and press enter, like this:
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A window will be open:
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Now, type: fastboot devices
It'll show if the device is connected
If the device is connect, start the commands in these order:
fastboot flash boot_a "your magisk.img name"
fastboot flash boot_b "your magisk.img name"
fastboot reboot

Now, if everything worked, the device will reboot
If device rebooted normally, follow those steps:
Open Magisk and click in install again:
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Now click in "Direct Install (Reccommended)":
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Now click in rebbot at the bottom right of the screen:
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All right.

If device rebooted normally again, everything worked again.
Now, you can download a root tester in Play Store or you can download "Termux" (Linux terminal on Android) and type the command "su", if Magisk screen appear asking permission, it means it worked.
If the device enter in a bootloop, use the Rescue and Smart Assistant to rescue your cellphone, enter in the fastboot mode and open the app on pc, how you already had installed the ROM, you just need to click to start rescue, the app will flash the rom and the device will come back to the normal.
If you need some help, I'm here to answer you when you need and when I can.
Good luck, Android lovers!
 
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MauroSZ

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Dec 18, 2012
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Worked for me !! Thanks !! Now my Moto G8 Play Android 10 is rooted. I already had known this method by others generics guides and it has never worked before. Your guide differences are

1) partition name is boot_a and not simply boot

2) this device has 2 boot partitions: boot_a and boot_b differently others

.....
......
fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img
fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img
.....
.....

Best Regards
 

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    * I'm not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed (like it did for me...).
    * Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in the products you find here before flashing it!
    * YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
    * Your warranty will be void if you tamper with any part of your device / software.
    * Same statement for XDA.


    Required Downloads:
    Download ADB & Fastboot files.
    Motorola USB Drivers
    Download the latest Moto G8 Play Stock ROM and move it to the PC


    1.- Extract and Patch Boot.image using Magisk
    •First of all, download and extract the ROM to your PC.
    •Attach your device via USB cable and copy only the boot.img file from the extracted folder to your device storage
    •Launch Magisk Manager. When a popup appears asking to install Magisk, select INSTALL and choose install again.
    •Tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
    Install patched boot image TWRP
    •Navigate to internal storage and select your phone’s boot image that you transferred earlier.
    •Wait for a couple of seconds. Magisk will start patching the boot image.
    •Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and replace it in the same extracted ROM folder on your PC.


    2.- Install the Patched Boot Image on Moto G8 Play
    •Now, extract the ADB & Fastboot tool, then move the patched boot image file to the same folder.
    •Press and hold down the Shift key + right-mouse-click to open the command window/PowerShell.
    •Next, enter the following command in order to flash the “patched_boot.img” to install Magisk and root your Android device:
    fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img
    fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img
    *Please replace [patched_boot.img] with the name of the boot image file you downloaded followed by the .img extension.

    •Wait for the flashing process to complete.
    •Finally, type in the command to reboot your device.
    fastboot reboot
    That’s it.
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    This tutorial works perfectly, you must flash the patched boot in the partition boot a and boot b. in case of bootloop you must flash the original boot from the rom that you downloaded earlier

    (sorry i use google translator)