Question Root Moto G Stylus 5g 2021

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Moto G Stylus 5G
After 72 hours I was able to OEM unlock. I then unlocked the bootloader. The device has been successfully rooted with Magisk 23.0. I used the Motorola recovery tool to get original boot.img. Although I have root, there seems to be some restrictions on /product/media & other various permissions. I haven't been able to change the boot animation or install BusyBox.. The root directory seems to have some things "re-arranged". Not sure what that's about. Android 11 is proving to be less awesome than Android 10. I am playing with a few ideas, mainly terminal commands using su, chmod, and others, to potentially gain permissions back. I'll post here when I find solutions. I have the phone through boost, the Denver Variant. This is a great phone, and I'd hate to be permanently blocked from making the changes I'd like to after rooting.
 

rawhide85

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Moto G Stylus
Moto G Stylus 5G
After 72 hours I was able to OEM unlock. I then unlocked the bootloader. The device has been successfully rooted with Magisk 23.0. I used the Motorola recovery tool to get original boot.img. Although I have root, there seems to be some restrictions on /product/media & other various permissions. I haven't been able to change the boot animation or install BusyBox.. The root directory seems to have some things "re-arranged". Not sure what that's about. Android 11 is proving to be less awesome than Android 10. I am playing with a few ideas, mainly terminal commands using su, chmod, and others, to potentially gain permissions back. I'll post here when I find solutions. I have the phone through boost, the Denver Variant. This is a great phone, and I'd hate to be permanently blocked from making the changes I'd like to after rooting.
Glad to see your looking to improve our device. Cheers
 

Raul7821

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Hey man i have the same phone but mine is the metro pcs variant and i manege to gain root as well i hope we can get the twrp recovery soon, i get in here almost avery day just to see if the twrp is available now but it seems its gonna be a while till we can get it and i agree with you "our" phone this is for that guy who ask who is "our" i noticed the way he said it dont worry thanks for sharing that info bro i appreciate after i read your post i could get my phone root it as well...
 

rawhide85

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Hey man i have the same phone but mine is the metro pcs variant and i manege to gain root as well i hope we can get the twrp recovery soon, i get in here almost avery day just to see if the twrp is available now but it seems its gonna be a while till we can get it and i agree with you "our" phone this is for that guy who ask who is "our" i noticed the way he said it dont worry thanks for sharing that info bro i appreciate after i read your post i could get my phone root it as well...
Thank you brother for the response. I really hope the devs become more active. It is so great to have TWRP and custom roms to flash. Cheers
 
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RodimusConvoy

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Why is it only good till April 2022?
Their (talking Metro by T-Mobile) 3G shutdown was scheduled for October 1st of this year, but they moved it to April 2022. 3G shutdown = phones not capable of 5G will no longer work on that network. So its kinda puzzling why the non-5G version of the Moto G Stylus is getting such development and the actual 5G version...isn't. Also weird that Metro is selling a non-5G version at all given the looming 3G sunset but...here we are.

But, at least they have till April. I have till February (I'm with Cricket(AT&T)). Verizon is holding out the longest with January 2023 for their 3G sunset.
 
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ITGrouch

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Their (talking Metro by T-Mobile) 3G shutdown was scheduled for October 1st of this year, but they moved it to April 2022. 3G shutdown = phones not capable of 5G will no longer work on that network. So its kinda puzzling why the non-5G version of the Moto G Stylus is getting such development and the actual 5G version...isn't. Also weird that Metro is selling a non-5G version at all given the looming 3G sunset but...here we are.

But, at least they have till April. I have till February (I'm with Cricket(AT&T)). Verizon is holding out the longest with January 2023 for their 3G sunset.
The 3G network is being phased out, not 4G. The 4G service will be around for a long time for all of the carriers. My wife just purchased a iPhone 11 phone and it is 4G. Low income people have the subsidised free mobile service and cheap 4G phones. The 5G coverage is still in its infancy. The non-5G version will work just fine on T-Mobile's network with 4G, as will any 4G GSM phone that is supported on T-Mobile's network. Same goes with all the other carriers. Your 4G phone will continue to work on AT&T's network. You need to do your research first before posting incorrect information.
 

RodimusConvoy

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The 3G network is being phased out, not 4G.

I didn't say 4G was going away. I said 3G. And you of course you know the carriers won't allow 4G/LTE only, right? you'll need two, 3G/4G together, and when the sunset happens, 4G/5G together. More on that below:

Your 4G phone will continue to work on AT&T's network. You need to do your research first before posting incorrect information.
I'd ask the same of you, sir/ma'am. 4G is not enough, or else Cricket wouldn't be sending out texts saying to buy a 5G phone (from them, of course) by February or lose your service. You...DO know they're doing that, right? Surely one accusing one of not doing research has done research themselves on the matter? Let me help you: the xda board for the phone I currently have, the Note 10 Lite, talked about that.
 

ITGrouch

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I didn't say 4G was going away. I said 3G. And you of course you know the carriers won't allow 4G/LTE only, right? you'll need two, 3G/4G together, and when the sunset happens, 4G/5G together. More on that below:


I'd ask the same of you, sir/ma'am. 4G is not enough, or else Cricket wouldn't be sending out texts saying to buy a 5G phone (from them, of course) by February or lose your service. You...DO know they're doing that, right? Surely one accusing one of not doing research has done research themselves on the matter? Let me help you: the xda board for the phone I currently have, the Note 10 Lite, talked about that.
All I will say is if you want to believe that a customer has to buy a 5G phone to continue service with Cricket, go right ahead.
 

RodimusConvoy

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Oh right I forgot the best part: once a month any outgoing call I make? Will be re-directed to customer support with a recording saying my device won't work February 2022 and to upgrade now.

Now, if Metro/T-Mobile is going a different route, as in not being a horse's behind about this, great. It was still a good idea that folks got this phone versus the non-5G version. Anyone saying "herp derp 3G is sunseting not 4G!" well Google is free is all I can say. Might wanna look it, heck walk into a Metro/T-Mobile store (if one doesn't feel comfortable with customer support) and ask them.

Anyway, I'm waiting for a working TWRP before I finally pull the trigger and switch. But I'm glad people with this phone has root. Its a great start.
 

markbnj

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OK... Here's a brief rundown.

ALL the carriers (ATT/Verizon/Tmobile)
are retiring their 3g networks next year.

I believe ATT's is at the end of February 2022.

Started this thread because I was affected.
AT&T marked my redmi note 9 plus as a 3G phone, instead of as a 4g phone.

and I moved to a 4g ONLY location, and lost all service.

Thus, I moved to a moto G5 stylus 5g (what a mouthful!)

Now I again need to re-root, to remove the tether provisioning app.

I forgot that when I had a moto G3 I swore to never buy another moto phone for that reason!

sigh


update notes:
just got bootloader unlocked
about to root to install magisk.
and then disable that darn hot-spot check!
and insert ad repellent!
cheers


Another update : july 2022
gave up, and bought the hot-spot feature from AT&T.
still haven't rooted it yet.

And btw,
there are TWO different MOTo 5G stylus (2021) versions. the one Motorola sells via amazon (6GB ram, 256GB Storage) and the one AT&T sells, which is 6GB Ram and 128GB storage)

The one from Motorola does NOT run wifi calling, the less robust one from AT&T does.. I spent about 5 months arguing for them to upgrade me.

I wound up having them send me a "micro/Piko" Cell tower, [hardwired iinto my [IOT network] which brought me from one bar of service to 5 bars of service in my apartment
and will also support 5 other AT&T users

AT&T wound up getting a new 'tower' via my apartment, and I dont care. have the phoone, and happy.
Now for a new ROM!
 
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Tarzan1999

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After 72 hours I was able to OEM unlock. I then unlocked the bootloader. The device has been successfully rooted with Magisk 23.0. I used the Motorola recovery tool to get original boot.img. Although I have root, there seems to be some restrictions on /product/media & other various permissions. I haven't been able to change the boot animation or install BusyBox.. The root directory seems to have some things "re-arranged". Not sure what that's about. Android 11 is proving to be less awesome than Android 10. I am playing with a few ideas, mainly terminal commands using su, chmod, and others, to potentially gain permissions back. I'll post here when I find solutions. I have the phone through boost, the Denver Variant. This is a great phone, and I'd hate to be permanently blocked from making the changes I'd like to after rooting.
Can you please post the steps that you went through in rooting your phone?
 

Raul7821

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Jul 7, 2019
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Hey guys i was wondering, if is there a custom recovery for the moto g stylus 5g Denver variant?
 

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    After 72 hours I was able to OEM unlock. I then unlocked the bootloader. The device has been successfully rooted with Magisk 23.0. I used the Motorola recovery tool to get original boot.img. Although I have root, there seems to be some restrictions on /product/media & other various permissions. I haven't been able to change the boot animation or install BusyBox.. The root directory seems to have some things "re-arranged". Not sure what that's about. Android 11 is proving to be less awesome than Android 10. I am playing with a few ideas, mainly terminal commands using su, chmod, and others, to potentially gain permissions back. I'll post here when I find solutions. I have the phone through boost, the Denver Variant. This is a great phone, and I'd hate to be permanently blocked from making the changes I'd like to after rooting.
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    I didn't say 4G was going away. I said 3G. And you of course you know the carriers won't allow 4G/LTE only, right? you'll need two, 3G/4G together, and when the sunset happens, 4G/5G together. More on that below:


    I'd ask the same of you, sir/ma'am. 4G is not enough, or else Cricket wouldn't be sending out texts saying to buy a 5G phone (from them, of course) by February or lose your service. You...DO know they're doing that, right? Surely one accusing one of not doing research has done research themselves on the matter? Let me help you: the xda board for the phone I currently have, the Note 10 Lite, talked about that.
    All I will say is if you want to believe that a customer has to buy a 5G phone to continue service with Cricket, go right ahead.
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    Hey man i have the same phone but mine is the metro pcs variant and i manege to gain root as well i hope we can get the twrp recovery soon, i get in here almost avery day just to see if the twrp is available now but it seems its gonna be a while till we can get it and i agree with you "our" phone this is for that guy who ask who is "our" i noticed the way he said it dont worry thanks for sharing that info bro i appreciate after i read your post i could get my phone root it as well...
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    How to do it? I do wanna try it

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    I have verified these methods work on my Moto G Stylus 2021 and Moto G5 Stylus 2021
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    Seems like everyone has the non-5g version. Which is good till April 2022 at least.
    Why is it only good till April 2022?