Step-by-Step Convert T-Mobile to International (with Bootloader Re-LOCK)

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blair.sadewitz

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Question. I tried doing the rollback a couple months ago and as soon as I did and phone rebooted, it installed the latest update, asap, preventing me to going to the next step. I even diabaled installed upstairs automatically in dev options. Ty
Flash 10.5.7 TMobile version with MSMDownloadtool, then boot. ASAP, turn off automatic updates. Also, tell it that you want it to download full updates only. Put it in airplane mode if you have to or pull the SIM momentarily, haha. There is simply no way it could possibly download over 1GB in the time it takes to stop it from updating! I think it also gives you the option to delay the update.

All you have to do is enable developer options, then enable OEM unlocking. Reboot to bootloader, then unlock the phone. After it wipes, enter fastboot mode, then flash the fastboot version of the 10.5.7 global ROM. Let it boot, then take the update(s) it offers. After it has updated, you may relock the bootloader if you wish.

That's all there is to this.
 

skleveno

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Did you ever ask something really stupid and when answered by a nice person like you, you instantly realize what you did and how stupid you are. Lmao. That's me.
Reason I had this issue, is because I unlocked my bootloader and as you know, it factory resets. Well I never went back in to dev options and stopped updates. I did it before I unlocked the bootloader like a genius and forgot alll about rechecking it after the reset 😂🤣. Thanks again for fixing my stupidity
 

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I may have missed it, but can someone point a newb (me) in the right direction as how to backup persist.img before moving to the global rom?
 

Two Sheets

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I am on Tmobile version 11.06.8 (A11) I have the OnePlus Global rom (15.0.40) on my phone. That one is direct from the OnePlus site. It looks as if the OnePlus 8 has been pulled from their downloads list of phones on their site. I also have the 10.5.12 global rom listed in the 1st page of the thread.

I need clarification. Do I need to revert to A10 or can I use fastboot to update to global via any of these Global rom's? I read the entire thread. Is there a consensus of anything needing to be backed up? Or are these issues on a case by case basis. I have close to a week left before I get my token.
 

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I am on Tmobile version 11.06.8 (A11) I have the OnePlus Global rom (15.0.40) on my phone. That one is direct from the OnePlus site. It looks as if the OnePlus 8 has been pulled from their downloads list of phones on their site. I also have the 10.5.12 global rom listed in the 1st page of the thread.

I need clarification. Do I need to revert to A10 or can I use fastboot to update to global via any of these Global rom's? I read the entire thread. Is there a consensus of anything needing to be backed up? Or are these issues on a case by case basis. I have close to a week left before I get my token.
The best thing to do is follow the instructions on this page. Use MSM to downgrade first.

The Token takes 7 days

I would wait so you don't run into any troubles
 
There are other tools able to flash this phone; I'm pretty sure qfil could do it, at the very least. There isn't anything proprietary to OnePlus; this phone speaks the Sahara protocol just like all the other devices with Qualcomm SoCs. There's a GitHub repository containing a tool someone developed that can decrypt the ops firmware files. I played around with it a while ago, and the ops file contains the firehose programmer, so there is no reason it couldn't be done by anything that speaks the Sahara protocol.



Decrypt and unpack the firmware archive (ops file), and you'll see that all the files you need are there. I don't recall if contains the partition info in the right format, but that could be converted. I'm almost positive that everything you need is in that archive. I didn't really try to do anything with it because msmdownloadtool worked.

Here is a tool you can use when the phone is in edl mode to play around with it:


Here is a tool to recreate the flash image:


Also this:


Also note:

python3 backdoor.py "MsmDownloadTool V4.0.exe"'

I just wish that someone would actually make a proper modded msm tool for everyone thats on tmobile to convert to global without any issues of losing sim functionality or wait 7 days for the unlock code. Makes everyone's life easier and the fact that OP8T already has one which means that it is possible to make one and that we just need that person to help us. BE THE SAVIOUR!
 

Two Sheets

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Simple question. I have the latest Global rom from the oneplus website. Can I use the fastboot method and simply put the zip file in and load the global rom in? There is a guy on youtube that goes around all of this and renames the global rom to a zip file and uses the existing A11 to load the global OS using system update. As long as the global rom is newer than the existing OS, it works.

Right now the oneplus website is missing the OnePlus 8 for software upgrades.

On Monday I will receive my bootloader unlock token. So I have a few days to figure all of this out.
 
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Anyone can help me?
When I flash international version.
It can flash userdata, but when start flashing abl, it shows Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions.
I'm very sure I have already unlock bootloader and sim. Does anyone know what can I do , Thanks
 

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This is a great guide but I ran into some trouble with the re-locking. I local upgraded the EU ROM and relocked the bootloader but the local upgrade doesn't recognize the Global ROM now. I placed it in storage root, it's still a zip file, it just won't recognize it. What could it be?

Solved: Downloaded a new copy of the zip and all is well!
 
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suhridkhan

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Simple question. I have the latest Global rom from the oneplus website. Can I use the fastboot method and simply put the zip file in and load the global rom in? There is a guy on youtube that goes around all of this and renames the global rom to a zip file and uses the existing A11 to load the global OS using system update. As long as the global rom is newer than the existing OS, it works.

Right now the oneplus website is missing the OnePlus 8 for software upgrades.

On Monday I will receive my bootloader unlock token. So I have a few days to figure all of this out.
I am on the same boat as you, waiting for my unlock code in a few days.

Where did you get the latest global ROM from? Can you link the YouTube guide? If this works, this would make the process much simpler.
 

Mickey1987

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Anyone can help me?
When I flash international version.
It can flash userdata, but when start flashing abl, it shows Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions.
I'm very sure I have already unlock bootloader and sim. Does anyone know what can I do , Thanks

Anyone can help me?
When I flash international version.
It can flash userdata, but when start flashing abl, it shows Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions.
I'm very sure I have already unlock bootloader and sim. Does anyone know what can I do , Thanks
4th and Last Step: Open the Global Rom (10.5.12 OnePlus 8 Global Rom) and find flash-all.bat and double click on it, and type and enter Y when it asks to.
 

Two Sheets

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I got the latest global rom directly from the OnePlus website. It seems as if they pulled the OnePlus 8 from the update page in the last couple of days.

This is the guy who upgrades from Android 11 to the Android 11 global rom (OnePlus 8T) from within the existing Android 11 phone OS. His trick is to wait for an update and then redirect the update to the global Rom on the phone.
I am on the same boat as you, waiting for my unlock code in a few days.

Where did you get the latest global ROM from? Can you link the YouTube guide? If this works, this would make the process much simple
 
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suhridkhan

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I got the latest global rom directly from the OnePlus website. It seems as if they pulled the OnePlus 8 from the update page in the last couple of days.

This is the guy who upgrades from Android 11 to the Android 11 global rom (OnePlus 8T) from within the existing Android 11 phone OS. His trick is to wait for an update and then redirect the update to the global Rom on the phone.
Can you share the global rom you downloaded? Is this actually newer than the Tmobile rom version, that's the question I guess.
 

Two Sheets

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Can you share the global rom you downloaded? Is this actually newer than the Tmobile rom version, that's the question I guess.
First I need to make sure the update works. The Global rom comes directly from the OnePlus website for the 8. The video I linked most likely will not work with US branded phones. With an unlocked bootloader, you cannot receive updates from Android updates. I am going the fastboot route when I get my unlocked token.

My question is can I simply flash the global rom via fastboot straight across via Android SDK platform tools without reverting to an Android 10 rom.

The Android 11 Global rom is newer than the latest T-Mobile Android 11 rom.
 
First I need to make sure the update works. The Global rom comes directly from the OnePlus website for the 8. The video I linked most likely will not work with US branded phones. With an unlocked bootloader, you cannot receive updates from Android updates. I am going the fastboot route when I get my unlocked token.

My question is can I simply flash the global rom via fastboot straight across via Android SDK platform tools without reverting to an Android 10 rom.

The Android 11 Global rom is newer than the latest T-Mobile Android 11 rom.
you can do OTA updates on unlocked bootloader
 
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    yikessss, can you backup everything and maybe downgrade to oos 11?
    I'd probably have to msm back to T-Mobile software and decide if I want to try converting to global again... Ugh... PITA!

    I just looked at my info and for some reason it says I am still on c.16, but I know I had told it to install c.20, so something is borked up....

    Cheers,
    B.D.
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    The required files will be attached in the end of this guide.
    OnePlus 8 TMobile to Global Fastboot ROM
    MSM TOOL for IN2017

    Alternatives from the files above, if you get errors every time you are trying to flash like "NO SIM INSTALLED"
    (THIS IS WHAT I PERSONALLY USE):
    MSM TOOL for IN2017 Alternative
    OnePlus 8 Fastboot ROM Alternative

    1st Step: (Make sure Test Mode is ON and Driver Signature is OFF)
    First install the Drivers of the phone and the Qualcomm Drivers inside the DRIVERS.zip attached to this thread.

    2nd Step: Make sure your OnePlus 8 IN2017's bootloader is unlocked- unlocking bootloader will result to factory resetting your phone. Please backup your phone before doing this process. Instructions on how to unlock

    3rd Step: After the bootloader is unlocked, you have to enable "USB Debugging" and reboot your device to Fastboot Mode.

    4th and Last Step: Unzip the ZIP file and Open the Global Rom (10.5.12 OnePlus 8 Global Rom). Find flash-all.bat and double click on it. Type and enter Y when it asks to and just let it do its Terminal Process.

    **After the batch file is done, your phone should automatically boot to Global Rom Oxygen OS and no more of that T-Mobile
    splash screen.

    This is a YouTube walkthrough video on how to do it: Credits to Fizzy Apps on YouTube


    DO NOT LOCK YOUR BOOTLOADER YET, TO LOCK BOOTLOADER (THIS WILL WIPE EVERYTHING):
    -Download the latest OxygenOS 11 ROM
    -Move the downloaded ROM from "Downloads" folder to "Internal Storage"
    -Go to settings and find System Update, then press Local Update and choose the downloaded ROM
    -After its done installing, click REBOOT/Restart the device
    -After rebooting, go into FASTBOOT MODE and when you are in FASTBOOT MODE, type "fastboot oem lock"
    -Press the volume buttons to select LOCK BOOTLOADER and there you go, LOCKED Bootloader!

    IF SOMEHOW YOU GOT "QUALCOMM CrashDump Mode" during the 4th step or you locked Bootloader right after flashing ROM and it got corrupted.

    1) Enable Test Mode and Disable Driver Signature Verification on Windows PC.

    2) On your phone, simultaneously press and hold Volume Up (+) and Power Button and when the screen shuts down, IMMEDIATELY release both buttons. This means you forced shutdown the device.

    3) Set year date on your PC to 2017 and Turn off WIFI for MSM Tool to work and after doing this, open MSM TOOL folder you downloaded at the top of this guide and click MsmDownloadTool V4.0.exe

    4) On Login, set user type to "OTHER" and click next. at the top left side find "TARGET" and set it to O2/TMO

    5) While simultaneously holding both the volume buttons, connect the phone to the PC. As soon as the phone is connected, a COM# like COM3, etc. will appear on the MSM Tool and immediately click ENUM, then click COM#, then Start. (If COM# doesn't show up just continue to click the ENUM button during process and it should show up)

    <A YouTube Video walkthrough of this process> Credits to Shahin Shaan for this.

    **This should start the process of restoring your phone back to OxygenOS 10 and you have to start back to square 1 in order to flash Global ROM again. So, USB Debugging>Fastboot Mode>Unlock Bootloader>Enable USB Debugging Again>Boot again to Fastboot>Double Click on flash-all.bat on Global ROM folder. Also, I added TOOL ALL IN ONE which should make unlocking bootloader, booting to Fastboot faster.



    Credits to these amazing people for making this possible:

    @matteosaeed and his Guide.
    •Ms. user_ajusee's Guide
    •Mr. gregoryaul (@Aulgreg38) from HighOnAndroid Forums
    •THE MAN HIMSELF: Mr. Max Lee himself of HighOnAndroid Forums; link to his YouTube channel.
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    I tried again, MSM to 10.5.7, unlocked bootloader, rebooted to bootloader, flash-all.bat, and I'm still getting errors on the critical partitions. And I can't figure out how to unlock the critical partitions (probably not allowed in TMo firmware).

    I'm going to MSM to 10.5.22 and see if that makes any difference.

    EDIT: No dice. 10.5.22 made no difference. The issue is the locked critical partitions. If anybody has any solutions please tag me.
    Sorry for spamming the board today, but I think I figured it out.

    Thanks to @thattechguy_69 for all the work here so far. This is just to help anybody who is having issues like I did.

    The "critical partitions" issue appears to be a DRIVERS issue, not a fastboot version issue or anything else with the actual phone or ROM files. I had installed all of the drivers that every guide said to install, but I stumbled upon this post by @FoxyDrew that solved my issue.

    Here's how I finally got into 10.5.12.IN21AA (Global ROM) on my IN2017:

    1. Just to be safe (not sure if it's necessary) boot into TEST MODE on your Windows machine. I did all of this from Test Mode.
    2. Download the files from the zip attached at the bottom of the first post on this thread. Install both files (OnePlus USB Drivers and QDLoader HS-USB Driver).
    3. At some point I THOUGHT I installed the Fastboot drivers, but maybe I messed that part up or maybe it was before I was in Test Mode. Regardless, download the Google fastboot driver zip in this post. Unzip it to your desktop.
    4. Open the extracted folder and then the usb_driver folder inside, then right-click on the android_winusb.inf file and select Install. Confirm the installation.
    5. Plug in your phone.
    6. Open Device Manager. Your phone should show up under "Universal Serial Bus controllers" as "IN2017" when it is in CHARGING ONLY mode, and under Portable Devices when in File Transfer mode or PNP mode. If not, you'll need to fix your USB drivers from step 2 above.
    7. Make sure you can get adb commands to work, then reboot to the bootloader ("adb reboot bootloader" should get you to the FastBoot Mode menu with the big green "START" banner at the top) and make sure fastboot commands also work ("fastboot devices" will show you if your phone is detected properly).
    8. Check Device Manager again while in bootloader mode - your phone should now show up under "Android Phone" as "Android Bootloader Interface." If it shows up as IN2017 with an exclamation mark, you need to fix the issues with the fastboot driver in step 4 above. I actually did this step while at the "waiting for device" message while flashing the Global ROM and it kick-started the installation's second phase.
    9. I also followed some steps from this post by @awsan - I copied the entire platform-tools folder that I downloaded from his post (r31.0.2) into the 10.5.12-GLOBAL folder, replacing all duplicate files. I don't think booting into fastboot like he says to do (language selection splash screen) worked, I had to boot into the bootloader from there to get the flash-all.bat to start.
    10. From here, I think I just double-clicked the flash-all.bat and everything worked properly - with the note that I was stuck at "waiting for device" after the first reboot command in the middle of the installation. The process in step 4 got me through this.
    This fixed my issues with not being able to flash critical partitions (because I suspect they re-lock when fastbootd switches into bootloader if you manually do it). Now it doesn't hang at all. I am going to play around with this to make sure I didn't miss anything and see if it works with other TMo firmware versions and the newer 11.0 Global ROM.

    I have not tried locking the bootloader yet.

    Oh, and 5G and VoLTE both appear to be working.
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    I managed to successfully convert my OP8 to the global version this morning.

    Here are a few things I can confirm:

    - 5G and VoLTE are working on my device (Rogers network in Canada)
    - Banking apps work as expected
    - Widevine certification is exactly as it was prior (L1), meaning I can stream in full HD/HDR with Netflix
    - I was able to OTA update to the latest 11.0.10.10 without any issues at all

    My first attempt trying this was a month ago. I was lazy and didn't roll the phone all the way back to Android 10 using the MSM tool. So I tried using "flash-all" with a newer global package and it did not work (crashdump error). Figured it was worth a shot... for whatever reason it just doesn't work. Ended up restoring with the MSM tool.

    This time, I did this:
    1. Reverted back to official T-Mobile Android 10 using the MSM tool
    2. Unlocked my bootloader using the all-in-one tool + my unlock token
    3. Used the all-in-one tool to flash the global fastboot ROM (Android 10) linked in the original post
    4. Manually flashed the EU update from the device (also linked in original post)
    5. Locked the bootloader using the all-in-one tool
    6. Used the Oxygen Updater app to download the latest global full release (11.0.9.9) and installed it from my device
    7. Performed an OTA update, bringing me to 11.0.10.10
    Sorry for the long post. I thought it might help someone else out since I modified a few steps from the original post and found success with this approach.
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    Thanks for the guide!! I just submitted my request to T-Mobile to unlock my boot loader so now I play the waiting game... 😴
    In the meantime, can someone please clarify what does converting from IN2017 to International achieve? Ultimately my goal is to flash a custom ROM - not sure if I can do this directly after unlocking my boot loader.
    IN2017 is Tmobile version of the phone and updates are late and you cant sideload an update because it is not available on carrier versions of the phone. Converting it to International version gives access to the latest updates, and some other features that weren't available to Tmobile version. If you do this method, you will lose Safetynet which is the ability to use bank apps and etc. So after converting you have to lock the bootloader if you wish to do anything related to banking.
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    I am confused between this guide and the old one " Covert to Global ( WIP ) . Which one is best guide to convert OP8 TMO Android 11 to Global ?
    Should I back up/ change modem with this guide ?
    Is there diff between EU and Global ROM/modem/etc. to use 5G in USA and other oversea countries ?
    I want Always On Display ( AOD ) , which ROM EU or Global will have it ?
    TIA

    Yeah, it's not entirely clear to me, either.

    This is what you should do:

    (1) Put your phone back on Android 10 TMobile firmware using one of the packages with msmdownloadtool. I used 10.5.7

    (2) Unlock bootloader.

    (2*) Get TWRP boot image. Put phone in fastboot mode, type:

    fastboot boot twrpimage.img

    After TWRP boots, take a backup of your persist and modem partitions (I recommend using dd to do it, here's an example: dd if=/dev/block/boot device/by-name/persist of=/sdcard/persist.img.ext4). You could probably use TWRP to do the backup, but that's on you. Transfer them off of the phone and safeguard them.

    Now reboot from TWRP to fastboot mode. Unlock the bootloader, reboot to fastboot mode, and flash a 10.x euro or global ROM with fastboot. The guide says Euro, but I suspect you could use global, also. The goal is to have it running 10.x firmware (that's not for a carrier variant). After that boots, download the latest global OTA zip onto your internal sdcard. Open the updater in Settings, then select the file. After it updates, reboot to see if everything is OK. If it is, boot to fastboot and relock the bootloader.

    The