The Complete Noob Guide to Rooting MetroPCS XT1955-5 Qualcomm Variant

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This tutorial is for people like me than ran into problems rooting the Moto G7 Power XT-1955-5 (MetroPCS Qualcomm Variant) running on stock Pie. I got two of these literally today brand new in the box after swapping out that mess Samsung Galaxy A20 crap.

Follow the following at your own risk! I am not responsible for any mishaps with your devices. I also don't know if this will work on other variants, as I only have these for MetroPCS, and from my understanding this will NOT obviously work for Verizon, AT&T, and Cricket phones.


I want to thank @diversenerd, and @jhjhjhjhjhjh for their hard work tinkering with the phone as I tried to figure it all out from their notes and instructions. And for the rest of the contributors that I took bits and pieces from that helped me figure out rooting this, as the information wasn't quite clear in some places and I got some bootloops.

Introduction/Preparation
First, go and prepare by READING EVERYTHING IN THIS FORUM. Very important. Don't even jump into this without reading this thread here all the way to the last page: https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/how-to/versions-moto-g7-power-supra-magisk-t3923857 (this is so you know start to finish what worked for some might not work for this variant).

Second, unlock the bootloader. The MetroPCS variant can be unlocked by Motorola; follow their instructions, it's easy peasy. If you do it in firefox it may not go to the third step page and hang on the page where you put the long code in (follow instructions on page to get the unlock code you'll see what I'm talking about). I did it in Firefox this go round and it sent the codes immediately . When you get it, follow Motorola's instructions for unlocking the bootloader in fastboot. It will show you that the bootloader is unlocked.

***NOTES SO YOU DON'T FREAK OUT***
1. Every time you power up the phone after you unlock the bootloader Moto will try and make you feel like crap with a bad key error in the middle of a nice message that your phone is not to be trusted. :laugh: This is normal. Give it a minute, you havent broke it.

2. There is no custom recovery/TWRP for this variant, so read carefully so you don't delete something you might not be able to flash back later.

3. OEM Unlocking toggle switch is interesting. On my first phone it was activated once the bootloader is unlocked and greyed out to where it couldn't be accessed anymore; On the significant other's phone it is still accessible and can be toggled even with the bootloader unlocked.

Files
There is confusion in some of the threads about leaving the Sim Card/SD Card in while flashing. Yes, pull it out and flash without it. Flashing with the sim card/SD card in can cause problems flashing. I did my first phone without it, but forgot to take it out with my second and had to start from scratch. Avoid that step.

1. Get Minimal ADB and Fastboot (it's easier to use than Android SDK and smaller).
2. Download the Motorola Drivers from their site (if you run into problems you will have to uninstall and reinstall them through their utility which is found on PC here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Motorola Shared\Mobile Drivers
3. Cpu-Z.apk (This is a good thing to have to know your hardware responsibly).
4. Stock Firmware. I used XT1955-5_OCEAN_RETUS_9.0_PPO29.114-63-2_cid50_subsidy-DEFAULT_regulatory-DEFAULT_CFC.xml which is the US Retail software instead of MetroPCS's firmware because of the issues I was having with it straight out the box. Both of my phones flashed fine with it and you can find it here: https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/moto/ocean/official/RETUS/ I used the 2nd one with success - the first one doesn't play nice with Magisk.
5. MagiskManager-v7.3.2 apk.
6.The Boot .img separately extracted from the Firmware listed in Step 4.
7. Root Checker.apk
8. Patience (and a good movie keeping you going).

Pre-Rooting
1. Make sure the phone is fully charged.
2. Make sure your sim card and SD card is REMOVED from the phone. Again, this is to prevent problems in the flashing.
3. Make sure your wifi is OFF. Every time you wipe the phone or do anything messing with the boot image the phone resets itself to factory settings, and immediately pushes updates galore.
4. Make sure you save Magisk and the Boot .img to your phone directly. Using the Download folder is a great place and easily accessible in Magisk. You will not be able to add files once in fastboot).
5. Make sure your developer options are activated.
6. Make sure your USB debugging is enabled AND you've given permissions for your computer to have administrative access with it enabled (more on this below).
7. Make sure to check CPU-Z for your hardware specs and to make sure you're avoiding potential problems.
8. Make sure you manually set USB to Transfer files (no other option will work and by default its set to Charge this Device). Once you flash, you have to constantly check USB to Transfer because it will not do it.
9. Make sure you have the STOCK CABLE that comes with the phone. This model is funky about using other cables.
10. Make sure you set your display to time out to ten minutes. If the phone screen goes to sleep mode, it may interfere with flashing.

Rooting
Here is the fun part. Please keep in mind you may get a bootloop. I did on both phones on the first try with two different methods. I was on the infamous March 1 2019 security update and still got a bootloop from the patching. The second phone I just flashed ahead of time to the new firmware and still got a bootloop until I flashed again. Expect it.

1. Go into your developer options and DISABLE Automatic Updates. This is important for later on.
2. With the phone on, install Magisk. Make sure you use the version 7.3.2 or update to it since it's the latest version at the time of this guide.
3. Say yes when your phone asks whether or not you want to install things from unknown sources. It will grant access for this application only.
4. Open Magisk Manager and turn on your Wifi. If you don't Magisk will hang at checking updates. If necessary, force close Magisk and open it up again with Wifi on. It should bring you to One Green Check Mark that Magisk Manager is Up To Date, and One Red Mark above it that says Magisk isn't installed.
5. Click install on that tab ONLY (there is no need to click install by the Green Check Mark one). Magisk will then ask you "Do You Want To Install Magisk v19.3(193000) now? and click Install again.
6. Under Select Method, navigate to the folder on the phone where you saved your boot.img file (or whatever you named it). Once you select it you will be taken to a screen where the letters are funky looking but spell FLASHING at the top. Once it patches your file, it will tell you when it's done. Should it hang or you get errors, you WILL HAVE TO REFLASH THE FIRMWARE AND START OVER.
7. When the screen tells you it's all done, plug your phone up to the computer and drag the patched img file (it should by default say magisk_patched.img) and put it in the folder with Minimal ADB and Fastboot.
8. Turn the phone completely OFF.
9. Plug your phone via USB cable into the computer.
10. Press Volume Down and Power to boot into fastboot mode.
11. Open up Minimal ADB and Fastboot (Make sure you don't have it set to open this as an administrator, it messes with permissions) Make sure your boot image file is in the Minimal ADB directory or it won't work.
12. Type "fastboot flash boot thenameofyourrecoveryfile.img" and hit enter.
If all goes well it should flash to "a" partition, and you should see in the command prompt "image signed with key bad key" before it says done. If it doesn't take do not re-flash as it will flash to "b" partition which will definitely bootloop and ensure you have to reflash the firmware.
13. When it is done, reboot phone by selecting START (keep pressing volume rockers until you see it, then press the power button).
14. Wait for the bad key/device cannot be trusted screen to pass (may take a minute) and wait for the Hello Moto opening.
15. Open Magisk Manager. The icons should be in green, letting you know you have root. Follow @diversenerd advice and Click Tap To Start SafetyNet Check. Make sure your Wifi is on for that check. This apparently tests to see if it can deceive Google checks and possibly install OTA (can't say I did all that, not a update junkie).
16. Install Root Checker and confirm root.
17. Disable Updates. I know this is hard for some people, but you dont know if a forced OTA update will take root away, and leave us with no option to get it back or roll back to an earlier version of Pie.


***NOTES SO YOU DON'T FREAK OUT***

1. Do NOT flash someone else's patched boot image. It WILL NOT WORK. Do the work, find your firmware, and patch the boot image yourself. I have no idea why it doesn't work device to device, but it doesn't. And while I thank @jhjhjhjhjhjh for giving up his original files, it was incompatible with my phone (even though we are on the same variant) and bootlooped me.

2. You may have followed everything perfect and it still bootlooped. Save yourself the frustration and just flash it over. See the next section on the proper way to flash so you don't lose your baseband, IMEI, or any other important stuff.

3. You will lose everything datawise flashing and playing with the boot.img. My phone reset itself tinkering with flashing, every time. Don't be alarmed if it takes you through a reset.

4. I wasn't able to confirm by going into updates (couldn't find the system settings) and verifying that nothing said anything about Device Integrity Compromised. I just assumed it.

5. Magisik is TEMPERAMENTAL. So if first you don't succeed, reflash the firmware and try again.

6. You cannot just go into the Stock Rom file and extract the boot.img file, put it in the Minimal ADB file folder and flash it if it bootloops. YOU MUST REFLASH ALL THE FIRMWARE OVER.

****Notes on Flashing The Stock Firmware if you have to****
In the event you bootloop and have to start from scratch, here's what you're going to have to do. And don't worry - it won't relock the bootloader.

1. Make a duplicate folder of Minimal ADB & Fastboot that is clean (doesn't have any boot images or any added files in it).
2. Extract the firmware to the folder where Minimal ADB & Fastboot are at on your computer.
3. Turn the phone completely OFF and back ON if you haven't done so yet. Make sure there is no Sim Card of SD card in it.
4. Press Volume Down and Power to boot into fastboot mode.
5. Plug your phone via USB cable into the computer.
6. Open up Minimal ADB and Fastboot (Make sure you don't have it set to open this as an administrator, it messes with permissions) Make sure all your firmware files have been extracted in the Minimal ADB directory or it won't work.
7. Cut, Copy, and Paste in Fastboot All Together the following:
Code:
fastboot oem fb_mode_set
fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
fastboot flash dsp adspso.bin
fastboot flash logo logo.bin
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.8
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.9
fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash oem oem.img
fastboot flash oem_b oem_other.img
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot erase DDR
fastboot oem fb_mode_clear
fastboot reboot
8. When it is done it will stop on fastboot reboot. Hit enter and the phone will reboot.
9. Repeat all steps in the Pre-Rooting and Rooting section to obtain root.

Hope this helps my fellow MetroPCSers. I boot looped both of my phones this evening and brought them back with this method, and eventually achieved root on the 2nd tries, respectively. Old girl is working and I got Root Explorer and Titanium Backup going full stop. At least this root was easier than on my E4, lol.:cool::laugh:

I will try and answer questions if I can or point you in the right direction.
 
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edwardxi

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I believe my boot img was flashed to "b" partition and everything is fine...

do you know a way to sim unlock it?
 
I believe my boot img was flashed to "b" partition and everything is fine...

do you know a way to sim unlock it?

Make sure it is okay, because when I flashed it the first time and it flashed to "a" and it bootlooped the Moto intro, I only flashed the boot image again and it flashed to "b" and hung at the "This Device Cannot Be Trusted/Bad Key" Screen.

I have no way to test sim unlock as MetroPCS locks their sims to the phone via IMEI and don't let you hotswap them, mostly to charge you 11 bucks reactivation fee. But in theory it should be sim unlocked by flashing to a different Carrier/Retail Rom, or at least that is how in the more budget line phones it worked.
 

edwardxi

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Make sure it is okay, because when I flashed it the first time and it flashed to "a" and it bootlooped the Moto intro, I only flashed the boot image again and it flashed to "b" and hung at the "This Device Cannot Be Trusted/Bad Key" Screen.

I have no way to test sim unlock as MetroPCS locks their sims to the phone via IMEI and don't let you hotswap them, mostly to charge you 11 bucks reactivation fee. But in theory it should be sim unlocked by flashing to a different Carrier/Retail Rom, or at least that is how in the more budget line phones it worked.

I have been using it for couples of days, and definitely, everything is fine:laugh:
For metro, it's controlled by their Unlock app, you can't simply flash a different rom to unlock it... used to $10 on eBay, now $40... too expensive
 
I have been using it for couples of days, and definitely, everything is fine:laugh:
For metro, it's controlled by their Unlock app, you can't simply flash a different rom to unlock it... used to $10 on eBay, now $40... too expensive
Well, on My E4 I was able to unlock it by flashing Lineage Nougat. I could put any sim in it but Metro, because they lock by IMEI. Can't speak for this one, I just jumped back to Metro from Tmobile, who was HIDDEOUS.

Maybe you might get lucky and get some Moto support from Chimera. Then for 11 euro you could unlock it with their tool. But stay on their behinds and make sure its working first.
 

edwardxi

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Well, on My E4 I was able to unlock it by flashing Lineage Nougat. I could put any sim in it but Metro, because they lock by IMEI. Can't speak for this one, I just jumped back to Metro from Tmobile, who was HIDDEOUS.

Maybe you might get lucky and get some Moto support from Chimera. Then for 11 euro you could unlock it with their tool. But stay on their behinds and make sure its working first.

yeah, can't agree more, they are terrible...
 

Beetle84

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If you want to get rid of the bad key message at boot, you can flash the logo.bin file from the link below with fastboot. Just place the downloaded logo.bin in the minimal adb and fastboot folder, open a cmd window and type fastboot flash logo logo.bin and press enter. Next boot you should have a plain white screen with a large black moto symbol instead.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/themes/remove-bad-key-start-boot-t3947359
 

aggresive

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Going to root mumy G7 power from metroPCS. Can anyone confirm is there a way to SIM unlock after root?
 
Going to root mumy G7 power from metroPCS. Can anyone confirm is there a way to SIM unlock after root?

There is no SIM unlock per se with MetroPCS. They tie their SIMS into the IMEI of the phone you're using. So you can't just take the sim out and put it in another phone easy peasy without going through them and paying them to do it.

However, if a custom rom comes out, which will happen once we get a TWRP, you'll be able to do that probably on Lineage. But until then, there will be no confirmation.
 
If you want to get rid of the bad key message at boot, you can flash the logo.bin file from the link below with fastboot. Just place the downloaded logo.bin in the minimal adb and fastboot folder, open a cmd window and type fastboot flash logo logo.bin and press enter. Next boot you should have a plain white screen with a large black moto symbol instead.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/themes/remove-bad-key-start-boot-t3947359
This is correct and I have contributed my custom made logo.bin image on said thread, even though you can still see bad key its cute, lol.
 

626jose

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i got it all rooted but now it shows i have no imei and sim status not available any suggestions do i need to flash modem or radio
 

626jose

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Thanks figured it out i used the 2nd download like the op said. I didnt check to see if it was the same version i was on so it bootlooped and i flashed the whole thing so i downloaded the original firmware reflashed it that didnt work so i let it update and it came back good as new. So for anyone else doing this make sure its the same version youre on i found it on a different site just google it
 
Thanks figured it out i used the 2nd download like the op said. I didnt check to see if it was the same version i was on so it bootlooped and i flashed the whole thing so i downloaded the original firmware reflashed it that didnt work so i let it update and it came back good as new. So for anyone else doing this make sure its the same version youre on i found it on a different site just google it

I used the RETUS version and didn't have that problem; are you sure you didn't accidentally click the wrong version and flashed that (like a CDMA version)? At any rate, glad you got it back. Interesting you updated....I NEVER EVER EVER EVER do that because updating can break root if the manufacturer patches it.

Also, make sure you are on the OS version March1st; I didn't update my phone and used that stock.
 

626jose

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I used the RETUS version and didn't have that problem; are you sure you didn't accidentally click the wrong version and flashed that (like a CDMA version)? At any rate, glad you got it back. Interesting you updated....I NEVER EVER EVER EVER do that because updating can break root if the manufacturer patches it.

Also, make sure you are on the OS version March1st; I didn't update my phone and used that stock.

Yep made sure to follow everything word for word pretty sure thats why it bootloops the 1st time then after you flash the whole thing it works ive looked at them and the one that matches my firmware is the last 1 with the 2nd one i had 2 unlock apps one from metro and one from tmobile idk if thats your case or something didnt flash right or dirty flashed i was wondering also if that twrp river works has anyone tried it or is there twrp for this device and is there a way to rewrite the imei using adb or some other way
 
Yep made sure to follow everything word for word pretty sure thats why it bootloops the 1st time then after you flash the whole thing it works ive looked at them and the one that matches my firmware is the last 1 with the 2nd one i had 2 unlock apps one from metro and one from tmobile idk if thats your case or something didnt flash right or dirty flashed i was wondering also if that twrp river works has anyone tried it or is there twrp for this device and is there a way to rewrite the imei using adb or some other way

@Geofferey has created an unofficial TWRP here https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/development/port-twrp-g7-power-t3963738

Warning: DO NOT USE RIVER twrp - Our device is Ocean and River will Bootloop and possibly brick it.

We can't rewrite the imei or any of that yet - we still are working on custom roms. I've been trying to make stock roms for our variant, but unlike the old Moto I had, the new android OS has new permissions and all that with Pie and it keeps messing up on the porting.
 

626jose

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Well after installing adaway and it not working i tried uninstall phone froze so i turned it off by holding the power button now its stuck in a bootloop idk if it finally ran out of power everytime i shut it off it kept rebooting can i recover without reflashing everything or do i have to start from scratch tia for the help
 
Well after installing adaway and it not working i tried uninstall phone froze so i turned it off by holding the power button now its stuck in a bootloop idk if it finally ran out of power everytime i shut it off it kept rebooting can i recover without reflashing everything or do i have to start from scratch tia for the help
I've never had that problem before, so I'll give my suggestions.

1. Try a factory restore from the Fastboot Menu. That may set everything easy peasy BUT it will wipe the phone.
2. If #1 doesn't work, then see if you can just reflash the magisk patch. That may do it.
3. If #1 and #2 don't work, then yeah, back to the drawing board.


Adaway maybe messed with Magisk; did you set the proper permissions in Adaway to give it root access? Anybody else care to weight in?
 

sharpblue.514

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I'm not able to upload Magisk or boot.img directly to moto g7 phone from computer through Windows. I can transfer both to SD card, but doesn't allow access directly to phone file directly. Yes, bootloader is unlocked.
 

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    This tutorial is for people like me than ran into problems rooting the Moto G7 Power XT-1955-5 (MetroPCS Qualcomm Variant) running on stock Pie. I got two of these literally today brand new in the box after swapping out that mess Samsung Galaxy A20 crap.

    Follow the following at your own risk! I am not responsible for any mishaps with your devices. I also don't know if this will work on other variants, as I only have these for MetroPCS, and from my understanding this will NOT obviously work for Verizon, AT&T, and Cricket phones.


    I want to thank @diversenerd, and @jhjhjhjhjhjh for their hard work tinkering with the phone as I tried to figure it all out from their notes and instructions. And for the rest of the contributors that I took bits and pieces from that helped me figure out rooting this, as the information wasn't quite clear in some places and I got some bootloops.

    Introduction/Preparation
    First, go and prepare by READING EVERYTHING IN THIS FORUM. Very important. Don't even jump into this without reading this thread here all the way to the last page: https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/how-to/versions-moto-g7-power-supra-magisk-t3923857 (this is so you know start to finish what worked for some might not work for this variant).

    Second, unlock the bootloader. The MetroPCS variant can be unlocked by Motorola; follow their instructions, it's easy peasy. If you do it in firefox it may not go to the third step page and hang on the page where you put the long code in (follow instructions on page to get the unlock code you'll see what I'm talking about). I did it in Firefox this go round and it sent the codes immediately . When you get it, follow Motorola's instructions for unlocking the bootloader in fastboot. It will show you that the bootloader is unlocked.

    ***NOTES SO YOU DON'T FREAK OUT***
    1. Every time you power up the phone after you unlock the bootloader Moto will try and make you feel like crap with a bad key error in the middle of a nice message that your phone is not to be trusted. :laugh: This is normal. Give it a minute, you havent broke it.

    2. There is no custom recovery/TWRP for this variant, so read carefully so you don't delete something you might not be able to flash back later.

    3. OEM Unlocking toggle switch is interesting. On my first phone it was activated once the bootloader is unlocked and greyed out to where it couldn't be accessed anymore; On the significant other's phone it is still accessible and can be toggled even with the bootloader unlocked.

    Files
    There is confusion in some of the threads about leaving the Sim Card/SD Card in while flashing. Yes, pull it out and flash without it. Flashing with the sim card/SD card in can cause problems flashing. I did my first phone without it, but forgot to take it out with my second and had to start from scratch. Avoid that step.

    1. Get Minimal ADB and Fastboot (it's easier to use than Android SDK and smaller).
    2. Download the Motorola Drivers from their site (if you run into problems you will have to uninstall and reinstall them through their utility which is found on PC here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Motorola Shared\Mobile Drivers
    3. Cpu-Z.apk (This is a good thing to have to know your hardware responsibly).
    4. Stock Firmware. I used XT1955-5_OCEAN_RETUS_9.0_PPO29.114-63-2_cid50_subsidy-DEFAULT_regulatory-DEFAULT_CFC.xml which is the US Retail software instead of MetroPCS's firmware because of the issues I was having with it straight out the box. Both of my phones flashed fine with it and you can find it here: https://mirrors.lolinet.com/firmware/moto/ocean/official/RETUS/ I used the 2nd one with success - the first one doesn't play nice with Magisk.
    5. MagiskManager-v7.3.2 apk.
    6.The Boot .img separately extracted from the Firmware listed in Step 4.
    7. Root Checker.apk
    8. Patience (and a good movie keeping you going).

    Pre-Rooting
    1. Make sure the phone is fully charged.
    2. Make sure your sim card and SD card is REMOVED from the phone. Again, this is to prevent problems in the flashing.
    3. Make sure your wifi is OFF. Every time you wipe the phone or do anything messing with the boot image the phone resets itself to factory settings, and immediately pushes updates galore.
    4. Make sure you save Magisk and the Boot .img to your phone directly. Using the Download folder is a great place and easily accessible in Magisk. You will not be able to add files once in fastboot).
    5. Make sure your developer options are activated.
    6. Make sure your USB debugging is enabled AND you've given permissions for your computer to have administrative access with it enabled (more on this below).
    7. Make sure to check CPU-Z for your hardware specs and to make sure you're avoiding potential problems.
    8. Make sure you manually set USB to Transfer files (no other option will work and by default its set to Charge this Device). Once you flash, you have to constantly check USB to Transfer because it will not do it.
    9. Make sure you have the STOCK CABLE that comes with the phone. This model is funky about using other cables.
    10. Make sure you set your display to time out to ten minutes. If the phone screen goes to sleep mode, it may interfere with flashing.

    Rooting
    Here is the fun part. Please keep in mind you may get a bootloop. I did on both phones on the first try with two different methods. I was on the infamous March 1 2019 security update and still got a bootloop from the patching. The second phone I just flashed ahead of time to the new firmware and still got a bootloop until I flashed again. Expect it.

    1. Go into your developer options and DISABLE Automatic Updates. This is important for later on.
    2. With the phone on, install Magisk. Make sure you use the version 7.3.2 or update to it since it's the latest version at the time of this guide.
    3. Say yes when your phone asks whether or not you want to install things from unknown sources. It will grant access for this application only.
    4. Open Magisk Manager and turn on your Wifi. If you don't Magisk will hang at checking updates. If necessary, force close Magisk and open it up again with Wifi on. It should bring you to One Green Check Mark that Magisk Manager is Up To Date, and One Red Mark above it that says Magisk isn't installed.
    5. Click install on that tab ONLY (there is no need to click install by the Green Check Mark one). Magisk will then ask you "Do You Want To Install Magisk v19.3(193000) now? and click Install again.
    6. Under Select Method, navigate to the folder on the phone where you saved your boot.img file (or whatever you named it). Once you select it you will be taken to a screen where the letters are funky looking but spell FLASHING at the top. Once it patches your file, it will tell you when it's done. Should it hang or you get errors, you WILL HAVE TO REFLASH THE FIRMWARE AND START OVER.
    7. When the screen tells you it's all done, plug your phone up to the computer and drag the patched img file (it should by default say magisk_patched.img) and put it in the folder with Minimal ADB and Fastboot.
    8. Turn the phone completely OFF.
    9. Plug your phone via USB cable into the computer.
    10. Press Volume Down and Power to boot into fastboot mode.
    11. Open up Minimal ADB and Fastboot (Make sure you don't have it set to open this as an administrator, it messes with permissions) Make sure your boot image file is in the Minimal ADB directory or it won't work.
    12. Type "fastboot flash boot thenameofyourrecoveryfile.img" and hit enter.
    If all goes well it should flash to "a" partition, and you should see in the command prompt "image signed with key bad key" before it says done. If it doesn't take do not re-flash as it will flash to "b" partition which will definitely bootloop and ensure you have to reflash the firmware.
    13. When it is done, reboot phone by selecting START (keep pressing volume rockers until you see it, then press the power button).
    14. Wait for the bad key/device cannot be trusted screen to pass (may take a minute) and wait for the Hello Moto opening.
    15. Open Magisk Manager. The icons should be in green, letting you know you have root. Follow @diversenerd advice and Click Tap To Start SafetyNet Check. Make sure your Wifi is on for that check. This apparently tests to see if it can deceive Google checks and possibly install OTA (can't say I did all that, not a update junkie).
    16. Install Root Checker and confirm root.
    17. Disable Updates. I know this is hard for some people, but you dont know if a forced OTA update will take root away, and leave us with no option to get it back or roll back to an earlier version of Pie.


    ***NOTES SO YOU DON'T FREAK OUT***

    1. Do NOT flash someone else's patched boot image. It WILL NOT WORK. Do the work, find your firmware, and patch the boot image yourself. I have no idea why it doesn't work device to device, but it doesn't. And while I thank @jhjhjhjhjhjh for giving up his original files, it was incompatible with my phone (even though we are on the same variant) and bootlooped me.

    2. You may have followed everything perfect and it still bootlooped. Save yourself the frustration and just flash it over. See the next section on the proper way to flash so you don't lose your baseband, IMEI, or any other important stuff.

    3. You will lose everything datawise flashing and playing with the boot.img. My phone reset itself tinkering with flashing, every time. Don't be alarmed if it takes you through a reset.

    4. I wasn't able to confirm by going into updates (couldn't find the system settings) and verifying that nothing said anything about Device Integrity Compromised. I just assumed it.

    5. Magisik is TEMPERAMENTAL. So if first you don't succeed, reflash the firmware and try again.

    6. You cannot just go into the Stock Rom file and extract the boot.img file, put it in the Minimal ADB file folder and flash it if it bootloops. YOU MUST REFLASH ALL THE FIRMWARE OVER.

    ****Notes on Flashing The Stock Firmware if you have to****
    In the event you bootloop and have to start from scratch, here's what you're going to have to do. And don't worry - it won't relock the bootloader.

    1. Make a duplicate folder of Minimal ADB & Fastboot that is clean (doesn't have any boot images or any added files in it).
    2. Extract the firmware to the folder where Minimal ADB & Fastboot are at on your computer.
    3. Turn the phone completely OFF and back ON if you haven't done so yet. Make sure there is no Sim Card of SD card in it.
    4. Press Volume Down and Power to boot into fastboot mode.
    5. Plug your phone via USB cable into the computer.
    6. Open up Minimal ADB and Fastboot (Make sure you don't have it set to open this as an administrator, it messes with permissions) Make sure all your firmware files have been extracted in the Minimal ADB directory or it won't work.
    7. Cut, Copy, and Paste in Fastboot All Together the following:
    Code:
    fastboot oem fb_mode_set
    fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
    fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
    fastboot flash dsp adspso.bin
    fastboot flash logo logo.bin
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.8
    fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.9
    fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.0
    fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.1
    fastboot flash system_b system_b.img_sparsechunk.2
    fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.0
    fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.1
    fastboot flash oem oem.img
    fastboot flash oem_b oem_other.img
    fastboot erase userdata
    fastboot erase DDR
    fastboot oem fb_mode_clear
    fastboot reboot
    8. When it is done it will stop on fastboot reboot. Hit enter and the phone will reboot.
    9. Repeat all steps in the Pre-Rooting and Rooting section to obtain root.

    Hope this helps my fellow MetroPCSers. I boot looped both of my phones this evening and brought them back with this method, and eventually achieved root on the 2nd tries, respectively. Old girl is working and I got Root Explorer and Titanium Backup going full stop. At least this root was easier than on my E4, lol.:cool::laugh:

    I will try and answer questions if I can or point you in the right direction.
    3
    If you want to get rid of the bad key message at boot, you can flash the logo.bin file from the link below with fastboot. Just place the downloaded logo.bin in the minimal adb and fastboot folder, open a cmd window and type fastboot flash logo logo.bin and press enter. Next boot you should have a plain white screen with a large black moto symbol instead.

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/g7-power/themes/remove-bad-key-start-boot-t3947359
    3
    Not saying you done it wrong but did you click oem unlock in developer options and can you post while output from where you get unlock data
    2
    i got it all rooted but now it shows i have no imei and sim status not available any suggestions do i need to flash modem or radio
    try
    Code:
    fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin 
    fastboot erase modemst1 
    fastboot erase modemst2 
    fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
    2
    ...and how much is it to rewrite my lost original Imei
    Most IMEI=0 baseband not found errors can be fixed with
    Code:
    fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
    fastboot erase modemst1
    fastboot erase modemst2 
    fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
    Or reflashing full stock firmware

    or unlock the device?
    Bootloader or sim lock?


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