[TWRP][owens] TWRP for Moto E4 Plus (Qualcomm)

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Jun 6, 2013
can you give me the correct steps to flash another rom so i don't mess up again...??
- Flash TWRP and format encryption, totally remove encryption for best results if that's already done, proceed to next step..
- Magisk
- Gapps
- Wipe caches
- Reboot

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Apr 23, 2011
that's twrp for nicklaus.

err on the side of kindness

Oh, yeah, the MediaTek variant.

I have a spare E4 Plus at hand, just took it out of the drawer. I was thinking of upgrading it to Pie via a custom ROM.

So, if I am not wrong, the following is I will need to do to flash a ROM:
1) Flash TWRP on my SD variant
2) Boot into TWRP. Go to Wipe > Format Data and then enter "yes" to wipe the /data partition
3) Flash Zackptg5's Universal DM-Verity, ForceEncrypt disabler
4) Flash the ROM + GApps + Magisk v20.0 for root
5) Reboot.

Is that correct?


Aug 2, 2018
Does anyone have a copy of the stock recovery? I'm trying to root an E4 Plus (owens) and TWRP gets stuck at the loading screen. I saw someone say that TWRP will load if flashed, but I generally prefer to just boot TWRP and install Magisk, so I want to revert to the stock recovery after flashing TWRP to root the device.

- Trip

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    TWRP for the Moto E4 Plus (Qualcomm)

    Based heavily on squid2's TWRP device tree for the Moto E4 (Qualcomm) - See here for more information.

    Seems to work fine, but use at your own risk, std_disclaimer.h, etc.

    Use fastboot to test or boot this recovery.

    To test:
    fastboot boot recovery.img

    To flash:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

    XDA:DevDB Information
    TWRP for Moto E4 Plus Qualcomm (owens), Tool/Utility for the Moto E4 Plus

    ReimuHakurei, squid2
    Source Code: https://github.com/ReimuHakurei/twrp_device_motorola_owens

    Version Information
    Status: Stable
    Current Stable Version: 3.1.1
    Stable Release Date: 2017-10-30

    Created 2017-10-30
    Last Updated 2017-10-30
    WARNING: Don't do factory reset or update from system

    This version of TWRP is not reading and clearing the bootloader control block (BCB). So, if you do a factory reset via Settings->Backup & Reset->Factory Data Reset, you'll be stuck in a TWRP bootloop.

    The quick workaround is to reboot to bootloader, then proceed from there to Start. However, you'll need to do this *every* time until the BCB is cleared.

    To clear the BCB manually, issue this command in TWRP terminal:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/block/bootdevice/by-name/misc bs=1M

    Or alternatively, just issue the following command from the bootloader:

    fastboot erase misc

    @ReimuHakurei: I tried to fix a similar problem with a non-standard BCB offset on Rockchip devices. The BOARD_RECOVERY_BLDRMSG_OFFSET makefile variable is used to set BCB offset for command-line arguments in the /misc partition. However, the code to convert it to the precompiler directive was removed. I submitted a change to restore it in an appropriate context, but I don't believe it was ever checked in.
    Got Root on Qualcomm E4 plus! ( BOOST MOBILE )

    Just tried this on my Boost Mobile E4 plus and it worked. I also used the the no-verify zip and Magisk 14.0 to root.

    Can use this guide and just swap out the twrp.img with the recovery.img from this thread:

    How did you get substratum to run?

    With permission I want to post like a compete guide for root, BusyBox etc so it's all in one place. I'm doing a bit of cleaning but I can either pm or make a subject and the compendium! I don't want credit just want it to be easier for us e4+ peeps
    Has any one tried this? Does that mean it can be rooted as well? I thought the bootloader had to be unlocked which is not available with qualcomm e4 plus?

    I have a model from Sprint, and it's unlockable, just not on the official list -- I successfully unlocked mine.

    Rooting is also possible -- use phh's; SuperSU doesn't seem to work: https://superuser.phh.me/superuser-r259.zip
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