General Vivo X Fold: tips and tricks

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Logan3824

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That’s not how root is achieved on the device. You’ll need to bootloader unlock the device through custom fastboot (essentially initiate a race condition by running two fastboot flash statements at the same time).

For root follow these instructions

https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/xda-vivo-x-fold-thread-tips-and-tricks.4441939/post-87057061
Which boot .img am I using? The one in those instructions is causing a bootloop, also, the recovery is in chinese? Does anyone have an english translation of the buttons?
 
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domineus

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Which boot .img am I using? The one in those instructions is causing a bootloop, also, the recovery is in chinese? Does anyone have an english translation of the buttons?
You pull your own boot.img. First download the app dsu loader and load a copy of lineage os. Lineage os will boot loop on the device but you can run adb commands.

Execute the adb commands from the post provided. Afterward you should be able to fastboot flash the patched boot.img from your device.

Alternatively someone found the ota.zip through wire shark. You may want to use a vpn download that and I believe there’s a boot.img there too. Download that boot.img to patch
 

timalpipo

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My method:
1. unlock bootloader.
In my case, I use a Chinese toolbox, some Chinese user said that only version before 13.7 can be unlocked, if you are in 14.8 or more, than maybe you can't unlock bl.
2. get the boot.img from the version you want to flash.
I use Wireshark to get the full OTA file, and extract the boot.img.
3. patch boot.img in magisk.
4. flash boot.img to your phone.
That's it, not difficult but because there are still no many information on internet, so I felt very scared when I do all the things.

In my opinion, the main reason I root is because I need gltools, it's a app which can unlock almost every Unity game's FPS, many games I played just lock the FPS to 30 or 60, but I get used to play in 120 FPS, so I really need root.
The cons for root I think is bank app, I don't know other country, but in my country, many bank app will detact root, and ban your permission, but use Satetynet fix and Shamiko can deal with most of them.

Sorry for poor English, becauese my native speak is Chinese.
Thanks so much for your detailed feedback and experience report.
 

Logan3824

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You pull your own boot.img. First download the app dsu loader and load a copy of lineage os. Lineage os will boot loop on the device but you can run adb commands.

Execute the adb commands from the post provided. Afterward you should be able to fastboot flash the patched boot.img from your device.

Alternatively someone found the ota.zip through wire shark. You may want to use a vpn download that and I believe there’s a boot.img there too. Download that boot.img to patch
Lol most of that is foreign language to me. Appreciate the help, but I'll have to wait for a video tutorial :).
 

LKMR.PREZ

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Jan 26, 2011
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Vivo X Fold
Hey all. Love my new x fold! Does anyone know of a way to force the settings app into split screen mode? I selected the option in the developer section to force allow resizable windows but it just keeps giving me an error when I try to split screen on the settings app.

Another thing, when I enable a launcher other than stock, my ability to swipe right and left to switch between open apps goes away? Anyone have a solution for this?

Lastly, any news on a global rom version or official development section for us? Thanks everyone!
 

Timoxa

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The current issues list:

  1. Incoming calls via MS Teams do not show up at all (can hear the ringtone, and see a notification)
    1. All permissions set, including show on top. (the notification prohibiting apps removed eg Pem)
  2. Snapchat's notifications do not show at all, can hear the audible notification though...
    1. Seems like this is the only app, I know Snapchat has issues with 3rd party notification handler, eg: floating and edge notifications
      1. I think I got chat notifications to work with dark mode disabled (will confirm this)
        1. Confirmed, apps like Snapchat / Telegram will not display notifications while dark mode is on - if there is a notification pending, switching back to light mode will show the notification with a dark outline (as if its stuck in dark mode...)
  3. Factory launcher runs in the background, even when replaced, this sometimes shows up when using the back button instead of home - this is annoying.
  4. Vivo asking for a password to change accessibility settings, I have also noticed some of the setting return to off post a reboot.
  5. LastPass autofill does not work at all, assuming that Google password manager would be the same?
  6. Vivo security warnings about launcher and developer mode..
  7. Adding additional apps to the multitasking sidebar, seems even apps that support floating mode aren't shown
    1. I've tried the developer option trick that works on Sammy phones
  8. Outer screen sensitivity, I've noticed this is far too sensitive, you can hover your finger over certain areas, and it will register as a touch. - Big issue!
  9. Music players seek or media controls aren't shown (reliably) on lock screen (shown in notification shade, but this is forced by the app, not the OS... coming from Samsung and OnePlus this makes no sense)
  10. Wear OS just hangs
  11. Samsung Smartthings will not allow any device to be clicked on.



XDA Mods, please make the X fold forum already!

🙄

Well, based on this, I have requested a return, this phone feels more like a prototype that requires a lot of software fixes (some we can't even do), notifications are still hit-and-miss, a lot of global apps simply do not work, and the touchscreen sensitivity issue is a problem.

Real shame, the cameras are great, and the inside screen is phenomenal.

Would happily buy this phone again if someone figures out how to get rid of Origin! (Stock Android 12L <3)
 

Logan3824

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Well, based on this, I have requested a return, this phone feels more like a prototype that requires a lot of software fixes (some we can't even do), notifications are still hit-and-miss, a lot of global apps simply do not work, and the touchscreen sensitivity issue is a problem.

Real shame, the cameras are great, and the inside screen is phenomenal.

Would happily buy this phone again if someone figures out how to get rid of Origin! (Stock Android 12L <3)
Teams calls works for me. No idea why it doesnt for you. I don't use lastpass, but 1password autofill also works for me. I don't use snapchat, and I have seen other people get wearOS to work, so a lot of your problems seem to be local unfortunately.
 

Timoxa

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Teams calls works for me. No idea why it doesnt for you. I don't use lastpass, but 1password autofill also works for me. I don't use snapchat, and I have seen other people get wearOS to work, so a lot of your problems seem to be local unfortunately.
Team calls work, but do not show up as a full screen call, I can just hear the ringtone in the background and see the status bar notification of the incoming call, the ui should take up the entire screen (like a cellular call)

I figured out the LastPass issue, you cannot use the autofill feature on this phone, I don't think the Google password autofill works either, in LastPass you can select Legacy autofill which uses accessibility settings to fill the password. (is this how 1password does it?)

The entire notification system is broken when selecting dark mode, you can see this with Snapchat and telegram (I haven't tested other apps)
I have not seen a fix for this anywhere, including on other vivo phones (This has been a bug for a long while, and the vivo devs have not fixed it) (1 point of ref here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/notification-not-working-properly.4413391/page-2)

The dealbreaker for me is the touchscreen sensitivity issues, it registers touches when hovering your finger 0.5 mm over the screen (with SwiftKey it sometimes thinks I'm using the swipe gesture to type) there also seems to be recognition issues on the inner screen, like in WhatsApp the voice record button doesn't always register the touch. - I assume this is controlled by the kernel.

I have sorted Wear, will update my post.
 

DanZan6

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I decided from day one, that I would ignore the Vivo stuff and treat this like a Google phone.

My previous phone was a Huawei xs. I was one of the early adapters. I started out by side loading Google apps from APK files. Later, Huawei lightning and pwa apps became available, and finally G-space.

The XS was my only device and this Vivo fold is my only device.

I just moved all my Vivo stuff to the last screen, and never see it. One day I'll figure out how to get rid of that bloatware.

My notifications appear on the top bar, to the left, right beside the time of day. I get a unique audible for each notification, and a numeral on the top bar representing the number of notifications I have. A quick down swipe shows every notification with a summary, and whether it's in Gmail, messages, sheets, XDA, etc. A slow down swipe brings up the control panel. Other than that, the notification method, I've got all of the Play store apps working normally.

The last thing I have to do is to figure out how to use Sim 2 for on phone storage. All my backup is in the Google cloud.

I know enough to know what I don't know, and there's no way I would risk bricking my phone to try to change the OS or even the launcher. It took me about 3 months to get everything working and wipe my XS, which I can still get about a K$ for on Ebay.
 

chris92500

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Team calls work, but do not show up as a full screen call, I can just hear the ringtone in the background and see the status bar notification of the incoming call, the ui should take up the entire screen (like a cellular call)

I figured out the LastPass issue, you cannot use the autofill feature on this phone, I don't think the Google password autofill works either, in LastPass you can select Legacy autofill which uses accessibility settings to fill the password. (is this how 1password does it?)

The entire notification system is broken when selecting dark mode, you can see this with Snapchat and telegram (I haven't tested other apps)
I have not seen a fix for this anywhere, including on other vivo phones (This has been a bug for a long while, and the vivo devs have not fixed it) (1 point of ref here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/notification-not-working-properly.4413391/page-2)

The dealbreaker for me is the touchscreen sensitivity issues, it registers touches when hovering your finger 0.5 mm over the screen (with SwiftKey it sometimes thinks I'm using the swipe gesture to type) there also seems to be recognition issues on the inner screen, like in WhatsApp the voice record button doesn't always register the touch. - I assume this is controlled by the kernel.

I have sorted Wear, will update my post.
Hi,
I had the fold 3 and switch to X fold following screen issues...
I cannot make comment on ''teams'' as I'm not using this app but for Google password autofill I can confirm that it is working. I'm using Gboard as well so maybe this is why.
Regarding notification I have to say that I had really hard time to set everything up, but now I have all my notifications working including snapchat, telegram, outlook, ect (even in dark mode.... using vivo installed message app by the way).
Same for my galaxy watch 4 which gave me headache trying to make it works as I want... but working now.
I still did not find out how to force some app in landscape mode but I'm working on it.
Origin OS let you customize (or manually change) lot of setting that was not accessible with fold Z3.
So for now I'm happy with the change.

Wanted to share my thoughts...
Have a good day
 

Timoxa

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Hi,
I had the fold 3 and switch to X fold following screen issues...
I cannot make comment on ''teams'' as I'm not using this app but for Google password autofill I can confirm that it is working. I'm using Gboard as well so maybe this is why.
Regarding notification I have to say that I had really hard time to set everything up, but now I have all my notifications working including snapchat, telegram, outlook, ect (even in dark mode.... using vivo installed message app by the way).
Same for my galaxy watch 4 which gave me headache trying to make it works as I want... but working now.
I still did not find out how to force some app in landscape mode but I'm working on it.
Origin OS let you customize (or manually change) lot of setting that was not accessible with fold Z3.
So for now I'm happy with the change.

Wanted to share my thoughts...
Have a good day
Chris,

If you have fixed notifications in dark mode, it would be useful to post what you have done with screenshot evidence, there are multiple posts about Vivo phones and dark mode issues.

For me, I have uninstalled all the bloat apps that cause notification issues, so my notifications work fine with all apps until I set the phone to dark mode (status bar switch)
I then no longer see Snapchat notifications in the notification tray (or lock screen) you can hear the audible ringtone though, so it has clear issues displaying certain notifications when in dark mode.
 

danscorp

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Does anyone have a list of the apps and apk's you can safely uninstall or disable without affecting the functions of the phone too bad?
Here is the link I used
 

chris92500

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Dec 9, 2020
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Chris,

If you have fixed notifications in dark mode, it would be useful to post what you have done with screenshot evidence, there are multiple posts about Vivo phones and dark mode issues.

For me, I have uninstalled all the bloat apps that cause notification issues, so my notifications work fine with all apps until I set the phone to dark mode (status bar switch)
I then no longer see Snapchat notifications in the notification tray (or lock screen) you can hear the audible ringtone though, so it has clear issues displaying certain notifications when in dark mode.
Hi Timoxa,

Well, I don't know which screenshot evidence I could provide....
I setup my X fold twice. The first time I followed all instructions posted above but the battery was not good at all (with all the app running into background with high power comsuption..).
Now only specific apps are running into background and few of them are only ''Start'' and not ''auto start'' in autorisation management app.
Regarding dark mode it seems that only issue reported are for people not using vivo message app.
 

Timoxa

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Jan 30, 2012
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Hi Timoxa,

Well, I don't know which screenshot evidence I could provide....
I setup my X fold twice. The first time I followed all instructions posted above but the battery was not good at all (with all the app running into background with high power comsuption..).
Now only specific apps are running into background and few of them are only ''Start'' and not ''auto start'' in autorisation management app.
Regarding dark mode it seems that only issue reported are for people not using vivo message app.

Chris,

Not sure what the Vivo messaging app (I assume you mean the default sms handler?) has to do with dark mode?
On all the other posts I can see in relation to Dark Mode notification issues, nobody mentions anything to do with the messaging app? - There does not seem to be a fix for it, so if you are receiving Snapchat messages with dark mode enabled, please post a screenshot and explain the procedure to get this working, you would be helping a lot of people. - As I said, for me, I hear the notification tone, but the notification is not listed on the lock screen or in the notification shade (It is also listed on my android wear watch) so it is clearly a theme engine issue.

BTW, please excuse me asking for a screenshot, I am sceptical about what some people post on these forums (not sure if trolling is making a comeback 😂) the galaxy fold 2 forums were a nightmare for misinformation

Thanks :)
 

domineus

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I think there is a dark mode notification issue and I wonder if anyone has tried to use exposed theming apps to see if that doesn't correct vivo's dark mode issues.

I haven't tested it yet to be honest and it could be app per app. I'm really not sure
 

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    Extracted from update log:

    Communications: Fixed the occasional issue where no floating window appears on the lock screen for incoming calls after Accessibility calls is enabled

    Fingerprint, face, and password: Fixed the issue of fingerprint unlock occasionally failingFixed the occasional issue where there is no response on the off screen when you use fingerprint unlockFixed the occasional issue where the fingerprint icon does not disappear on the WeChat call interface
    Super screenshotFixed the occasional issue of content loss when you take long screenshots in some apps

    Notifications & status bar: Optimized the message notification logic to fix the issue where floating message icons and message notification pop-ups appear alternately when there is an incoming WeChat message while you are playing a short video

    Input method: Fixed the occasional issue where the keyboard blocks the input box on the chat interface of WeChat in some scenariosFixed the occasional issue where the keyboard disappears and cannot be brought up in some scenariosFixed the occasional issue where the input method window shakes or flickers in some scenarios

    Apps: Fixed the occasional issue where your phone automatically switches to portrait mode when you open a WeChat chat history pack in landscape mode

    Jovi Voice: Fixed the occasional issue where Voice Assistant cannot be woken up after you change the announcement role
    DeformerFixed the occasional issue of unresponsiveness when you change the wallpaper or theme in Mood Cube

    Easy Touch: Fixed the occasional issue where icons of frequently used apps are not displayed properly after you open the Easy Touch menu
    Core componentsFixed the occasional issue of abnormal display when you change the sticker on the home screen

    Home screen: Fixed the occasional issue where the Origin Notes icon is not located properly on the home screen

    iManager: Fixed the occasional issue of abnormal interface display of Battery management in iManager

    SystemOptimized: the sensitivity of the light sensor to improve the responsiveness of Auto-brightnessOptimized system operating performance and enhanced system stabilityOptimized the icon display effects of some buttons in third-party appsFixed the occasional issue of abnormal interface display in some apps when the font size is set to LargestFixed the occasional issue where the standby screen needs to be loaded when you fold or unfold your deviceFixed the occasional issue where "Auto-sync" in Cloud Albums does not work after you switch to the backgroundFixed the occasional issue where your phone keeps vibrating when you charge it while the screen is offFixed the occasional issue where the status bar disappears from the standby screen when you return to it from some apps in some scenarios
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    Just got my X Fold yesterday in Canada and loving it so far. I have 5G on the videotron network and forced the 5G radio by using the app "ForceLTE" in the Play Store. I previously used this app to enable 5G for my Oppo Find N and it has worked on both phones with China ROM. I change the settings to "NR/LTE/GSM/WCDMA" under set preferred network type. After a few moments I have full 5G signal.

    I also have managed to get all notifications working using the methods described by Greggles on YouTube. I noticed that even though notifications were being delivered, that they would not appear on the lockscreen. I isolated the culprit to be "Smart Notifications" under "Notifications and Status Bar". By turning that thing off, all my notifications started to appear on the lockscreen. I also ensured that "Google Basic Service Management" was turned on under "Accounts and Sync" which seemed to also help with notification issues.

    Lastly, I followed the steps to set up a Vivo account to set a default launcher from a 3rd party app also outlined by Greggles. I have been using Niagara for quite some time and it scaled beautifully for outer screen and inner screen (see photo).

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    IT'S LIT!!!

    Thanks to all who made this happen. Let's keep pushing forward!

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    Guys, do we have any guide on how to root the phone?
    I found one in Chinese on THIS site and used Google Translate to read it and seems quite straightforward but is it really?
    Also, please don't download anything from this site as I have no idea is it safe or not! I already have adb and fastboot set up on my PC so I should not need anything else than Magisk I guess... Would appreciate it if someone that did it, share their experience.

    These are the instructions (assuming you have BLU):

    1. Download and install DSULoader located at https://github.com/VegaBobo/DSU-Sideloader
    2. Download the following GSI rom to your external storage:
      I highly recommend the BvS version found on the page as other versions have issues. Download the BvS LOS version to your device.
    3. Configure DSULoader to load the GSI rom (this requires extra steps - through ADB but the app provides the exact ADB command to enter).
    4. Once DSULoader is configured, reboot. The rom will never load and it will bootloop for 10 minutes (which is plenty of time to grab the boot.img)
    5. Enter the following commands through ADB while the GSI rom is bootlooping because of the dual screen
      • adb shell
      • su
      • dd if=/dev/block/by-name/boot of=/data/local/tmp/boot.img
      • chown shell.shell /data/local/tmp/boot.img
      • Exit
      • Exit
      • adb pull /data/local/tmp/boot.img
    6. The boot.img will be stored on your computer (rather the location where ADB is stored). You will need to get the boot.img on your device. You can push the file to the download directory or upload it to gdrive and download the boot.img from your gdrive. The next set of instructions can be found https://topjohnwu.github.io/Magisk/install.html or you can read on
    7. Open magisk manager once the boot.img is on your device. Tap install under magisk and patch the boot.img. Do not select patch vbmeta.img in boot.img
    8. Once your boot.img is patched move the patched boot.img back to your machine (preferably in the same directory adb resides)
    9. Connect your device to your computer and run adb boot bootloader
    10. Once in fastboot, execute the following command:
      fastboot flash boot /path/to/magisk_patched.img
    11. Once completed run
      fastboot reboot

      And you are done
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    Finally successfully root my X Fold.
    System Version is 15.7, here's my original boot.img without patch, hope this is useful to you guys.

    And this is the 15.7 OTA package link which I intercept by wireshark.

    And is there anyone know how to connect Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to Vivo X fold?
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    Hey guys, two days ago I got my X fold delivered. Big thanks to Wonda Mobile for a 3 days delivery from Asia to UK!
    Interestingly enough I am getting notifications on I think everything with dark mode enabled! Have not deleted any of Vivo's apps and I have not disabled anything. The only place I don't see notifications, other than calls and smses is the always on display.
    I'm in London on Smarty (runs on the 3UK network) and have 5G everywhere I had it with my S21 Ultra (it is even better I think) getting more than 700mbs
    I have checked and all UK operators are running their 5G networs on bands supportd by the phone.
    The only major problem I have is the connection to my Tickwatch 3 pro ultra gps. The Wear OS app (from play store) will connect to the watch but not go through the setup proces after selecting my google account. Just spins and nothing... Tried with the Chinese Ware OS app but during setup it tells me that for decices otside of China I should use the one from the play store. Any help on this would be helpful.
    Regarding notifications I just went and enabled everything in app info notifications and permissions sections for the apps I need and also in the single permissions section.
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    Extracted from update log:

    Communications: Fixed the occasional issue where no floating window appears on the lock screen for incoming calls after Accessibility calls is enabled

    Fingerprint, face, and password: Fixed the issue of fingerprint unlock occasionally failingFixed the occasional issue where there is no response on the off screen when you use fingerprint unlockFixed the occasional issue where the fingerprint icon does not disappear on the WeChat call interface
    Super screenshotFixed the occasional issue of content loss when you take long screenshots in some apps

    Notifications & status bar: Optimized the message notification logic to fix the issue where floating message icons and message notification pop-ups appear alternately when there is an incoming WeChat message while you are playing a short video

    Input method: Fixed the occasional issue where the keyboard blocks the input box on the chat interface of WeChat in some scenariosFixed the occasional issue where the keyboard disappears and cannot be brought up in some scenariosFixed the occasional issue where the input method window shakes or flickers in some scenarios

    Apps: Fixed the occasional issue where your phone automatically switches to portrait mode when you open a WeChat chat history pack in landscape mode

    Jovi Voice: Fixed the occasional issue where Voice Assistant cannot be woken up after you change the announcement role
    DeformerFixed the occasional issue of unresponsiveness when you change the wallpaper or theme in Mood Cube

    Easy Touch: Fixed the occasional issue where icons of frequently used apps are not displayed properly after you open the Easy Touch menu
    Core componentsFixed the occasional issue of abnormal display when you change the sticker on the home screen

    Home screen: Fixed the occasional issue where the Origin Notes icon is not located properly on the home screen

    iManager: Fixed the occasional issue of abnormal interface display of Battery management in iManager

    SystemOptimized: the sensitivity of the light sensor to improve the responsiveness of Auto-brightnessOptimized system operating performance and enhanced system stabilityOptimized the icon display effects of some buttons in third-party appsFixed the occasional issue of abnormal interface display in some apps when the font size is set to LargestFixed the occasional issue where the standby screen needs to be loaded when you fold or unfold your deviceFixed the occasional issue where "Auto-sync" in Cloud Albums does not work after you switch to the backgroundFixed the occasional issue where your phone keeps vibrating when you charge it while the screen is offFixed the occasional issue where the status bar disappears from the standby screen when you return to it from some apps in some scenarios