OnePlus 3/3T ResurrectionRemix complete flashing guide

Most smartphone OEMs don’t want their phones to be messed around with make their life difficult by repairing a tampered smartphone. And subsequently you lose warranty when you unlock. Thankfully OP doesn’t do that. So, if you are waiting just for your warranty period to lapse, then don’t!

Why ResurrectionRemix

First I will reason out why I chose RR over other ROMS.

  • First and foremost, has insane amount of customization. You can customise notification header, recent apps menu, gestures, lock screen, status bar icons, gestures, and a lot more.
  • It has a pretty good Screen on Time (SOT). This is a measure of how good the battery performance is. RR gives 4 hours on an average (which is pretty good). The stock ROM had a SOT of less than 3 hours and my previous phone the LG V10 had a SOT of about 1:30 hours (pretty rubbish).
  • Very stable, which is usually difficult to achieve in a custom ROM. Though many ROMs give you a lot of feature, there will be certain stability issues. I have had for almost 30 days, there is none.
  • Pie control. It is a very fancy and useful feature to do quick actions (home key, recent, last app, close app) seamlessly from anywhere.
  • A couple of more useful gestures than what stock provides. For e.g., accessing flashlight from lock screen by drawing ‘V’ wasn’t consistent, but you can just do a single finger upward motion to do it.
  • Last but not the least, substratum theme. Theoretically, you can change the looks of system UI and also any app to the colour and theme you prefer. Stock offers only dark and white mode. I currently have dark UI with red accents, which to me, is gorgeous.

 

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I will try to explain the entire process in 4 different steps which can be used individually for other works/process.

1) Unlock

Please be noted that, at the end of these steps all your data will be wiped, please have a backup of the same.

  1. Enable ‘developer options‘ from settings. This is done by clicking ‘Build Number‘ from ‘About Phone‘ in settings a couple of times (7 to 8 times).
  2. After enabling go into the ‘Developer options‘ sub settings and select ‘OEM unlocking’ and  ‘USB debugging‘.
  3. Download the ‘SDK Platform Tools – for <your OS>‘ from here.
  4. Connect your smartphone with the charging cable to your computer. Unzip the downloaded file and using command line(windows) or terminal (linux and mac) navigate to the unzipped folder.
  5. Check if things work until now by issuing command:
    Windows:
adb devices

Linux/mac:

./adb devices
  • Boot to bootloader. Unzip the above downloaded file and using command line(windows) or terminal (linux and mac) navigate to the unzipped folder and issue command:
    Windows:

    adb reboot bootloader
    

    Linux/mac:

    ./adb reboot bootloader
  • In about a minute you would boot to bootloader. From here type:
    Windows:

    fastboot oem unlock
    

    Linux/mac:

    ./fastboot oem unlock

    And select ‘yes’ when it is prompted on the screen.

Now that we have unlocked the bootloader we are free to install any recovery or firmware/ROM

2) Install Recovery

TWRP is a pretty good recovery which allows basic actions like installing, wiping cache, etc and also has other features like file browser, flashing multiple images, mounting file system among other things. Download the correct (recovery) image file from here and copy the file into the same folder as your adb. Make sure your phone is connected to your computer (see pt. 4 & 5 above). Also notice the command usage above, Linux and mac begin with ‘./‘ before the command, please use the same format even for below commands.

Rename the image to twrp.img and from bootloader (see pt. 6 above) type:

fastboot flash recovery twrp.img

After flashing type this while holding Power and Volume-Down keys to boot to recovery.

fastboot reboot

If for some reason, you are booted into your OS, select either ‘recovery‘ from power menu or shutdown and use the above hardware key combinations to boot into recovery. In very few cases you might want to repeat this “Install Recovery” step alone if the recovery wasn’t installed properly.

3) Download ROM and Gapps

Download the latest RR ROM from here. Usually any custom ROM doesn’t ship with any of the google apps (instead they might have other stock apps). Hence, we need to download gapps from opengapps. From here select ‘Arm64‘, ‘7.1‘(your RR ROM version) and ‘micro‘ (which has all basic google apps). If you try to get too experimental use ‘aroma’. Transfer both the files into a single folder of your smartphone.

4) Install ROM and Gapps

Before this step make sure you make a backup of data (message, logs, app, app-data), but other data like music, images, etc. would be in-tact. Again, boot into recovery and select ‘wipe‘ (Dalvik cache, system, data, cache). Select Install, browse for the ROM file (from where you saved in the above step) and slide to select. After successful RR installation, select flash another file and select Gapps. After the installation completes you are good to reboot.

Past the few mins of the initial boring setup you would be sticking to your OP 3T for quite a few days going around the various customization.

Glossary

 

How to HTC M7 MIUI V6, ELEMENTALX KERNEL

I am not a big fan of vanilla Android looks, may be from the functionality stand point or the amount of bloatware (in other for eg HTC sense, touchwiz) I think vanilla is great. I haven’t used many ROMS apart from Cyanogenmod and MIUI. Cyanogenmod is one of the highly acclaimed ROMS out there, but I am not a great fan of it because of the vanilla style.

I have heard decent things about ROMS like Carbon, Pixeldroid, but I like and prefer MIUI. It might have that ‘colorful’ look, but the menus, settings, notifications menu, etc are pretty neat and easy to use. I was already running 4.2.2 MIUI V5 on my mobile for about a year now, and was waiting for a proper upgrade. I know there a bunch of 5.X.X ROMS out there, but I wanted something to suite my taste. Finally I found the link here (xda link). Its not an official MIUI release for m7. But this is an unofficial stable V6 running 4.4.2.

I had a little older version of CWM recovery, not sure if using that or not deleting data and cache were reasons for improper installation. I updated to the latest of TWRP. The best way to install is using ‘fastboot’ command. Flashifty or TWRP app dint do the job for me. After a proper install of TWRP i finally installed V6.

The next think I notice is the ‘HTC logo’ which was acting as a menu button earlier is not functioning now. After a decent research I found ElementalX kernel should do the magic. Even after trying installing a couple of times I wasnt able to get it work. Finally the xda devs original MIUI post itself had a link to the proper ElementalX kernel. For the nth and the last time and I tried to install. And voila … it did work. There are a bunch of tweaks you can make, while installing the kernel. One point to note is that, there was some kind of OTA for V6, after which the kernel was gone. I am not exactly sure how could we handle that.

Another challenge was installing gapps. There is this useless error which comes up in playstore which says ‘no connection’ (or sorts) even though you have proper internet on your mobile. The best way to get through this is flashing the gapps. Again I was able to find it in the orginal xda post.

MIUI V6 with Kernel ElementalX is one of the best combination for HTC m7 out there. Please dont forget to read the contents of xda posts before installing a ROM, like I did. Happy ROMing !!