How to rebrand the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G with EU firmware to try out OxygenOS Open Betas
OnePlus made its official debut in the US market with the T-Mobile-branded OnePlus 6T. Since then, the OEM has continued its collaboration with T-Mobile as well as teamed up with Sprint for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. While the increased availability of OnePlus phones in the U.S. is a plus, the downside is the negative impact on software update frequency. Even worse is that U.S. 5G OnePlus phones are not eligible for the OxygenOS Open Beta Program. XDA Senior Member Whoareyou has now killed two birds with one stone: He came up with a method for converting the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G to the international/European firmware without unlocking the bootloader, and he has also ported the Open Beta firmware from the 4G variants.
Although Sprint has yet to offer an official bootloader unlock tool for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, owners of the phone can opt for an unofficial method earlier created by someone wanting to stay anonymous but shared with the community by Whoareyou. It is possible to flash a modified EU firmware afterward, but doing so breaks SafetyNet Attestation thus DRM-protected HD videos from streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video are not accessible, among other things.
The latest version of the ‘hack’, on the other hand, will not break SafetyNet. Sprint users might face some APN related issues, and the About Phone section is broken, but otherwise, the conversion procedure is pretty seamless. The steps are noted below.
- Unplug and completely power off the phone.
- Download and open the modded MSM download tool.
- Uncheck SHA256 check.
- Connect your USB cable to your PC.
- Hold Volume DOWN and UP at the same time.
- While holding those keys, insert the USB.
- Keep holding those keys, click ‘Enum’ in the tool.
- Click on ‘Start’.
- Wait about 5-10 minutes, setup over Wi-Fi, accept the Android 10 OTA and you’re done.
Talking about the Open Beta port, it is based on the latest Open Beta 11 build for the regular OnePlus 7 Pro. The package can be installed on both European OnePlus 7 Pro 5G units (with model number GM1920) and Sprint units (with model number GM1925). The About Phone section won’t be populated properly and Verizon’s Visible MVNO is unsupported by this ported firmware, but users can finally get a taste of bleeding-edge features such as the Instant Translation service.
Thanks to XDA Senior Member Some_Random_Username for the tip!