“Verified boot is enabled” Error in SP Flash Tool: How to Fix

In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the “Verified boot is enabled” error in SP Flash Tool. The devices with an underlying MediaTek chipset are slowly but surely catching up in the custom development. Be it for flashing custom ROMs or firmware, gaining administrative access by rooting the device via Magisk, or flashing Magisk Modules, there’s a lot to look forward to.

However, as opposed to Qualcomm, unbricking a MediaTek device requires more manual efforts and is a tad bit complicated. Fortunately, in most cases, the SP Flash Tool is more than enough to rectify the underlying issue. However, things turn for the worse once this tool stops functioning along the expected lines or ends up throwing an error.

Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool

One such scenario is when the SP Flash Tool gives out the “Verified boot is enabled” error. Along with that, the error message reads out “Verified boot is enabled. Please, download signed image (*-verified.img) or disable verified boot.” [here* is the name of the corrupt partition]. If you are also currently getting bugged with this error, then this guide will make you aware of a nifty workaround to resolve this issue. Follow along.

Fix “Verified boot is enabled” Error in SP Flash Tool

Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool

The below process will wipe off all the data from your device. So, if possible, please take a data backup beforehand. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

  1. To begin with, download and install a Hex Editor of your choice.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  2. Then go to your firmware folder and open the PGPT file via the Hex Editor.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  3. Scroll down a little bit and select the first row that has all the zeroes in it.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  4. After that, go to Search > Replace and switch to the Hex-values tab.
  5. Now type in 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 in “Search for” field.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  6. Leave the “Replace with” field blank, set Search direction to Forward, and click Replace all.
  7. Editor will now remove all the 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 rows from the file.
  8. Once done, the file should look something as shown below. Hit Ctrl+S to save the changes.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  9. After that, go to the firmware folder and open the Android Scatter text file via Notepad.
  10. Now scroll to that partition that was listed in the error message. As an example, let’s take the lk2 partition.
  11. So refer to its partition size and note down the value after the X. In our case, the partition_size: 0x200000, so the value will be: 200000Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  12. Next up, pick up a partition that was correctly flashed onto your device, say the boot partition.
  13. Similarly, note down its partition size as well. In our case, the partition_size: 0x4000000 so the value will be: 4000000Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  14. Now go to an online Hex Calculator website and take a sum of both these partition sizes. In our case, it is 200000+4000000= 4200000.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  15. So change the value of the partition_size of boot partition [the working partition] to 4200000 [add it after 0x].Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  16. After that, remove the entire lk partition section [the partition with the error] from the scatter file. Then save the changes.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  17. Once done, open the boot and lk files via Hex Editor [they will open in separate tabs]. Go to the lk file and copy all its contents.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  18. Then paste that content at the end of the boot file and then save the changes.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  19. Now launch SP Flash Tool and load the modified Android Scatter text file under the Scatter-loading file section.
  20. After that, change the mode to Format All + Download and then hit Download to start the flashing process.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  21. Once flashing is complete, open the Android Scatter text file and change is_download: false to is_download: true for PGPT.
  22. Likewise, change the file_name from NONE to the name of that file. In our case, it is PGPT_UFS. Once done, save the file.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  23. Then load the Android Scatter text file again. This time you only need to flash the PGPT, so uncheck all the partitions.
  24. Moreover, change the mode to Download Only and then hit the Download button to start the flashing process.Verified boot is enabled Error in SP Flash Tool
  25. Once done, you could now boot your device to the OS and this time there will be no error message.

That’s it. These were the steps to fix the “Verified boot is enabled” error in SP Flash Tool. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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