How to Root OnePlus Nord without TWRP (using Patched Boot file)

In this tutorial, we will show you how to root the OnePlus Nord device without using TWRP Recovery. The entire process will be carried out by extracting the stock boot.img file, patching it via Magisk and then flashing it via the necessary fastboot commands. Furthermore, we have also uploaded two stock boot.img files for different regions. [UPDATE 1: YOU COULD NOW ROOT YOUR ONEPLUS NORD VIA TWRP RECOVERY AS WELL] [UPDATE 2: ADDED ONEPLUS NORD STOCK BOOT IMAGE FILES AC01AA Global, AC01DA India, AC01BA Europe variants (OOS 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4)].

If it qualifies for your region, you could directly use that file and head over to the patching instructions. Otherwise, we will also list out the step by step instructions to extract and patch the boot.img file. You may refer to those steps too. Just to be on the safer side, we would recommend you to go with the latter one, i.e manual extraction. This will make sure that there isn’t any firmware version conflict. Furthermore, while you could install the OTA on the non-rooted devices via the ABD sideload method, there is now a handy method to install OTA on your rooted OnePlus as well.

There is no denying the fact that OnePlus devices are known to provide feature-rich devices at an affordable price. And continuing this tradition is their latest offering. Dubbed as the OnePlus Nord, it beholds a pretty strong specs sheet and could put many mid-rangers to shame. There are many reasons to justify these claims of ours. And one should look no further than the specs that it has for the masses.

While there are indeed quite impressive features for a device priced in the mid-range, yet you could consider this to be the entry point. There are a plethora of customizations available waiting for you at the other side of the gate. And in this guide, we will help you make full use of those tweaks. So without further ado, here are the required instructions to root OnePlus Nord without using TWRP Recovery. Follow along.


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How to Root OnePlus Nord without TWRP (using Patched Boot file)

Before we list out the steps for that, there are a few prerequisites that your device needs to qualify. Make sure to go through each of these points before proceeding ahead.

Prerequisites

  • Create a complete backup of your Nord device. Although rooting in itself doesn’t wipe the data, but it is always recommended to be on a safer side.
  • Furthermore, your device’s bootloader should also be unlocked. If you haven’t done so, refer to our detailed guide on How to Unlock the Bootloader on OnePlus Nord.
  • Likewise, download and install the Android SDK Platform Tools onto your PC. This will be required so as to execute ADB and Fastboot Commands. The ADB commands will be needed to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. The latter will be needed to execute fastboot commands to flash the patched boot file.
  • Don’t forget to enable USB Debugging on your Nord device as well. This is needed so that your PC successfully recognizes your device is successfully recognized in ADB Mode.

Now that we are done with the requirements section, download all the necessary files from the below section and proceed with the steps to root your OnePlus Nord.

Downloads

These were all the files that we would be needing for this guide. You could now proceed with the steps to root your OnePlus Nord. As the saying goes “Droidwin or any of its members won’t be held responsible if your cat ends up damaging your device, there is a thermal nuclear war or you end up with a bricked or boot looped device”. However, in the case of the latter, you may drop in your queries in the comments section below. We would definitely help you out.


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STEP 1: Getting the Stock Boot.img File

If your device variant matches with the stock boot.img file that we have provided above, then you could easily use that. Otherwise, follow the below steps to extract the stock boot.img file.

  1. First of all, download the stock firmware of the OnePlus Nord. Once you have downloaded it, extract it to a convenient location.
  2. The thing is you couldn’t directly get a hold of the stock boot.img file. Earlier OEMs used to provide all the files as in, but now they have been further packed inside the payload.bin file. So you will have to extract that file first and from there you could access the boot file.
    oneplus nord stock firmware
  3. To extract this payload.bin, we have listed all the information on our detailed guide on How to Extract payload.bin and get the stock boot image file. Please go through it once.
  4. Now once you have carried out the instructions given in the above three steps, you will be able to get the stock boot.img file. It is now time to patch it via Magisk. After this, we will flash this file on to your OnePlus Nord using fastboot commands and hence root it. Follow along.

STEP 2: Patch Stock Boot.img via Magisk

Now that you have got your hands on the stock boot.img file, it is time to patch it via Magisk. Since the Magisk app has undergone a major UI overhaul, we are updating this guide to include the steps for the Magisk builds. First off, we will show you the steps for older Magisk which will then be followed by the newer Magisk build.

As far as the differences between both these builds are concerned, well the underlying functionalities for both are some, it’s just some UI tweaks here and there. So which one should you choose? Well, I would highly recommend that you go ahead with the newer Magisk build because sooner than later you will have to make the switch as and when your OnePlus Nord gets the Android 11 update. The below two guides shall help you in that case:

With that said, let’s now proceed with the steps to patch the stock boot.img file via Magisk and then root your OnePlus Nord.

Method A: If you are using older Magisk

  1. Transfer the stock boot.img file to your device.
  2. Launch the Magisk Manager app and tap on Install next to the “Magisk is not installed keyword”, as shown in the image.
    select and patch file
  3. Again tap on Install in the popup that appears.
  4. Next, tap on Select and Patch a File.
  5. Browse to the boot.img file and select it.
    patch stock boot magisk oneplus nord
  6. Magisk will take a few seconds to load that file and will then patch it. The entire process shall only take a few seconds.
  7. Once that is done, head over to Internal Storage > Downloads folder and you will find the magisk_patched.img file.

Method B: If using the Newer Magisk

  1. Launch the Magisk Manager app on your Pixel device.
  2. Then tap on the Install button situated next to Magisk.
  3. From the Method section, choose Select and Patch a file.
    patch-stock-boot.img-new-magisk-android-11-root-oneplus-nord
  4. Browse to the extracted boot.img file and select it.
  5. Then tap on the Let’s Go option situated at the top right.
  6. Magisk will now load the boot.img file and will patch it accordingly. Once that is done, you would get the Download Complete message.
    new-magisk-patched-boot-image-android-11-root-oneplus-nord
  7. The patched boot image file will be saved in Internal Storage > Downloads. The name of the file will be magisk_patched.img

So with this, you have successfully patched the stock boot file. It is now time to flash it onto your device. Here is how to do so.


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STEP 3: Flash magisk_patched.img onto OnePlus Nord

We will be now using the fastboot commands to flash this patched boot file onto your device. For that, make sure that you have installed Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC.

  1. Connect your device to PC via USB Cable. Make sure that USB debugging has been enabled.
  2. Transfer the magisk_patched.img file from your device to the platform-tools folder.
  3. Inside the same platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  4. Execute the below command to boot your OnePlus Nord to the Fastboot/Bootloader mode:
    adb reboot bootloader

    fastboot mode oneplus
    Fastboot Mode on OnePlus. Credits: OnePlus Forum
  5. Once your device is booted to fastboot mode, type in the below command to check for the active slot:
    fastboot getvar current-slot

    current slot oneplus nord

  6. If the result comes out to be Slot A, we will be installing the magisk_patched.img to this slot as follows:
    fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img
  7. On the other hand, if it is Slot B, the magisk_patched.img file will be flashed to this slot using the command:
    fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img
  8. Once the file has been flashed, you may reboot your device to the system using the code:
    fastboot reboot

That is it. These were the steps to root your OnePlus Nord device. While the steps might seem to be quite lengthy, but trust us, this is quite an easy method. Just follow the steps as mentioned and you should have no trouble whatsoever. However, if you get stuck at any steps, do let us know your queries in the comments section below. We will get back to you with the fix in no time!

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