In this guide, we will show you the steps to unbrick your Nothing Phone 1 by flashing the stock firmware via Fastboot Commands. When it comes to hyping its product launches, then no one does it better than Carl Pei. We all witnessed the initial days of OnePlus when users eagerly waited for the invite-only sales. He has since carried forward the same legacy over to its own brand, and it seems to be doing wonders, at least during its initial days.
Another domain where it performs quite decently is custom development. The kernel source and device tree are already up and running for this device, just days after its launch. Along the same lines, you could also flash custom/GSI ROMs and gain administrative access by rooting your device via Magisk. this in turn will allow you to welcome a plethora of mods and tweaks onto your device.
However, this is just one side of the coin. Carrying out these tweaks could prove to be risky as well and there’s every chance of the device ending up in a bootloop or soft-bricked state. Well, even then you could easily unbrick your Nothing Phone 1 by flashing the stock firmware via Fastboot Commands. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. Follow along.
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METHOD 1: Unbrick Nothing Phone 1 by Flash Stock Firmware via Fastboot Commands
The below process will wipe off all the data from your device. So take a complete device backup beforehand by any means possible. 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.
STEP 1: Install Android SDK
First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide to unbrick your Nothing Phone 1 via Fastboot commands.
STEP 2: Download Nothing Phone 1 Firmware
Next up, download the stock firmware for your device from the below link. Nothing provides its firmware in payload.bin, which you need to extract in order to get hold of the partition files. I have already done that for a few firmware versions. So if your device has the same firmware/build installed, then you could directly download the Fastboot ROM [extracted payload] instead of the payload.bin
STEP 3: Extract Nothing Phone 1 Payload.bin
If you have downloaded the Fastboot ROM, then you could skip this step. On the other hand, if you have a payload.bin firmware, then you will have to extract it first and get the resultant IMG files. To do so, you may refer to our guide on How to Extract Payload.bin file. Once done, make sure to transfer all the extracted files to the platform-tools folder.
STEP 4: Unlock Bootloader on Nothing Phone 1
Since you are going through this unbrick guide, chances are you might have already unlocked the device’s bootloader. However, if you haven’t done so, then you may refer to our guide on Unlock Bootloader on Nothing Phone 1 [and its Critical Partition]. [Do note that for the unlocking process, you should have enabled OEM Unlock from the Settings menu beforehand. Moreover, you should also unlock the critical partitions as well].
STEP 5: Boot Bricked Nothing Phone 1 to Fastboot Mode
In most cases, a soft-bricked or boot-looped device might already be in the Fastboot Mode. However, if you are stuck in a bootloop, then long-press the Power key to turn it off. Then press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys (or Power and Volume Up in some devices) together to boot your device to Fastboot Mode.
However, if you are unable to power off the device, then let its battery drain out. Once that happens, connect it to the charger. Then as soon as it is about to boot up, use the Power and Volume Up/Down keys and it will straightaway boot to Fastboot Mode.
STEP 6: Format Device via Fastboot
- Head over to the platform-tools folder where the extracted ROM is present.
- Then go to its address bar, type in CMD in its address, and hit Enter. This will launch the CMD window.
- Now execute the below command to perform a factory reset (optional but recommended)
METOD 1: Flash Nothing Phone 1 Firmware via Fastboot Commands
- First off, make sure that you have checkmarked all the prerequisites from above [critical partitions should be unlocked as well].
- Then xecute the below commands in the CMD window [that is opened in the platform-tools folder] to flash the partition file.
- Make sure to execute one command at a time. Furthermore, if you get an error, then don’t leave the process mid-way, rather move over to the next flashing command.
fastboot flash abl abl.img fastboot flash aop aop.img fastboot flash bluetooth bluetooth.img fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash cpucp cpucp.img fastboot flash devcfg devcfg.img fastboot flash dsp dsp.img fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img fastboot flash featenabler featenabler.img fastboot flash hyp hyp.img fastboot flash imagefv imagefv.img fastboot flash keymaster keymaster.img fastboot flash mdtp mdtp.img fastboot flash modem modem.img fastboot flash multiimgoem multiimgoem.img fastboot flash odm odm.img fastboot flash product product.img fastboot flash qweslicstore qweslicstore.img fastboot flash qupfw qupfw.img fastboot flash shrm shrm.img fastboot flash super super.img fastboot flash system system.img fastboot flash system_ext system_ext.img fastboot flash tz tz.img fastboot flash uefisecapp uefisecapp.img fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img fastboot flash vbmeta_system vbmeta_system.img fastboot flash vendor vendor.img fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img fastboot flash xbl xbl.img fastboot flash xbl_config xbl_config.img
- Once the flashing is done, reboot your device to FastbootD Mode via the below command
fastboot reboot fastboot
- Then once again flash all the files using the commands given above.
- Once done, perform a factory reset via the command listed below:
- Finally, use the below command to boot the device to the the OS:
- If it ends up in stock recovery, then do a factory reset from the recovery.
- Once done, again try booting to the OS. Your nothing Phone 1 should now be unbricked.
METHOD 2: Unbrick Nothing Phone 1 using Fastboot and FastbootD Modes
In this method, we will be flashing the logical partition files to FastbootD Mode and the rest of the files to Fastboot Mode to unbrick your Nothing Phone 1. So start off by carrying out STEPS 1 to 6 listed in Method 1. Then with your device booted to Fastboot Mode, execute the below commands to flash the files to their respective partitions:
fastboot flash abl abl.img fastboot flash aop aop.img fastboot flash bluetooth bluetooth.img fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash cpucp cpucp.img fastboot flash devcfg devcfg.img fastboot flash dsp dsp.img fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img fastboot flash featenabler featenabler.img fastboot flash hyp hyp.img fastboot flash imagefv imagefv.img fastboot flash keymaster keymaster.img fastboot flash modem modem.img fastboot flash multiimgoem multiimgoem.img fastboot flash odm odm.img fastboot fastboot flash qupfw qupfw.img fastboot flash shrm shrm.img fastboot flash tz tz.img fastboot flash uefisecapp uefisecapp.img fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img fastboot flash vbmeta_system vbmeta_system.img fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img fastboot flash xbl xbl.img fastboot flash xbl_config xbl_config.img
- After that, execute the below command to boot your device to FastbootD Mode:
fastboot reboot fastboot
- Finally, flash the remaining files to their respective logical partitions in the FastbootD Mode
fastboot flash product product.img fastboot flash system system.img fastboot flash system_ext system_ext.img fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
- Now use the below command to boot your device to the OS:
METHOD 3: Unbrick Nothing Phone 1 by Flashing Firmware to Both Partitions
In this method, we will be flashing the firmware files to both the partitions [A&B] but in the FastbootD Mode. Follow along.
STEP 1: Set Partition A as Active & Boot to FastbootD
- Let’s assign Partition A as the active partition by executing the below command:
fastboot set_active a
- After that, boot your device to FastbootD Mode by executing the below command:
fastboot reboot fastboot
STEP 2: Flash Nothing Phone 1 Firmware to Partition A
Execute the below commands in the CMD window [that is opened in the platform-tools folder] to flash the partition file to the A Partition on your device. Make sure to execute one command at a time.
fastboot flash abl_a abl.img fastboot flash aop_a aop.img fastboot flash bluetooth_a bluetooth.img fastboot flash boot_a boot.img fastboot flash cpucp_a cpucp.img fastboot flash devcfg_a devcfg.img fastboot flash dsp_a dsp.img fastboot flash dtbo_a dtbo.img fastboot flash featenabler_a featenabler.img fastboot flash hyp_a hyp.img fastboot flash imagefv_a imagefv.img fastboot flash keymaster_a keymaster.img fastboot flash modem_a modem.img fastboot flash multiimgoem_a multiimgoem.img fastboot flash odm_a odm.img fastboot fastboot flash product_a product.img fastboot flash qupfw_a qupfw.img fastboot flash shrm_a shrm.img fastboot flash system_a system.img fastboot flash system_ext_a system_ext.img fastboot flash tz_a tz.img fastboot flash uefisecapp_a uefisecapp.img fastboot flash vbmeta_a vbmeta.img fastboot flash vbmeta_system_a vbmeta_system.img fastboot flash vendor_a vendor.img fastboot flash vendor_boot_a vendor_boot.img fastboot flash xbl_a xbl.img fastboot flash xbl_config_a xbl_config.img
STEP 3: Set Partition B as Active & Boot to FastbootD
- It’s now time to set Partition B as the active one and then flash the firmware files.
- However, your device is currently booted to FastbootD Mode. So let’s first boot it back to Fastboot Mode via the below command:
fastboot reboot bootloader
- Now, change your active partition to B by executing the below command:
fastboot set_active b
- After that, boot your device to FastbootD Mode again by executing the below command [this is because the firmware files need to be flashed in FastbootD Mode].
fastboot reboot fastboot
STEP 4: Flash Nothing Phone 1 Firmware to Partition B
Execute the below commands in the CMD window [that is opened in the platform-tools folder] to flash the partition file to Partition B on your device. Make sure to execute one command at a time.
fastboot flash abl_b abl.img fastboot flash aop_b aop.img fastboot flash bluetooth_b bluetooth.img fastboot flash boot_b boot.img fastboot flash cpucp_b cpucp.img fastboot flash devcfg_b devcfg.img fastboot flash dsp_b dsp.img fastboot flash dtbo_b dtbo.img fastboot flash featenabler_b featenabler.img fastboot flash hyp_b hyp.img fastboot flash imagefv_b imagefv.img fastboot flash keymaster_b keymaster.img fastboot flash modem_b modem.img fastboot flash multiimgoem_b multiimgoem.img fastboot flash odm_b odm.img fastboot fastboot flash product_b product.img fastboot flash qupfw_b qupfw.img fastboot flash shrm_b shrm.img fastboot flash system_b system.img fastboot flash system_ext_b system_ext.img fastboot flash tz_b tz.img fastboot flash uefisecapp_b uefisecapp.img fastboot flash vbmeta_b vbmeta.img fastboot flash vbmeta_system_b vbmeta_system.img fastboot flash vendor_b vendor.img fastboot flash vendor_boot_b vendor_boot.img fastboot flash xbl_b xbl.img fastboot flash xbl_config_b xbl_config.img
Now that we have flashed the partition files to both slots, it’s time to boot your device to the OS! So execute the below command for that:
METHOD 4: Unbrick Nothing Phone 1 by Flashing Super.img
For some users, simply flashing the stock super.img file did the work for them. In this regard, XDA Senior Member hofatheripper has shared the stock super.img which is based on EEA 1.1.3. So if your device has the same region, then you may download the file from below and subsequently flash it, using the below-given instructions
- Download the super partition file and extract it inside the platform-tools folder.
- Then rename it to super, so that the complete name becomes super.img
- After that, boot your device to Fastboot Mode via the below command
adb reboot bootloader
- Finally, use the below command to flash the super file
fastboot flash super super.img
- You may now reboot your device to the OS using the below command:
That’s it. These were the four different methods to unbrick your Nothing Phone 1 by flashing the stock firmware via Fastboot Commands. 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.
- Unlock Bootloader on Nothing Phone 1 [and its Critical Partition]
- Nothing Phone 1: Download Stock Firmware | Fastboot ROM | Boot.img
- Root Nothing Phone 1 via Magisk Patched Boot.img
FAQ: Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions
If you get the following error message “Flashing is not allowed for Critical Partitions”, then first off, take a note of the files that are giving out this error message. After that, flash those files in the FastbootD Mode. You may use the below command to boot your device to FastbootD from Fastboot. The flashing commands will be the same as listed above.
fastboot reboot fastboot