How to Unbrick Realme 1 via Fastboot Commands

In this guide, we will show you the steps to unbrick Realme 1 via Fastboot Commands. The device that started this wonderful journey of this OEM has come a long way. While it has been close to three years since it first made its way, it’s still basking in all its shine and glory. This octa-core MTK chipset device, with a decent specs sheet, has surpassed the expectations of the masses, considering the price bracket to which it belongs.

Along the same lines, it managed to perform quite well in custom development as well. Be it for flashing custom ROMs, installing a custom recovery like TWRP, or flashing a plethora of mods, there’s a lot to try out. Likewise, you could also gain access to the system partition by rooting it via Magisk.

But on doing so, there’s always a risk of things going south. When that happens, a boot-looped or soft-bricked device is always on the cards. Fortunately, there’s a handy way out to fix this issue, and this guide shall make you aware of just that. Here are the required instructions to unbrick your Realme 1 device via Fastboot Commands.

How to Unbrick Realme 1 via Fastboot Commands

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The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow in the exact same sequence as mentioned. Furthermore, these instructions could also be used if you are planning to flash the stock firmware on your “properly working” Realme 1 device. But for that, you also need to unlock the device’s bootloader. Make sure you do so and only then proceed with the below instructions.

On the other hand, as far as bricked devices are concerned, their bootloader might already be unlocked and they could directly start off with the below steps to unbrick their Realme 1 device via Fastboot Commands. 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.



Install Android SDK

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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.

Boot Bricked Realme 1 to Fastboot Mode

Since your device is in a bootloop/soft-brick state, you cannot use the adb reboot bootloader command. Hence you will have to opt for the hardware key combinations. Here’s how it could be done:

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  1. To begin with, power off your device (if you can’t do so via the Power key then let the battery drain out).
  2. Once it turns off, press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys for a few seconds,
  3. Your device will be booted to Fastboot Mode. Now connect it to the PC via USB cable.

Download Realme 1 Fastboot ROM

As you might be aware, Realme has its firmware files in OZIP format, which you cannot flash via Fastboot Commands. You will first have to convert the firmware OZIP to Fastboot IMG format. Fortunately, XDA Recognized Developer acervenky has already done so for this device. But it is only for firmware version C49, for India build.

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So if you are fine with this firmware build, then grab hold of the file from here: Realme 1 IN C49 Fastboot ROM. However, if it’s an older firmware build and not matching your criteria, then there’s good news in store. You could also manually carry out this conversion process. To do so, please refer to our guide to Extract Fastboot Images from Realme/Oppo OZIP Firmware.

Transfer Realme 1 Fastboot ROM to ADB

Once you have got hold of the Fastboot ROM file, transfer its content to the platform-tools folder on your PC.  Make sure you transfer all the four IMG files, i.e. boot.img, system.img, vbmeta.img, and vendor.img.

Open CMD Window inside ADB

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  1. Head over to the platform-tools folder.
  2. Then type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter.
  3. This will launch the Command Prompt inside the ADB directory.

Flash Realme 1 Stock Firmware via Fastboot Commands and Unbrick It

It’s now time to flash all these four files to your Realme 1 device’s respective partitions and hence unbrick it. So type in the following commands in the CMD window that is opened inside the platform-tools folder:

  1. First off, flash the boot.img to the boot partition:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
  2. After this, flash the system.img to the system partition:
    fastboot flash system system.img
  3. Next up, flash vbmeta.img file:
    fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
  4. Finally, flash the vendor.img file to the vendor partition:
    fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
  5. Once done, you may now reboot your device to the OS via the below command:
    fastboot reboot

So this is all from this guide on how to unbrick your Realme 1 device 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.


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